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Sutton Vane Associates – Bridlington Seafront

SWECO appointed Sutton Vane Associates to design a lighting scheme to reimagine a prominent area of Bridlington seafront as part of an ambitious £4m redevelopment project.

Central to the regeneration was the innovative installation of new lighting elements specified by Sutton Vane Associates within the communal areas. This included several completely bespoke illuminated totems created in collaboration with British LED lighting manufacturer, DW Windsor, that formed the centrepiece of the new lighting scheme. The totems are beautifully lit from top to bottom and incorporate colour-changing functionality which can be set for different occasions, such as the celebration of holidays and seasonal events. Controls produced by Mode lighting.

In addition, Sutton Vane Associates added inground linear lighting to enhance the walkways along the seafront. Tall elegant lamposts by Urbis Schreder and Fabrikat and watery patterns of light projected onto the ground by Rosco and Gobo Plus to complete the scene.

Credit: Andrew Hatfield Photography

Given the site’s coastal location, the lighting needed to be able to withstand highly variable weather conditions. Products were therefore selected to ensure that the lighting is able to cope with the extreme weather that may arise in such an environment.

Welcomed by locals and tourists alike, the much-anticipated regeneration scheme has been part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Government’s Local Growth Fund, awarded by York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (YNYER LEP).

Bridlington seafront now has a new lease of life offering a fun and vibrant location during the day, that is both attractive and colourful at night. The scheme won the Value prize category at the Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber awards.

Credit: Andrew Hatfield Photography

“These new lights are amazing, great fun!”

— Bridlington Resident
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Rako goes behind the wall

An old kitchen garden on a Georgian country house estate near Exeter in Devon has been totally transformed into a beautiful new home that hints to the past whilst being firmly of the present thanks in no small part to an innovative, contemporary lighting scheme controlled by Rako.

McLean Quinlan architects, based in Winchester, were selected by the homeowners for the design and build of the new property as well as for its interior and lighting design. The company’s design has been influenced by a 200-year-old high brick wall which surrounds the garden and offers a calm and relaxing space for its occupants. From the front of the house, visitors are greeted by a simple brick design that complements the original kitchen garden wall. Behind this, and hidden from the views at the front, is a dark grey rendered building which is visually striking compared to the traditional brick. This is not the end of the hidden treasures. The house is built around a central glass roofed courtyard which works as a gorgeous all year garden as well as flooding the interior spaces with natural light.

To complement the natural light and stay in keeping with the elegant simplicity of its design, the house features discrete lighting fixtures that can be controlled by Rako lighting control.

“We chose a wired solution as we were having an internet backbone installed in the house and this seemed like the more reliable approach, but we also knew that we could integrate wireless extras later if we wanted,” comments Nigel Dutt, the homeowner. “The Rako system could do everything we needed and we also wanted to support a UK manufacturer. Rako was also flexible in letting us select which fascia plates we wanted, which was important for the interior design.”

The Rako set up for this property contains a number of wired RAK8-MB motherboards, which form a centrally located dimming system. The RAK-LINK has also been installed as the interface between the RAK dimmers and the keypads, with a power supply for wired CAT5 products. For the keypads, the homeowner selected the WCM-100 hard wired, 10 button control modules and Rako was able to offer a customised alternative to the homeowner by using its precision tool to punch slots into third party plates so they would perfectly align with the Rako keypads and at the same time match other electrical sockets and accessories at the property. The result is an attractive, contemporary finish perfectly aligned to the elegant interior design.

This project also includes the WM-CUB Twin relay control card module for motorised curtain, screen, blind RAK8 as well as the WTC-Bridge which will interface with Rako wireless or wired dimmers with ethernet, iPhone, or Android link. The WK-HUB network interface provides a link between wired and wireless networks. It also enables a Rako system to be integrated with third party cloud services via a account including Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit and Sonos integration. To allow simple commissioning and programming of the Rako system, the RASOFT Pro software enables advanced features to be accessed on a Rako system.

Nigel continues, “Our architects carefully designed the lighting, so it is great to be able to match the scenes exactly to what we want and being able to control things remotely when we are away is also a bonus. Because of our software know-how, we are able to do some of the configuration via RASOFT Pro ourselves. This is not necessarily available to users with other systems, which require an expert to be called out. We do like the level of control over use and configuration that we get with Rako and we’ve also had great support when we needed it.”

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Recolight announce record Membership growth for WEEE compliance

During 2021, a total of 19 companies joined the Recolight WEEE scheme.  And from the beginning of 2022, another eight companies joined Recolight, five of which transferred from other schemes.

The five companies transferring their compliance are TRILUX Lighting Ltd, C.U. Lighting Ltd, Urbis Schreder Ltd, OrangeTek Ltd, and Siteco UK Ltd. We also welcome Orluna LED Technologies Ltd, Koro Handels GMBH , and Target Sports Ltd as Members.

“We are delighted that such important lighting brands have transferred their WEEE compliance to Recolight.  We pride ourselves on giving the customers of all our Members the most comprehensive free lamp and luminaire collection and recycling service.  We very much look forward to supporting our new Members and their customers as they transition towards a circular economy.” Said Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO. Towards the end of 2021, the company launched new circular economy services to facilitate reuse of lighting equipment, and to avoid the unnecessary recycling of surplus new lighting.

Recolight’s commitment to the circular economy and to protecting the environment are key drivers for our new Members:

“For TRILUX, there can only be one answer to the global challenge of climate change: sustainable management and continuous improvement. Recolight share our vision and hence are our preferred WEEE partner.”
 Wissam Choucair, Commercial Director at TRILUX Lighting Ltd

“Sustainability is very important to CU Phosco Lighting. We are confident that working with Recolight will help us to further minimize our environmental impact.”
Nicola Marques, Marketing Director at C.U. Lighting Ltd

“The environmental credentials of all our suppliers is important to Urbis Schreder, so one of the reasons we chose to move our WEEE compliance to Recolight was their public commitment to achieving net zero by 2030.”
Kate Pickard, Marketing Communications Manager at Urbis Schreder Ltd.

 “At OrangeTek we are working hard to implement circular economy principles, and being part of the Recolight scheme will help us achieve those goals.”
Wilbur Tarn, Director at OrangeTek Ltd.

“An increasing number of our customers request collection and recycling of waste lighting.  Working with Recolight ensures our customers’ waste is treated efficiently and responsibly.”
Paul Coggins, Director, Siteco UK Ltd

The Recolight WEEE scheme now has 198 producer members.  They range from the world’s largest lighting companies, to small start-ups.

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Optelma celebrates 35 years

Optelma, known for its creative and innovative lighting solutions, is marking 35 years since its emergence into the British market. 

Optelma first launched in the UK back in 1987 when its Swiss operation began supplying the British contract market. The first solutions supplied were low voltage track systems, featuring newly launched 12v dichroic lamps.  

The brand secured its first big contract with fashion retailer Oasis, supplying stores across London, including Oxford Street, as well as the Glasgow location with its unique Miko system. This success led from a joint venture with Optelma Switzerland to Optelma officially launching its UK operation.   

Product highlights throughout Optelma’s 35 years must include the Canal which was launched in 1995. This linear aerofoil profile system was supplied in fixed lengths of up to 6m with fluorescent, CDM and LV lamp. The architectural continuous curved linear system Civa followed in 1997, with the launch of the Jogg Pendant in 1999.  

In the three decades and more since their establishment, Optelma has been specified in an overwhelming number of high-profile projects. In 1991, Optelma worked with lighting designer Charles Marsden Smedley to illuminate a number of the public rooms at Windsor Castle. Their solutions replaced lights installed in the 1880s. The project was such a success that after the 1997 fire, the brand was asked to design, supply, and install lighting in the castle’s 14th Century Grand Kitchen. The Optelma lights continue to perform here after 25 years of service, seen every day by visitors enjoying a tour of the historic kitchens.  

This Royal connection continued with Optelma supplying lighting for displays in Buckingham Palace in 1998.  

Optelma’s ability to fulfil the needs of large projects has been notable through the successful completion of a many large roll-out projects. In 2000, a significant number of Sainsburys stores were fitted with Optelma solutions, while in 2001/2002, a national refit of Virgin Stores was completed. Other multi-site successes for the manufacturer include Fitness First, Lush, WeWork and Third Space.  

More recently, Optelma has secured contracts from prominent projects i360, Bloomingdales, Harrods, McLaren, Williams F1 and Red Bull. 

Optelma now boasts a stunning showroom In Central London, home to many of their brands including the only BEGA showcase in London. This year the showroom will play host to a number of industry events to celebrate Optelma’s 35th Year. To kick-start a year of events will be a show stopping Birthday Party and Showroom Relaunch around April and May, expect signature pink cocktails to be flowing, canapes to be served and some memorable entertainment. Optelma certainly don’t do events by half. There will definitely be some dates to add to the social calendar. There will also be a some fun charity events, to give back to the community to mark this momentous year. 

John Phillips, Optelma’s Managing Director until 2020, said: “Having been involved since the very beginning of Optelma UK, it is incredible to see how much the brand has evolved, strengthened and grown. From royal palaces to fashion stores, gyms to supermarkets, Optelma’s market-leading solutions can be found far and wide across the UK – and beyond.  

“It is an exciting time for the lighting industry, and as a company Optelma is looking forward to embracing new technologies and continuing to delight our clients and partner organisations. We are also looking forward to celebrating 35 years in the business with our industry friends.”  

Other notable events in the Optelma timeline include: 

•        1989 – the official launch of Optelma UK took place at the then famous Interior Design International Exhibition in London’s Earl Court. The show was a great success, with over 500 visitors being impressed with Optelma’s first range of Yuma, Miko, Mono, Toa, Elek and Xen – the first jack point system to hit the UK market. Exterior versions of the Xen co-axial system followed, allowing discreet made-to-measure low voltage exterior lighting for signs and garden landscapes. 

•        1997 – 2004 – Optelma supplied floor lights to a number of Conran restaurants including Guastavinos in New York. 

•        2001 – The brand designed and supplied lighting for the famous Queens House picture gallery in Greenwich, working with designer Charles Marsden Smedley. The gallery was opened by Prince Charles, with the Optelma team attending the opening event. 

 •       2018 –Optelma’s new London showroom opens in the design centre of Clerkenwell. 

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The True Value of Healthy, Connected Buildings

Smart lighting and building software expert, amBX, have investigated new arguments as to the true value of a healthy building. It is suggested that owners and developers invest in smart tech to create a healthy building for both the environment and occupants, and connectivity plays an important part in this.

It is now widely acknowledged that 80% of the buildings in use in 2050 have already been built; therefore, it is realistic that these will need to be refurbished over that 30-year period. What we consider smart and healthy today might not be in 2050; it is essential that buildings adapt and are more flexible in their connected architecture. Today, many tenants view buildings as more than just bricks and mortar; they expect strong connectivity, added benefits, and tech-enabled solutions that create a desirable environment and lead to improved productivity and wellbeing.  

Governments around the world are also introducing new policies and legislation around carbon reduction. Building owners who do not comply by reducing carbon emissions will be driving down the value of their property and may eventually be liable to fines and penalties. It is in the best interests of everyone involved to invest in smart technology and energy management strategies to maintain and increase the value of their property. 

The commercial building market is competitive; therefore, owners and landlords need to ensure they have an advantage over others to successfully attract tenants and retain them. The impact of Covid-19 has shown that many employees can work from anywhere, so commercial office space is increasingly about creating an experience. Employers want to attract employees into the office by providing benefits and a positive culture that unites the team, leading to increased productivity, happiness, and job satisfaction. There is a lot to be said for an environment that is viewed positively and where people actively want to spend time. Richard Morris, Sales and Marketing Director of Technologywithin argues that it’s all about improving the desirability of a space, and connectivity helps to do that. 

Currently, there is an opportunity for landlords, developers, and owners to capitalise on healthy buildings. By investing in tech and creating a sustainable, comfortable environment, they can charge a higher premium. Tenants will be willing to pay more because of the reasons stated above. In general, as the building value increases, it will also increase the potential sale price in the future too. 

Certification can also help to increase value. Awarding bodies, such as WiredScore, rate buildings based on connectivity assurance. Others, such as WELL, rate how effective a building is for occupant wellbeing, and standards such as BREEAM measure sustainable value in a series of categories, ranging from energy to ecology. WiredScore state that buildings in London have been able to charge a 5% ‘digital premium’ on their space as a result of the certification.

It is estimated that 72% of digitally unconnected spaces could become obsolete in the not-so-distant future. Therefore, it’s clear that investment in digital infrastructure and technology is a key component of future-proofing assets and securing value. 

The connection between a quality working environment and employee productivity has been widely explored. Technology solutions and personalised services in buildings such as sophisticated lighting control, air quality sensors, HVAC sensors, intuitive room booking systems, cleaning schedules based on live data, contactless entry and pattern recognition all help to create a quality, comfortable environment, which has been linked to increased wellbeing, mood, and productivity. 

Data is the key. Connected systems and devices within a building reveal insights that were not previously available. Building operators can make informed decisions to create improved energy outcomes. The first stage is being able to understand an accurate picture of how the building currently performs and then being able to create a plan to improve, stop wastage and optimise environments. 

It is clear there is more value in smart, healthy buildings than just the ability to increase rent payments.  Connectivity is also the foundation of a smart building; it allows a lot of the technology to be installed and used effectively, contributing towards energy savings, environmental impact, and making sure that everything in a building is connected.

amBX’s SmartCore software can be utilised for both new builds and retrofits, integrating with your existing smart building platform providing additional functionality and benefits. It can also provide a user-friendly web-based dashboard that allows data to be interpreted taking smart buildings to new levels of sophistication.

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Janus Technology partners with Rako Controls

Janus Technology, leading provider of technology integration software and support services for the smart home sector, has partnered with Britain’s leading smart lighting controls manufacturer Rako to offer a faster, slicker and more streamlined lighting control integration solution. The new Janus Technology Control4 driver is a huge step forward in driver technology and will make the integration of Rako lighting control as part of a Control4 solution easier and quicker.

“We are delighted to announce this new Control4 driver for Rako lighting control,” comments Richard Caton, Managing Director at Janus Technology. “Our two companies have a passion for making the lives of integrators easier and with this new solution we will be able to do just that. The new driver makes integration between Rako and Control4 much smoother and will save time and cost for integrators.”

According to Paul Wafer, Director at Rako, “When integrating third party systems there is always a separate driver needed. Many of these drivers have not been updated and maintained over the years’ so they require manual programming by the integrator. This can be time consuming and complex, which is the last thing you need when you are working on site. The new Control4 driver that Janus Technology has developed offers seamless integration with the Rako HUB interface. We have tested it internally and are really impressed with the results. We’re sure it will prove a huge advantage for Control4 dealers who want to implement Rako lighting control in their systems.”

Building on a relationship that spans more than 10 years and an extensive knowledge of the Rako product range, Janus Technology has adapted the Control4 driver to work with the new Rako HUB. The driver extracts all the room, channel and circuit information from the Rako HUB and then automatically adds all the required proxy drivers, vastly streamlining the commissioning process for the installer. It uses the new HUB API for faster communication and more reliable feedback. Also included in the driver suite are RGB and RGBW drivers that support full compatibility with Colour Wheel, the webview driver by Janus that allows rapid and easy adjustment of colour across multiple lighting channels in a Rako system – and this now works on the Control4 mobile App as well as TouchScreen.

Rako’s HUB is a feature-rich interface designed to make Rako system installation, integration and remote management quicker and easier.  It is a compact, counter-sized unit that offers time-based functionality as well as conditional logic and advanced system features that can be triggered from either a wired or wireless command.

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Retrofit lighting key to energy saving and carbon reduction says Tamlite.

A leading independent lighting manufacturer says retrofitting outdated lighting systems will be key to improving energy use as businesses face increasing operational costs.

Tamlite Lighting’s comments come at a time when energy prices are predicted to remain high for the next 18 months to two years. It believes that with the emphasis on innovative energy efficient technologies, many will have forgotten the impact simple building system upgrades can have when it comes to reducing energy consumption and operational costs.

By replacing outdated lighting with modern LED systems, coupled with intelligent control systems, buildings can be made more efficient, generating savings of between 60% to 80%.

With electricity for lighting accounting for approximately 15% of global power consumption and 5% cent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1, such upgrades can also reduce carbon emissions as part of wider sustainability efforts.

Debbie-Sue Farrell, Tamlite’s Marketing and Wellbeing Manager, commented: “Lighting is a huge source of energy consumption, and small changes can make a big difference. All too often building owners and operators are forgetting the simple steps that can play a pivotal role in saving energy and reaching ambitious climate targets.

“By replacing outdated lighting with modern LED systems, it cost effectively reduces energy use and carbon emissions. With an increasing need for building systems to perform both effectively and cost-effectively, such upgrades are easy to do and should be seen as a key component of any energy saving and decarbonisation plan.”

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New SUN@HOME range makes lighting feel good

LEDVANCE launches new SUN@HOME smart lighting range that reproduces natural daylight for a better quality of life.


The new SUN@HOME range from LEDVANCE offers lamps and luminaires that use unique SunLike full-spectrum LEDs to increase well-being and performance in the home. The dimmable LEDs provide rooms with the highest quality of light (CRI >95), similar to natural daylight, with colour that can be adjusted across a wide spectrum of 2,200K to 5,000K.

Commenting on the range, Peter Alexander, Head of Retail Sales UK and Ireland at LEDVANCE said, “Human Centric Lighting has been the most significant recent functional advancement in intelligent lighting, and our SUN@HOME range represents its next step. These products can make a real difference to personal routines, such as concentration-enhancing light during the day for working at home, and a high quality of light in the evening to prepare for sleep. LEDVANCE are proud to launch a new lighting range that users can not only see, but feel.”


The SUN@HOME range fluctuates lighting in line with the human circadian rhythm, a 24-hour body clock that governs our natural cycles of activity and rest by managing hormone levels. Humans are known to be heavily influenced by variations in natural light throughout the course of the day. The SUN@HOME lamps and luminaires offer smart lighting solutions that counteract the listlessness caused by working indoors through their bright, white light during the day to increase concentration, improving performance and motivation. In contrast, the low blue light component of the full-spectrum LEDs improves sleep intensity at night.

Alongside their positive impact on well-being, SUN@HOME products can be easily controlled with the free LEDVANCE SMART+ WIFI APP or by voice command. The products can be smoothly integrated into the home network and controlled via WiFi without any additional hardware. The Smart Home controls empower users with even more intelligent functions, such as a natural wake-up with fade-in light or weather-dependent adjustment of the lighting. 

The SUN@HOME luminaires even monitor the room climate with an innovative coating that disinfects ambient air by eliminating any pathogens that come into contact with it. This keeps the air free of germs, fungi and unpleasant odours to ensure room freshness and hygiene are preserved.

The new smart SUN@HOME lighting range from LEDVANCE includes home office desk lighting to create the ideal office working space. Easy to install Planon plus WiFi luminaire panels in different sizes with Frameless versions in further size options provide homogenous lighting for indoor spaces. A Moodlight, FLEX strip lighting, Downlights, Spot PAR 16, Classic B25 and A40 lamps round off the range for a complete home transformation to wellbeing.

LEDVANCE lighting solutions come in environmentally friendly cardboard packaging with all relevant product information immediately visible on the outside of the box.

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WILA expands portfolio with launch of Tentec Pro

Innovative lighting specialist, WILA Lighting, has expanded its product range for 2022 with the launch of the Tentec Pro, a stylish recessed downlight offering class-leading uniformity with squared distribution.

The Tentec Pro offers the perfect downlight solution with consistency like no other, an integrated lens, especially designed to provide a squared distribution. The custom optic and reflector system delivers a 68° beam.

With high efficacy and low glare, the Tentec Pro is perfect for a wide range of applications and projects. Thanks to its protection level of IP44, the downlight can be used in a variety of settings, while its 77mm installation height ensures it is suitable even for areas with exceptionally low ceiling voids.

Tentec Pro has been designed with a plethora of flexible and adaptable solutions tailored to the unique needs of any installation and project.

The Tentec Pro boasts stunning aesthetics, with a smooth semi diffused finish, it is discreet, sleek, and seamless, with no visible fixings. The narrow and shallow RAL 9016 white bezel, and high-quality of the luminaire’s materials, magnify this visual masterpiece.

The durable housing is manufactured in die-cast aluminium, with light-proof housing, ensuring a high level of quality. Tentec Pro overdelivers on longevity with a 100,000h lifetime (L90 / B10).

The superior light quality is clear. The Tentec Pro is available with CRI>80 and colour consistency <3 step MacAdams (SDCM), to offer an impeccable lighting output.

Combined with a highly efficient LED and thermal optimisation, the Tentec Pro delivers efficiency levels of up to 1219lm @154lm/W and 2853lm @145lm/W.

With a UGR<19, the Tentec Pro ensures limited glare and therefore a comfortable environment for any application. With the option to specify the luminaire in 3000K or 4000K, Tentec Pro can create the perfect atmosphere, whether it be in an office or retail space.

Aligned with its seamless design, the Tentec Pro’s installation, is simple and refined. This is made possible with hidden fixing points by utilising the three-screw paddle system and a simple bayonet fixing bezel.

Control options for the Tentec Pro include fixed output, DALI dimmable or Casambi Bluetooth wireless, making controllability as flexible as the solution itself.

Matt Vogel, Chief Executive Officer at WILA Lighting commented: WILA Lighting are thrilled to launch this brand new innovative and stylish downlight to our extensive product portfolio. This offers a flexible, dynamic, and design-led solution for any application with the added bonus of looking great and being simple to install.

As a business we aim to consistently evolve our lighting solutions to meet our clients’ needs and wants. We envision the Tentec Pro as a key solution in our range, which will prove popular amongst the specification community.”

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2022, A new vision for Prolojik

In April, Prolojik celebrates its 20th Birthday. From humble beginnings with Founder and CTO Asela Rodrigo and two colleagues, to a team of 52, the world of lighting and technology has moved on at an exponential pace. Light and lighting controls have become the heart of a commercial building, providing a unique combination of business-critical data.

It was on a chilly Sunday morning bike ride around central London that Asela and his fellow Director Mark Vincent, not only admired some of the inspiring London architecture but also took stock of Prolojik’s achievements and some of the capital’s influential landmarks and companies that Prolojik have worked with, including More London, Saatchi & Saatchi, Kings College, Bloom Farringdon, London Wall Place, Charlotte Street and UCL.

To mark 20 years of growth and achievements, Prolojik felt it was time to take a look at its branding and make sure that it was aligned with all of the firm’s key messaging.

Prolojik is about people… this means colleagues and clients. A new vision for 2022 saw the company wanting to develop the brand in a way that people could relate to, starting a deeper conversation with clients and a return to the core values which has underpinned the business’ growth. Prolojik wanted to bring joy and optimism while also communicating its wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise and re-enforcing the reliability and trust that it has built up over the years.

The firm worked on evolving the brand: simplifying it and adding clarity to the marque. It is built upon a classic font style, so it will always remain fresh, to bring authority, simplicity and confidence, whilst keeping it approachable and most importantly, legible!

But the brand isn’t just about the new logo. The pure circles within the logo create a halo; a circle that is friendly, enclosing and warm. A circle of trust. This also gives a wonderfully versatile element that can be used in many ways through all communications, across all platforms, and that can also constantly evolve. This really brings the brand to life and keeps the business looking to the future.

Where there are people, there’s Prolojik!