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Lodes to open first Milan showroom – marking a key milestone in brand’s evolution

Italian lighting specialist, Lodes, will open its first Milan showroom in June 2022 to coincide with this year’s Fuorisalone during Milan Design Week. Situated in the heart of Brera, the city’s renowned creative hub and home to some of the best Italian design brands, the new space will be part of a prestigious building on Via della Moscova 33. Visitors to the showroom will find Lodes’ latest lighting collections, including Volum by leading Norwegian architects, Snøhetta, Flar by Patrick Norguet, IVY by Vittorio Massimo, and other pieces such as Easy Peasy and Croma by Luca Nichetto.

Spanning over 200 sqm with three large display windows, the beautifully furnished space is the brand’s first showroom in Milan – and also its first in the world. It is housed inside a historic building that was once a barracks for Napoleon’s cavalry, a military bakery for the Austrian Government, and also the home of the Banca Popolare Commercio e Industria after the Second World War.

Not only does the new space serve as a showroom for architects and interior designers, it also provides individual customers with a relaxing, feel-at-home environment to experience Lodes’ quality designs and meet its team of experts in-person.

Following the success of the company’s major rebrand in 2020, the Milan opening represents a significant milestone in its 70-plus-year history. This key moment marks a new chapter for the Venice-based manufacturer – furthering and consolidating its growth internationally, as well as strengthening and offering its physical experience – that bears witness to the brand’s DNA – to its customers.

Massimiliano Tosetto, Managing Director of Lodes, comments: “We’re very excited to open a new showroom in Milan, right in the heart of Brera – one of the city’s most vibrant districts, and also a great symbol of design.

“It’s a great pleasure for us to join such a strong creative community and celebrate the best of Italian design – alongside other leading brands and industry names. The opening of our Milan showroom will enable Lodes to have a continuous yet firm presence in the city during its annual design week.”

Tosetto adds: “And thanks to the showroom’s original architectural features including high ceilings and large windows, we will also have the opportunity to showcase our collections at their best and express the juxtaposition between our designs and the unique setting of the space.”

After the opening, the new Milan showroom will see Lodes host a series of events and workshops for industry professionals and end-consumers. Meanwhile, the company continues to grow its retail network and e-commerce offering, while expanding its contract markets in Continental Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, North America and Asia.

More details about the opening will be announced in due course, including Lodes’ launch programme during Milan Design Week 2022. For more information about Lodes’ latest products, please visit

Address: Via della Moscova 33, Milan

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Dialight do the double with hazardous area certifications

Dialight Group, the global leader in industrial LED lighting solutions, has today launched two new lighting products specifically for hazardous area applications in the EMEA and APAC markets.

The SafeSite® Bulkhead and ProSite Floodlight are both backed by Hazardous Area certification (SafeSite for Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22, and ProSite for Zone 2, 21 and 22), offering significant improvements to product performance and ensuring dependable and worry-free performance, even in the most challenging environments. The new Bulkhead and Floodlight’s compact forms are ideal for multiple applications and feature the widest ambient temperature rating on the market.

The rugged SafeSite® Bulkhead offers a reliable and cost-effective solution for retrofitting existing projects, or for installation at greenfield projects. Constructed with marine grade aluminium and producing up to 150 lumens per watt, the light can offer a two-for-one substitute for traditional lighting solutions, maximising installation savings.

Producing up to 6,500 lumens with the market’s broadest ambient temperature range (-40°C to +65°C) and ingress and impact ratings of IP66/67 and IK10 respectively, the SafeSite Bulkhead also offers multiple colour temperatures including 5000K, 4000K, 2700K, amber models and now green to ensure local wildlife are not disrupted and battery backup options for emergency applications.

The ProSite Floodlights, originally launched for solely industrial applications last year, are now available for a diverse range of hazardous area facilities providing superior visibility to external worksites with crisp, near daylight illumination to ensure safety and security.

The floodlights feature a modular, scalable form allowing customisation to individual requirements and are currently available in 12,000 – 65,000 lumen models, reaching up to 165 Lumens Per Watt (LPW), for mounting heights of up to 30 metres. They integrate highly efficient precision optics, offering a wide range of beam patterns from narrow-spot to very wide, symmetric or asymmetric, and provide maximum protection against water, dust, debris, vibration and impact with IP66/67, and IK10 ratings. The lights can withstand a variety of environmental conditions with a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +65°C and come with corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel mounting hardware as standard.

Both the SafeSite® Bulkhead and ProSite Floodlight come with Dialight’s industry-leading 10 year warranty.

Launching the products, Fariyal Khanbabi, Dialight Group Chief Executive, commented, “Dialight has a proud heritage of designing best-in-class lighting products for some of the most challenging work sites on earth. We are very pleased to bring the performance and quality of our SafeSite® Bulkhead and ProSite Floodlight to Hazardous Area applications where explosive atmospheres necessitate advanced protection methods to safeguard human life. With rising environmental concerns and energy cost, our energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products are making a real difference.”

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Tamlite eliminates 51 tonnes of plastic waste as part of circular economy strategy

Tamlite Lighting has eradicated more than 51 tonnes of plastic from its operations over the last four years, the equivalent to well over 1 million plastic bags.

The leading independent lighting manufacturer has also reduced consumption of new plastics by an impressive 80% – down from 14.5 tonnes in 2020 to 2.7 tonnes – rewarding its efforts in this key environmental area.

The move to eliminate plastics from its operations is part of the Midland-based company’s award-winning circular economy strategy. For many years it has sought to move away from the traditional linear resource consumption model, towards designing out waste, maximising value, improving maintenance, and returning materials into the cycle at the end of their lives.

In order to make such substantial savings, Tamlite’s dedicated luminaire design team has taken steps to ensure that the amount of plastic used within its products has also been reduced and through innovative design are also making strides to futureproof luminaires and expand their longevity. One such example is its ‘Solar’ luminaire, where the design team were able to re-engineer the existing design of the product, meaning no additional cost and resource of starting a whole new design.

The company has also completely removed plastic packaging from a number of products, including the batten and flat panel lighting ranges. With sales of these involving very substantial quantities of fittings every year, the savings rapidly add up. As it steps up its circular economy approach, Tamlite has switched to card/paper-based packaging – materials that are already made of 100% recycled materials – and paper-based tape instead of vinyl so that all the packaging components are recyclable.

Tamlite Lighting Head of Wellbeing Debbie-Sue Farrell comments: “As a responsible manufacturer, we take pride in leading by example when it comes to tackling climate change and protecting natural resources. Across our operations and processes we have embraced a circular economy approach where possible to reduce our impact on the environment. Reducing our reliance on plastic, as well as other non-recyclable materials, is an important part of our strategy going forward. The results speak for themselves as we make real strides towards being a more sustainable manufacturer.

“Sustainability across our operations will remain a major focus for us as we are committed to providing our customers luminaires that have been built with care, diligence and quality at their core.”

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Accolades for Recolight’s Lighting Product Design for a Circular Economy workshop

Recolight’s first training workshop focusing on Lighting Product Design for a Circular Economy ran in London during April.

The course was designed following feedback from the Recolight Circular Economy webinar series. We were told that the lighting industry need to fully understand the Circular Economy, and how products can be designed to embed circularity.

The one day in-person workshops do just that. They include practical guidance on circular design issues including design for long and extended use, upgradeability and repairability, replaceability, choice of materials, use of recycled raw materials, and design for recovery. The workshop includes hands-on case studies of products designed to circular economy principles.

And this is what some of the attendees for our first course had to say:

“A great, informative workshop that de-mystified a lot of the industry’s movement towards a Circular Economy. The mix of delivered content and open discussion made for a truly productive day.” Graeme Stears, Technical Manager, LightGraphix

“With Circular Economy being such a fundamental part of our future, it’s important our industry collaborates to make change happen. Thank you to Recolight & F Mark for a valuable workshop, bringing together like minded businesses and helping to navigate the way forward.”  Leighton James, Product & Marketing Director, TRILUX Lighting Ltd

“Both the presentation and associated discussion were engaging, informative and thought-provoking. The workshop provided a great snapshot of the general state of circularity in the lighting industry today, and the challenges and possible solutions for designing to improve that situation.” Mustanir Ali, Certification Manager,  BSI

“A very informative and worthwhile day! Although the topic is massive in its importance and complexity it was delivered in a very logical, practical and thought provoking way.”

Gary Dettmar , Head of Architecture, TRILUX Lighting Ltd

The workshop is presented by Simon Fisher, founder and director of F Mark, a consultancy specialising in the design, development and engineering of lighting products and associated systems.

The workshops, which are CPD accredited, will run again on 17 May – Birmingham, 7 June -Leeds,          14 June – London.

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British Grower, Global Berry Selects Arize® Element L1000 Next-Gen LED Top Lighting for Year-round Strawberry Production

GE Current, a Daintree Company Helps Ensure Supply of Premium, Homegrown Strawberries for Britain’s Leading Supermarkets Through the Winter

GE Current, a Daintree company is helping Global Berry bring high-quality British strawberries to consumers all year round by installing more than 4,500 of its latest-generation Arize® Element L1000 LED top lights in Global Berry’s 3 hectare (30,000m2), Taunton glasshouse. Paired with Current’s Daintree wireless lighting control solution, the L1000 grow lights deliver the optimum light energy required to supplement the available sunlight throughout the day, allowing Global Berry to produce winter strawberries that rival the quality of those picked at the height of summer. Currently available to British consumers at Sainsburys, Aldi and M&S, winter strawberries grown in the UK offer better taste, with higher nutritional value and a longer shelf life than lower-quality imports that often sell at a premium.

Current worked in partnership with TCE Electrical to create a bespoke lighting design to achieve maximum efficiency and ROI for Global Berry. John Downes, Managing Director at Global Berry commented: “Current’s team worked with us from Day One to build the most effective plan for our operation. We worked with their plant scientists to establish exactly what the strawberry plants would need in terms of supplemental lighting on the darkest English winter days and then once we had the maximum output required and the most suitable light recipe, the designers modelled the exact layout of fixtures required to achieve our production goals with the minimal number of lights.”

Designed to offer a true 1:1 replacement for 1000W HPS greenhouse fixtures, the Arize Element L1000 Next-Gen is available with a choice of eight optimized light spectra and a light output of up to 2250µmol/s. Current’s proprietary wide-angle XW Optic also ensures uniform light distribution across the crop, typically reducing the number of fixtures required by up to 15% and allowing for easier installations in greenhouses with less headroom.

When paired with Current’s Daintree wireless control solution, the L1000 can be automatically and intelligently adjusted in real time, to minimize energy consumption and take full advantage of all available, natural daylight. With PAR (Photosynthetic Active Radiation) sensors positioned outside and within the growing area, the Daintree system actively monitors the amount of useful, natural light reaching the crop and will then either dim or increase the amount of supplemental light delivered by the L1000 to achieve the daily light integral (DLI) requirement for the crop. This approach to daylight harvesting minimizes energy consumption and lowers operational costs on sunny days, enhancing profitability without any impact on productivity.

Malcolm Yare, Horticulture Commercial Leader at Current commented: “Strawberries are an iconic summer crop that consumers want to be able to buy all year round. Nothing can compare to a homegrown strawberry but with advances in greenhouse lighting and technology you don’t need to wait until the summer months to taste a British strawberry. Global Berry is proving that with the right technology and approach, you can produce berries under glass in the middle of winter that are just as large, sweet and tasty as the fruit you’d pick at the height of summer.”

John Downes said, “Securing supplies of high-quality fruit and reducing our reliance on imports in a sustainable way is a key priority for British retailers. By ensuring year-round production of strawberries, we can also provide more reliable, year-round jobs for seasonal workers, consistent quality of produce on the shelves and a more established domestic supply chain for UK consumers with a lower carbon footprint than you’d see from winter imports of berries originating in warmer climates.”

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LMXLED lighting the way for tunnel applications

 Leading UK based lighting manufacturer LMXLED has been lighting the way for tunnel applications with its recent commission of illuminating the brand new 2 x 16km long Chiltern tunnels.

This innovative and newly designed tunnel which will link London with the major cities of the North, takes a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to design. Running beneath the hills, the tunnel ensures the woodlands and wildlife habitats above the ground are protected. The disruption to local communities during construction and the operation of the new railway will also be significantly reduced. This innovative and sustainable construction will offer low carbon journeys and will increase the capacity for more freight and local trains on our existing mainlines.

Having been appointed as one of the lighting suppliers for the Chiltern tunnel, LMXLED bring over 30 years’ experience in the lighting industry to the project. With a strong emphasis on design and innovation, LMXLED incorporates the latest LED technologies within their product portfolio in order to maximise energy efficiency and ensure optimal illumination for the end user whilst maintaining a core focus on reducing carbon emissions and the overall carbon footprint.

LMXLED supplied INFINILED, a high-quality, high voltage LED strip lighting solution bespoke for the Chiltern Tunnels, designed exclusively for tunnel applications which have very specific needs. The 150 metre solution provided via a total of six 25 metre lengths, offer waterproof connectors at either ends of the LED strip, and a T connector for emergency lighting wherever required. Each metre of strip features 120 LED’s offering optimum light 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With their market leading guarantee this product offers stability and reliability.

In addition to the considerations for water and emergency situations, the solution also boasts 1000 rectifiers per 25 metre (as opposed the standard offer of one per 25 metres). This ensures smoother, uniform lighting, with less flicker, and reduced heat bringing a more reliable fitting. The special design reduces heat in two ways – by using 230vac and by having more rectifiers per metre compared to other solutions on the market.

LMXLED are proud to offer their own exclusive mould to house their strip fitting, ensuring easy installation and a reduced risk of damage. All raw materials used (PCB, silicone, genuine 3M tape) are halogen free with certification.

Darren Woodhouse, CEO LMXLED said, ‘’Within the tunnel temporary and permanent lighting environment LMXLED have a vast range of lighting solutions. Our LED strip technology is at the forefront of future-proof design and quality, the INFINILED lighting solution is perfect for short and long-distance applications reducing the need for continual access and maintenance as well as costly power solutions. We are proud to be part of this innovative project.’’

LMXLED is certainly miles ahead in tunnel application lighting, with a plethora of tunnel projects in the pipeline for 2022 and beyond.

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Peace of mind on the menu for diners at TTFB’s restaurants in Taiwan

  • Signify and TTFB, the largest Asian cuisine chain restaurant operator in Taiwan, installs a double disinfection solution across 80 of their restaurants
  • TTFB serves up an added layer of protection for diners and employees using Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires across all indoor areas

Eindhoven, Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, installs its Philips UV-C lighting disinfection solutions in 80 restaurants run by TTFB, the largest Asian cuisine chain restaurant operator in Taiwan.

Restaurants were among the hardest hit business sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. When lockdown regulations were lifted in August 2021, TTFB began the rollout of their advanced disinfection strategy across 80 of its chain restaurant locations, including Thai Town Cuisine, Very Thai Restaurant, and Shann Rice Bar.

Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires provide a well-established method of disinfection, UV-C light, used to disinfect air, water, and surfaces from pathogens. By deploying UV-C solutions throughout its restaurants, TTFB offers customers a dining environment that allows them to feel more secure from the moment they walk in the door. Customers can take off their face masks in the shared dining spaces knowing there is an added layer of protection against exposure to bacteria and viruses.

Double disinfection apc-2proach brings restaurant cleaning to an entirely new level

Together with Signify, TTFB designed a UV-C disinfection plan that covered all indoor areas, from the front entrance to the dining area to the kitchen. TTFB installed floor-standing Philips UV-C air disinfection units near the reception area where diners first enter the restaurant. The generous air flow and UV-C light will contribute to effectively inactivating bacteria and viruses in the air brought into the restaurant from outside.

TTFB installed Philips UV-C upper air disinfection luminaires in the dining areas, where people remove their face masks to eat. The Philips solutions continuously disinfect the upper air of an indoor space, and the disinfected upper air circulates down to the dining area through natural air convection, allowing consumers to feel more secure knowing there is an added layer of protection for them, while they enjoy their meals.

TTFB also installed Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires in the kitchen for surface disinfection of the cooking areas and workstations, which are timed to come on once the restaurant is closed and employees have gone home. Featured safeguard controls on the luminaires use sensor monitoring, which automatically shuts down the UV-C disinfection if a person or animal is detected within the range of the sensor, preventing potentially harmful exposure to the UV-C light.

“At TTFB we are constantly improving our ’safer restaurant’ strategy to further protect our employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Doris Hsu, Customer Service Department Senior Manager of TTFB. “We believe the co-operation with Signify not only increases our customers’ comfort level within our restaurants, but also delivers a future-proof solution for the industry that allows us to take a significant step forward.”

Eric Yu, General Manager of Signify Taiwan, said, “Our customers use Philips UV-C disinfection lighting devices to enhance their disinfection strategies. We are very proud to help TTFB level up their restaurants’ layer of protection and help bring peace of mind to their customers.”

Signify will have equipped all 80 of TTFB’s restaurants with UV-C disinfection lighting by the end of March 2022.

UV-C light


UV-C light is a well-established method of disinfection, used to disinfect air, water, and surfaces from pathogens. UV-C light breaks down the DNA or RNA of microorganisms, including viruses and bacteria, rendering them harmless.3 Test results show that UV-C disinfection upper air luminaires inactivated 99.99% of SARS-COV-2 in the air of a room within 10 minutes.1 UV-C disinfection upper air luminaires continuously disinfect the air in the upper areas of a room while there are people present underneath them.2

Signify has been at the forefront of UV technology for more than 35 years and has a proven track record in developing innovative UV-C disinfection solutions. Signify’s UV-C lighting is designed in accordance with applicable standards and regulations and must be installed and used according to product-specific safety instructions; being manufactured in controlled industrial processes.

For more information, visit Signify’s UV-C lighting solutions webpages here.

According to results obtained from a laboratory test conducted by Innovative Bioanalysis, a CAP, CLIA, AABB Certified Safety Reference Laboratory, in a room with sufficient air circulation. For more information, please refer to the test report available here.

UV-C light should always be installed by professionals in accordance with the safety requirements and instructions to avoid humans and animals from being exposed to protect their skin and eyes from potential damages.

3 Mayaleri et al (2016); Fluence (UV Dose) required to achieve incremental log inactivation of Bacteria, Protozoa, Viruses and Algae