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A new system creates big magic on a small stage: showcase lighting with Axis from ERCO

Lüdenscheid, January 2024. If a brand with decades of experience in museum lighting develops a new system for showcases, lighting designers and users are justified in expecting a lot. With Axis, ERCO now presents a modular lighting system that sets the benchmark for quality of light in showcases: protective, effective, flexible and precise. And of course with digital connectivity. The system includes miniaturised stem luminaires, surface-mounted luminaires and semi-recessed luminaires that can be individually adapted to their tasks.

ERCO lighting tools are already in use in thousands of galleries and museums around the world to optimally display architecture and exhibits. For many curators, exhibition organisers and conservators, the quality of light and design quality of ERCO spotlights for track sets the standard. The new Axis system provides just such qualities on a miniaturised scale. Axis completes the existing ERCO product range for museums, thus allowing the highly consistent implementation of holistic lighting concepts for multi-storey atriums with large sculptures, halls and galleries of any format and small-scale cabinets – and now also in showcases, displays and dioramas.

With extremely variable positioning

When illuminating exhibits in showcases it’s all about creating magic on a small stage – whilst optimally protecting sensitive materials and colours. LED lighting with Axis therefore fulfils high conservation requirements: free of UV components, with qualitative colour rendering (up to CRI>97) and with a very low damage factor of 0.140 – 0.187mW/lm. Based on this certitude, exhibition organisers can devote themselves entirely to the perfect display of their exhibits.

Axis functions with spherical pan-and-tilt LED light heads with a diameter of just 25 mm. The system offers various options for positioning these light heads: the single, twin and 4-gang semi-recessed luminaires integrate elegantly into showcase bases and ceiling panels. As a modular surface-mounted luminaire, one or more light heads on a cylindrical base project into the showcase. The variable stem luminaire provides additional flexibility in terms of the height of the light points. The stable mechanical and electrical connection of up to three light heads (two light heads with ceiling mounting) is established without tools using magnetic holders. In combination with the three interchangeable lens optics – spot (approx. 17°), flood (approx. 32°) and wide flood (approx. 45°) – exhibits can be illuminated in nuanced ways from all desired directions. Axis uses the same lens technology as the ‘large’ ERCO spotlights to achieve optimum efficiency and quality of light. This means: precise, brilliant, highly uniform beams of light with no spill light.

Adaptable – thanks to individual accessories

After the positions of the light heads in the showcase and their beam angles have been determined it is a matter of lighting up: Axis semi-recessed luminaires feature 360° rotation and 140° swivelling. The magnetic Axis modules of the stem and surface-mounted luminaire can be freely rotated around their cylindrical axis and the light heads can be swivelled through 270°. An Axis control gear unit can supply up to 12 light heads, and such a group can be dimmed directly on the control gear using a potentiometer, wirelessly via Casambi Bluetooth or via a gateway with DALI – as low as 1% luminous flux. The luminous flux of individual light heads can also be individually reduced using clip-on, accessory neutral density filters. Various lens units, blue light filters for additional protection of sensitive exhibits, soft focus and sculpture lenses as well as anti-glare attachments such as snoots or honeycomb anti-dazzle screens are also available as accessories, making Axis extremely customisable.

Independently tested and certified

The specific strengths of Axis are especially evident in combination with other ERCO lighting tools such as 48V spotlights and wallwashers. Axis luminaires provide precise accent lighting from a short distance, with e.g. Eclipse 48V spotlights being used at larger distances or for higher illuminances. In larger showcases, 48V wallwashers are able to uniformly illuminate the rear walls whilst Axis effectively display the individual exhibits.

The selection of LED light colours for Axis corresponds to the ERCO standard: 2700 to 4000K with CRI 92 and 3000K with CRI 97 are available. As with the spotlights, the LEDs assembled in Axis also have an especially high colour matching of 1.5 SDCM, meaning that even trained eyes will not be able to detect a difference in the colour location – the appearance is completely uniform. Axis is also currently the only ENEC and UL certified showcase lighting on the market, thus offering a high and independently tested safety standard. This is an important argument for all professionals in museums who will be working with Axis showcase lighting in the future and entrusting their irreplaceable collection objects to its light.

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Rako and bespoke installations create a relaxing haven at Somerset lodge

Bittescombe Lodge & Deer Park, a luxurious 10-bedroom exclusive-use lodge nestled in rural Somerset, embarked on a journey to create a luxurious and intuitive experience for its guests. Rako’s easy to use and adaptable lighting control system was the ideal choice to deliver the ambience the Bittescombe Lodge & Deer Park team wanted to create in each of its architecturally unique en-suite bedrooms.

Tiverton based system integrator, Bespoke Installations SW Ltd, carried out this project, integrating lighting controls, audio-visual systems, surveillance, and heating solutions to meet the client’s requirements for simplicity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal.

“It was absolutely crucial that the lighting control was intuitive for guests staying at Bittescombe Lodge, which is why we selected a system from Rako Controls,” comments Michael Blake of Bespoke Installations. “We chose a hardwired solution for its reliability, reach and greater control.  The Rako system also gave us the ability to link other buildings within the overall property.”

Rako supplied custom engraved keypads featuring labels such as ‘breakfast,’ ‘cocktails,’ ‘sunset,’ and ‘dinner’ which ensured a user-friendly experience. Staff also appreciate the ability to control large areas with a single button, enhancing efficiency during daily operations.

“This was a key feature and an important requirement for the client within the Old Cow Shed area of the lodge,” continues Michael. “We set up a cinema room with each source, such as Sky Q, being a single button on a custom engraved Rako keypad. It means the staff can easily and quickly set the system for the guests.”

Additionally, the Rako system facilitated a ‘goodnight’ setting, dimming communal areas for guests while ensuring external safety lighting remained active for a brief duration during the staff’s nightly lockup routine.

LED strips were strategically used throughout the lodge, with shadow gaps to highlight architectural features like stonework and timber panelling. High CRI (colour rendering index) lamps have been installed to ensure the artwork displayed in the property is shown in its truest form. Custom installed LED warm-white strips were also incorporated into the main staircase for a beautiful finish. These were made to the client’s design locally and Bespoke Installations went to the workshops to install the LEDs before site delivery to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible.

The lodge also features a bar, which was made to the client’s own design with timber and glass shelving. Again, Bespoke Installations incorporated LED strips into the shelves and around the curved bar area to give a soft, yet relaxing feel to the space.

Michael continues, “attention to detail was extremely important for this project so we turned to local trades to have custom-made curved aluminium strips on which to mount the LED strip for the curved areas. This is imperative as without it the strips will overheat, and their life is dramatically shortened. Having them made locally saved time and money too.”

Local artist Bob Crooks designed and crafted magnificent blown-glass lighting ‘shades’ that were installed in the rear hallway and dining room, they deliver an absolutely beautiful effect on the surroundings.

There were also challenges involved with this project as Michael explains, “ELV lighting is a strict requirement in swimming pools, and so we were tasked with coming up with a solution so that the client could still have traditional wall lights but still comply with electrical regulations. We modified some traditional wall lights with IP67 LED strip running at 24 volts wired back to the plant room dimming equipment. The result is beautiful and unique, whilst also meeting the requirement to keep things within electrical regulations.”

Bespoke Installations also installed Gallo speakers, powered by Sonos, as well as Proficient and SpeakerCraft wall or ceiling speakers. A high-speed fibre Wi-Fi system is installed across the property, with UPS battery backup of the core network and failover to Starlink so that loss of connectivity is almost impossible at this secluded hideaway. They also installed a front projection system in the Old Cow Shed with 5.2 sound for cinematic night-time entertainment. Every room has TV and soundbar with Freeview reception, and the Old Cow Shed, Club and Gym have Sky Q.

Michael concludes, “I have used Rako previously and what I appreciate about the company is their support. As a UK manufacturer with a UK based support team, I know they are there whenever I need them. I also know the team, which gives me confidence in using their products. This particular project has been great to work on and the client is delighted with the end result.”

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One Year of Change in the Making for LIA CEO Ayça Donaghy

It has been one year since The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) announced Ayça Donaghy as the Association’s new Chief Executive Officer. At this time, she laid out her ambitious plans for her first 100 days in the role. Therefore, to celebrate the anniversary of her appointment, she is sharing how the organisation has worked to meet these goals.

With over 10 years of experience and senior positions in the electrical distribution and lighting industries, Ayça was selected as the perfect individual to take on the role of CEO and make a real difference from within the association. She says: “As the first year into my role as the CEO at the LIA closes, I want to provide an update on the incredible progress we have made in my first year. When I started, I recognised that the organisation needed new energy to create an environment for committed teams, engaged members, elevated alliances, increased visibility, and supporting sustainability. I am proud to say that we have made significant progress in achieving these goals.”

In terms of creating a committed team through increased recruitment, the LIA has focused on outreach and hiring for a range of new senior roles. This has included the appointment of a new Marketing Manager and a Business Administrator Apprentice, and the organisation is also currently recruiting for a Commercial and Training Manager, and a Technical Operations Manager.

The LIA has also seen its commitment to engaging members and reaching new members pay off through social media, networking, and events. The company’s LinkedIn following has reached over 11,000, and the social media presence of the organisation has also expanded to Instagram to reach new followers.

The LIA has hosted a range of events in 2023 which have gained excellent attendance and overwhelmingly positive feedback, including the AGM & Annual Lunch, the ICEL Emergency Lighting Conference 2023, and the Winter and Autumn Tech Forums 2023. Webinars have also been launched to success, such as the Tech Talks @ 2, Sustainability Illuminated, as well as the in-person Sustainability Illuminated Roundtable. The events calendar for 2024 is already impressive, with further events in the pipeline throughout the year to address key industry topics, and provide networking opportunities amongst our members, and the wider industry.

As well as cementing relationships with members, the LIA has also strengthened its alliances, connecting with leaders at partner organisations such as LightingEurope, CIBSE, SLL, ILP, HEA, IALD, EDA, ECA, BEAMA, CPA and Women in Lighting, to promote engagement and collaboration. The organisation has also built new relationships with companies that offer extension services that complement its work, including marketing support agencies, training, CRM, website providers, and associated organisations like ACID (Anti-Copying in Design) and MAKE UK.

Another key focus was on government advocacy and championing industry updates. The industry came together to shape our response to the Ecodesign Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) proposals, published by the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) on January 10th, 2023. This was led by the LIA, working within the Lighting Liaison Group (The LLG). The LIA provided its members with the necessary information to complete their DESNZ consultation returns and submitted an in-depth evidence document to DESNZ. DESNZ have since confirmed that ‘they are currently working with Ministers, and they will provide an update on the publication of the government’s response as soon as possible. They also offered guidance on the change in regulation to the energy labelling of lamps which came into effect on the 1st October 2023, allowing those in the industry to prepare for the deadline and ensure that products were sold before that date.

The LIA has also proven its dedication to supporting sustainability, through the successful launch of the TM66 Assured Product Verification Scheme. This innovative initiative was developed and fulfilled by the LIA and endorsed by CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), aiming to advance circular economy practices within the lighting industry.

Ayça adds: “I am incredibly proud that my first year as CEO has seen so many significant changes arise within the organisation. We will continue to deliver to this excellent standard, striving to create a more engaging and supportive environment and working towards government and sustainability initiatives that benefit both our members and the wider lighting community.”

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Michael Grubb Studio Lighting Designer Reaches for the Stars in SLL Young Lighter Final 2023

The 29th year of the prestigious SLL Young Lighter competition provided a high-profile opportunity for the four selected finalists to present their research at the popular UK lighting exhibition LiGHT 23 in November 2023. Anna Freiesleben, Project Lighting Designer at Michael Grubb Studio, shares insights into the process and inspiration behind her enlightening talk.

Anna proudly presented her topic Light Beyond Earth: Illuminating Life on Exoplanets. Her research explores how exoplanets set the scene for discovering unusual lighting effects and consequent challenges to the human circadian rhythm. This study proposes the creation of a futuristic ‘Exoplanet Lighting Design Guide’, initially focusing on the closest exoplanet to Earth: Proxima Centauri b.

Anna shares her inspiration behind this unique topic. She explains: In summer 2022, the first images from the James Webb telescope were released, which showed aspects of space in super high definition, featuring glistening stars and an array of ethereal colours. This photographic publication was the catalyst for me to research light in space and I started looking deeper into astronomy imagery.

As lighting effects depend on the relationship between planets and their stars, this led me to look at the appearance of light on various exoplanets. In early 2023, I decided to submit a proposal for the Young Lighter competition and refined the study to focus upon the closest exoplanet to Earth: Proxima Centauri b.”

She also reveals how she began researching such a new and unexplored topic. When asked about her starting point, she explains: “I read articles, watched documentaries, listened to podcasts, and delved through the NASA website, which is full of helpful information and provides the latest research. I found information specific to Proxima Centauri b, and filtered out the aspects related to light. I considered how humans would live on the exoplanet and the unique challenges and opportunities of both natural and artificial lighting. Throughout each competition stage, I considered how the information could be presented through a strong visual image, drawing diagrams, maps and concept imagery to communicate the information in a clear and appealing way.”

There were several points of interest discovered while researching this topic. Anna explains: “I found it surprising how similar the characteristics of Proxima Centauri b are to Earth. Where the two planets differ, the extreme conditions are fascinating. The exoplanet’s special feature of perpetual sunset was the key characteristic which acted as a visual backdrop throughout my narrative. As no one has yet travelled to Proxima Centauri b, there are many aspects of life there which are still unknown. Setting my presentation in the future (2100) enabled me to create a pretext using the most likely scenarios, giving a basis to the guide and parameters for the light studies.”

To structure her topic, Anna informs us of the key points she wanted to convey: “Due to the visual appeal of space, I knew I wanted my research to convey an illustrated story. I used the three chapters of 1. Climate Catastrophe; 2. Light Beyond Earth; and 3. Illuminating Life on Exoplanets to narrate the journey from Earth to Proxima Centauri b. This structure linked back to current Earth climate research to provide justification for the guide, conveying the distinctive exoplanetary lighting conditions and providing bespoke lighting guidance. Whilst designing for life on Proxima Centauri b, I considered the three ecologies of mental, social and environmental. Through my presentation, I wanted to evoke interest in space and the concept of light beyond Earth. I hoped to encourage new ways of thinking about light and how to design for unusual contexts, pushing the boundaries of standard lighting design to prepare us for the future.”

Discussing what we can expect from the future of this topic, she said: “As a future Exoplanet Lighting Design Guide would require input from designers across the world, I would like to discuss the topic amongst international audiences. It would be great to collaborate with astrophysicists and bridge the gap between science and the arts, as a future in space will affect us all. As we learn more about exoplanets, the Exoplanet Lighting Design Guide can constantly expand to contain the latest scientific research. There are thought to be 59 potentially habitable exoplanets amongst an estimated total of 11 billion, so the opportunities for discovering and responding to unusual lighting effects are endless.”


Anna’s presentation ultimately looks to answer the question: What are the future lighting conditions humans may face, and how do we design for these unfamiliar contexts? Her illuminating research is relevant for the future of lighting and design and raises thought-provoking questions about light and space.

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Illuminating Elegance with Glowrail. Bespoke Timber LED Handrail at London College of Fashion

The Light Lab contributed bespoke lighting to the relocation of London College of Fashion,

University of the Arts London, to its state-of-the-art, purpose built site at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the Stratford Waterfront. Allies and Morrison & Buro Happold specified our expertise to fabricate our bespoke LED handrail fitting ‘Glowrail’ in a custom timber finish, spanning 15 stories throughout the new building.

Internally, Buro Happold’s structural team devised innovative solutions for the complex spaces radiating from the central atrium and circulation space, known as the ‘Heart’.

One such solution was the ‘Heart Wall,’ a concrete frame comprising columns and beams that establishes a boundary between the central core and surrounding workshop spaces.

This structure provides primary stability while retaining flexibility in space utilization and service provision.

Our specialist team manufactured and installed over 430m of custom timber LED handrail, incorporating helical, curved, and straight sections, seamlessly integrating with the sweeping concrete ‘heart wall’ stair and adjoining black steel staircases; wall mounted with custom black powder coated steel brackets.

Mastering an unfinished surface presents a unique design challenge, as production director Marcus Cave describes;

“Fixing to a concrete surface demands complete precision, as there’s no room for touch-ups. 

To address this, our team devised a bespoke fixing method, which involved casting a spigot into pre-drilled holes

in the concrete and attaching our bracket directly — so accuracy was key! 

The team did a fantastic job, delivering this perfectly on a hugely impressive build.

Sincere thanks to Buro Happold for the opportunity with our Glowrail product. We’re thrilled with the result!”

The new home for UAL’s London College of Fashion is conceived as a 21st-century workshop, drawing inspiration from 19th-century mill buildings. Outwardly simple, unpretentious, and robust; it accommodates multiple complex and process-driven internal arrangements, ensuring adaptability to change. The new campus has also now achieved

BREEAM Outstanding certification, with Buro Happold delivering engineering strategies that will achieve a 39% reduction in CO2 emissions against the original brief,

The relocation of LCF consolidates departments spread across six London sites for the first time, making it one of the world’s largest dedicated spaces for the study and research of fashion upon completion.

Project Credits

Completion: November 2023

Clients partner: University of Arts London, London College of Fashion

Structure: Buro Happold

Services: Buro Happold Engineering

Facade: Buro Happold Facade Engineering

Landscape: LDA Design

Acoustics: Buro Happold Engineering

Cost: Gardiner & Theobald

Project management: Mace

Lighting: Buro Happold Engineering

Bespoke lighting manufacture & installation: The Light Lab

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Luminous multi-cuisine fine dining: Lighting Design International Showcases Inviting Lighting Design for Diners at Al Mamlaka, Riyadh

Leading lighting design consultants, Lighting Design International (LDI) have added another glamorous project to their portfolio having created the lighting design for a new social dining centre in Riyadh. 

Al Mamlaka Social Dining is a new multi-cuisine food experience in the Saudi Arabian capital. It is located inside the Kingdom Tower and forms part of the shopping mall housed within the striking skyscraper.

The Al Mamlaka is the first restaurant in Riyadh where diners can experience high-quality food from all over the world, under the same roof – and it is open for nearly 24 hours each day. This new offering is a sophisticated space, and the lighting needed to mirror this. 

Lighting Design International was chosen to deliver the lighting scheme for the new dining hall. Their appointment came following a recommendation, based on the team’s wealth of experience in lighting food hall projects and food retail.

The first attention-grabbing feature in the establishment is the coffee and cocktails station. This was a significant focal point for LDI – as it is the first sight guests see when they first enter the restaurant, it had to look incredible; drawing people into the space and delivering an ultimate first impression. 

The LDI team has used linear lighting around the canopy of the coffee counter, which offers a continuous ray of light, creating an impressive and stunning scene. 

LDI has introduced plinth-level lighting alongside lighting at the front of the panelling to the counter. Pendants provide an accent on the backstone, while task lights have been added at either side of the counter for baristas to safely carry out their work. Taking all of the elements together, LDI has created a multi-layered canopy. 

The overall space of the dining experience is vast, and LDI was commissioned to create the lighting design for all areas. This includes the areas between the kitchen and the counters, as guests have a great deal of visibility of these areas.

Each counter has a similar approach in terms of design so there are decorative lights around the signages, concealed linear lighting to uplight the menus. Ceramic pendants also drop around the counters, and in between these sit mini downlights. While the pendants give a glow, LDI wanted to add a pool of light onto the countertops, so the downlights have been used to provide an additional accent.

The same approach has been reflected in the dining area, with the decorative lights made of fabric, partnered with rattan pendants. Two different variations have been used. Track lights pin spot the tables, which was an important part of the lighting design. 

A notable, beautiful detail is the glowing light under the banquette and counter, radiating into the floor. 

All of the linear lighting was 2400K, which adds a warm depth. The architectural lighting is 2700K, and the lamps inside the pendants are 2200K. It was important for LDI to create warmth from the pendant, coupled with the accent lighting on the tables. Illuminating the plants was also key – as a very green, leafy restaurant, these plants needed to be showcased. 

Lighting has also been integrated between the banquette, uplighting the green features. This makes the accents very visible to the guests. Uplights in the planters throw patterns onto the columns, while lighting up the banquette. The window reveals are also uplit. 

Another important element of the design is to use light to guide guests from the door right to the very end of the restaurant. The lighting helps to direct diners to their desired location and different areas. As a demonstration of this, pools of light on the floor invite people to follow them from the coffee and cocktails, all the way to the patisserie at the very back of the dining space. 

Elsewhere in the space, the deli station has a completely different canopy and a unique interior approach, with a beautiful display. LDI has placed the lighting at the back of the pods, spices and books, to create a silhouette element at the front. The team specified the lighting in the fridges so that the colour is harmonious throughout, with a consistent quality too.  

Attention has been paid to all areas, including the restrooms. There is a contrast between being slightly darker and more intimate in the cubicles, but light as you come out into the vanity area. There are downlights in the vanity, and a wash over the ceiling as well as halo lighting detail around the mirrors.

LDI has also made sure to highlight the natural and earthy materials used throughout the refit, by drawing attention to these through numerous uplights in the floor. The features include the cane panels of the doors, and rattan wrapping around the columns. 

Moving to the outside, the exterior lighting is focused on being really tempting and inviting. The tendency in the Middle East is to use whiter light 3000-3500K, but LDI wanted to keep everything warm; giving the luxury refined experience and Michelin-star look.

On the facade, LDI has highlighted the copper finish that wraps the canopy and the greenery. This was to showcase the integration of nature into this public space.

Arianna Ghezzi, Associate at Lighting Design International, said “As the project entailed reworking an existing building rather than a new build, we had to work within several constraints and limitations.

“We have created a multi-discipline scheme that oozes sophistication and sets Al Mamlaka apart from everyday, standard food halls. As an almost 24-hour establishment, we needed to move the lighting along as the day faded and the nighttime set in.

“We achieved this by programming all of the lighting across the hall, with four different scenes. These are lighter during the day, with more atmospheric, moody lighting during the night. A podium and a stage can be added to the space, so the lighting needs to support a party mood for these occasions.

“The new dining experience of Al Mamlaka is certainly something unique, and the lighting is a key part of making guests know they are somewhere special.”


Interior Design- TGP International

Developer- JLL

Engineering- Bluehouse 

Downlights, uplights and spike lights – Lucent

Linear lighting – Tryka 

Façade lighting- Linea Light 

Decorative (spec’d by TGP, Zico lamps inside)

Control System- Lutron Controls

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Top spec office building features cutting edge lighting technology

Twelve floors of premium office space in the heart of London have undergone an extensive renovation, featuring the very latest in lighting and facilities management technology. 

Electrical contractor, Bridgegate Electrical, utilised the services of lighting firm Silent Design, who partnered with connectivity experts Tridonic to create a cutting-edge system that fulfilled the client’s needs and created an incredible home for its occupants.  

Located in the heart of London’s Fitrzrovia district, the MET Building offers 168,843 sq ft of luxurious office space. Rising to 12 floors, the attractive building aims to offer a unique experience for its occupants, including a dedicated events space and yoga deck. There is even a space for cyclists to not only store their bikes, but repair them too.  

Further enhancing the appeal of the MET Building is its biophilic design, increasing the connectivity of the occupants to nature and the natural world. These design principles have been enhanced through ample access to natural daylight and a lighting scheme that works in harmony with occupants’ circadian rhythms. 

The building owner wanted to create innovative and cutting-edge spaces that allowed users to maintain their own areas easily, while also having the ability to change settings as required, which was achieved by using Tridonic’s sceneCOM Evo system. 

The specification also required DALI control with DALI 2 sensors and input devices, along with DALI emergency monitoring at a centralised location, AV integration, fire alarm and last-man-out interfaces. It was also important to integrate tuneable white and circadian rhythm for parts of the open plan spaces that were further than 8m away from the windows. This also included daylight dimming and water solenoid valve control. The system needed to be scalable and user-friendly, and provided from a trusted brand.  

Dan Bamforth, UK controls and solutions manager for Tridonic, said: “Tridonic’s sceneCOM Evo-DALI control and DALI emergency monitoring were ideal to create easy configuration of spaces. The sceneCOM device features DALI 2 compatibility, allowing for easy networking of a number of other outputs.  

“The sceneCOM Evo also allows for custom white lighting profiles that adjust the colour temperature throughout the day automatically. This mimics natural daylight, matching the circadian rhythm of occupants to enhance their wellbeing.”  

A variety of lights and inputs are controlled by the sceneCOM Evo including a total of 5,700 DALI addresses for lighting and emergency lighting, including 1,100 DALI DT8 and DALI DT6 luminaires, with tuneable while LEDs. It also controls 880 DALI 2 PIRs and 67 DALI 2 switch inputs. 

The system also enables extensive data collection and turns luminaires into smart devices that can communicate their health and maintenance needs, to better support facilities management and predictive maintenance. 

John Bowden from Silent Design, specified Tridonic with the project. He said: “The MET Building is a shining example of how DALI devices can be harnessed to produce a number of key benefits including an intelligent, intuitive commercial space. Having worked with Tridonic previously, we were confident that their portfolio of expertly developed connectivity solutions would provide everything we needed to deliver the client’s needs.” 

Dan from Tridonic, added: “The intelligent design of our sceneCOM Evo was the ideal solution for this project. As well as offering unrivalled control, it enables extensive data collection which can be hugely beneficial for commercial property owners and operators. As a result of the new system, the MET Building is a beautifully in-tune premises, with state-of-the-art lighting features that provide a positive lasting impact upon its occupants.” 

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Pharos Controls Ltd

Pharos Architectural Controls is an award-winning British manufacturer of dynamic lighting control solutions for architecture and other specialist industries. Our products are highly flexible, versatile and powerful, and trusted to run day and night illuminating iconic installations around the world from international landmarks and historic architecture to theme parks, airports, stadiums, bridges, shopping malls, art installations, and more. 

Pharos is part of the Carallon group of companies, an independently-owned product development house specializing in innovative control systems. Its design team is the best of its kind – a group of highly motivated individuals committed to the creation and ongoing development of industry-leading products. Within that team is a wealth of experience in the field of advanced control solutions, with principal members responsible for ground-breaking entertainment lighting control consoles, architectural lighting systems and video processing technology. 

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Industry stalwart Martin Klaasen unveils knowledge-sharing platform

Renowned lighting industry expert, Martin Klaasen, has announced the launch of a new knowledge-sharing platform Light Talk.

Light Talk is a digital hub of information, guidance and advice for those engaged in the lighting profession or looking to start their career in the sector. It has been curated by Martin, drawing on his four decades of lighting design experience.

Bringing together all under one roof range of media including articles and blog posts, podcasts and video interviews, Light Talk caters for a wide audience across different methods of learning. From lighting designers to manufacturers, architects and interior designers, or students of design-led disciplines, Martin has ensured there is something for all the community.

There is also the option to sign up for Martin’s masterclass for an annual fee, which offers access to a growing collection of learning modules covering a wide range of topics related to lighting and lighting design.

The site also houses Martin’s two books which can be downloaded

Martin Klaasen said: “Light Talk is an exciting venture for me as it allows me to share the knowledge I have built up over 40 years with those in the industry who can benefit from it. The lighting sector is known for being collaborative and welcoming, and I want to give back to the industry that has offered me so much.

“I hope my insights help those already working in the industry, as well as those just starting on their journey or even looking for a career change.”

Adding to Light Talk’s offering, Martin can be booked for speaking opportunities, mentoring sessions or consultancy services.

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Recolight welcome, and respond to WEEE Consultation

The government launched the eagerly anticipated WEEE consultation on 28 December 2023. A range of measures are proposed within the joint UK Government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive consultation.

Recolight are pleased to see that the initial policy proposals cover what had been expected. The reform of the WEEE regulations is intended to encourage greater reuse and collection of waste electricals . And for products that cannot be reused, or remanufactured, proposals are in place to make it easier for consumers to recycle

There are two separate consultations – firstly proposals for short term regulatory change, and secondly, a call for evidence in other areas, to aid the development of new policy proposals.

Proposals for short term regulatory change

  • Free of charge collection of WEEE for consumers
    In essence, providing householders with free of charge collection of both small WEEE, and also of bulky WEEE, financed by the producers of new products.
  • Enhanced options for consumer takeback via retailers
    This includes strengthened obligations on retailers, in particular free collection of used appliances when delivering new appliances, and simpler in-store take back options for consumers.
  • Tackling non-compliant product sold via online marketplaces.
    The government propose a new class of producer. This would require online marketplaces to take on the financial obligations for collection and treatment of their overseas sellers. This would be consistent with the current packaging reforms.
  • New category for vapes.
    Establishment of a new category for vapes to ensure the cost of collection and treatment of these products is correctly borne by vape producers – and not by other producers
  • Setting up a new central WEEE administration body
    This would manage several functions currently undertaken by various organisations, together with managing household WEEE collections, to control costs.


Call for evidence

The call for evidence invites stakeholders to provide input into future policy development in a range of areas.  This includes measures to incentivise better eco-design of new products, requiring producers to finance fly-tipped WEEE, incentivising reuse over recycling, and providing business end users with easier to access WEEE collections.

Recolight response

Commenting on the launch of the consultations, Recolight Chief Executive Nigel Harvey said “This consultation is long overdue, but it is pleasing that it has prioritised some ‘quick wins’ for early implementation. For the lighting industry, the most important is no doubt action to end the scourge of WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces.  Research has shown that the overwhelming majority of smaller electrical products, such as light bulbs, offered for sale through online marketplaces do not comply with the WEEE regulations.  The proposed changes will require marketplaces to finance the WEEE obligations of products from outside the UK sold via their platform.  For the lighting industry, this cannot happen soon enough.”

He added “We also welcome the proposed changes to make it easier for consumers to recycle, via household collections and enhanced retailer takeback obligations.  Research has shown that some 155,000 tonnes of WEEE are discarded each year in the residual waste.  And yet, increasing producer targets has not increased WEEE collections.  Instead, what is needed, is an expansion of the options open to consumers to recycle.  There is ample evidence that shows consumers will recycle when the infrastructure, and communications are in place.”


Next steps

The Consultation will run for 10 weeks. Recolight will be working closely with scheme members to gather views and to develop a response that seeks to ensure changes will work well.