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GVA Lighting solutions illuminate England’s second oldest Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, England  

Rochester Cathedral is a Grade I listed building and is England’s second oldest Cathedral having been founded in AD 604. Located in the heart of the town of Rochester on the banks of the River Medway, the Cathedral attracts worshippers from across the country as well as many visitors and tourists.

The cathedral has undergone a number of renovations, extensions and reconfiguration over its lifetime. Most recently, a holistic lighting scheme to bring together the exterior and interior of the Cathedral, was commissioned. The project also incorporates a wiring assessment, alongside the introduction of a lighting control system that is suited for the daily activities of the Cathedral as well as accommodating special or one-off events.

The new scheme was to replace the existing lighting at the Cathedral which was no longer fit for purpose. It was high in energy consumption, inefficient and unable to meet the demands of larger scale events such as concerts.

CES Lighting was appointed to the project as lighting designers, with the brief to produce detailed concepts for various elements of the interior and exterior of the Cathedral. As specialists in lighting design and electrical installation for churches and heritage buildings, CES Lighting were the ideal partner for the Rochester Cathedral project. CES Lighting worked closely with the architects, Thomas Ford Architects, throughout the duration of the project.

It was imperative that the lighting scheme and wiring were sympathetic to the form, function, and architecture of the Cathedral. It also needed to account for the different usage of the various areas of the religious building.

The design process was completed in early 2021, with the work not beginning until later that year. To ensure the design delivered everything the Cathedral needed and wanted, videos, demonstrations and innovations were all drawn upon as techniques by CES to explore a plethora of options and deliver the final scheme.

The installation works were extremely challenging due to the site being open every day. Furthermore, global shortages of LEDs, electronic components and metal supplies meant that materials were delayed. However, this did not cause any delays to the overall completion time of the project, which was finished on time and under budget.

As part of the brief RGBW lighting was required for the main Pulpit steps. This allows the Cathedral to be illuminated in different colors for a variety of purposes, including concerts, choral events, shows, drama activities and more. A significant number of manufacturers were looked at, and GVA Lighting’s architectural FL100-RGBW-IM finished in RAL1015 utilizing Color-Amp® award-winning technology was selected. This was due to GVA Lighting’s ability to provide the perfect balance of output, beam angle, cost, and aesthetics.

All of the internal LED luminaires are controlled from a centralised dimming system to enable synchronised dimming and to allow for holistic scene setting for service or events.

Control of the dimming system is achieved through a wall-mounted button plate with each button recalling a pre-set scene.

The Cathedral is now more energy efficient which delivers both cost and energy savings. Furthermore, it is able to meet the demands of its wide range of day-to-day activities as well as larger, one-off events.

Project credits: 

Lighting Designer: CES Lighting

Architects: Thomas Ford Architects

Photographer: Nikhilesh Haval

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Mackwell drives forward the Circular Economy message

Emergency lighting, systems and solutions expert Mackwell recently held a well-attended webinar offering expert insights into ‘Seamless and Scalable Emergency Lighting Ecosystems’.


Attendees were welcomed by Rene Joppi, Managing Director of Mackwell.

The keynote address was delivered by renowned industry expert Bob Bohannon, Head of Policy & Academy at the LIA. Bob explored the Circular Economy and Emergency Lighting, beginning with an overview of the problems caused by the existing linear approach to the product lifecycle.

The presentation then looked at the benefits of the Circular Economy, which keeps lighting at its most valuable for as long as possible. Bob shared his expert knowledge on the subject and offered practical steps that can be taken. This includes how to secure the best life of a battery – do not overcharge, consider your battery charging algorithm and not to keep disconnecting the supply and fully discharging.

Bob advised participants of the important role that CIBSE’s Technical Memorandum TM66 and Circular Economy Assessment Method play in offering advice and guidance to the emergency lighting sector.

Webinar attendees also heard an overview of Mackwell’s new product launches. The new NLight® Ecosystem is a complete, scalable and integrated monitoring solution for Mackwell emergency systems. It allows wired and wireless monitoring, as well as cloud connectivity in one system. This means clients can get everything they need from the Mackwell NLight® Ecosystem.

As part of the Ecosystem, Mackwell has launched the NLight® CONNECT+ that delivers live status, diagnosis, automatic monitoring and testing. Also in the Ecosystem are the NLight® AIR, a wireless counterpart of the CONNECT+; and the NLight®  Cloud, an optional remote monitoring service that is fully compatible with the other elements.

Moving onto batteries, Mackwell unveiled the MW-LiFe, Mackwell’s new intelligent and safe LiFePO4 lithium battery technology platform. Offering temperature feedback and control to ensure maximum safety, the MW-LiFe is compatible with the ORIGIN 2.0 operating system for intelligent charging and battery management.

Customers can alternatively choose the Mackwell Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery; a highly sustainable, recyclable and safe option.

Regardless of whether MW-LiFe or NiMH technology is chosen, the battery will be backed up by Mackwell’s 6 years+ warranty covering luminaire driver and battery.

Mackwell also used the webinar to launch the new XYLUX LRX range of recessed emergency luminaires. With the options ranging from 200 lumens to 900 lumens, the LRX range offers interchangeable optics for open area, escape route or emphasis point applications. IP65 options are available, as are standard, DALI and NLight® AIR wireless variants.

As an alternative to this, while offering the same benefits, the XYLUX LSX range is a new collection of surface mounted luminaires with compact, attractive design and IP65 ingress protection throughout..

Mackwell’s XYLUX TRACK-X range of popular track emergency luminaires has also been upgraded and expanded. All versions now have a choice of MW-LiFe or NiMH batteries, with an extended warranty. There are two form factors, depending on track type and control protocol. 

Adding to the extensive catalogue of product launches, the XYVEX Exit Signs range has now been updated to offer all versions with a choice of MW-LiFe or NiMH batteries with the extended warranty. The new EXD range incorporates the original XYVEX format with a new BESA mount option with NLight® AIR wireless capability. Recessed, semi-recessed, wall, ceiling and suspended options are all available.

Mackwell will be hosting an in-person event in London soon, where delegates will be able to hear from experts on key topics in the emergency lighting sector. The date is to be confirmed and will be announced on Mackwell’s website and social media channels.

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Lutron takes the London spotlight with Luxury Home Open Doors Event

Lutron’s latest event brought together UK residential design pioneers to experience the power of light

London, UK, 4th November 2022: This week, Lutron Electronics, leader in architectural lighting and shading solutions, hosted an exclusive event for top interior designers, architects, and lighting designers in London’s luxury residential sector. This event was a continuation of Lutron’s mission to nurture the UK’s design industry, and thus building a community of design excellence. Guests came together to explore the power of light in action within the luxury home in Kensington, enhanced by Lutron’s state-of-the-art lighting and shading control solutions. These included Lutron’s Alisse wall controls – an elegant and versatile solution, transforming the atmosphere of this luxury house at the touch of button.

Bringing together leading names in the UK luxury residential sector, the event was hosted in partnership with Studio Indigo, a prestigious, UK-based interior design and architecture firm. Held at the stunning Kensington VI, a model example of the studio’s approach to technology-infused design, attendees also gained insight from high-end construction experts Seacon, award-winning home-automation leaders and Lutron-approved installer Cornflake, and LDI, one of the world’s most innovative lighting designers.

Part of its ongoing commitment to providing experiences that spark creativity and empower innovation, this latest event follows Lutron’s series of Prismatic experiential and immersive showcases. Designers and architects in London, Manchester, Paris, Madrid, and Milan had the opportunity to experience the transformation light brings to the built environment. Offering RIBA and BIID-approved Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, Lutron provides a host of opportunities for designers to build on their knowledge of the latest in lighting design, including topics such as Transforming Space with Light and Living in a Material World.

Reflecting on the exclusive event, Kiana Pourrahimi, UK Sales Director for Residential Products at Lutron, commented:

“We are constantly seeking ways to bring the very best of the design community together to share creative approaches and are delighted with the response we’ve received through our Luxury House Open Doors event. This unconventional event provided a fantastic opportunity for professionals to gain a unique insider’s view of one of the finest homes in London, to share their approach to residential design and to explore why lighting and shading is such a fundamental part of any home. This meeting of minds demonstrated the transformative potential of innovative lighting control in today’s best residential projects. We look forward to expanding our creative community further, with the help of our inspiring partners.”


Creatives seeking inspiration can also visit Lutron’s impeccably designed London Experience Centre. Showcasing the best in lighting and shading control systems for commercial and residential environments, it features unique lighting and blind control solutions, harnessing Lutron innovations to accent décor, create specific moods, improve productivity, and promote energy saving. The Lutron Experience Centre is available to explore alongside Lutron specialists and for private tours with clients.

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Mackwell’s N-Light CONNECT+ Crowned Lighting Controls Product of the Year at Electrical Industry Awards

Emergency lighting, systems and solutions expert Mackwell are celebrating as they take home a prestigious Electrical Industry Award for their innovative lighting control product, the N-Light CONNECT+.

Now in its 30th year, The Electrical Industry Awards celebrates the best of the electrical industry and its professionals, and has rewarded Mackwell on its technical innovation. Mackwell are proud winners of the Lighting Controls Product of the Year Award, for their N-Light CONNECT+ emergency lighting test and monitoring system.

Their winning entry demonstrated the scalability of N-Light, a suite of integrated monitoring solutions for emergency lighting installations that provides wired and wireless monitoring as well as cloud connectivity all in one ecosystem. Using DALI controls and intuitive interfaces, a single touch panel can control up to 1024 devices.

Cloud monitoring provides online reports and real-time system updates, improving the speed and accuracy of fault detection. It provides an advantage that was not available before: being able to view the status of emergency installations across an entire estate at any time, from anywhere – all on one single interface.

This innovative product has provided a solution to the challenges faced by facilities management teams in buildings and across estates without an automated system in place, removing the need for time-consuming manual testing, and making emergency lighting testing safer and more efficient. This system provides a solution across small to large scale emergency lighting projects, ideal for multi-site support, larger buildings, complete estates and retrofitting to existing buildings.

Rene Joppi, Managing Director of Mackwell, said: “We are thrilled to have won an Electrical Industry Award, and for our N-Light CONNECT+ to have been recognised as Lighting Product of the Year for controls. We strive to provide innovative solutions to industry challenges and to make emergency lighting testing safer and more efficient for the industry as a whole. We could not be more proud that the N-Light CONNECT+ is improving emergency testing in new and existing buildings through pioneering new technologies.” 

This win is a second for Mackwell in recent weeks, following the achievement of gold at the Build Back Better Awards, also for the N-Light CONNECT+ system. This award-winning product is shaping the future of emergency lighting testing.

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Community Eco Hub Wins Ansell’s Shine A Light Campaign

  • Project will benefit from a £5k lighting installation

A project fighting social isolation in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey has been revealed as the winner of the Ansell Lighting Shine A Light campaign.

Elmbridge Community Eco Hub, which provides a multi-functional safe space and range of community minded activities, secured a huge 40% of the public vote and will now receive a lighting installation prize worth up to £5k from Ansell.

The campaign, which aimed to recognise and reward the work of community organisations that provide vital support and services, received nominations from across the country and attracted more than 3,000 votes for the shortlisted projects.

The Elmbridge Community Eco Hub is a not for profit, volunteer led organisation started by Mick Tumilty, who originally came up with idea of having a Library of Things, where people could borrow tools and equipment they didn’t own themselves. But he also wanted to foster a greater community spirit, reduce social isolation and try to reduce waste.

Since the Hub opened in a 200-year-old former stable block just eight months ago it has had 6,000 visitors pass through the door and is run by a dedicated team of 60 volunteers. The initiatives now include a very successful community fridge; regular repair café; seed bank; book, boardgame and jigsaw swaps; skill share and litter picking sessions, plus a huge community garden.

But the lighting in the Hub is old and ineffective – consisting of just one tube light – and Mick is also keen to introduce lighting in the community garden so it can be used for longer and more safely.

Mick said: “After almost two years of isolation due to lockdowns, it was very clear that local people wanted to feel part of something, needed a focus and a reason to recreate that sense of community. The Hub has been a huge success so far and we have great ambitions to continue to develop our offering. But the inadequate lighting means currently we have to close at 4pm and the garden can only be used or worked on in daylight hours.

“Winning Shine A Light will transform what we can offer and when, and really support our future plans. As an Eco organisation, having green, energy efficient lighting will be amazing and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us and voted for us.”

Elmbridge, which beat off competition from Spark Community Space, in Southsea, Portsmouth, Cleethorpes Band in North East Lincolnshire and From Tiny Seeds Community Interest Company in Holmfirth, Huddersfield, will now receive a lighting consultation and design from Ansell’s team of experts,  Ansell products and a contribution of up to £2,000 towards installation by an approved electrician.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting, said: “Elmbridge Community Eco Hub is clearly at the very heart of its community and it is amazing to see what they have already achieved in a relatively short amount of time. We are looking forward to seeing how Shine A Light can help take the project to the next level.

“In our 30th year we felt it was important to give something back to communities that have faced tough times in the last few years. We want to thank everyone who has supported the campaign – from our wholesalers and installers, through to the communities that voted.”

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Rako takes home best hardware award at the CEDIA awards

Rako, Britain’s leading smart lighting controls manufacturer, has triumphed at the CEDIA EMEA Awards this year with its high quality Modular WK-MOD and RK-MOD keypads winning the Best Hardware category. Held on Friday 14th October at The Brewery, London, the CEDIA Awards honour the top projects, products, and individuals in the home technology industry.

“To win an award for our Modular Keypads was a fantastic achievement for everyone at Rako,” comments Paul Wafer, Director at Rako. “The CEDIA awards recognise quality innovations for our industry and to be acknowledged as the Best Hardware product in a very competitive category is a terrific accolade. It was also great to catch up with friends and colleagues at the event and we are already looking forward to next year’s event!”


The Modular WK-MOD and RK-MOD keypads for wired and wireless systems are designed to offer a premium quality aesthetic with the user experience optimised by a comforting, robust and tactile button press.  Capable of accommodating up to 12 push buttons in a variety of lighting, shading and audio control configurations, the range features three different button sizes which can be combined in multiple ways to create custom button layouts, perfectly tailored to an installation.


All Modular keypads are available with black buttons and seven hand-finished metal surrounds – satin chrome, polished chrome, antique brass, polished brass, matt black, matt bronze and matt white. Designed to be flush mounted into a UK, single gang back box, installation and set-up is simple using Rako’s Rasoft Pro software and NFC for wireless keypads.


In summary, the Modular range offers unrivalled customisation and a premium finish that sets them apart from the competition.

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Ansell Unveils Siipa…


  • Stylish new recessed modular light features innovative curved diffuser

Available in both Solo and Dual designs, Siipa is a brand new recessed modular light from Ansell Lighting.

TP(a) rated, the luminaire meets building regulations for ceilings and is ideal for installation in offices and other commercial settings.

Innovatively styled, Siipa features a unique curved diffuser, adding an extra dimension of style to the luminaire’s overall minimal aesthetic. It is also UGR<19 compliant, delivering low glare, visual comfort for building occupants,

Selectable between 3000K, 4000K and 6500K, Siipa features CCT technology enabling colour temperature to be set to a choice of different hues dependent on user preference. It is also energy efficient, with the Solo luminaire delivering 122 lm/W and the Dual delivering 119 lm/W.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “Our new Siipa recessed modular lights are a stylish addition to any commercial space. Combined with the excellent level of illumination they emit, low level of glare produced and their efficacy, they tick all of the boxes required by lighting designers and building users/operators.

“Enhancing their functionality, Siipa products are also available with a range of additional options such as OCTO Smart Control and Digital Dimming. Three Emergency models are also available – Emergency, Emergency Self-Test and DALI Emergency.”

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Industville introduce Dazzling New Lighting Collections perfect for the New Post-Modern, Post-Industrial Age of Design


The Industrial aesthetic is constantly evolving in interior design and as pioneers of this style, Industville are excited to introduce their very latest designs.  The three new collections take the very best of their industrial design heritage and blends it seamlessly with elegant modern elements, contributing to a new post-modern, post-industrial age of design.

Gone are the days of the obvious factory-like raw copper pipework and exposed brickwork as we welcome a new era of ‘Modern Sleek Industrial Style’. To reflect this, Industville’s new collections are more sleek, polished and modern in design, whilst still staying true to the company’s industrial heritage.

Marketa Rypacek, MD at Industville explains the inspiration behind the new designs, “We pride ourselves in listening to our customers and reacting to market trends. We recognised that our lights were being used in more and more projects involving a number of very broad interior styles, from scandi and botanical to maximalist and boho.  From being in the industry for many years we had seen before how adaptable the industrial style is, and with this in mind the new designs were created to contribute to an even greater range of styles and applications. The new lighting collections are sleek, elegant and contemporary, whilst still giving a nod to the very best of our industrial design heritage. “


The Knurled Collection

The new Knurled Collection adds instant sophistication wherever it is placed.  These gorgeously tactile light fixtures give an air of 1920’s glamour with their detailed lattice effect metalwork, whilst the sleek silhouette makes them ideal for today’s modern homes.  Available in all of Industville’s beautiful signature finishes including pewter, brass, copper and black, the Knurled Collection features a brilliant choice of room defining lights, making it easy to express your own design style.

The Sleek Cylinder Collection

Arguably the most contemporary of the new designs, the Sleek Cylinder Collection is a modern twist on the classic pendant look.  The elongated shape makes a great sleek industrial style statement and would look fantastic in a group over a kitchen island or dining table. For a more classic take, the Sleek Cylinder fixture looks particularly elegant when paired with a tinted or clear glass shade. Alternatively, for those looking for more of a modern industrial statement, choose from a matching or complementary metal shade in brass, pewter, black or copper.

The Chelsea Collection

Last but not least, the smooth lines of the Chelsea Collection are simply stunning.  The rounded fixture pairs perfectly with Industville’s classic rounded shades such as the globes or domes.  The result is a delightful design which would bring softness and elegance to any interior scheme with it’s gentle curves.  This versatile design is available as either a wall light or pendant light and would bring warmth and style to any room of the home it was placed in.


Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director at Industville Ltd reveals her TREND ALERT

Modern Sleek Industrial Style is trending, this new sophisticated look is predicted to be the biggest trend of 2023 and Marketa Rypacek offers her top tips for incorporating this style in your home:

  • Choose a neutral colour palette. Whether you choose to go light or dark, sticking to neutral colours will provide you with an elegant base, perfect for this sophisticated style.
  • Mixing wood and metal is synonymous with industrial style but opt for pieces with smooth wood surfaces for a more modern feel.
  • Stick to sleek, simple silhouettes when designing your space, from furniture to artwork choose minimal pieces.
  • Select metallic fixtures and fittings. Raw copper, pewter, and brass all work well in Modern Sleek Industrial Style interiors.
  • When choosing your lights, embrace the full range of lighting sources available – this will create a space that is both practical and atmospheric.
  • Keep it light and airy using plenty of glass to allow as much light into your space as possible, glass light fittings and accessories can help to make a room feel larger.



Industville’s Sustainability Credentials

Industville are passionate that their business makes as little impact on the environment as possible and they are constantly working hard to achieve this.  Efforts are continuously on-going and they are now proud to be able to report the following;

  • 100% recycled metals and glass used in all products
  • By the end of 2022 all packaging will be made of recyclable or biodegradable materials, the majority of which will be made from recycled materials
  • Polystyrene and the use of plastic tape is currently being eliminated from the supply chain
  • The company is prioritising lower carbon shipping methods meaning it is now 90% by ship as opposed to air
  • A successful scheme is underway to donate ex-display products to Charities for raffles and prizes
  • Products are handcrafted using traditional methods which result in durable, timeless products that are made to last
  • Industville are participants of the WEEE European recycling scheme which aims to improve the collection, treatment and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment
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Signify nets design accolades with 3D-printed lamps from discarded fishing materials


  • Sustainable 3D-printed Coastal Breeze pendant lamp wins prestigious Gold IDEA 2022 design award and honorable mention in Fast Company Innovation by Design awards
  • Collection is 3D printed using discarded fishing nets for cleaner oceans and a low carbon footprint
  • Exclusive 3D-printed table lamp will feature in Dutch Design Week 2022

Eindhoven, the Netherlands–  Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has won a Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for its Coastal Breeze collection of sustainable pendant lamps from circular materials. The Coastal Breeze Collection pendant was also awarded an honorable mention in the Fast Company Innovation by Design awards. The collection, including an exclusive, limited edition table lamp, will feature at Dutch Design week in Eindhoven from October 22 – 30, 2022.

The Philips MyCreation fishing net lamp was awarded a Gold IDEA by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). IDEA is one of the longest-running and most prestigious design awards programs, recognizing exceptional design achievement across a range of disciplines. The lamp was also recognized as an honoree in the new Circular Design category of the Fast Company Innovation by Design award.

The Philips MyCreation Coastal Breeze Collection evokes the beauty of coastal areas while helping preserve these environments for the next generation. Between 10% and 46% of ocean plastic consists of fishing nets, lines and ropes. These nets are often discarded in the ocean, endangering the lives of marine wildlife. Transforming this waste into 3D filament disposes of 4.5 meters of fishing net per luminaire.

As well as reusing ocean plastic, Signify’s 3D printing process helps reduce waste and contributes to a circular economy. Items can be printed locally on demand, so no excess stock is produced. There is no glue, fewer screws and the items are easy to disassemble and repair. And with up to 76% lower emissions from material supply and manufacturing, and up to 28% savings in transport, 3D printed luminaires offer a lower carbon alternative to conventional manufacturing.

Original nylon fish nets are sourced from fishermen on the UK’s Cornish coast and transformed by partner Fishy Filaments into granulate, the base material for 3D printing filament. The raw material is then processed into filament in Maarheeze, the Netherlands, and 3D printed in Turnhout, Belgium.

The finished lamps come in soft, organic silhouettes and the same characteristic blue green color of fishing nets. When lit, the recycled material shows gradients of blue green tones and small irregularities which make every lamp unique. The soft, diffuse light reveals the 3D texture of the shade. The textures are inspired by the sea: sand dunes, rippling water and fish scales.

For Dutch Design Week, Signify’s design team created a very special table lamp from fishing net material. Signify will participate at the event from October 22 – 30, showcasing the beautiful designs that can be made from discarded material using 3D printing.

The Philips MyCreation Coastal Breeze Collection is currently available online on the Philips MyCreation webshop in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. The Dutch Design Week Table Lamp will be printed in a limited edition 150-piece run and will be available exclusively to customers in the Netherlands.

Kevin Raaijmakers, Head of Growth for 3D Printing at Signify, said “The Coastal Breeze collection is special because it is beautiful in both its design and its purpose. Dutch Design Week is the ideal platform to showcase the real impact we can make when we are conscious about the products we bring into our homes. We want to share what we have learned about ocean pollution and the exciting solutions there are to use the waste we all generate. We are proud that Dutch Design Week considers our efforts to be a valuable asset to the design world.”

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4Lite launches versatile new LED batten lights

Durability and energy efficiency are key features of lighting manufacturer 4Lite’s new additions to its battens range.

Manufactured from hardwearing polycarbonate, the LED weatherproof batten is waterproof, dust proof and corrosion proof and can withstand operating temperatures ranging from -20°C to 50°C.

It is ideally suited to car parks, factories, warehouses and garages.

Delivering an energy efficient 120lm/W and a performance of up to 6,500 lumens, it has an LED lifespan of L70 30,000 hours, supported by a four-year warranty.

The weatherproof batten’s slimline design includes easy wiring connectors which require no screwdriver, enabling quick and simple installation. It is available in four lengths – 600mm, 1,200mm, 1,500mm and 1,800mm.

The versatile IP20 rated LED batten, designed to withstand temperatures between -10° and 40°, is the solution of choice for utility rooms, garages and corridors, and is perfectly suited to schools and commercial and industrial applications.

With an energy-efficient performance offering up to 4,400 lumens and an LED lifespan of L70 54,000 hours, this batten also comes with a four-year warranty for added peace of mind.

Its slimline design delivers a minimal aesthetic and easy installation is in-built thanks to metal clips which attach to the body of the batten.

Rachel Morris, Marketing Manager for 4lite said: “These new LED battens offer a supremely versatile lighting solution for a range of applications.

“They also deliver the quality, durability and sustainability that customers have come to expect as standard from 4Lite.”