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Thanks to Pie on our Facebook page for drawing our attention to this one - a 'corn cob' LED lamp with some deeply undesirable bonus features....
Flicking through the new Lux Magazine, a couple of interesting new fittings stand out as worthy of attention.
Firstly, Channel Safety Systems' new SoHo LED fitting is designed as an alternative to the trusty 28 Watt 2D fitting. Available in three versions - standard 20 Watt, three-hour emergency and a microwave presence sensor-equipped - the unit claims 2,100 lumens as its output.
Even if your 2Ds are on a lot, though, you'll only see 8 Watts saving on the usual version, so probably not worth swapping out your fluorescent ones for it. If you're refurbing, or replacing dead fittings, though, they could be worth a look.
Also featured is the excellent m10 from Aurora (right) - a fire-rated 10 Watt LED recessed downlighter.
A perfect replacement for recessed M10 35 and 50 Watt downlights, they use a fraction of the energy, so payback should be quick. The warm white version specs 500lm, while the neutral white claims 650lm. We saw it at LuxLive and loved it...
If you're a control systems geek, then you should probably know about Smart Lighting Controls Europe 2014 - a conference for the controls freak in you. Although there is a cost for trade delegates, end-users such as buildings and lighting managers get in free as end users...bargain!
Anyone who's been following for a while will know that we have a big hangup about LED retrofits for candle lamps. None of the ones we've seen to date really have the sparkle that you get from a tungsten filament - not enough to make your crystal chandeliers truly sparkle, anyway.
Well - stop the press - Kosnic may have just hit the jackpot. Seen in place at LuxLive (and some sample products will be winging their way to us) we think that their new KTC candle will do the trick. It has a curious arrangement of paddles inside the envelope, with LED chips on either side of each surface.
The demo chandelier at the show, although not crystal, left little to the imagination - the light was pointed and crisp, and will provide functional, rather than just decorative light.
What's particularly forward thinking is that the base - which incidentally doesn't obstruct the light path - is available in three finishes, chrome, gold and a brushed brass, to match your chandelier. This makes the base, which is always going to be larger than a standard tungsten bulb, blend in much more attractively with your fitting.
They're available in dimmable and non-dimmable versions (not sure about the bottom end, yet), with a 5.5 Watt (360lm) and 4 Watt (300lm) choice of power. Amazingly, there are also flame-tipped and twisted glass options, too, blowing away any competition's offering in a similar line.
As if that wasn't enough, they come with either BC, ES or SES caps (and I think, if you ask nicely) SBC, too. I don't have the word on costing yet, but will let you know when I do.
As we said, we should be getting hold of samples in the near future, so will update following a trial with a real chandelier....
If you're thinking about going to LuxLive in a few weeks, or you were thinking about it, our latest article explains why it might be the most important show you go to this year.
With so many LED products on the market, and so many offering so much in the way of energy saving possibilities, you need to see them up close to even begin to make a choice.
In our latest article we look at why that choice has never been more important...
If you're involved in your building's general lighting, you should not only visit LuxLive, but also put your head into the EcoLight Theatre, for a massive programme of case studies from all sizes of buildings, from tube stations to pubs.
I'll be compering/chairing most of the sessions, and will be on hand to put the pertinent questions to those behind the projects.
Registration is entirely free - just visit www.luxlive.co.uk. For the EcoLight Conference programme, click here.
Artistic Licence will preview eSense RDM integrator at PLASA London - Artistic Licence Press Release
Artistic Licence will be previewing eSense, the first dedicated co-ordinator for RDM (Remote Device Management) at the forthcoming PLASA show at Excel, London (stand L50).
eSense is a highly versatile product that incorporates RDM monitoring, data storage and sophisticated display functionality. As such, it promises to unlock the potential of RDM for smart monitoring and automated maintenance applications.
RDM is currently a hugely under-used resource - using it to set fixture addresses is just the tip of the iceberg. It can be used for many other monitoring applications, such as reporting water ingress or determining which LEDs are non-functional in an array of thousands. While RDM is increasingly offered in lighting controllers, it is usually incorporated as a secondary function, which becomes very inefficient as channel count rises.
eSense solves this problem by offloading the RDM functionality to a dedicated machine, freeing up bandwidth (both hardware and human) at the lighting controller.
eSense captures RDM data from an Ethernet network using Art-Net, and stores the information in a SQL database for analysis and publication. Crucially, eSense not only harvests information, but also delivers it in various user-friendly formats. This could be a customised browser interface or, for example, an email that triggers when a multiple fault condition occurs.
For maximum versatility, eSense uses Art-Osc, the new Artistic Licence protocol, to display data on smartphones or tablets running an OSC app. Artistic Licence CEO, Wayne Howell, comments: "The compatibility with OSC apps is a powerful feature that will prove a boon to engineers working on commissioning or maintenance tasks across large area sites, enabling instant smartphone access to fixture or sensor status information. eSense represents a sea-change in smart lighting control, facilitating self-monitoring systems that can flag potential problems before they cause damage, or respond quickly to fault conditions".
eSense will be available for shipping in the first quarter of 2014.
Anolis Provides Power-saving LED Solution for GCCEC - Anolis Press Release
Over 500 Anolis LED fixtures have been installed by The ULA Group at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), Australia, as part of the venue’s continuing investment in sustainable and energy efficient lighting.
The latest power-saving Anolis ArcLine and ArcSource full colour spectrum units illuminate the foyer and corridor areas of the venue, which is Australia’s largest regional convention center. It specializes in all types of events from small meetings to large-scale presentations, accommodating up to 6,000 guests and offering over 10,000 square metres of floor space for conferences, exhibitions, awards shows and banquets, etc.
The lighting needed to be both functional and adaptive to the demands of the high ceilinged foyer space and also meet other potential client requirements, whilst working in conjunction with existing lighting structures to produce the correct lux levels and stipulated energy ratings.
The agreed perfect choice that ticked all of these boxes was Anolis’s ArcSource 24MC (21 degrees) multichip fixture with AR1-11 housing.
Additional ArcLine 20 and 40MC fixtures were installed on the opposite walls of the same area to complement the mood lighting in the foyer.
Anolis ArcSource 3 & ArcSource 6 RGB fixtures were chosen as the best fittings for installation at the other end of the foyer and throughout the corridors.
An impressive 350 units of these are installed creating a vibrant, airy atmosphere for visitors … and a beautiful ambient glow to the venue which can be seen through its floor to ceiling glass walls for many miles.
Blair Terrace comments, "We were excited that Anolis was again the brand of choice for the second stage of this lighting project. It follows on and fits perfectly with the previous upgrade�?.
One of the first meeting facilities in Australia to achieve internationally recognized EarthCheck Silver Certification, the GCCEC has been very proactive in reducing waste and consumption of resources, including power, in efforts to contain rising costs.
The Stage One lighting upgrade saw the installation of external and stair tread LED lights cut electricity usage from 18W to 3W per unit!
Additionally, the replacement of all the external lights to more efficient models resulted in a dramatic reduction in electricity usage of nearly 50% - from 85W to 48W.
GCCEC’s General Manager Adrienne Readings states that the Centre is committed to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards. “We have implemented many initiatives to reduce costs and lower our carbon footprint, and are continually looking for ways to enhance our operational practices. This includes partnering with clients and suppliers to ensure sustainability is achieved through positive choices and practices.�?
In 2013, the Centre is eligible for Gold status indicating five years of continual commitment to benchmark sustainable operations and a certification from EarthCheck.
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