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... Don't let the headline worry you... 'smart' lighting is going to be great, and it will work well, but it is most assuredly going to be a somewhat messy process to go from today's versions of controllable lighting, to tomorrow's actual smart lighting. In terms of impact players, Philips...

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A.C. Special Projects Provides Exterior LED Lighting for Madame Tussauds London
SSL Design News Staff

April 10, 2014...UK company, A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. provided a custom color-changing LED lighting solution for the exterior facade of Madame Tussauds London, an iconic visitor attraction. The museum with 154 locations including New York, Sydney, Hollywood and Hong Kong as well as London, enables guests to get up close to some of the world's most famous people. ACSP had to design an energy efficient, flexible lighting solution to help bring light to the exterior facade at night.

ACSP Project Manager, Lance Bromhead, he said, “Up until now Madame Tussauds London had minimal exterior lighting. The attraction was looking for a versatile solution where lighting could be set to suit different events in its calendar – for instance washing the building in red, blue and white to mark the birth of the Royal Baby.”

Lance had met with Madame Tussauds London at The Arc Show, which led to a demo at the attraction. “We used a selection of Pulsar exterior LED products,” continued Lance. “The attraction was impressed with the demo and, following the scheduled refurbishment of the building's exterior, ACSP were employed to supply, install and commission the lighting solution.”

ACSP specified nine Pulsar ChromaFlood 200 IP66 tricolor floodlights to uplight the columns of the facade. Additionally, eight ChromaBatten 200 IP66 tricolor battens uplight the flat-rendered panels in between the columns. The scheme can bring dynamic color changing or fixed color looks to the facia of the building as needed.

“Each fixture is individually controllable via a Pharos system with a built-in astronomical clock,” explained Lance. “The fixtures and cabling are installed on a hard canopy which runs the length of the now illuminated building facade. The Pulsar fixtures were specifically chosen for their outdoor IP66 rating, high output levels and spread - they have to evenly light the facade to a height of 10-12m - as well as their colour-mixing capabilities and energy-efficient low power consumption.”

ACSP worked alongside Pulsar to develop a custom cabling solution that would provide power and enable DMX control through single cables that link back to a central 240v power and data distribution box. The cabling solution eliminates the need to install additional 240v power sockets along the roof canopy to bring power to the fixtures. ACSP supplied fixtures with a RAL color finish to blend with the exterior facade's color.

ACSP pre-programmed the Pharos system with some popular color presets to service Madame Tussauds London’s special events. For example, the attraction has a green for St Patrick's Day, red for Chinese New Year, and plain white for day to day operations. A simple eight-button panel inside the building allows Madame Tussauds staff to select the Pharos system presets. The color presets automatically default back to pre-set program the next day. So the staff does not need to switch it back themselves.

ACSP also supplied ChromaStrip X3 LED strips to illuminate the inside of the refurbished sphere on top of the building's famous domed roof. A cool white ChromaFlood 200 to illuminates the signage on the side of the building facade.

Dave Joy, Project Manager, Madame Tussauds London, commented, "ACSP’s approach from the design stage to completion was excellent. We had a dedicated ACSP project manager who spent many evenings on site trialling various fittings and their location, to achieve the best results. They also liaised with our approved contractor to ensure the installation was carried out to ACSP’s specification and saw the project through to the programming stage, to ensure the project brief was met. The after-sales support has also been excellent and Madame Tussauds London would not hesitate to use ACSP on any future projects."

Walmart to Install GE LED Lighting in 200 New and Remodeled Stores Globally
SSL Design News Staff

April 9, 2014...Retail giant, Walmart announced plans today to purchase LED lighting fixtures from GE Lighting for new supercenters in the United States, stores in the Latin American and Asia, locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures are projected to use about 40 percent less electricity than the lighting historically used in the stores. The new lighting is also intended to help Walmart reach its goal of reducing the kWh of energy per square foot of floor space for its buildings globally by 20 percent by 2020.

“We have worked to find and scale energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are cost effective and high quality, and now working with GE, we’re paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for the retail industry,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.”

Walmart says that its main sales floor lighting represents about 90 percent of the total lighting for each building. Walmart expects that the installation of LED lighting in its stores will reduce energy use per store by more than 5 percent in the U.S. alone. The company projects further savings from the lights' longer life spans than traditional lighting fixtures as the result of significant savings in maintenance costs.

GE says that with 200 Walmart stores installing GE's LED ceiling lighting over the next two years, the stores can save an estimated 620 million kWh over the next ten years. Installation of the new GE LED ceiling lighting will kick off this month at Asda, Walmart’s business in the U.K.

According to estimates Walmart and GE project: the 30 stores being remodeled in Brazil will average 41 percent energy savings; the 10 new stores in Central America will save an estimated 54-59 percent in electricity; 24 new stores in China and 16 store remodels will average 42 energy savings; the 37 new stores in Mexico will average about 45 percent energy savings; the 10 new stores in the UK will achieve 45-51 percent energy savings; the 30 new stores in the U.S. will average about 15 percent energy savings.

The switch to LED ceiling lighting in the U.S. is projected to produce energy savings of 340,000 kilowatt hours per store for savings of more than $34,000 per year in each store (calculated at 10.13 cents per kWh). Walmart expects to pass on the savings to customers through low prices. The total energy savings projected over the next ten years is estimated to be equal to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of about 68,000 passenger vehicles or the energy consumption of almost 30,000 American homes for one year.

“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Walmart, increasing our environmental efforts together,” said Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman and CEO. “A leader in seeking energy efficiency in the retail industry, Walmart’s energy-conscious focus allows the company to attain substantial cost savings in electricity. We value our longstanding relationship with Walmart and are proud to work with them in reducing their environmental impact."

Walmart decided to install GE LED lighting after a successful pilot program with an all-LED lit supercenter in South Euclid, Ohio that was launched in October 2013. The stores will employ a variety of GE LED technologies. Wallmart will prominently use GE's Lumination™ IS Series Luminaires for ceiling lighting. Walmart and GE have a history of collaboration including Walmart's adoption of GE LED lighting for its signs in 2003, freezer case installations of GE LEDs in 2005, LED lighting installed at store parking lots in the U.S.and abroad.

Meizhou Dongpo’s First U.S. Restaurant Gets Custom LED Lighting Solution from LED Source
SSL Design News Staff

April 8, 2014...Meizhou Dongpo opened their first restaurant in the United States using LED lighting from LED Source with a color concept for lighting interior and exterior walls. Rob Thompson, a partner at LED source provided the colorful lighting which accented the flavorful food of the restaurant. The ceilings and walls were turned into expressive canvases of color in the new Century City restuarant.

“They were looking for somebody in the States; it was their first location and they wanted to do something quite different, it being their flagship store,” Thompson said.

After seeing photos of another LED Source project in Miami, Florida of Meizhou Dongpo officials called Rob Thompson in March 2013, nine months before the restaurant opened in the Westfield Shopping Mall.

They had an idea of what they wanted. They had something similar in China,” Thompson said, adding they sent him plans and he contacted the architect.

Meizhou Dongpo wanted to brighten both interior and exterior walls and planned to employ 475 lit vases set in glass-lined cubby holes along interior walls. The officials expected to be able to control the colors for each cubby. Thompson said it was just a matter of figuring out which LED Source lighting products would work best.

“I’ve got a team of pros who’ve seen a lot of different scenarios,” he said. “It really came down to experience.”

Gavin Cooper, a lighting designer who co-founded LED Source in 2005 with lighting industry veteran Marcel Fairbairn and LED Source’s Applications Engineer Lee Braddock, helped design and build the lighting system. LED Source’s “Red, Green, Blue” lighting system sets Meizhou Dongpo apart from other establishments and reduces energy and operating costs while offering a comfortable atmosphere.

Philips's OneSpace Luminous Ceiling Brings to Life Issac Asimov Prediction of 50 Years Ago
SSL Design News Staff

April 8, 2014...In 1964, Science Fiction writer Issac Asimov looked to the future and made some predictions. In his 1964 New York Times article looking ahead at technology possibilities, he wrote that “By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use, and ceilings and walls will glow softly..."

Philips unveiled just such a luminous panel that can fill an entire ceiling with homogeneous white light. The panel, known as the OneSpace luminous ceiling was displayed at Light + Building in Frankfurt. The Philips OneSpace luminous ceiling integrates LED lights with fabric to form a white light ceiling surface that hides the light's source completely for a smooth and ceiling that produces uniform light.

“This innovation will redefine how light can be used in architecture and design. Light is now an architectural component – it is no longer an add-on in a space, ’’ said Antoon Martens from Philips Lighting. ‘’The ceiling is not often seen as a design element – now, it is transformed by this minimalistic ultra-thin panel of light into a design statement.’’

The panel plays the dual role of ceiling and light. It employs LEDs placed in a mesh-like arrangement combined with textile to create a sound absorbing panel that gives off white light. The OneSpace panel reportedly meets all building and safety requirements.

Architects who took part in the validation workshops of Philips’ OneSpace luminous ceiling described the ceiling's effect as “peaceful", “serene”, and “sky-like”. The ceiling emits white light similar to natural daylight. It can be dimmed or used as safety lighting and also can be connected to building management systems for control from a centralized location. Philips’ OneSpace luminous ceiling is available in customized sizes up to 10 x 3 meters. It is especially suited for flagship retail stores, car showrooms, and public spaces like airports, hotels and conference facilities to create a striking and calm space.

Consumer Demand for LED Backlight Falters as Demand for LED Lighting Rises
LIGHTimes News Staff

April 3, 2014...While demand for LED chips for backlight applications in display screens is expected to decline, both LED lighting sales and total shipments of LED chips are increasing. According to NPD DisplaySearch, worldwide LED lighting chip sales are expected to rise from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $3.4 billion in 2017. The company forecasts that overall LED chip demand (measured in standard units of 500 × 500 micron chip size) is expected to grow from 17 billion in 2012 to 61 billion in 2014. However, NPD Display Search predicts the market for LED backlight chips for TVs and other display applications will begin declining after 2014.

The company says a combination of slower growth in LED-backlit LCD TV sales and efficiency increases have resulted in a reduction in the number of chips used per backlight and the demand. LED backlight chip sales reached $2.0 billion in 2013, but are NPD DisplaySearch expects them to decrease to $1.4 billion in 2017. However, the company points out that consumer demand for LED lighting has increased since 2012, and the company expects it to continue growing through 2017.

"LED market observers have been expecting huge growth in the LED lighting market for a long time, and it's finally here," said Steven Sher, LED backlight and lighting analyst for NPD DisplaySearch. "Significant growth in consumer lighting is helping to keep the LED market on an upward trajectory, even with ongoing declines in backlight demand."

Osram Debuts New Products at Light + Building 2014
SSL Design News Staff

April 1, 2014...Osram has introduced several new products for consumer and retail lighting. Osram is producing its Superstar Classic A40 for consumers and the Parathom Pro Classic A40 for professional users. Both the Superstar and the Parathom Pro come in standard light bulb size. The company plans to produce the LED bulbs locally for their specific markets. Osram notes that the modular approach ensures up to 50 percent shorter development times.

The Lunis 2 Track spotlight that Osram created for the lighthouse projects in the Lenbachhaus Museum in Munich and the Sistine Chapel, in Rome. The Lunis 2 Track spotlight is installed onto tracks and features a construction height of just a few centimeters. It is mainly targeted for accent illumination and the display of goods in the retail sector and artworks in galleries and museums. The Lunis 2 Track spotlight has a color rendering index of greater than 90. Its heat is dissipated via cooling ribs. The spot will initially be available in warm white (3000 K) and neutral white (4000 K) versions and a flexible color temperatures version are planned.

Osram also debuted a new OLED luminaire for offices. Werner Aisslinger designed the OLED luminaire for Osram. The suspended OLED luminaire is equipped with 16 square Orbeos OLED panels.

Osram is also presenting the Arktika-P Biolux luminaire that generates what the company calls "artificial sky" for schools and seminar rooms. The Arktika-P Biolux directly illuminates the working area and indirectly lights the ceiling according to the time of day. The luminaire uses two different light colors combined with individual control and dimming to simulate various times of day.

Osram has verified the beneficial effects of light such as the level of attention and the cognitive performance of pupils with the aid of biologically optimized lighting. According to Osram, students achieved better results and increased their speed of task performance. The Arktika-P was awarded the iF Design Award in 2014. The lighting concept is based on the receptors in the human eye that control our inner clock through their response to light colors. The cooler light of the morning sky stimulates, while the warmer, less blue light of sunset allows people to calm down.

Osram is also showcasing Siteco town and park luminaires “Mushroom Luminaire LED”, “Lantern LED” and “City Light LED”. These luminaires can refurbish lighting installations with obsolete lighting technology or can be used as a new system. The luminaires have been equipped with Osram's new LED Module 540 in time for Light+Building 2014. With the 540 LED module, the luminaires achieve up to 80% more efficiency than variants with standard technology.

The Module 540 used as a refurbishment set fits in all traditional Siteco town and park luminaires. The LED module can become a decorative element by itself because its body reflects the LED light and simultaneously renders the road section visible from afar. The module's extended luminous surface also reduces the level of subjective glare effects.

Last year Osram demonstrated OLED tail lights. This year Osram is showcasing a demonstrator that complies with the technical demands of road traffic with both tail lights and brake lights. The lights can be sub divided to lights that operate in sequence or form designs. The company's Orbeos Series OLED technology is expected to be seen on our roads from 2016.

"Our new developments underline the position of Osram as a lighting trendsetter for all living spheres," stated Peter Laier, Osram’s Chief Technology Officer and executive board member responsible for the company’s general illumination business. "We bring together a high level of innovational strength with premium quality."

Chroma-Q Color Force LED Battens Generate Color Effects for Grumpy Old Women Live UK Tour
SSL Design News Staff

April 1, 2014...UK-based lighting designer, Matt Veitch specified Chroma-Q® Color Force 48™ LED battens to provide lighting for a colorful live comedy show, Grumpy Old Women Live: Fifty Shades of Beige. Perrier Award-winning writer and the original star of Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair is joined by Susie Blake and Kate Robbins in a new theatrical production based on the hit BBC British TV show. Matt has provided the live show's lighting since 2007.

"The lighting had to recreate a number of contrasting scenic environments – from the initial sunny garden to a torture chamber, a Saturday night TV Strictly Come Dancing-like show studio, a wine bar, and a tea shop, amongst others," explained Matt. "With only one full set, all these environments had to be created with lighting and the cyc, which was constructed from the set's washing line and sheets. Colors were purposefully comic-book in their conception – pinks, reds, blues and greens dominated the design."

Matt specified three Chroma-Q Color Force 48 1.2m / 4 foot battens that were rigged directly in front, uplighting from approximately 30cm beneath it. The fixtures easily wash up to 8m / 26 foot.

Matt said, "The Color Force 48s were fantastic – super bright, offering amazing colors, and a uniform wash which really helped me create a sense of scale and architecture to the lighting that in turn would support the comic-book styling of the scenic design."

The set consisted of a garden and shed, which opened on all sides at the top of the show. The Color Force units helped to create the stage haze, lightening, and strobe effects in the production.

Matt also employed Mac Auras and Vipers, plus conventional S4s and Pars. "The theatrical grade dimming meant that the Color Force fixtures seamlessly blended in with the rest of the rig in every fade, each night, " Matt said.

"The Color Force fixtures are a joy to tour with - robust and super simple to rig, power and patch, " Matt said. "I’m looking forward to showing them off across the UK on the next tour."

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd's Neil Vann recommended the Color Force 48s. Matt said, "Neil and I had been discussing how to create the most impressive colorful cycs for ‘Grumpy Old Women’ and Neil was right on the money with the Color Force suggestion!"

Chroma-Qs uses the company's ColorSure™ technologies to deliver constant color with smooth, even light output and outstanding color blending across the spectrum. They combine this with quality dimming to emulate the smooth dimming curve of tungsten fixtures.

Philips Creates Office Lighting System with Location Beacons and Smartphone Control
SSL Design News Staff

March 27, 2014...Philips Lighting has demonstrated its latest control innovation with a smartphone-controlled office lighting system. The company has devised the template office of the future for greater productivity, building efficiency, and comfort. A smartphone app can personalize lighting and temperature settings. The connected lighting system is being installed at ‘The Edge’, an office building that OVG Real Estate is developing for Deloitte in Amsterdam. Deloitte and OVG Real Estate selected Philips' connected lighting system to help the buiding meet the highest standards of sustainability (certified BREEAM - Outstanding).

The key feature that distinguishes this smartphone control implementation comes in the smartphones automatically detecting their location from overhead lighting fixtures via an app. Each luminaire essentially transmits a preset pulse that links it to its specific location (acting like a location beacon), and a camera-based app examines the lights on the ceiling and around the office to calculate a person's location. Through this feature, the system provides way finding, and along with an occupancy sensor, it can show the location of the nearest unoccupied meeting room.

Additionally, the Ethernet-connected LED lighting offers anonymous climate and occupancy data for improved efficiency. The system connects office lighting fixtures to an office's IT network using Power-The office lighting fixtures can capture anonymous data on room occupancy, temperature, and humidity over-Ethernet (PoE). Smartphones are able to control and access lighting and other building services after being outfitted with sensors,

The networked systems interface with other building systems such as heating, ventilation and IT services. The facility manager has a single system displaying real-time and historical views of building utilization. For example, on a Friday afternoon when a particular floor is not used, the system can automatically adjust the temperature, the lighting, and the cleaning roster accordingly. The system offers an integrated view of a building’s occupancy patterns and energy usage.

“The LED lighting alone is 80% more efficient than conventional lighting. Personal control of the lighting by employees actually increases efficiency as general lighting levels can be kept lower,’’ said Jeff Cassis from Philips Lighting. “The potential savings on a building’s operational costs will be significant, given that heating, cooling and lighting together account for 70% of a building’s energy usage.”

Standards-based PoE-enabled fixtures save on lighting installation costs. A single Ethernet connection integrated into the fixture receives both data and power. Therefore, expensive electrical wiring is not needed.

“Innovation is our top priority at Deloitte, and we want to create a more intuitive, comfortable and productive environment for our staff. We also see our office raising the bar in data analytics with completely new insights in the use of office space, leading the way for offices to reduce the CO2 footprint of buildings and create a more sustainable world.” said Erik Ubels, chief information officer at Deloitte in the Netherlands.

Coen van Oostrom, founder & CEO from OVG said, "Our innovative partnership with Philips and Deloitte/AKD for this project at ‘The Edge’ will result in a new blueprint of sustainable development for the building industry. We are proud to implement and co-create this building management system together with these leading companies to drive value for building owners, tenants and office workers. This project fits our ambition to stay in the driver's seat for sustainable office innovation."

Philips will present its connected office lighting system at Light + Building.

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