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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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 +
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