Category Archives: Lighting

Neaco balustrade available with integral LED lighting


Architects and interior designers can add an atmospheric touch to their scheme with Neaco’s contemporary balustrade featuring integral LED lighting.

The LED under-lighting can be specified as part of a multitude of modular design options including a comprehensive choice of infills, from toughened glass and rails to mesh, tension wire and perforated panels. Aluminium balustrade is available in a wide variety of solid and metallic finishes and the Spectrum range also includes free-standing structural glass, glass-panelled Juliet balconies and glass-panelled walk-on balconies.

Neaco’s National Sales Manager, Peter Melia, said: “The LED under-lighting is another impressive example of the superior architectural aesthetic which characterises our Spectrum balustrade range. The company boasts a rich pedigree in design innovation. We’ve introduced some exceptionally popular product developments in recent years, including Timberline, a wood-effect aluminium balustrade system with a powder coated finish which reproduces the intricate detailing of natural oak grain, and Neatdek 188 aluminium decking with concealed drainage gaps below the surface to provide an unrivalled combination of privacy, low maintenance and safety underfoot.”

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Plug and Play LED lighting

Choose your sleek, slimline driverless LED floodlight, add a wiring block with your choice with integrated PIR or photocell switching, add more floods to loop out as slave lights if you want  – and you’re good to go.


Thin and beautiful – and tough. Timeguard NIGHTeye Plus floods the area with light, while also making a stylish design feature of its prismatic lenses and tough, rust-proof polycarbonate reflector plates that do away with the need for ugly front ‘windows’

All-white models, with white casing and matching white reflector plates will hardly be seen when mounted on a white soffit board.

White LED Floodlight

NIGHTeye plus is offered in black or white designs, with outputs of 10W (650L), 20W (1400L), 30W (2050L) and 50W (3600L). The plug-in PIR sensor and Photocell units are rated to switch up to 140W of LED lighting.

LED Floodlight
Adding automatic PIR control with an easy plug in unit

Another bullseye from the Timeguard R&D team.

Future Energy Solutions prescribes LED lighting for Spire Healthcare’s National Distribution Centre

Formed in 2007, Spire Healthcare has grown to become the second largest provider of private healthcare in the UK. Now with a network of 38 private hospitals, 12 clinics and two specialist centres for the treatment of cancer, the organisation undertakes a wide variety of activities and offers a full range of integrated surgical, medical and diagnostic services.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable operating practices are very important to the company, with energy conservation guidelines available on Spire’s intranet for all its hospitals to minimise the amount of electricity and gas consumed. Nigel Sharp, National Engineering and Estates Manager at Spire Healthcare states, ‘As part of our ongoing process of improvement, we recognised the need to reduce our lighting related energy spend and also maintain good levels of illumination in our external car parking areas for the benefit of our staff, patients and visitors. LED technology also provides us with Health and Safety benefits with the reduction of maintenance activities at height due to the longevity of the product. So, in 2014 we began an extensive programme of upgrading 1,400 luminaires across 33 sites to light emitting diode (LED) technology.’

Firmly established as one of the world’s leading energy performance solutions providers, FES won the original tender and since then has completed two phases of the project. In order to maximise return on investment (ROI) on the designated capital expenditure (CapEx) budget, the first comprised 21 of the largest energy consuming sites, which achieved in excess of 73 per cent energy savings from a simple point-for-point replacement, while also providing 25 per cent better light output.

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Spire Warehouse – Before
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Spire Warehouse – After

The second phase concentrated on 12 further sites and Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at FES, comments, ‘We calculated that Spire Healthcare will save in excess of £700,000 over a 10-year period thanks to lower energy costs, reduced maintenance, environmental tax savings related to its inclusion in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, and additional resource savings. The effect on the environment will also be significant as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be reduced by 11,928lbs per annum, mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) will be lowered by 28lbs and sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 68lbs over the same period – this is the equivalent of four acres of forest being saved or two cars being removed from the road.’

The third phase has recently been completed and this focused on Spire Healthcare’s National Distribution Centre. Based in Droitwich, this 100,000ft² facility provides a platform to procure and supply goods and services to the company on a daily basis through its internal logistics network.

Commenting on the reasons for the change, Marcus Brodin says, ‘The importance of good quality lighting is often overlooked within warehousing and distribution based operations. This should not be the case though, as numerous studies have found that light has a profound effect on our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Poor lighting can cause eyestrain, migraines and headaches, in addition to lethargy, irritability and poor concentration.’

There are no statutory workplace lighting levels in the UK and Regulation 8 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations simply requires that lighting at work is ‘suitable and sufficient’. However, the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Lighting at Work booklet (HSG 38) sets out minimum recommended safe lighting levels and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ (CIBSE) offers guidelines regarding light levels required in correlation to workplace activities, stating that warehouses should have 150-200 Lux at floor level and 300 Lux in task areas.

As with the previous phases of the project, FES undertook a comprehensive a feasibility study to scope the objectives and to determine the optimal LED lighting solution for the offices, mezzanine and warehouse areas. It decided to replace 339 116W batten and 400W high bay luminaires with 59W LED battens and 178W high bay luminaires. These state-of-the-art products provide high efficacy of >110lm/W, low luminous decline, excellent colour rendering and unrivalled uniformity.

By incorporating zone based lighting sensors and daylight harvesting, this installation will achieve energy savings of over 75 per cent, with a 732kW saving per day, while providing significantly improved light levels. Also, since the rated life of the new devices are well in excess of the previous luminaires, Spire Healthcare will make a 90 per cent saving on its ongoing maintenance spend. With a 10-year gross energy saving of £338,000, the environment will benefit, with over 1,200 tonnes of CO2 saved over the duration of the business case.

The new lighting infrastructure has been given unanimous approval by those working in the facility. Spire Healthcare’s Nigel Sharp, concludes, ‘This latest installment in our LED replacement programme complements the excellent work already carried out by FES. Our initial plan was to design and deliver an optimal energy efficient scheme to replace all of our external lighting and realise an average reduction in energy consumption of 60 per cent across the 21 sites. This has been achieved and in addition, we have been able to lower energy use, save money, enhance our environmental credentials and provide a high quality lit working environment. FES has been professional, flexible, and delivered above our expectations. Marcus Brodin states that what our company offers should be catching the attention of all forward thinking companies operating in the distribution sector.’

Future Energy Solutions achieves substantial energy savings for Spire Healthcare

Future Energy Solutions (FES), the leading energy performance solutions provider, has announced the successful completion of a major light emitting diode (LED) lighting installation for Spire Healthcare. The 38-site project was finished on time and within budget, and Spire Healthcare is now able to significantly reduce its energy spend while enjoying excellent levels of illumination in its external car parking areas.


One of the UK’s biggest private healthcare groups, Spire Healthcare was formed in 2007 through the buy-out of 25 BUPA hospitals by the private equity firm, Cinven. Now with a network of 38 private hospitals, the organisation undertakes a wide variety of activities and offers a full range of integrated surgical, medical and diagnostic services.

The company recognised the need to reduce its lighting related energy spend, while maintaining good levels of illumination for the benefit of staff, patients and visitors. After a competitive tender where participants gave their recommendations, the contract was awarded to FES, which is now one of the world’s leading energy performance solutions providers and has an unrivalled level of experience in a diverse range of vertical sectors.

The project began in June 2014 and was completed in two phases – the first comprising 21 of the largest energy consuming sites – and FES replaced 1,184 fittings in total. The new LED luminaires have achieved in excess of 73 per cent energy savings, while also providing 25 per cent better light output. Furthermore, they have an enhanced rated life of up to 20 times better than the previous luminaires in some cases.

‘Spire Healthcare will save just under £800,000 over a 10-year period,’ explained Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at FES. ‘This figure includes over £564,000 in energy savings, over £188,000 in maintenance costs and £43,000 in environmental tax savings related to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. With an overall energy usage reduction in excess of 428,000kWh, the effect on the environment will also be significant too, with carbon dioxide (CO2), mono-nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions all drastically lowered.’

The previous infrastructure comprised over 44 different luminaire types, ranging from small 50W bulkhead fittings to large 1000W floodlights, all of various ages and conditions. In order to deliver a degree of uniformity FES installed five core LED replacement luminaires from the Thorlux lighting range – the Corn Lamp, Flood, Wallpack, 1500mm LED Luminaire and Globe.

‘We take corporate social responsibility (CSR) very seriously and our new LED lighting infrastructure will make a massive contribution to the company’s overall objectives in this area,’ concluded Nigel Sharp, National Estates Director at Spire Healthcare. ‘The results from the first phase of the installation exceeded all expectations, so rolling the technology out across the rest of the estate was an easy decision to make. We are delighted with the work that FES has carried out and I was particularly impressed by the professional, flexible and “can do” attitude that the company displayed throughout the project. We are currently looking to introduce LED lighting into other areas of the sites and I hope that we can work together again and achieve similarly impressive results.’

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or

Sun-Light Solutions creating animated art from digital light.

We understand that every space demands a unique atmosphere and realise that many spaces are truly uninspiring. Which is why we deliver the Digital Light Surface. The new medium for creating animated artwork from digital light, in any environment.

Bring interiors to life with engaging digital light scenes by selecting one of the inbuilt colour scenes via 24/7 scheduling, an iWatch, iPad app, smartphone app, PC, wall switch or trigger scenes interactively by using a motion sensor. Imagine – moving cloud formations over a sky blue background with the sun rising up and across the surface – Just one example of a totally engaging but standard scene.

Manufactured using high quality materials such as an extruded aluminium frame of only 90mm deep. Intelligent RGB LED’s and net-workable control system with a built in web browser for remote scheduling, set up and control of scenes. Mount your Digital Light Surface anywhere you desire, the solution can be mounted onto or into any surface. The light surface can be mounted landscape or portrait. Wall mounted or ceiling mounted, built into feature walls or ceilings, just about anywhere you can imagine.

Multiple light surfaces can be mounted in series and the motion scenes can be synced together for fluid transitions from one screen to another.

The translucent fabric placed in front of the intelligent RGB LED’s provides a perfectly diffused light source. Offering static colours or colour motion with fluid transitions of any colour imaginable. Digital Light Surface creates atmosphere wherever it is placed.

With 20 highly engaging scenes inbuilt to any DLS we realise that bespoke content for certain opportunities could be required, Sun-Light Solutions are perfectly placed with graphic design facilities on hand to discuss any requirement for digital light art, be that subtle motion of a colour theme to full motion of coloured light.
Please drop us a line with your requests or ideas.

Spot the difference


Halogen floodlights are always going to be popular with anyone with an eye for lighting design, and now Timeguard has brought an LED-ready range to market.

These quality metal spotlights will provide trouble free switching of GU10 LED lamps for years to come – they carry the Timeguard 3 year guarantee.

Stylish and weatherproof, they can be used indoors and out. Fixed, adjustable and up/down versions are offered. Halogen bulbs can be fitted if required.

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Shedding light on LEDs

Marcus Brodin, commercial director at Future Energy Solutions (FES), outlines the five key considerations when selecting LED lighting.

According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for one sixth of the UK’s total electricity usage. If the government is going to meet its stated targets for carbon reduction – at least 34 per cent by 2020 and a minimum of 80 per cent by 2050 when compared to 1990 levels – the nation’s 1.8 million commercial buildings will need to drastically reduce their energy consumption.

To the rescue

With rising utility bills and growing legislative pressure for companies to reduce their carbon footprints, it is not surprising that a technology that can save money and lower carbon footprints is turning heads. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting has created a seismic change not seen since gas lamp manufacturers witnessed the introduction of the carbon filament lamp. So much so that the global LED lighting market will be worth $25.4bn in 2013, according to a Digitimes Research Special Report.

Understanding the changes being brought about by LED light sources means that the entire value chain now has to engage with a re-education on the basics of light generation and application. Not all LED lighting solutions are the same and in order to get the maximum possible benefit from this technology, it is important to be able to differentiate what’s on offer and make the right purchasing decisions.


The five most important questions to consider when choosing an LED solution are as follows:

  • How much should I spend?

Perhaps the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of LED lighting over recent years is its price. While production costs have fallen dramatically in the last few years, some solutions are now considerably cheaper than others.

When it comes to LED lighting the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ should be kept in mind and the pitfalls of selecting a poor quality product must be avoided at all costs. Premature product failure, poor lumen output, low lm/W and inefficient design are just some of the factors that can compromise a lighting scheme. In addition, the knock on effect of having to replace products can quickly have a negative effect on any return on investment (ROI).

There is no definitive answer as to how much should be spent but it’s a fair assumption that if you buy cheap, the chances are that you will have to buy twice.

  • Where is it from and how important is a warranty?

The vast majority of low cost and poor quality LED lighting products originate in China and although the country is beginning to address this issue, buyers should still beware. According to Lux Research, China’s LED lighting market will more than double to $7.4bn in 2017, meaning that a significant number of the estimated 5,000 manufacturers there are undercutting their rivals by using low quality components.

Unfortunately, if something goes wrong with a Chinese product, the cost of sending it back from the UK is likely to be prohibitive. Conversely, a product that is manufactured, sold and under warranty in the UK will mean a swifter resolution if there’s a problem.

  • Will it do what it says it will do?

When specifying a product the chosen manufacturer should always be asked to provide full photometric and electrical data, as well as conformance certificates to ensure that the product will provide you with the full benefits of your investment.

Although this information can be useful in terms of calculating ROI, be sure to establish whether the tests were carried out in-house or by a reputable third party testing organisation. Results from the latter are always preferable.

  • Which accreditations should it have?

A lack of recognised and enforced standards has resulted in a dramatic variation in the quality of products currently on the market.

However, LED luminaires sold on the European market should, by law, carry the CE mark, which is a statement by the manufacturer that the product complies with all the relevant EU legislation, including product safety standards and directives.

  • What level of energy savings and carbon reductions should I expect?

The answer to this question depends on two factors – the quality of the products and how they are configured and used.

One key piece of advice is to validate the output of a luminaire. A 20W bulb might use 25W, which means that any energy usage calculations could be incorrect by as much as 20 per cent. Also, a product that needs replacing after 50,000 hours will result in a higher total cost of ownership than one that last for 90,000, so always factor this in and be realistic.

The energy savings can be highly impressive. For example, FES recently finished Phase 1 of a project for National Car Parks (NCP), which, when completed, will have involved the installation of over 65,000 energy efficient LED luminaires in 149 multi-storey car parks. The use of LED lighting will generate energy savings of over 65 per cent and the effect on the environment will also be significant. NCP’s CO2 emissions will be reduced by 11,000 tonnes per annum and mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) will be lowered by 248lbs over the same period – this is the equivalent of 16 acres of forest being saved and 11 cars being removed from the road.

For further information please contact Marcus Brodin on +44 (0) 207 908 3921 or

About FES

Future Energy Solutions (“FES”) is an innovative global green technology company that designs and installs energy efficient lighting solutions for the commercial and industrial lighting market. FES specialises in targeting customers who are currently operating inefficient high intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent lighting systems, in which lighting forms an essential part of the business’s operations and cost base and provides customers with an average saving of 65% of their energy consumption.

FES’ UK headquarters is based in Portman Square, London.  All product designs are engineered in the Hollywood Research and Design Centre in Florida, USA.