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Light up the outside with Lutec

Outdoor luminaires have two “lives” – as decorative garden elements during the day and as practical and functional security lighting at night.

The Lutec range of outdoor fittings marry innovation with practicality, with performance as a key design element.

What’s more, the aesthetic of the various lamps in the range make it a modern, visually pleasant addition to any outdoor space.

Choose from a wide selection in a variety of shapes and styles, from traditional bollards to edgy wall lights.

UBLO Wall

Compact and elegant, the six fittings in the Ublo wall family offer perfectly uniform and homogenous warm white LED light – and without casting any shadows!

The fittings on each of the six pieces are made of die-cast aluminium with polycarbonate lenses on all of them. The connection on each is easily accessible by simply removing the click-on front plate.

O463

Power: 6.3W, Luminous flux: 280lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 113 degrees

O464

Power: 11W, Luminous flux: 570lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 114 degrees

O465

Power: 6.3W, Luminous flux: 280lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 111 degrees

O466

Power: 11W, Luminous flux: 570lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 113 degrees

O467

Power: 6.3W, Luminous flux: 280lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 110 degrees

O468

Power: 11W, Luminous flux: 570lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 112 degrees

MINI LED SPOT Wall (O469)

Available as a one- or two-head version, the Mini LED Spot can rotate 320 degrees, making it the ideal outdoor spotlight.

The graphite colour gives it a modern look and feel, and with the fitting made in die-cast aluminium and the lens of polycarbonate opal, this lamp is as durable as it is hard working,

The lamp offers 9W of power with a luminous flux of 605lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 40 degrees.

MINI LED SPOT Bollard (O470)

Ideal for lighting garden pathways and terraces, the multi-directional head of the Mini LED Spot Bollard always directs the LED to the exact spot where light is needed.

This bollard stands quite tall at 526mm with the fitting made in die-cast aluminium and a polycarbonate lens. Lamp specifications include 9W of power, a luminous flux of 605lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 40 degrees.

ANDA Wall (O471)

The hard-working Anda Wall fitting has 1000 lumen light output which makes it the ideal lamp to mount high up on a wall to illuminate a larger area.

Anda offers 18W power, a luminous flux of 1040lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a 90 degree beam angle. The fitting is of made of die-cast aluminium with a polycarbonate opal lens.

ANDA Bollard (O472)

Similar to its sibling, the Anda Wall fitting, the Anda Bollard is an elegant and robust lamp that offers 18W of power, a luminous flux of 1040lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 90 degrees.

This bollard can be made to integrate beautifully in almost any garden layout with its multi-installation format. And while the light is strong, it’s not overpowering.

MERIDIAN Wall (O473)

The combination of the anthracite grey aluminium body and opal white polycarbonate diffuser makes the Meridian Wall fitting an elegant accessories for the outdoors. A design statement is subtly made with its strong, diffused light.

It has 14W of power, a luminous flux of 800lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 89 degrees.

MERIDIAN Bollard (O474)

Bollards are ideal for accentuating landscape features in the garden at night. At a height of 730mm, the Meridian Bollard is ideal for lighting pathways and terraces in a way that creates just the right atmosphere – without an unwelcoming glare.

The fitting is made of die-cast aluminium with a polycarbonate opal lens. It has 14W of power, a luminous flux of 800lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 89 degrees.

TONA Wall (O475)

The die-cast aluminium fitting of the Tona Wall lamp is a single piece, creating the sense of one smooth and gracious line. The white polycarbonate opal lens creates concentric circles that offer decorative details during the day. Tona comes with a built-in, adjustable motion sensor, has 9W of power, a luminous flux of 600lm, colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 102 degrees.

TRUMPET Wall (O476)

Movable and minimalistic, the Trumpet Wall fitting is ideal for accentuating outdoor features with lights. A strong LED and a moveable spothead makes this piece as practical as it is powerful.

It’s ideal for the outdoors with the fitting made of die-cast aluminium and a polycarbonate opal lens. The Trumpet has 11W of power, a luminous flux of 840lm, colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 108 degrees.

GHOST Wall (O477)

Its sleek oval shape offers discrete, but effective, indirect light, which makes it the perfect all-night light. The result of this unique form is a distinctive beam pattern that adds a warm ambience to any outdoor space.

The fitting is made of die-cast aluminium with a polycarbonate opal lens. The Ghost has 7W of power, a luminous flux of 360lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 55 degrees.

ARMOR Wall (O478)

With its four die-cast aluminium corners in graphite, the Armor cube luminaire adds subtle design character to the outdoor space, while protecting the polycarbonate diffuser.

The lamp has 11W of power, a luminous flux of 560lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 156 degrees.

ARMOR Bollard (O479)

Similar to its sister, the Armor Wall fitting (O478), the Armor Bollard has four die-cast aluminium corners that protect the opal polycarbonate diffuser, while adding subtle design character.

The lamp offers 11W of power, a luminous flux of 560lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 156 degrees.

SECO Wall (O480)

The die-cast aluminium fitting, which forms the back side of the Seco Wall lamp, makes for easy installation, by allowing the polycarbonate opal lens to click in quickly and conveniently. A floating effect is the result, with the diffuser appearing to be suspended against the wall.

Seco has 8W of power, a luminous flux of 440lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 108 degrees.

GEMINI Wall (O481 & O482)

Though minimalistic in design, the Gemini collection of wall lamps offer great light output. The elegant brick-like fitting is made of die-cast aluminium with a polycarbonate opal lens and give the perfect bi-directional beam, which covers the full surface in two directions.

The Gemini Wall luminaire is available in two sizes, the smaller one (O481) with a height of 65mm and 9W of power, a luminous flux of 480lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 127 degrees.

The medium-sized Gemini Wall fitting is 85mm in height, with 20W of power, a luminous flux of 1230lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a beam angle of 130 degrees.

GEMINI Up and Down (O483 & O484)

Timeless design meets top quality in the Gemini Up & Down range. The stainless steel casing of these wall fittings ensure durability while the clear polycarbonate lenses work for efficacy.

The Geminis are available in two sizes: The smaller luminaire (O483) has a height of 80mm, 9W of power, a luminous flux of 500lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a 32 degree beam angle.

Meanwhile, the bigger Gemini stands 135mm high, with 24W of power, luminous flux of 1240lm, a colour temperature of 4000K and a 30 degree beam angle.

UNITE Wall & Bollard

With its classic aesthetic the Unite collection is an attractive and versatile addition to any outdoor space. The heavy duty die-cast aluminium fittings with transparent, impact-proof polycarbonate diffuser offers warm white light ideal as ambient and security lighting.

O485 Wall

Power: 6.5W, Luminous flux: 260lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 66 degrees

O486 Wall

Power: 6.5W, Luminous flux: 270lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 150 degrees

O487 Bollard

Power: 6.5W, Luminous flux: 260lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 113 degrees

O488 Bollard

Power: 6.5W, Luminous flux: 260lm, Colour temperature: 3000K, Beam angle: 66 degrees

Starry Wall (O489)

If it’s something completely unconventional that you’re after, look no further than this cottage-style rectangular Starry Wall fitting. The water glass gives it a whimsical look and feel, and with an invisible LED light source it creates a charming warm white light effect within the “water”.

A die-cast aluminium fitting complements the water drop glass of the lens. Starry Wall has 16W power, a luminous flux of 600lm, colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angles of 5 degrees.

HOM Wall (O490)

The classic coach lantern offers the perfect candle light glow. In combination with the clear glass lens, the LED light module offers perfect radiation and just the right efficacy.

The HOM has durable die-cast aluminium fitting, offers 16W of power, a luminous flux of 400lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a 128 degree beam angle.

ZOE Wall (O491)

The compact design of the Zoe Wall fitting makes it the ultimate modern lighting accessory, while it’s vintage, lantern-inspired look makes ideal for more classic and traditional surroundings. Thus, a wonderfully multifunctional fitting.

Zoe’s fitting is made of die-cast aluminium and the lens of clear glass. The LED tile that is incorporated radiates a warm, gentle light with 9W, a luminous flux of 330lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 87 degrees.

ORIGO Wall (O492)

The position of the opal polycarbonate diffuser on the Origo Wall fitting creates an ambient glow behind the piece, resulting in circular shadows. Available in small and medium sizes, the Origo can be incorporated into outdoor architectural projects in interesting ways, and is also available in an LED integrated version.

The lens is made of clear glass while the lamp offers 15W of power, a luminous flux of 830lm and a colour temperature of 3000K.

FACE Wall (0493)

The stainless steel Face Wall lamp is as robust as it is elegant. The big surfaces allows it to diffuse warm white light radiation. What’s more, this fitting comes with an adjustable PIR motion sensor, ideal for security purposes.

Face has a polycarbonate opal lens, 13W of power, a luminous flux of 800lm, a colour temperature of 3000K and a beam angle of 57 degrees.

FLAT Wall (O499)

The no-fuss Flat wall fitting is easy to install, which makes it one of the most practical pieces in the range. Start by mounting the stainless steel wall bracket or post, and then simply slide the diffuser in.

A polycarbonate lens, 8W of power, a luminous flux of 500lm and colour temperature of 3000K makes this piece an outdoor favourite.

Media Contacts:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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The new LUTEC bulkhead range from Eurolux

Outdoor lighting is as much about security as it is about aesthetics, so with the Lutec range of outdoor luminaires, there is no need to compromise on either.

Lutec is Eurolux’s latest range of premium outdoor fittings. Characterised by technological innovation and a dynamic design aesthetic, the diverse product range means there is a fitting to suit every outdoor function and style.

The four LED bulkheads in the range are all made from die-cast aluminium with an opal lens. With a distinctly clean design, they’re a subtle, unobtrusive addition to any outdoor space, be it residential or commercial.

Each fixture is fitted with an integrated LED light source, thus guaranteeing significantly more lighting hours than traditional lamps, at a lower lifetime cost and with less impact on the environment.

Titan wall lamps (B266 and B268)

These two round silver Titan bulkhead twins are an outdoor lighting staple. Compact in size (140mm diameter), the 3W warm white integrated LED light source emits a luminous flux of 145lm at a beam angle of 120 degrees, making them ideal for both garden illumination and security applications.

Unlike the standard open face of the Titan 268 bulkhead, the Titan 266 has an industrial-like grid as a stylish point of difference.

Seine wall lamp (B267)

Something of an unconventional shape for a bulkhead, the square Seine 267 is a medium-size (140 x 140mm) fitting with a 4W integrated LED light source. An industrial-like grid gives this fixture that extra modern allure.

Titan wall lamp (B269)
The biggest fitting in the Lutec bulkhead range, the Titan 269 has a diameter of 260mm with a depth of 95mm. The graphite colour adds a sleek edge that elevates the fitting from functional to rather fashionable. With a 16W integrated LED light source emitting a luminous flux of 480lm, it’s an asset to any outdoor space.

While bulkheads are a flexible outdoor lighting option in terms of application, they tend to work best when fitted 3 to 5 metres apart along exterior walls.

Media Contacts:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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Counting cents to keep the lights on

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Keeping the lights on is costly. With the price of electricity increasing significantly this year (9.4 %), it has become imperative to find ways to cut power costs in and around the home.

The good news is that by simply converting your existing conventional globes (or lamps) to LED is one of the most effective ways to reduce your electricity bill, says Eben Kruger, Marketing Manager at Eurolux.

LED is the answer

While the unit price of LED lamps are marginally more than conventional lamps, the long-term benefits of switching to LEDs far outweigh the relative difference in unit cost per lamp.

“The big thing about LEDs is that you’re guaranteed similar light for longer, at a much lower cost,” Kruger explains. The numbers don’t lie (unfortunately, in the case of the electricity price increase!), so it is useful to consider the following equation to understand how switching to LEDs results in greater savings in the long term.

Conventional Halogen lamps vs LED

The average household Halogen lamp uses 42W of electricity, compared to the average LED lamp of just 6W, but still producing a similar light and brightness. Effectively, this means that while the LED costs more per unit, it uses 7 times less electricity. Plus, it also offers 15,000 lighting hours, as opposed to the ordinary Halogen lamps less significant 2,000 hours.

Therefore, 1 LED lamp equates to the work of 7 Halogen lamps. In other words, to get 15,000 hours out of an ordinary Halogen lamp, you would require 7 of them at a total cost of R245, versus 1 LED at just R39.

That’s certainly a significant saving in electricity costs over the lifetime of the LED lamp.

This example applies to just one lamp, but considering that the average 4-bedroom suburban home can be fitted with over 50 downlighters, the numbers make an even bigger impact.

More than money

As a general rule, LEDs are 80% more cost effective than conventional Halogen lamps, but there is the added benefit of it being more environmentally friendly as well.

Because the number of light hours is almost 8 times that of an ordinary Halogen lamp, you’re using less LED lamps as the first environmental saving. Secondly, LED lamps use less power per unit, as demonstrated above, thus reducing carbon emissions from power plants. In fact, the annual energy consumption of a LED lamp can be up to 30 times lower than its conventional counterpart.

Furthermore, Halogen lamps release as much as 90% of their energy as heat, while this number for LEDs is just 5%.

So switching to LED makes sense on multiple levels – saving money and electricity, as well as our environment.

Media Contacts:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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Vintage flair from Eurolux

Eurolux is well known for its chic lighting fixtures and their latest collection of EGLO Vintage indoor pendants and family ranges, does not disappoint. These EGLO products are also included in the newly released Luminaire catalogue, which Eurolux will be making available to distributors and customers in the next few weeks.

Talking about the Austrian range’s Vintage collection, Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux says the products have a nostalgic, yet uber-stylish flair: “Each of the luminaires have a distinct feel about them, it is a mix of retro and urban designs that are extremely popular right now. These are lighting fixtures that don’t just make a statement, but makes any room inviting.”

This particular EGLO collection consists of a wide variety of designs and materials, suited to literally every room in the house, office, restaurant or retail space. The trendy Tarbes pendant lamp is a point in case. It features a single black or copper coloured steel cage, suspended from a black cord and ceiling canopy. It is a fitting that makes excellent use of geometric shapes to compliment the exposed globe and reflect fragments of light.

The Tarbes features an E27 socket, but is supplied without light source and is suitable for a maximum lamp of 60W. Bouchier points out that Halogen globes, CFL’s and modern LED lamps can be used in this fitting. “The Tarbes’ modern, industrial design – available in two finishes – is perfect for use in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and dining areas,” says Bouchier.

Those wanting to create a striking lighting fixture in their kitchen or foyer should invest in an EGLO Cossano matte nickel pendant. Strips of brushed steel create the globe shade on this fixture, allowing the light to shine freely through the shade and reflect off its nickel finish. It requires a 60-Watt globe, but different size globes add versatility to this design. It is hardwired for adjustable height and available in varying sizes. The Cossano family of lights offers a modern design with the option of using a single lamp, clustering lamps together at different heights or selecting a three lamp strip.

The faceted Carlton1 fixture fits the vintage theme with its black finished steel shade, with three contrasting inner shade colours to choose from - copper, silver or yellow – with a black ceiling rose. This pendant is fitted with an E27 max 60W lamp holder, which is compatible with either a CFL or LED lamp. The Carlton1 will look especially good over the dining room table, but is also suited for use in retro-modern restaurants and retail spaces.

The polished copper finish of the EGLO Hapton pendant offers a sophisticated design. The pendant features a black cable with a polished copper ceiling rose to match the shade. The height of this fitting can be adjusted on installation and requires a single 60w E27 Halogen lamp or LED equivalent. The diameter of the fitting is 290mm and it offers a maximum cable drop of 1100mm. Bouchier suggests that it will function as a real eye catcher above the dining room table or kitchen island, but could also compliment the bedroom.

The Biandra pendant light features a unique laser cut fabric shade in dark tan. The inner shade is white in colour which makes the "coffee bean" laser cut design of the outer shade stand out. This pendant is also fitted with an E27 lamp holder, compatible with LED and CFL globes. Subtle yet packed with style, this item would be great for adding a touch of modern class to your home. The Biandra range is available as a single light ceiling pendant, table lamp and floor lamp.

For more about this range, log onto www.eurolux.com.

Media Contacts:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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Fumagalli – Illuminating the world

The Fumagalli collection of quality outdoor lighting products provides the ultimate ‘fix and forget’ solution to a host of lighting requirements. Eurolux is the sole local distributor of this modern range and they recently added a few noteworthy new models to their range.

Manufactured in a modern, state-of-the-art production facility in Varese, Northern Italy, Fumagalli lighting products are produced using only the highest quality raw materials and components, explains Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. The specialised resin formulation, used in all their products, is self-coloured and UV stabilised. “This means that these fittings are virtually maintenance free and will not discolour or fade, even in the brightest sunlight,” confirms Bouchier.

The latest Fumagalli bulkheads, now available from Eurolux, include the Lucia and Maddi LED Bulkheads. The round Lucia is available with ring, eyelid and guard covers that are suitable for wall, ceiling and post installation. Its polycarbonate base is available, on request, in black, grey and white, which creates an elegant and customised ambience. The Lucia’s printed circuit board is fitted with 150 LED x 6 lm, ensuring uniform light distribution, and by adding the Remi Bracket the lamp can be angled at 35°.

The Maddi is an oval bulkhead, available with the same cover conversions as the Lucia and is also suitable for wall, ceiling and post installation. It is easily used in both public spaces and residential areas, both indoors and outdoors. The Maddi bulkhead can only be mounted vertically when used in conjunction with the Remi bracket and provides a lifetime of 30 000 hours.

“In the Lucia and Maddi ranges the eyelid cover is particularly popular, as the top half of the lamp is covered so the light is reflected down onto the ground and glare is reduced,” adds Bouchier.

Also included in the new Fumagalli range are the Danzi and Gelmi LED bulkheads, available in either a standard white or black finish with an opaque lens. The Gelmi can be used both indoors and outdoors and is suitable for wall and ceiling mounting. The product has a protection rating of IP66 and is also available with an E27 CFL lamp. The oval Danzi offers similar features and functionality to the Gelmi, with ring, eyelid and grid cover conversions also available on request.

Bouchier explains that the Fumagalli range of bulkheads is designed to be tough enough to withstand dust, water and the constant onslaught of the sun. “Because of their durable design and impressive lighting ability, you’ll often find these bulkheads in underground car parks, on outside walls, inside warehouses and large commercial buildings. They are also ideally suited for use in coastal and harsh environmental conditions”

The Extraleti 100 surface fitting is supplied as standard with a long-life and efficient TUV approved GX53 LED lamp (3W-350lm). Available in four different cover options, allowing for a diffused or downwards directed light emission, this fixture is available in a cool or warm white option. It further has a black finish with an opaque lens.

“The LED technology used in this product ensures that this is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option, that can easily be upgraded and its built-in LED lamp makes for quick and easy lamp replacement,” explains Bouchier.

The Stucchi bulkhead is also manufactured from the same shockproof resin material as the rest of the Fumagalli range, offering UV-ray stabilisation, while being rust and corrosion-free. The product has a coloured backlit version available and is versatile, allowing for wall and ceiling installation. The Stucchi can be fitted both indoors and outdoors, has a daylight and motion sensor with a detection angle between 30 - 150 degrees and an adjustable field of detection of up to 5M.

For a look at the complete range, log onto www.eurolux.com.

Media Contacts:

Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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Seeing the light, with Eurolux and Extreme Eyewear

As part of its five-yearly revamp, Extreme Eyewear (situated at the Cape Town Waterfront) called in the help of Eurolux to design and install the newly updated store’s lighting. Known for providing fashion optometry to discerning clientele, Extreme Eyewear required a bright lighting solution that would display its products at its best to both in-store customers and those passing by.

The owner of the store, Justin Blecher, was clear as to what he required of the new design. “The design we had in mind saw the shop floor lit to enable in-store customers to easily browse the products, but we also required flattering light for those trying on the eyewear. We also wanted a more industrial look, but with a modern twist – creating the kind of inviting ambiance that would add warmth to the whole space.”

Deciding on the best products to provide the ambiance and task lighting Extreme Eyewear was after, the Eurolux team had to consider the fact that the store was already closed for renovations, making the instalment time critical. “Eurolux carries a number of ranges that would have been suitable for the Extreme Eyewear installation but we also had to adhere to a strict timeline, limiting our options to order additional stock. The reality was that the project had to be completed as soon as possible,” comments Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. “Fortunately we are called in to execute urgent projects on a regular basis thus we ensure that our ranges are able to deliver the widest possible spectrum of lighting solutions.”

Having considered all the factors, the Eurolux team opted to use ELT LED strips for the eyewear cabinets displays. Bouchier says these lights are specifically designed for commercial installations and offer a five year warranty. Eurolux further installed highbay lights (PR367) to contend with, and maximize, the high ceilings of the shop. Both the LED strips and the highbays provide a 750 lux level with a 400K colour temperature, resulting in the optimal amount of light and a happy medium between white and yellow light.

In addition to the LED strips and the highbays, Eurolux also installed track lights (PR359) to illuminate the front and back of the mosaic of the store.

The entire installation makes use of top quality LED products, saving the store a considerable amount of money. “The store is lit up 24x7, given its prime location and naturally they required a solution that would minimize their costs and is environmentally friendly – we believed our LED solutions would deliver just that,” adds Bouchier. And Blecher agrees, saying the lighting design deliver on Extreme Eyewear’s requirements and more: “Eurolux are specialists in the field of lighting and they successfully translated into reality our concept of what the design should be.”

Within a few weeks Eurolux had completed the design and installed the lighting at Extreme Eyewear. “This is a store that caters to fashion conscious clients that want to select eyewear in a chic yet comfortable space. This means we had to enhance the store’s interior with slick minimalist lighting to ensure the right ambiance while not compromising the functionality required. And we had to deliver this solution quickly and efficiently. The result is a perfectly lit store that will impress their clients for years to come,” concludes Bouchier.

Contact Eurolux for assistance with lighting projects on +27 (0)21 528 8400.

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Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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Eurolux LED turns night into day

Eurolux has boosted its comprehensive range of lighting solutions with the introduction of its latest day/night LED lamp. Eurolux CFL day and night lamp has been around for the last 10 years and this new addition to the range takes it to the next level. This long-life LED lamp (G651BC and G651ES) is a must-have for the environmentally conscious home owner that wants functional light when it is dark. There is no need for a separate day night sensor as it is a plug and play solution. Ideally suited to lighting up pathways, gate posts and to provide perimeter lighting.

This new Eurolux LED lamp is available in a 6W and 10W and available in a cool white colour, which is ideal for outdoor illumination. It has the same swivel base as its CFL counterpart and is available in both E27 (screwed) and B22 (bayonet) end connection. The LED lamp automatically switches on at dusk and then off again at sunrise – a truly economical, no-fuss lighting solution.

The day/night functionality is enabled by an integral photocell that registers the brilliance of the ambient light and activates when light levels reach the pre-set level. However brief changes in light levels caused by clouds, car lights, lightning etc. will not activate the LED, since it is programed to continuously check for false light levels and will not be activated by these.

The 300°swivel base ensures optimum functionality, as Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux explains: “Lamp holders differ from fitting to fitting, which means that you might find that once you’ve fitted the LED lamp into your particular fitting, the light sensor now points towards the reflector, the wall or something else that may block the light and might result in a faulty light reading. This LED allows you to reposition the sensor once installed, which enables the lamp to function as intended.”

This day/night LED offers up to a 30,000 hour life span, compared to its CFL counterpart that only provides 6000 hours. “The benefits of a longer lamp life are obvious; this is further boosted by the electricity savings associated with LEDs,” says Bouchier. “This lamp can provide users with electricity savings of up to 80%. It truly is an environmentally friendly product that offers users the greatest possible return on investment.”

At up to 800 lumens, it is a bright light that will easily illuminate spaces and the A-Shape lamp design is unobtrusively familiar.

Visit www.eurolux.co.za to view Eurolux’s entire range of lighting solutions.

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Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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MAKE LIGHT (WITH LUTEC) WHILE THE SUN SHINES

Outdoor luminaires need to tick a lot of boxes as they likely serve the double duty of security and ambient lighting.

Thus, your outdoor fittings need to be practical, durable and – preferably – as cost effective as possible. But you don’t want to be stuck with just the bland old bulkheads. Luckily there’s the new Lutec Solar LED range to lights things up outside.

Exclusively available from Eurolux, the Lutec range offers high efficiency solar panels in combination with powerful LED modules that ensure sufficient lighting for various outdoor applications.

Incremental improvements in solar lighting has seen the technology really take off in recent years, and with the product becoming ever-more sophisticated there is no need to worry about the light fading when it is needed most.

The Lutec solar range is designed to get the most out of the available solar energy with the help of intelligent user interfaces.


Solar Table Cube

This portable outdoor table lamp is a must-have for any household. The shape and size means it ideal for countless outdoor activities, be it as a camping companion or for extra light around the braai at home.

The Cube’s 3-step dimmer allows the fitting to be adjusted for just the right ambience. Available in blue, red, green or a vivid grey, the colours add a touch of playfulness to the piece, which the kids will also appreciate!

The fitting is made of a durable plastic with a diffused plastic lens. It has an on/off switch and battery life of up to 40 hours.


Solar Dragonfly Lantern

Like the light of the little dragonfly at night, the Solar Dragonfly Lantern is a portable solar lamp that adds an inviting light to any dark space.

In its open position the Dragonfly Lantern accumulates solar energy during the day, but it can also be charged via an USB cable on an electrical network.

The 3-step dimmer allows the fitting to be adjusted for the right ambience. Made from a durable plastic with a diffused plastic lens, the Dragonfly is available in four bright colours (blue, red, green, grey). The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 40 hours, and also comes standard with an on/off switch.


Padlight

Practical, portable and suited to a variety of positions, the Padlight is a compact solar luminaire that is ideal for almost any kind of outdoor use. It can be made to stand on a surface, or it can be hooked or suspended.

The 3-step dimmer allows for the most optimal light at all times. The piece comes with a rechargeable battery, as well as a USB cable so that it can be charged via an electrical network if necessary.

The fitting is made of a durable plastic with a diffused plastic lens. It has an on/off switch and a battery life of up to 36 hours.


Mini LED Spot

This mini is on the move! The Mini LED Spot is a versatile wall light with an integrated solar panel in a single or double head spotlight versions. What make this pieces particularly useful is that both the panel and the spot heads are adjustable over a wide degree angle – it has a 300-degree swivel!

Made in a durable plastic with a diffused plastic lens, the rechargeable battery lasts for up to 21 hours and comes with an on/off switch.


Solar Motion Sensor Wall Light (459)

Discrete but dutiful, the Solar Motion Sensor Wall Light is a compact and easy-to-install wall lamp. The fitting is equipped with built-in motion sensors to detect activity at night.

The piece comes in a stylish silver, which adds to its pared-down aesthetic appeal. The rechargeable battery has a 4-hour lifetime and an on/off switch.


Solar Motion Sensor Wall Light (460)

If security is your main concern you’re in need of a solution that offers powerful diffused light throughout the night. The Solar Motion Sensor Wall Light is the answer. Made in stainless steel with an opal diffuser, this luminaire has a motion sensor, which is a great security enhancement as it detects movement.

The stainless steel cover has a bracket which means the fitting can slide into the bracket without the need for any tools. What’s more, there’s the option to stick a vinyl house number to the piece for personalisation!

The rechargeable battery runs for up to 25 hours.


Solar Motion Sensor Wall Washer (461)

The sleek and elegant design of the Solar Motion Sensor Wall Washer makes it suitable for most commercial and residential outdoor spaces.

With technology that includes an integrated solar panel and a wide-angle PIR motion sensor this is a hardworking lamp that doesn’t disappoint on the aesthetic front.

Both the fitting and the lens are made of a durable plastic, and it comes with a rechargeable battery that has a 2-hour lifetime.


Solar Motion Sensor Wall Washer (462)

The Solar Motion Sensor Wall Washer offers everything you need for complete security lighting outside. A separate, adjustable solar panel on a 5-metre cable means the panel can be positioned to spots where it will capture optimal sunlight throughout the day.

The motion sensor has a 150-degree angle and a 15 metre detection range. The plastic fitting and lens comes in a subtle silver colour. A rechargeable battery comes standard with the light.

For more information on the Lutec range, please contact Shaun Bouchier on Shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za  or 021 584 8400.

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Eurolux's Commitment To Community Development

Investing in the wellbeing and empowerment of the community is a key focus area for Eurolux. As such, the company is committed to contributing resources to various projects that support those in need.

Over the years the company’s efforts and involvement has been led by specific needs with a bias towards education and healthcare. Eurolux’s brand mantra “lighting your way” becomes a suitable maxim for their social initiatives, as they endeavour to light the way – sometimes literally – for those marginalised by the mainstream economy.

Eurolux’s community initiatives focus on the following development areas:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Animal rescue
  • Substance abuse
  • Community upliftment

The company is particularly proud of the way staff enthusiastically and selflessly get involved in these initiatives, often contributing their personal time and resources to the projects Eurolux support.

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HOW-TO ARTICLES

Lighting Bathrooms

As one of the most functional spaces in a home it is important to have the right kind of lighting in your bathroom. Not only does it guarantee a closer shave but it also helps for sleeker styling!

Set the scene

The conventional light in the centre of the room most likely provides adequate lighting but it is usually not the ideal light for a bathroom. Downlighters are great for bathrooms as they augment the lighting effect. Be sure to choose sealed waterproof downlights for above the shower as the effect of the steam can cause electrical hassles, including a short circuit and, in extreme cases, fire.

Downlighters are great for ambience too, but can be rather costly. For something more budget friendly try a circular fluorescent in a sealed fitting as the central light. These offer a wider spread of light, produce sufficient light for good visibility and don’t use much electricity. This is a clever option if the bathroom light in your home gets left on throughout the night for the little ones.

Mirror mirror on the wall

A good mirror and the right lights go hand-in-hand in the bathroom. The shape and size of your mirror will determine the choice of light for around the mirror, as the latter influences the effect of the former!

The most important thing about mirror lights is that they need to work to make your face look “even” and shadow free for the most accurate reflection of yourself.

The way to achieve this shadow-free look is to shine the mirror light towards your face, instead of shining the light onto the mirror and straight back at you, as you would with a painting. Instead of reflecting the light glare of the fitting the image reflected in the mirror will be beautifully illuminated.

Wall lights on either side of the mirror are the ideal way to illuminate your reflection. This works particularly well for rectangular, square and round mirrors, which take up less wall space, but can be a bit of a hassle with diamond and octagon-shaped mirrors in a small bathroom. For these it is advisable to light the mirror from above. When looking into the mirror you may need to tilt your face up slightly to avoid seeing the shadows under your eyes and nose that the light from above creates.

Here too downlighters are a great option. Tilted lights on either side of the mirror is guaranteed to give you the best effect. They need to be installed with precision though, and work best if positioned as close to the wall on either side as possible.

Light at the end of cupboard

Installing lights in dark spaces, like in the cupboard under the bathroom sink, is a practical solution that is sure to shine a little light onto your morning and evening routine too!

In the bathroom under-counter lighting tends to work very well, as does a battery-operated touch light with LEDs. Touch lights are actually great to have in strategic places around the home as they come in very handy in the event of power outages.

Turn up (or down!) the heat

It is often necessary to have an extractor fan in the bathroom to draw out the steam from the bath and shower, especially where the natural ventilation is insufficient. This serves the added purpose of protecting electrical components, an important safety measure.

As an extractor cools the bathroom slightly, a heater warms it up. Bathroom heaters are most effective if positioned near where you stand when you get out of the bath or shower. There are two main options for heating this space. A directional infrared heater will warm you and also help you dry off quickly. These usually have a light fitting too, which makes them useful as a dual-purpose fitting. The second option for heating the bathroom is a bar heater. These are great for warming the whole space, but they take a while to heat up so not the best option if you bath or shower very quickly, unless it is switched on well before you take that bath or shower. Remember though that the longer the device is on the more electricity it uses and the more costly it becomes.

Sense the light

Sensor lights are a great solution for spaces that are used infrequently, such as the guest loo and the entrance hall.

These lights only switch on when movement is detected and remain on for a set time period only (say 15 or 20 minutes, depending on how you set them). Sensor lights are programmed to only turn on when the light levels are low so they are excellent energy savers too.

Bathroom lights can be tricky to get right so it may be wise to seek the help of a professional electrician. Opt for function-first lighting in the bathroom, but with a few clever tweaks the right lighting is sure to enhance the ambience too.

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Lighting children’s bedrooms

Illuminate your little one’s world in a magical way with the right lights.

Once upon a time

Stories are an important part of bedtime rituals. Reading requires the right light, but you also want to ensure a calm space that promotes sleeping. Consider a directional bedside lamp with a bright light that can be pointed at the book specifically but doesn’t need to shine on the little one falling asleep.

Creatures of the night

Children sometimes need the comfort of a night light – to keep the scary night creatures at bay! You may want to consider a bedside light with a low wattage to create a serene ambience, rather than functional light. A mobile, battery-operated, touch-lamp is ideal for a child able to switch the light on and off at will. A timer-controlled lamp that plugs into the wall is a hassle-free option for the room where the lights just need to be on until the child falls asleep.

Lightbulb moments

The right light also works to stimulate brain activity in children, especially in infants. Splashes of soft coloured lights against the wall not only add an aesthetic appeal to the space but also promote brain activity as children need to experience colour and movement for healthy mental development.

Rest is as important as the right stimulation for young children. Creating a peaceful sleeping environment is key in children’s rooms. Installing a dimmer control switch on the main light can help with this, as you’re able to gradually dim the lights as needed. Dimmer lights also help to provide just enough light to see if you need to feed your baby during the night, or if your toddler wakes up and needs to be comforted, without causing too much disruption by switching on a main, bright light.

Switched on for fun

Function should come first, but that doesn’t mean lights can’t be fun too.

Choose from a range of interesting fittings, from Disney characters to delightful creatures. A light is a great way to add an element of creativity to your little one’s sanctuary, be it with a bird, bee, ball or Buzz Aldrin. 

Light the load

School-going children’s bedrooms often double up as a study. Here the right light can go a long way to increasing concentration, and even interest in the work.

Opt for a lamp with a good, bright spread of light as being able to see the study material well is key to maintaining good focus.

Fluorescent desk and floor lamps are ideal if the light is being used for long periods at a time since it doesn’t produce a lot of heat. For instances where more intense light is needed, such as studying from a textbook, a halogen lamp is more effective for its superior colour rendering.

Safety first

If you’ve got little ones in the house there are a number of safety considerations to take into account.

Be aware of:

  • Plug points that little fingers can easily get into
  • Cords that can be pulled or wrapped around little necks
  • Table or floor lamps that can be knocked down or pulled over

Be sure to secure all electrical outlets with plug covers. Remember that small fingers can be quite strong and nimble so also ensure that the plug covers are too big to swallow.

Cords and ties, whether electrical or otherwise, should be securely bound or fastened and placed out of reach into a cord corral or tacked to the skirting board. Young children like to put loose objects into their mouths, and electrical wire can be a great (but lethal) teething toy!

Where possible, opt for energy-saver light bulbs as they don’t generate as much heat as incandescent globes, so there is less risk of tiny hands getting burnt.

Lighting can go a long way to create not only a safe and peaceful environment for the special children in your life, but also help to nurture and enhance the activities that play a big part in their growth, stimulation and development into happy and well-rounded adults.

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CASE STUDY

Lighting up Africa's greenest hotel - Hotel Verde

Lighting up Africa's greenest hotel - Hotel Verde

Hotel Verde, part of the BON Hotel Group and owned by Mario and Annemarie Delicio, has been dubbed ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’ and it is obvious why. Every aspect of the hotel is designed to be as sustainable as possible, employing systems that are efficient at saving water and electricity, while reducing waste. The building features green landscaping, a vegetated roof, impressive three-3kW vertical axis wind turbines and a façade of photovoltaic panels contributing to renewable energy, generated on-site. The lighting infrastructure formed a central part of the energy savings envisioned by the owners and they wanted to invest in cutting edge, energy efficient lighting technologies right from the start, whilst considering the aesthetics of the hotel. In order to achieve this, they turned to local lighting experts Eurolux and Blair Hammond & Associates for help.

The Brief

Eurolux and Blair Hammond & Associates were contracted to design and supply lighting solutions for Dematech’s offices, Hotel Verde’s bedrooms, conference rooms, living wall, parking garage and exterior lighting, which included architectural, street and security lighting. The brief was to create an exceptional guest experience showcasing the beauty and functionality of energy efficient lighting, whilst adhering to the most advanced global sustainability standards. Given the hotel’s location – but a stone’s throw from Cape Town International Airport – aviation standards required the hotel to only illuminate downwards, further emphasising luminaire selection.

In order to achieve all of the above, a complete lighting design was completed for each of the specific areas, taking into account luminaire specifications and lighting control systems. A detailed Basis of Design (BoD) document was also compiled to document all technical aspects of the concept design, relevant codes, systems, equipment and parameters required to achieve a maximum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating.

The Design

Each area of the hotel was modelled in lighting design software in order to confirm correct light levels and to ensure achievement of the lowest possible lighting power density targets, over and above the LEED baseline values. “The use of lighting design software enables the client to make an informed decision by being able to visualise the effect of the lighting designs, this allows the design process to run smoother and more accurately,” explains Daniel Hammond, lighting designer at Blair Hammond & Associates.

LED light sources were installed throughout the hotel’s interior and exterior, with the exception of the conference rooms and task lighting for offices. In the conference rooms and offices, low brightness T5 fluorescent fittings were installed, as these illuminate work spaces while minimising glare. Eurolux also supplied all 2560 meters of LED strip lighting and 528 drivers for the hotel. All fittings in the conference rooms, reception and restaurant are controlled by the lighting control system, which was installed by a specialist company. This ensures that the optimum usage of light and energy is realised when needed.

Eurolux further boosted the energy efficiency of the hotel by supplying a range of sensors. All public areas, including the passages, boardrooms, underground parking areas and gym have motion-sensors that activate the lights when motion is detected. After a timed period of about 15 minutes without any motion being detected, the lights will switch off. In addition, they also fitted light level sensors that measure the amount of light received. These sensors consider factors such as natural light entering through windows, and dim or brighten the output of the lights to ensure sustained light levels.

“The lighting designs by Blair Hammond & Associates specified the latest LED technologies, with careful consideration for stable colour temperature, good colour rendering, durability and most importantly, aesthetics,” says Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. “We provided top of the range products that met with all the requirements.”

Bedrooms

Eurolux supplied all the bedrooms in the hotel with 7W GU10, non-dimmable Aeon Lighting Technology (ALT) LEDs with a 60° beam angle. These lamps produce a warm white light like no other LED on the market, and offer a three year warrantee. Seven down lights were installed per room, as well as beautiful matching pendants and table lamps, which were also fitted with LED lamps. Finally, warm white 12V LED strip lights were concealed in the bulkheads and behind the TV units. These illuminate the ceiling and walls with a beautiful wash that adds to the overall sense of well-being and relaxation.

Hotel Verde’s rooms are access controlled with all lights and electrical equipment activated upon the insertion of the access card in the slot. The exception is the plug sockets which enable the charging of devices while rooms are not occupied. These however, are then deactivated on departure, to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

Living Wall

Another striking feature of the hotel is its beautiful living wall, adjacent to the reception lobby and restaurant. It receives sunlight on the one side via skylights as well as red and blue light from LED grow lamps on the other, which stimulates plant growth. Thirty-five watt LED grow lights, manufactured by ALT, were installed as per Blair Hammond & Associates specifications. Chlorophyll stimulating red and blue light provides the living wall with perfect levels of radiant energy, which is required for the photosynthetic process. Daylight conditions are mimicked using a colour mix of one blue LED chip (460-470 nanometers) and three red LED chips (620-625 nanometers).

The red and blue wavelengths produce a specific spectral light output that is ideal to stimulate plant growth. The blue wavelengths maximise the absorption of chlorophyll and carotenoids, stimulating growth. The red wavelengths have a lower absorption that notably affects the circadian rhythm of the plant enhancing plant health. The LED grow lights had to be wired into a circuit fitted with a timer, ensuring that the lights are switched on for sixteen hours of daylight and off for eight hours of night time. Plants need this downtime to ensure an undisturbed carbon dioxide production counter-cycle.

Hammond adds: “Not only are these LED grow lamps energy efficient, converting nearly all of their power consumption into usable light, but they are also able to optimise photosynthesis without added heat, infrared or UV. These lamps truly deliver outstanding results as the plant develops a higher abundance of leaf nodes than those in their natural habitat, which translate to a larger crop harvest.”

Decorative Lighting

A chandelier from Eurolux’s Meteor range was selected for the lobby of the hotel, creating an eye catching feature. The pendant was a perfect selection for the hotel as it is fitted with long life, 1W Spica LEDs instead of the traditional halogen bi-pin lamp, ensuring decreased maintenance and replacement costs. In addition to this, Eurolux also supplied their P372 pendant fitted with the same 1W Spica LED to complement the lounge areas in the lobby.

Tent Canopy

Hammond designed the hotel’s exterior lighting and says the owner gave him great creative freedom in this regard. One request was however that the tented canopy outside the entrance needed to be washed in coloured light, as the occasion required. Eurolux supplied RGB colour changing LEDs to meet this requirement. These colour changing lights were installed on the poles of the tent and connected to a DMX lighting controller and a computer. The computer software enables the user to select various colour combinations, patterns and set moods for special occasions, for example, green and white on St. Patrick’s Day or red, green and white over the Christmas period. This adds to the atmosphere of the hotel, while providing ample functional light on arrival to Africa’s greenest hotel.

Perimeter & Street Lighting

“With the hotel being located in the Airport industrial area, one of the owner’s biggest concerns was that we provided sufficient lighting for security purposes. We strived to provide the functionality required whilst at the same time selecting fittings that complemented the overall design of the hotel,” says Hammond.

The fitting Hammond selected for the exterior parking and street lighting was the perfect choice, given the green status of the hotel. The 32W LED pole light (pictured above), available exclusively from Eurolux, not only produces great quality usable light but also features an integrated optical motion sensor. The motion sensor is able to detect movement within a 10 meter radius, and once movement is detected it immediately illuminates to 100 percent light output. However, after a five minute period of no movement, it then dims back down to 50 percent of its light output.

Façade & Wall Lighting

One part of the brief that Blair Hammond & Associates needed to adhere to was the owner’s request to effectively illuminate the façades of Hotel Verde. This was achieved in a variety of ways; the first was by installing Eurolux’s 22W LED Wall Washer, manufactured by Jingri, on the north and south facing façades. These were installed at a height of 17 meters, which at night effectively sets the hotel apart from the rest of the buildings in the area by washing the façades with natural white light. In addition to this, LED strip lighting was installed on the north facing façade in Hotel Verde’s corporate colours, green and purple; helping guests arriving from the Cape Town International Airport to easily identify their destination. The final piece to the façade jigsaw puzzle was illuminating the striking mosaic mural on the elevator shaft. This was done by utilising three of Eurolux’s FS122 80W LED flood lights which were each mounted on an outreach arm. Once the flood lights were installed correctly they were then precisely aimed to evenly wash the piece of art with light from top to bottom. Lastly Blair Hammond & Associates specified wall mounted lights from Eurolux. These were installed outside all the exterior doorways of the hotel, which provided ambient and security lighting.

David Pollock, Hotel Verde Project Manager, commended the combined effort of Blair Hammond & Associates and Eurolux, “The beautiful lighting design and installation demonstrates how important it was for Hotel Verde to team up with specialist lighting companies. Every box was ticked and the goals set out in the lighting design brief were successfully achieved. The end result is magnificent and is one that we at Hotel Verde are extremely proud of.”

Parking Garage

Eurolux also supplied the lighting for the parking garage with its 2 x 28W T5 Fluorescent Vapourproof Fitting. The ramp down to the garage is illuminated with Duett 5 year warranty wall lights from Eurolux’s SG range. These were perfect for their task, producing no glare for oncoming drivers.

The Result

Hotel Verde showcases sustainability in action by investing in green technologies that will stand the test of time. “It is wonderful to be part of a project of this magnitude on South African shores, we can only hope that many other enterprises will follow suit,” concludes Bouchier.

Media Contact:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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CASE STUDY

Lighting up The River Club

The River Club is one of Cape Town’s most celebrated golf and conference venues. As such, its external lighting is critical to the club’s comfort and appeal. When the lead designer of Shaw & Becker Interiors, Pam Shaw, approached Eurolux to assist in the design and installation of additional exterior lighting, Eurolux selected to partner with lighting design specialists Blair Hammond & Associates to make the project a reality. The end result is a sustainable lighting design that delivers the aesthetics and security the River Club required.

The club wanted to see selected building features illuminated such as the main entrance, while the practice putting green and chipping green also needed additional lighting. “Being a golf and conference venue, these greens are often used at night so it required sufficient lighting with just the right lumens to enhance and not hinder visibility,” explains Daniel Hammond, lighting designer at Blair Hammond & Associates. “Due to the amount of entertaining that takes place on and around the deck after sunset, the River Club also asked us to illuminate the deck.”

Selecting the right design

Two lighting designs were completed and presented to the client, with the owners, architect and interior designers all weighing in on the final selection. Hammond explains that the first design included high specification products, such as Eurolux’s F5157 ALT 92 Watt floodlights. This also turned out to be the design the client opted for. “We believe in presenting our clients with options. In the lifecycle analyses report we provide them with the initial lamp costs, fitting and component replacement costs according to the lamp/fittings lifespan, as well as the eventual return on investment of each of the options, enabling them to see where and when it would be best to spend the money.”

The lifecycle analysis conducted by Blair Hammond & Associates shows that the first lighting design will have a total cost of ownership of R635 275.97, over a period of 15 years. The second lighting design, on the other hand, will have a total cost of ownership of R772 798.90 over a 15 year period. However, the first design will have an initial procurement cost of R151 072.18, while the second design only requires R87 595.28. “But to see these initial procurement costs in perspective you also have to consider the relamping cost, which in the case of the first design came to R35 760.43, while the second design came in at R84 099.53. The first design would also only require 157 222.30 kWh over a 15 year period, while the second would demand 211 843.21 kWh,” highlights Hammond. “By not investing in the best product upfront, they would inevitably be spending more money in maintenance, replacement and electricity costs eventually. But it is up to them to decide, which option works best for them.”

The River Club however selected the first design which featured the highest specification products.

Technology touch points

A range of Eurolux products were used to create the right light levels and ambiance around the club, including some Aeon Lighting Technology (ALT) products – of which Eurolux is the sole local importers. The ALT ES157 92W floodlight was used to illuminate the entrance, surrounding parking areas, as well as the putting and chipping greens. “The River Club required powerful, bright lighting in robust designs in these areas, which is exactly what the FS157 ALT 92W floodlight gives them,” says Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. He adds that effective heat dissipation, colour stability and a long lifespan made the Eurolux FS154 25W ALT LED floodlights the perfect choice to create focus points around the building.

Product guarantees

Hammond adds that sustainability is an important objective in all their designs. “In the case of LED products, clients are looking for products that live up to its claimed lifespan and those backed by a good product warranty. Aeon Lighting Technology products have a 3 year warranty, and in many cases a 5 year warranty, which is also backed by an international US $2 million product liability insurance cover. In addition to this Eurolux offers their own product liability insurance cover which is valued at R100 million. Such guarantees help to reassure customers and add confidence in the product, which are important factors in such a large scale installation such as the River Club.”

The project was recently completed and Pam Shaw, lead designer at Shaw & Becker Interiors says: “Working with the Eurolux team results in the correct lighting being installed and all products actually delivering the promised functionality.”

Media Contact:

Blair Hammond & Associates, Daniel Hammond, (021) 522 4848, daniel@blairham.co.za

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

Shaw & Becker Interiors, Pam Shaw, 082 370 8949, pamshaw@live.co.za

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Eurolux | FUNCTIONAL SOLAR

In South Africa, the sun shines for about 70% of daylight hours. All that sunlight calls for solar lighting, as both an energy efficient and cost effective way of generating light.

What’s more, solar lighting technology has improved significantly in recent years, making it a more reliable light source. No more fading in the middle of an evening garden party!

Solar lighting can be utilised to work beautifully around the perimeter of the house, as well as in the garden. Positioned strategically, it not only works as a functional addition to your outdoor space, but also as a decorative element highlighting key features and accents.

Eurolux’s new Functional Solar lighting range offers a variety of outdoor light fittings in various shapes, sizes and styles. They are all fitted with the latest in solar lighting technology for longer-lasting light. In fact, the lamp in each of these fixtures has a 50,000-hour lifetime expectancy.

The charging time for the fittings in this collection ranges from 7 to 11 hours, depending on the individual fixture. A big advantage is that there is no wiring required and they all turn on automatically when it gets dark, although there is an on/off switch should you wish to control the light manually.

Manufactured from aluminium, aluminium alloy, ABS, or a combination of these, the fixtures are all extremely durable and resistant to the elements, including wind and rain.

Eurolux’s Functional Solar range comprises of 10 different light fittings, from floodlights to wall lights and mini pole lights.

Solar Motion Wall Light

The Solar Motion Wall Light is a white/satin chrome fitting with a clear plastic lens. It has a 3W solar panel and a dim/bright function selector. The fixture includes a 3.7V 4000mAh rechargeable battery, with luminous flux of 700lm, a colour temperature of 2700K-

2900K and a beam angle of 120°.

Solar Motion Floodlight

The Solar Motion Floodlight is ideal for mounting on an outside wall, with a 120° beam angle that is perfect for illuminating specific areas. This floodlight has a 5W solar panel with a 3.7V 8000mAh rechargeable battery. The luminous flux on this floodlight is 1000lm, with a colour temperature of 4000K.

Solar Wall Light

With a uniquely modern design and a 180° beam angle, the Solar Wall Light is a welcome addition to any outdoor entertainment space. This wall light has a 1W 5.5V solar panel and

3.7V 2000mAh rechargeable battery. The luminous flux on this product is

400lm and the colour temperature is 2700K-2900K.

Solar Foot Light

Ideal for lighting stairs, pathways and other such spaces where floor illumination is required, delivering enough light in the right areas. The Solar Foot Light is highly functional with a subtle, modern design. Included is a 1W 5.5V solar panel with a 3.7V

2000mAh rechargeable battery. This fixture has a beam angle of 120°, a luminous flux of 20lm and a colour temperature of 2700K-2900K.

Solar Bollard

Bollard light fittings can be great features in flowerbeds or along pathways, making them both an aesthetic asset and a practical solution. The Solar Bollard in the Functional Solar range has a 5W solar panel and 3.7V 8000mAh rechargeable battery. The 360° beam angle adds to the fixture’s appeal and functionality. The luminous flux on this product is 100lm and a colour temperature of 2700K-2900K.

Solar Motion Mini-Bollard

Small and discrete, the Mini-Bollard with its 360° beam angle is a solar light fitting that is sure to have multiple applications in any outdoor space. The fixture has a 1.6W solar panel and 3.7V 2000mAh rechargeable battery, a luminous flux of 200lm and a colour temperature of 2700K.

Solar Post Light

The classic design of the Solar Post Light is ideal for perimeter walls and post tops. The Post Light is fitted with a 1.6W 5.5V solar panel and 3.7V 2000mAh rechargeable battery. The luminous flux on this fixture is 100lm, the colour temperature ranges from 2700K to 2900K and it has a beam angle of 360°.

Solar Pole Light (PR473)

This Solar Pole Light is wall mounted, allowing it to illuminate a very specific space with its 120° beam angle. With this fitting, it’s function first, though it scores well on aesthetics too. A 7W 5.5V solar panel is included, along with a 3.7V 13000mAh rechargeable battery. The luminous flux on the Solar Pole Light is 1000lm and the colour temperature ranges between 2700K and 6500K.

Solar Pole Light (PR474)

With its sleek black body and polycarbonate lens, the Solar Pole Light has a modern look and feel to it. Included is a 15.6W 5.5V solar panel and 3.7V 26000mAh rechargeable battery. With 9W power, luminous flux of 900lm, a colour temperature of 2700K-6500K and a beam angle of 360°, this Solar Pole Light can be used in a multitude of ways around the garden of any home, hotel or office complex.

Solar Pole Light (PR472)

With a luminous flux of 1500lm and a 360° beam angle, this 35W Solar Pole Light is all about efficiency and illumination. A few of these around the garden or pathway and you’re sorted with both security and ambient lighting. This fitting is supplied with a 35W solar Panel and 22.2V 230.88WH rechargeable battery. The colour temperature is available in a range between 2700K-6500K.

For more information, visit www.eurolux.co.za

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A watchful eye at night

Security just got a whole lot smarter – and simpler – with the brand-new Night Watcher Robotic Security Lighting range, available from Eurolux.

The five security lights in this collection combine innovative technology with sophisticated lighting design, offering a solution that works for both practicality and peace of mind.

Originally designed in South Africa, Night Watcher is a unique, patented robotic security range. One of the main features of the lights is the three separate Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) that work with a robotic head to move the light to where motion is detected.

Some devices include a colour camera, WiFi connectivity that allows for in-home or remote monitoring and intelligent motion sensors with a 220-degree detection zone. Additional features on some of the fixtures include a voice recorder for recording a custom warning message, while a 2GB SD card allows up to 500 “events” to be recorded.

There are five options to choose from, depending on specific needs and budget.

Robotic Night Watcher 500
Plug and play model

LED light source, 8 x 1W high power Nichia LEDs

Robotic head function that auto rotates the LED head towards any of the three motion sensor zones, on detection, to illuminate the activity

Intelligent PIR motion sensor with 220-degree detection zone

Built-in photocell

Day/night mode selection option

Robotic Night Watcher 520
AD LED plug and play model

LED light source 1 x 14W AC LED power Nichia chip

Robotic head function that auto rotates the LED head towards any of the three motion sensor zones on detection to illuminate the activity

Intelligent PIR motion sensor with 220-degree detection zone

Built-in photocell

Day/night mode selection option

Robotic Night Watcher 700
With built-in camera

LED light source 8 x 1W high power nichia LEDs

Robotic head function – this function auto rotates the LED head towards any of the three motion sensor zones on detection, illuminating the activity

Built-in colour camera – captures 20-second video files of triggered activations, all stored on a removable SD card

Built-in speaker and microphone – for own or pre-recorded warning messages, activated when triggered

Removable on-board SD card function – records and stores activation camera images or video files

Intelligent PIR motion sensor with 220-degree detection zone

Built-in photocell

Day/night mode selection option

Robotic NightWatcher 720
With built-in camera

LED light source 1 x 14W AC LED power chip

Robotic head function – this function auto rotates the LED head towards any of the three motion sensor zones on detection, illuminating the activity

Built-in colour camera – captures 20-second video files of triggered activations, all stored on a removable SD card

Built-in speaker and microphone – for own or pre-recorded warning messages, activated when triggered

Removable on-board SD card function – records and stores activation camera images or video files

Intelligent PIR motion sensor with 220-degree detection zone

Built-in photocell

Day/night mode selection option

Robotic NightWatcher Pro WiFi

LED light source 1 x 14W AC LED power chip

Colour camera with WiFi connectivity for in-home or remote monitoring

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FAQ

Ballast: What is the difference between an Electronic and a Wire Wound Ballast?

Electronic ballast uses less power and runs at a PF of nearly one. A wire wound ballast is less efficient and a capacitor needs to be added to the circuit to bring the PF to be as close as possible.

Bathroom heaters: With the bathroom heaters; can you control the heater lamps separately and can you change the centre lamp from a 40w to a 60w?

The C86 comes with a four lever switch. Two switches for the heater lamps, one switch for the centre lamp and one switch for the extractor fan. If a lamp is specified for 40 watt it must not be upgraded. The reason is the lamp holder wiring and lens are designed for the wattage specified.

CFL: Can CFL bulbs create interference with electronic equipment, such as radios?

Many electronic devices, such as radios, televisions, wireless telephones, and remote controls, use infrared light to transmit signals. Infrequently, these types of electronic devices accidentally interpret the infrared light coming from a compact fluorescent bulb as a signal, causing the electronic device to temporarily malfunction or stop working. (For example, your television might suddenly change channels.) Fortunately, this only happens when light is produced at the same wavelength as the electronic device signals, which is rare.

CFL: Can CFLs be dimmed?

To use a compact fluorescent bulb on a dimmer switch, you must buy a bulb that's specifically made to work with dimmers. Eurolux makes a dimming compact fluorescent light bulb that is specially designed for use with dimming switches. Ensure the dimmer which is offered or being used is compatible to the lamp.

CFL: Can CFLs be used in places like bathrooms?

Yes, as long as they are not exposed to direct water.

CFL: Do CFL bulbs have drawbacks that should be considered?

While compact fluorescent lighting is ideal for many situations, it must be used in the right way to reap the full benefits. CFLs can take longer than an incandescent bulb to turn on and become fully lit. CFLs also need to be disposed of carefully since they contain mercury, which can be harmful to the environment.

CFL: Do CFLs emit Ultraviolet (UV) radiation or electromagnetic radiation (EMF) and are those harmful?

Regular flourescent light bulbs used in your home and office do not produce a hazardous amount of ultraviolet light (UV). Most light sources, including fluorescent bulbs, emit a small amount of UV, but the UV produced by fluorescent light bulbs is far less than the amount produced by natural daylight. (Ultraviolet light rays are the light wavelengths that can cause sunburn and skin damage.)

CFL: How does a compact fluorescent light bulb work?

There are two main parts in a CFL: the gas-filled tube (also called bulb or burner) and the magnetic or electronic ballast. An electrical current from the ballast flows through the gas, causing it to emit ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet light then excites a phosphor coating on the inside of the tube. This coating emits visible light. Electronic ballasts contain a small circuit board with rectifiers, a filter capacitor and usually two switching transistors connected as a high-frequency resonant series DC to AC inverter. The resulting high frequency, around 40 kHz or higher, is applied to the lamp tube. Since the resonant converter tends to stabilize lamp current (and light produced) over a range of input voltages, standard CFLs do not respond well in dimming applications and special lamps are required for dimming service. CFLs that flicker when they start have magnetic ballasts; CFLs with electronic ballasts are now much more common.

CFL: Is a spiral energy saver brighter than a "normal" energy saver?

If the wattage is the same the lumens will be the same.

Is the light from a CFL identical to an incandescent light?

While a regular (incandescent) light bulb uses heat to produce light, a fluorescent bulb creates light using an entirely different method that is far more energy-efficient -- in fact, 4-6 times more efficient. This means that you can buy a 15-watt compact fluorescent bulb that produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt regular incandescent bulb.

What are the benefits of CFL bulbs?

One of the greatest benefits of compact fluorescent light bulbs is their energy efficiency. A CFL uses 50 to 80 percent less energy than other light bulbs. They last more than 6 times longer than incandescents and create far less heat.

CFL: What CFL bulb do I buy to replace an incandescent (regular) bulb?

This depending on the wattage and the luminaire . A rule of thumb is to replace a lamp with a CFL 5 times smaller than an incandescent. i.e. 20W CFL +- 100W incandescent. One must take into consideration which CFL will fit into the existing fixture.

CFL: What function does mercury perform in fluorescent lighting?

It is the mercury that excites phosphors in a CFL, causing them to glow and give light. When electric current passes through mercury vapour, the mercury emits ultraviolet energy. When this ultraviolet energy passes through the phosphor coating, it produces light . Because mercury is consumed during lamp operation, a certain amount is necessary to produce light and achieve long lamp life.

CFL: What is a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)?

CFL stands for "compact fluorescent lamp." As the name implies, they are compact versions of the long, tubular fluorescent lamps you know today.

CFL: What is the white powder I see inside my fluorescent bulb?

Phosphor: This chemical compound lines the inside of CFL tubing. When excited, it converts ultraviolet radiation into visible light. The chemical composition of the phosphor determines the colour temperature of the light emitted by the bulb.

CFL: Why does my CFL light bulb flicker or appear dim when I first turn it on?

An electrical current from the ballast flows through the gas, causing it to emit ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet light then excites a phosphor coating on the inside of the tube. This coating emits visible light. The gases and phosphors need to warm up before they are in full operating conditions.

Chandelier: Can you put a chandelier in the bathroom?

The wiring regulations SANS 10142. It specifies different zones for a bathroom. If the chandelier is installed in the correct zone and is out of arms reach then one could install the chandelier in that zone.

Colour: Is cool white brighter than warm white?

No cool white and warm white have the same lumen output but the Kelvin rating changes. In other words the colour is different and they have different colour temperatures on the colour spectrum. Cool white lamps run at a temperature (Kelvin of +_ 4000K warm white at +_ 2800. This is purely the difference in colour temperature.

Disposal: What about recycling CFLs?

The lighting association is busy with a recycling plan. Government has enforced that all CFL lamps must be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. This will only come into effect next year (2011).

Downlighters: What can I replace my Halogen downlighters with so that I can save energy?

Depending on the application you can replace with CFL or LED. One could also reduce the wattage of the halogen lamp from 50 to 35 watt.

Energy saving: Should I replace all the light bulbs in and around my home with eco-friendly light bulbs?

If one can do this and still maintain the aesthetic effect in all rooms then yes.

Energy saving: What immediate, easy energy savings measures do you recommend?

Use CFL's which use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent lamps. Turn off household appliances such as microwave, TVs, Videos, music systems and computers when not in use, as they continue to use energy when they are left on standby.

Fitting: What does "luminaire" mean?

A light fixture is an electrical device used to create artificial light and/or illumination. A luminaire is a lighting fixture complete with the light source or lamp, the reflector for directing the light and an aperture (with or without a lens). See our Encyclopeadia for more information.

Lamp: I always say "light bulb" and you use the word, "lamp". Why is that?

This can be debated. However the word bulb could mean various things from plant bulbs to light bulbs. Lamps can also be mistaken for table lamps. The common phrase in industry is LAMP.

LED: How much more energy efficient is a LED lamp?

When designed properly, an LED circuit will approach 80% efficiency, which means 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light energy.

LED: I hear a lot about LED lights. When are they worth considering?

Depending on your budget you could retrofit all lamps to LED. However if budget is an challenge one could use the smaller wattage LED's in passage areas and for accent lighting.

Lifespan: What does the "rated life" E.g. 6000 Hours, of a lamp signify?

Rated average life for a lamp is defined as: A value of lamp life expectancy based on laboratory tests of representative lamps, burning at rated volts, on an approved system, operating with a burning cycle of 10 hours per start. The "average life" is determined when 50% of the lamps initially installed are still operating.

Lifespan: What is the lifespan of a LED lamp vs. a CFL and incandescent lamp?

LED Life span varies from 30000 to 50000 hours. CFL varies from 6000 to 12000 and incandescent lamps average around 2000 hours.

Mercury: Does this amount of mercury represent a threat to humans or the environment?

CFLs are safe to use in your home. No mercury is released when the bulbs are in use and they pose no danger to you or your family when used properly.

Mercury: How much mercury is in one CFL?

The amount of mercury in the most popular and widely used CFLs is minimal, ranging between 2.3 mg and 3.5 mg. That is lower than other CFLs on the market, which generally contain approximately 5 mg, roughly the equivalent of the tip of a ballpoint pen. The South African regulation stipulates 5 mg or lower.

Mercury: What should I do if a CFL breaks?

If CFL breaks- carefully sweep up all the fragments, wipe the area with a wet towel, and dispose of all fragments, including the used towel, in a sealed plastic bag. If possible, open windows to allow the room to ventilate.

Spares: Does Eurolux keep replacement ballasts, tubes and spares.

Yes we do. If there is a problem with certain stock which needs spares please contact us.

Stores: Where can I buy Eurolux products?

Any one of our trusted retailers. Have a look at our online store locator for a retailer near you.

Voltage: Is it ever all right to run lamps at voltages just slightly higher or lower than their rating?

One can run at voltages of 10% higher or lower of the rated voltage indicated on the lamp. Remember 5% increase in voltage will cause a 50%reduction in life.

What is the Eurolux warranty period on items and does it pass on to the customer of the retailer?

The warranty period is one year. It does pass onto the end user. However the faulty unit must be returned to the retailer who sold the product. Then returned to Eurolux for repairs.

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A-Z Lighting

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is mainly decorative, intended to highlight pictures, plants, or other elements of interior design or landscaping. Another form of accent lighting is a lighting 'wash' where a broad angled spread of light covers the illuminated area.

Ampere/Amp (A)

An ampere is the unit of electric current. It is named after André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836), French mathematician and physicist, considered the father of electrodynamics. In practical terms, the ampere is a measure of the amount of electric charge (-e) passing a point per unit time. Around 6.241 × 1018 electrons passing a given point each second constitutes one ampere.

Ballast

Device used with high or low pressure discharge lamps to limit, stabilize and regulate the current in the discharge.

Base

The base of a lamp refers to the part of the lamp that makes electrical connection with the fitting. These include: E14 (14mm Edison Skrew), E27, E40, B15 (15mm Bayonet), B22, R7s, G4, G9, GU10, GU5.3 and many more.

Beam Spread/angle

The angle over which the luminous intensity drops to a stated percentage (normally 10 or 50%) of its peak intensity.

Brightness

A visual sensation in which an area or object appears to emit more or less light than another.

Bulb

A light bulb is the colloquial term used to describe the common GLS, Incandescent lamp, or tungsten filament lamp that the large majority of consumers in the 20th century are used to. It's shape is similar to that of a bulbous plant root.

Bulkhead

A bulkhead is a fully outdoor rated fitting that serves to provide general lighting where decorative enhancement is not a priority. The fitting is compact and usually have high IP ratings. This being said newer models are providing decorative functions for home owner built from a variety of durable materials including stainless steel and polycarbonate.

Candela

Candela is the unit of measure of luminous intensity in a particular direction.

Ceiling light

A Ceiling light as the name suggests is a light that is mounted on the ceiling surface but is distinguished from Spotlights, Chandeliers and Pendants by the fact that there is no form of suspension as it is usually mounted flush with the ceiling. Usually these fittings are non directional as opposed to multi-directional spotlights.

Chandelier

A chandelier is a branched decorative ceiling-mounted light fixture with two or more arms bearing lights. Chandeliers are often ornate, sometimes containing dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass or crystal prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light.

Class

Electrical Class refers to the type of insulation a light fitting requires. Class 0 appliances have no protective-earth connection and feature only a single level of insulation and were intended for use in dry areas. In most countries, the sale of Class 0 mains-voltage appliances is prohibited today, as a single fault could cause an electric shock or fire. The International Electro technical Commission is in the process of removing provisions for Class 0 devices from its standards. It can be expected that the Class 0 concept will eventually disappear from the international market, in favour of Class II devices. Class 1 insulation requires that the metal body and other exposed metal parts of the device is connected to earth via a ""grounding"" wire (usually yellow/green) which is earthed at the main service panel; but only basic insulation of the conductors is needed. This equipment is easily identified by a third pin on the power plug for the grounding connection.


Class 2 insulation means that the device is double insulated. This is used on some appliances such as electric shavers, hair dryers and portable power tools. Double insulation requires that the devices have both basic and supplementary insulation, each of which is sufficient to prevent electric shock. All internal electrically energized components are totally enclosed within an insulated body that prevents any contact with ""live"" parts and hence does not require a safety connection to electrical earth. In the EU, double insulated appliances all are marked with a symbol of two squares, one inside the other. A Class III appliance is designed to be supplied from a SELV (Separated or Safety Extra-Low Voltage) power source. The voltage from a SELV supply is low enough that under normal conditions a person can safely come into contact with it without risk of electrical shock. The extra safety features built into Class I and Class II appliances are therefore not required. For medical devices compliance with Class III is not considered sufficient protection.

Current

see Ampere

DALI

DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is a method of controlling electronic control gear for fluorescent lamps using digital signals. Unlike analogue brightness controls, DALI enables each luminaire to be controlled individually. It can be easily integrated in a building management system. Individual addressing means that not only the luminaires can be controlled but they can provide feedback messages so they can be operated in versatile energy-saving arrangements.

DB Board

A distribution board (or panel board, breaker panel, or circuit breaker) is a component of an electricity supply system which divides an electrical power feed into subsidiary circuits, while providing a protective fuse or circuit breaker for each circuit, in a common enclosure. Normally, a main switch, and in recent boards, one or more Residual-current devices or Residual Current Breakers with Over current protection, will also be incorporated.

Diffused Lighting

Lighting in which the light on the working plane or on an object is not predominantly from another direction.

Diffuser

A reflecting of transmitting medium in which the light is so scattered as to give approximately uniform luminance in all directions.

Dimmer

A device in the electrical supply circuit for varying the luminous flux of lamps

Dimming

Dimmable lighting systems were developed originally to meet the need for lighting that was easier on the eye. To an increasing extent, these systems are now also being used for cost saving reasons. Users can control the lighting with remote controls and switches, or control circuits with daylight sensors can be used. Leading edge phase dimming is used for low voltage tungsten halogen lamps operated with magnetic transformers. Trailing edge phase dimming is generally used for those lamps operated with electronic transformers. Compact fluorescent lamps (dimming range 3% to 100%) and fluorescent tubes (dimming range 1% to 100%) with electronic control gear are dimmed via a 1-10 V interface. Cables can either be laid separately (recommended for cable lengths > 100 m) or together, provided the requirements of wiring regulations are met.

Directional Lighting

Lighting in which the light on a working plane or object is predominantly from a particular direction.

Discharge Lamp

Gas-discharge lamps generate light by sending an electrical discharge through an ionized gas, i.e. a plasma. The character of the gas discharge critically depends on the frequency or modulation of the current. Typically, such lamps use a noble gas (argon, neon, krypton and xenon) or a mixture of these gases. Most lamps are filled with additional materials, like mercury, sodium, and/or metal halides. In operation the gas is ionized, and free electrons, accelerated by the electrical field in the tube, collide with gas and metal atoms. Some electrons circling around the gas and metal atoms are excited by these collisions, bringing them to a higher energy state. When the electron falls back to its original state, it emits a photon, resulting in visible light or ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation is converted to visible light by a fluorescent coating on the inside of the lamp's glass surface for some lamp types. The fluorescent lamp is perhaps the best known gas-discharge lamp. Gas-discharge lamps offer long life and high light efficiency, but are more complicated to manufacture, and they require electronics to provide the correct current flow through the gas.

Disposal

Fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps, high pressure mercury, sodium and metal halide lamps all contain small quantities of mercury to increase illuminance, lifetime and efficacy. These lamps can be recycled and the mercury recovered, but they can also be disposed of to special land-fill sites for mercury containing waste (seek advice from the Environment department of the local authority).

Down lighting

Downlighting is most common lighting method, with fixtures on or recessed in the ceiling casting light downward. This tends to be the most used method, used in both offices and homes. Although it is easy to design it has dramatic problems with glare and excess energy consumption due to large number of fittings.

Downlight

A downlight is a light fixture that is installed into a hollow opening in a ceiling. When installed it appears to have light shining from a hole in the ceiling, concentrating the light in a downward direction as a broad floodlight or narrow spotlight. There are two parts to recessed lights, the trim and housing. The trim is the visible portion of the light. It is the insert that is seen when looking up into the fixture, and also includes the thin lining around the edge of the light. The housing is the fixture itself that is installed inside the ceiling and contains the lamp holder.

Efficacy

see Luminous Efficacy

Electronic Ballast

Electronic ballasts employ transistors to alter mains voltage frequency into high-frequency AC while also regulating the current flow in the lamp. These ballasts take advantage of the higher efficacy of lamps operated with higher-frequency current. Efficacy of a fluorescent lamp rises by almost 10% at a frequency of 10 kHz, compared to efficacy at normal power frequency.

Electronic Control Gear

In contrast to the conventional wire wound control gear, ECG's operate at frequencies at or above 30kHz offering significant gains in efficiency. These gains include reduction in electrode losses and increases in luminous efficiency

Emergency Lighting

Lighting provided for use when the supply to the normal lighting fails. Escape Lighting is lighting that ensures an escape route will he highlighted when regular lighting fails. Standby Lighting is emergency lighting that enables certain activities to continue after regular power supply is interrupted.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same level of energy service. For example, installing fluorescent lights and/or skylights instead of incandescent lights to attain the same level of illumination. Compact fluorescent lights use four fifths less energy and may last 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Efficient energy use is achieved primarily by means of a more efficient technology or processes rather than by changes in individual behaviour.

Fan

A fan consists of a rotating arrangement of vanes or blades which act on the air. Usually it is contained within some form of housing or case. This may direct the airflow or increase safety by preventing objects from contacting the fan blades. Most fans are powered by electric motors.

Fibre Optic Lighting

An optical fibre is made up of the core, (carries the light pulses), the cladding (reflects the light pulses back into the core) and the buffer coating (protects the core and cladding from moisture, damage, etc.). Together, all of this creates a fiber optic. Fibres are used for illumination, and are wrapped in bundles so they can be used to carry light, thus allowing viewing in tight spaces. Typical application is in art galleries where there is low level lighting required and as little as possible UV radiation.

Fitting

An apparatus to support an electric lamp and to control the light there from. The term Luminaire has the same meaning.

Flicker

Impression of fluctuating luminance or colour.

Flood Light

A projector designed for floodlighting, usually capable of being aimed in any direction, and of weatherproof construction. A Flood light is a light that serves to 'wash' an area for security or decorative accent purposes.

Floor Light

A Floor Light is a free standing light fitting that usually stands head high and is used for general lighting; lighting a room; or for task lighting like reading.

Fluorescence

Excitation of a phosphor or other material by ultra violet light.

Fluorescent Lamp

A Fluorescent Lamp is a gas discharge lamp using low pressure mercury vapour lamp in which almost all of the light is produced by the excitation of fluorescent phosphors on the inner surface of the lamp by ultra violet radiation. There are tubular, circular and 2D fluorescent lamps and also compact fluorescent lamps. The tube diameter is often expressed in eighths of an inch (e.g. T5 = 5/8'' = 16 mm).

Front lighting

Front lighting is also quite a common lighting method, but tends to make the subject look flat as its casts almost no visible shadows. Lighting from the side is the less common, as it tends to produce glare near eye level. Backlighting either around or through an object is mainly for accent.

Gas Discharge

A voltage is applied across two electrodes in a glass enclosure filled with inert gases, metal vapours and rare earths metals to produce an arc discharge. The direct radiation from the gaseous filler substances combines to produce the desired light colour. Examples: mercury vapour, metal halide and sodium vapour lamps.

General Lighting

General lighting or ambient light is neither task nor ambient and is intended for general illumination of an area. Indoors, this would be a basic lamp on a table or floor, or a fitting on the ceiling.

Glare

Glare is difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light such as direct or reflected sunlight or artificial light such as car headlamps at night or Stadium Lighting. Glare can be generally divided into two types, discomfort glare and disability glare. Discomfort glare results in an instinctive desire to look away from a bright light source or difficulty in seeing a task. Disability glare renders the task impossible to view, such as when driving westward at sunset. Disability glare is often caused by the inter-reflection of light within the eyeball, reducing the contrast between task and glare source to the point where the task cannot be distinguished.

Globe

see Bulb

Halogen Lamp

Halogen lamps operate in the same way as incandescent lamps and have a similar design. The small quantities of halogens (bromine, chlorine and iodine) or their compounds added to the filler gas almost entirely prevent bulb blackening from the evaporated tungsten (within a particular temperature range) so there is no associated loss in luminous flux during lamp life. By using quartz instead of glass, the bulbs of halogen lamps can be made much smaller and the pressure of the filler gas can be increased which enables the lamp life to be extended.

High Intensity Discharge Lamp (HID)

A high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp is a type of electrical lamp which produces light by means of an electric arc between tungsten electrodes housed inside a translucent or transparent fused quartz or fused alumina arc tube. This tube is filled with both gas and metal salts. The gas facilitates the arc's initial strike. Once the arc is started, it heats and evaporates the metal salts forming a plasma, which greatly increases the intensity of light produced by the arc and reduces its power consumption. High-intensity discharge lamps are a type of arc lamp. Compared with fluorescent and incandescent lamps, HID lamps have higher luminous efficacy since a greater proportion of their radiation is in visible light as opposed to heat. Their overall luminous efficacy is also much higher: they give a greater amount of light output per watt of electricity input.

High Pressure Sodium

A Sodium vapor lamp is a gas discharge lamp which uses sodium in an excited state to produce light. There are two varieties of such lamps: low pressure and high pressure. Because sodium vapor lamps cause less light pollution than mercury-vapor lamps, many cities that have large astronomical observatories employ them. these lamps have poor colour rendering.

IESSA

The lighting industry of South Africa is represented by the Illumination Engineering Society of South Africa (IESSA). IESSA represents South African internationally and thereby acts as the National Committee of the CIE (Commition Internationale De L'Eclairage). South African Experts on various topics in the lighting technology field serve on the CIE international committees responsible for the the development of standards for the different aspects of illumination.

Illuminance (E)

Measured illumination on a surface, the luminous flux per unit area of the surface. The unit of measurement in the lux (lx): E = F/A. An illuminance of 1 lx occurs when luminous flux of 1 lm is evenly distributed over an area of 1m2.

Incandescent Lamp

A lamp in which light is produced by heating a metal filament to incandescence. Incandescent lamps are classic thermal radiators in which electricity flows through a tungsten wire in an enclosed glass bulb filled with an inert gas or completely evacuated. The wire heats up to approximately 2600 to 3000 K making it glow white hot. Most of the radiation emitted is at the infra-red end of the spectrum. The main properties of an incandescent lamp, namely its luminous efficacy and life, are influenced largely by the filament temperature.

Infra Red Lamp

A heat lamp is an incandescent light bulb that is used for the principal purpose of creating heat. The spectrum of black body radiation emitted by the lamp is shifted to produce more infrared light. Many heat lamps include a red filter to minimize the amount of visible light emitted. Heat lamps are commonly used in shower and bathrooms to warm bathers and in food-preparation areas of restaurants to keep food warm before serving. They are also commonly used for animal husbandry. Lights used for poultry are often called brooding lamps. Aside from young birds, other types of animals which can benefit from heat lamps include reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and the young of some mammals.

IP Rating

Ingress Protection Rating. Protection against foreign objects and liquids.

For more information see our article in the "Top Tips" section in the "School of Light".

Kelvin

A temperature scale used to designate the colour temperature of a light source

Lamp Bases

see Base.

Lifetime or Average Life

The average life of a lamp is the average of the lives of individual lamps operated under standard conditions (50% failure = average rated life)

Light Colour

The light colour appearance of a lamp can be defined in terms of its Colour Temperature. There are three main colour groups: warm whites < 3300 K; neutral whites 3300 K - 5000 K and daylight whites > 5000 K. Despite having the same colour appearance, lamps may have very different colour rendering properties owing to the spectral composition of their light.

Light Emitting Diode (LEDs)

A light-emitting diode (LED)is a semiconductor light source. LEDs are used as indicator lamps in many devices, and are increasingly used for lighting. Modern versions are available across the visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, with very high brightness. The LED is based on the semiconductor diode. When a diode is switched on, electrons are able to recombine with holes within the lamp, releasing energy in the form of photons. This effect is called electroluminescence and the colour of the light is determined by the energy gap of the semiconductor. An LED is usually small in area (less than 1 mm2), and integrated optical components (lens) are used to shape its radiation pattern and assist in reflection. LEDs present many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved robustness, smaller size, faster switching, and greater durability and reliability. LEDs powerful enough for room lighting are relatively expensive and require more precise current and heat management than compact fluorescent lamp sources of comparable output.

Light Pollution

Light pollution, also known as photo pollution or luminous pollution, is excessive or obtrusive artificial light. The international Dark-Sky Association defines light pollution as: Any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night and energy waste. Alternatively it can be described as the illumination of the night sky caused by artificial light sources, decreasing the visibility of stars and other natural sky phenomena. Also includes other incidental or obtrusive aspects of outdoor lighting such as glare, trespass into areas not needing lighting, use in areas where or at times when lighting is not needed, and disturbance of the natural night time landscape.

Light Source

Eurolux sells four different types of light sources, also known in the industry as lamp options or light bulb types. We have summarised the features of each lamp type below to make it easier for you to understand the pros and cons of each light source:

Incandescent:

  • Energy consumption: High
  • Energy saving: 0%
  • Flexibility: Dimmable
  • Colour options: Warm, Day, Green, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Red and Multi
  • Lifespan: 1000 hours
  • Best for use in: Everywhere

Note: *Incandescents have been discontinued in most light fittings due to their inefficiency (they must be sold out by February 2015) but they will still be available in certain task specific lighting.

Halogen:

  • Energy consumption: Medium
  • Energy saving: 30%
  • Flexibility: Dimmable
  • Colour options: Warm
  • Lifespan: 1500 - 3000 hours
  • Best for use in: Everywhere

CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light):

  • Energy consumption: Low
  • Energy saving: 80%
  • Flexibility: Non-dimmable
  • Colour options: Warm , Cool, Day, Green, Blue, Yellow and Red
  • Lifespan: 6,000 hours
  • Best for use in: Warm - for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and patios. Cool – for bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outdoor and work areas

LED:

  • Energy consumption: Low
  • Energy saving: 80%
  • Flexibility: Both dimmable and non-dimmable options are available
  • Colour options: Warm, Cool, Day, Green, Blue, Yellow and Red
  • Lifespan: 30,000 hours
  • Best for use in: Warm - for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and patios. Cool – for bathrooms, kitchens, garages, outdoor and work areas

Should you have any further questions regarding which light source is best for your specific application, please speak to one of our lighting specialists.

Lumen

The unit of light flux (luminous flux ?) radiated by a light source. 1 lumen is the light contained per unit of solid angle and having an intensity of 1 candela in all directions.

Luminaire Efficiency

Luminaire efficiency is an important criterion in gauging the energy efficiency of a luminaire. It is the ratio between the luminous flux emitted by the luminaire to the luminous flux of the lamp (or lamps) installed in the luminaire.

Luminaires

The international lighting technology manual defines a luminaire as a "device that serves for the distribution, filtering or transformation of the light of lamps, including necessary components for fixing, protection and energy supply of lamps." A luminaire is defined as a device used to distribute, filter or transform the light from a lamp or lamps, including the components needed to hold and protect the lamp(s) and supply them with power. Distinctions between luminaires can be made on the basis of the type of lamp (luminaires for incandescent lamps, luminaires for fluorescent lamps or luminaires for discharge lamps), the number of lamps (one or more), the location (indoors, outdoors), the type of protection (luminaires for dry, humid or dusty rooms), the type of construction (open luminaires, closed luminaires, reflector luminaires, specular luminaires, louvered luminaires, troffer luminaires, spotlight luminaires), the type of installation (wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, pendant or hand-held) and the purpose (special purpose luminaires, decorative luminaires and special-effect luminaires).

Luminance

Luminance or Brightness of and object is dependent on the amount of light reflected from an object towards to eye. Another description suggests that Luminance is a photometric measure of the luminous intensity per unit area of light travelling in a given direction.

Luminescence

The invisible UV radiation generated in mercury gas discharge lamps is converted into visible light by phosphors. Examples: fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps. The process by which electricity is directly converted into light is electroluminescence. Examples: Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

Luminous Efficacy

Unit of measurement: lumen per watt [lm/W]: Luminous efficacy h indicates the efficiency with which the electrical power consumed is converted into light. The maximum that can be achieved in theory, with all the energy being converted into visible light, is 683 lm/W. In reality, the figures are much lower, between 10 and 150 lm/W.

Luminous Flux

Luminous flux (?) is all the radiated power emitted by a light source evaluated with the spectral sensitivity of the eye and the photometric radiation equivalent. Put another way Luminous Flux is the light output of a light source. It is measured in Lumens (lm).

Luminous Intensity

A measure of the illuminating power of a light source in a particular direction, independent of distance from the source. Unit = candela (cd)

Luminous intensity should not be confused with another photometric unit, luminous flux, which is the total perceived power emitted in all directions. Luminous intensity is the perceived power per unit solid angle.

Mercury Vapour

A mercury-vapour lamp is a gas discharge lamp that uses mercury in an excited state to produce light. The arc discharge is generally confined to a small fused quartz arc tube mounted within a larger borosilicate glass bulb. The outer bulb may be clear or coated with a phosphor; in either case, the outer bulb provides thermal insulation, protection from ultraviolet radiation, and a convenient mounting for the fused quartz arc tube. Mercury vapour lamps (and their relatives) are often used because they are relatively efficient. Phosphor coated bulbs offer better colour rendition than either high- or low-pressure sodium vapour lamps. Mercury vapour lamps also offer a very long lifetime, as well as intense lighting for several special purpose applications.

Metal Halide Lamp

A discharge lamp in which a major portion of the light is produced by excitation of a mixture of specific metallic vapours. Metal halide lamps are high pressure mercury lamps with added metal iodides or iodides of the rare earths (dysprosium (Dy), holmium (Ho) and thulium (Tm)) and complex compounds of caesium (Cs) and tin (Sn). They decompose in the core of the discharge arc and the metals can be excited to emit light with an intensity and spectral distribution that depends on the vapour pressure of the metal halides. The luminous efficacy and the colour rendering properties of the mercury discharge are significantly improved as the gaps in the mercury spectrum are filled by the spectral contribution of the other metals. Originally created in the late 1960s for industrial use, metal halide lamps are now available in numerous sizes and configurations for commercial and residential applications. Like most HID lamps, metal halide lamps operate under high pressure and temperature, and require special fixtures to operate safely. Since the lamp is small compared to a fluorescent or incandescent lamp of the same light level, relatively small reflective luminaires can be used to direct the light for different applications (flood lighting outdoors, or lighting for warehouses or industrial buildings).

Mounting Height

Mounting height refers to the suggested height that a light fitting should be mounted for optimum use.

Neon Lamp

A neon lamp is a gas discharge lamp containing primarily neon gas at low pressure. The term is sometimes used for similar devices filled with other noble gases, usually to produce different colors.

Operating Functions

Operating Functions refers to the modes of operation in Light fittings such as Fans, Emergency Lights, and Security Lights where there may be different speed, sensitivity, timing and activation settings.

Outdoor Light

An outdoor light is any light that is suitable for outdoor use and is protected by from the elements. This protection is observed by reference to it's IP rating which determines a fittings protection against liquid and foreign objects.

Pendant Light

A pendant Light is a light that is suspended from the ceiling by either a cord, cable or chain and usually consists of a shade or row of lamps. They distinguish themselves from chandeliers in that they don't usually have uniform radial arms as do chandeliers.

Philinea Tube

A Philinea tube is an Incandescent lamp that is cylindrical in form that is capped near each end however, these caps are not on the tips of the lamp (as with Strip lights) but rather on the side of the lamp.

Photometry

The measurement of the light from light sources, luminaires and illuminated surfaces.

Photopic Vision

This vision typically occurs when the eye can see at around 30 lux where colour and detail are clear.

QI Premium

QI Premium refers to the quartz used in the make-up of linear halogen lamps.

Recessed Light

A recessed light is a light fitting that is usually mounted within the mounting surface. The housing is out of sight and only the surface and light source can be seen once installed.

Reflectance

Reflectivity is the fraction of incident radiation reflected by a surface. In general it must be treated as a directional property that is a function of the reflected direction, the incident direction, and the incident wavelength.

Reflection

This is the property of materials to reflect light. There are different types of reflection, such as mirrored, mixed, fully diffused and irregularly diffused reflection. Indoor lighting uses diffused reflection almost exclusively. The reflective behaviour of a material is expressed by the reflection factor R. This is the ratio of the luminous flux reflected by the material to the luminous flux incident on the material (r= F/ F0). The reflection factor (reflectance) is specified in most cases for diffused incidence of light (rdif) or quasi-parallel incidence of light under 80 (r). In lighting technology the value mostly used is rdif. In theory, the maximum value for r and rdif is 1 (100%).

Reflectors

Reflectors make use of reflective surfaces to direct light where it is needed. They function on the basis of the law of reflection. They may be convergent or divergent. Most divergent reflectors have a white coating. The efficiency and the way in which light is distributed are primarily determined by the mounting depth of the lamp and dimensions of the reflector. Their shape has only a small influence. In the case of convergent reflectors, which nowadays are almost exclusively manufactured from polished anodised aluminium, the contours of the reflector play an important role. The following forms are the most common: Spherical reflectors return the light to the focal point; they are often used as additional reflectors for point-source lamps and spotlights; Elliptical reflectors send the rays of light to a second focal point. These reflectors enable a large quantity of light to be directed through small openings, provided small lamps with high luminances are used. The disadvantages are high temperatures at the focal point due to the concentration of the light and heat; Parabolic reflectors send the light from a light source out in a parallel beam. The maximum luminous intensity is determined by the luminance of the light source and the diameter of the reflector. Parabolic reflectors are used predominantly in spotlights and narrow angle luminaires.

Refraction

Refraction is the change in direction of a wave due to a change in its speed. This is most commonly observed when a wave passes from one medium to another at an angle. Refraction of light is the most commonly observed phenomenon, but any type of wave can refract when it interacts with a medium.

SABS

South African Bureau of Standards is a statutory body that was established in terms of the Standards Act, 1945 (Act No. 24 of 1945) and continues to operate in terms of the latest edition of the Standards Act, 2008 (Act No. 29 of 2008) as the national institution for the promotion and maintenance of standardization and quality in connection with commodities and the rendering of services.

Scotopic Vision

Scotopic Vision or Night Vision occurs at less than 10 lux where the eye can see large objects but no colour.

Security Light

A Security Light is a light that usually works in conjunction with a PIR (Passive Infra Red) sensor that is turned on in the case of any movement within the detection zone of the sensor. The sensors usually come with a variety of operating functions.

Spotlight

A Spotlight as the name suggests illuminates a specific 'spot'. This fittings usually mounted on the ceiling or wall are directional and usually have some form of reflector lamp to concentrate the beam of light.

Strip Light

A Strip Light is an incandescent lamp in a cylindrical form that is capped at both ends.

Table Light

A Table Light as the name suggests is a free standing light specifically for use on surfaces higher that the floor.

Task lighting

Task lighting is mainly functional and is usually the most concentrated, for purposes such as reading or inspection of materials in the work place. For example, anything ranging from a simple desk light to high lumen output lighting used in surgery.

Thermal Radiation

Current is passed through a wire to heat it to high temperature. The model here is the sun with its surface temperature of 6000K. Because it has the highest melting point of any metal (3683K), the element tungsten is best suited for this purpose. Examples: incandescent lamps and tungsten-halogen lamps.

Uplighting

Uplighting is a less common lighting method, often used to bounce indirect light off the ceiling and back down. It is commonly used in lighting applications that require minimal glare and uniform general illuminance levels. Uplighting (indirect) uses a diffuse surface to reflect light in a space and can minimize disabling glare on computer displays and other dark glossy surfaces. It gives a more uniform presentation of the light output in operation. However indirect lighting is completely reliant upon the reflectance value of the surface. While indirect lighting can create a diffused and shadow free light effect it can be regarded as an uneconomical lighting principle.

Volt (V)

The volt is defined as the value of the voltage across a conductor when a current of one ampere dissipates one watt of power in the conductor. It is named in honour of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who invented the voltaic pile, possibly the first chemical battery.

Wall Light

A Wall light is a light mounted to the wall and comes in a variety of forms including upfacing half moons, decorative candle holder style fittings and flexible stem directional light.

Watt

The watt named after Scottish engineer James Watt is the unit that measures the rate of energy conversion. It is defined as one joule per second.

Leading light celebrates 25 years in the business

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For 25 years, Eurolux has been pivotal in bringing the latest innovations in the lighting industry to South African businesses and consumers. What started out as a modest Cape Town operation has flourished into an impressive company with a nationwide footprint, links into Africa and the Middle East, and above all – an innovative approach to business.

“Anybody can sell a product, but throughout Eurolux’s existence, our focus has - and always will be- on adding value. We constantly challenge ourselves to really engage our customers and offer them not only excellent products, but also the technical know-how and knowledge they need to make informed lighting decisions,” explains Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux.

Eurolux’s entrance into the project lighting arena highlights Bouchier’s point. “A few years ago we recognised the demand for quality project lighting in SA, so we decided to make it one of our focus areas. That saw us importing high bays, floodlights, downlights and top-end decorative fixtures for commercial, retail and manufacturing environments. But we did more than just sell these products, we also made our technical teams available to assist customers where needed. It’s part of the Eurolux ethos, we do everything we can to ensure that we deliver outstanding service.”

As the company specialises in imports and distribution, Eurolux depends on strong relationships with its business partners to get its products to the general public. With this in mind, all distributors, and the general public, are given the chance to view their products at their unique lifestyle showrooms in Johannesburg and Cape Town. “Our Cape Town showrooms encompasses 1,500m², housing designs from exclusive European brands such as FontanaArte, Slamp, Lombardo, Ivela, Manooi, Inarchi, Iris Cristal, Panzeri, Karboxx, Eglo and SG. We are also thrilled to have partnered with local icon Carrol Boyes, who has designed an exclusive range for Eurolux, which we believe will prove to be very popular,” elaborates Bouchier.

In an effort to gain a larger footprint in the electrical market, Eurolux sold 60% of the company to ARB Holdings in 2011. Eurolux’s well-branded range of high quality lamps and lighting products augments ARB's extensive range of electrical products and is sold into a complimentary, rather than overlapping customer base.

The Eurolux’s product line-up currently includes

  • Halogen, HID, LED and Fluorescent lamps and tubes;

  • A broad range of light fittings comprising ceiling and wall lights, chandeliers, pendants, spotlights and down lights, table and floor lamps;

  • Outdoor, flood and security lights, and

  • Ancillary electrical products, including fans and electrical components.

To the extent required, all products imported by Eurolux either bear the South African Bureau of Standards mark or comply with the requirements set out by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications.

Customer demand was behind another of Eurolux’s innovative concepts – their lighting technology workshops. “The industry professionals we engage with on a daily basis expressed the need to better understand emerging lighting technologies and their application within particular fields. To answer this demand, we turned to lighting specialists Blair Hammond & Associates, who design and conduct the courses for us,” says Bouchier. These workshops are designed to enable architects, consulting engineers and lighting practitioners to make informed decisions regarding professional lighting design and application. The 2016 sessions offer brand new content, as well as the opportunity for electrical engineers, architects, interior designers and other professionals to earn their annually required Continuous Development Points (CPD).

The recent release of the latest Eurolux Luminaire catalogue has officially marked 25 years within the local lighting industry, and Bouchier could not be prouder. “We are truly blessed with such a tremendous team of people at Eurolux, who really make all the difference, and they give us such great hope for our future.”

Media Contact:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

Introducing the uber-cool Carbon filament lamp

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There is no denying that Carbon Filament lamps are the latest hip-happening in the decorative lighting world. Whether in trendy hangouts, tapping into the popular Victorian industrial look, or elegant rooms seeking to enhance the ambience, these lamps have become a staple for restaurant and retail designers - as well as discerning home owners - looking to utilise its warm hue.

Eurolux now stocks these Carbon Filament lamps in a variety of shapes and filament designs - and looking at these, it is obvious just why they are proving so popular. “Today’s Carbon Filament lamps offer a rich warm hue that creates a unique ambience in homes, restaurants, hotels and even retail outlets,” explains Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. “The exposed globes with their glowing, yet low light output, filaments can also be a central design feature within any room.”

The Carbon Filaments lamps currently available from Eurolux come in 40W and 60W options (both of which are dimmable) and in a variety of shapes and sizes. These come standard with E27 bases but two models are available with a B22 base. The products typically have a 3000 hour lamp life, which is somewhat shorter than some other modern lamps on the market. But as Bouchier points out, there really is no substitute for the beautiful lighting effect they produce, hence their growing popularity. “These lamps are not really intended to be used as the sole light source within a room and it can easily be used with a dimmer, reducing its electricity usage,” adds Bouchier.

The Eurolux range of Carbon Filament lamp shapes includes the pear, tubular, candle and Maxi-Globe. However, that is not where the options end. These lamps also come in a variety of filament designs, such as the squirrel cage, hair clip, strand and zig-zag options.

There is certainly no need to hide this globe under a great big lampshade – either use it without one so that it’s entirely visible, or pair it with a shade that will allow the filament effect to be seen. As Bouchier points out, these lamps look best in any exposed light socket such as chandeliers, sconces or socket pendants. He adds that more and more, modern lighting fixtures are being designed to showcase these vintage wonders.

All of Eurolux’s Carbon Filament lamps offer a colour temperature of 2700K, a voltage of 230V and range in lumens from 160 to 280.

To take a closer look at the range, log onto www.eurolux.co.za.

Media Contacts:

Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

Vintage flair from Eurolux

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Eurolux is well known for its chic lighting fixtures and their latest collection of EGLO Vintage indoor pendants and family ranges, does not disappoint. These EGLO products are also included in the newly released Luminaire catalogue, which Eurolux will be making available to distributors and customers in the next few weeks.

Talking about the Austrian range’s Vintage collection, Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux says the products have a nostalgic, yet uber-stylish flair: “Each of the luminaires have a distinct feel about them, it is a mix of retro and urban designs that are extremely popular right now. These are lighting fixtures that don’t just make a statement, but makes any room inviting.”

This particular EGLO collection consists of a wide variety of designs and materials, suited to literally every room in the house, office, restaurant or retail space. The trendy Tarbes pendant lamp is a point in case. It features a single black or copper coloured steel cage, suspended from a black cord and ceiling canopy. It is a fitting that makes excellent use of geometric shapes to compliment the exposed globe and reflect fragments of light.

The Tarbes features an E27 socket, but is supplied without light source and is suitable for a maximum lamp of 60W. Bouchier points out that Halogen globes, CFL’s and modern LED lamps can be used in this fitting. “The Tarbes’ modern, industrial design – available in two finishes – is perfect for use in living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and dining areas,” says Bouchier.

Those wanting to create a striking lighting fixture in their kitchen or foyer should invest in an EGLO Cossano matte nickel pendant. Strips of brushed steel create the globe shade on this fixture, allowing the light to shine freely through the shade and reflect off its nickel finish. It requires a 60-Watt globe, but different size globes add versatility to this design. It is hardwired for adjustable height and available in varying sizes. The Cossano family of lights offers a modern design with the option of using a single lamp, clustering lamps together at different heights or selecting a three lamp strip.

The faceted Carlton1 fixture fits the vintage theme with its black finished steel shade, with three contrasting inner shade colours to choose from - copper, silver or yellow – with a black ceiling rose. This pendant is fitted with an E27 max 60W lamp holder, which is compatible with either a CFL or LED lamp. The Carlton1 will look especially good over the dining room table, but is also suited for use in retro-modern restaurants and retail spaces.

The polished copper finish of the EGLO Hapton pendant offers a sophisticated design. The pendant features a black cable with a polished copper ceiling rose to match the shade. The height of this fitting can be adjusted on installation and requires a single 60w E27 Halogen lamp or LED equivalent. The diameter of the fitting is 290mm and it offers a maximum cable drop of 1100mm. Bouchier suggests that it will function as a real eye catcher above the dining room table or kitchen island, but could also compliment the bedroom.

The Biandra pendant light features a unique laser cut fabric shade in dark tan. The inner shade is white in colour which makes the "coffee bean" laser cut design of the outer shade stand out. This pendant is also fitted with an E27 lamp holder, compatible with LED and CFL globes. Subtle yet packed with style, this item would be great for adding a touch of modern class to your home. The Biandra range is available as a single light ceiling pendant, table lamp and floor lamp.

For more about this range, log onto www.eurolux.com.

Media Contacts:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

Contemporary Italian elegance captured in light

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Eurolux has added another top-end Italian range to its already impressive stable of professional luminaires. Ivela of Milan, Italy, produces beautiful and unique fixtures for a vast range of applications in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Their speciality however, is energy-saving LED luminaires. Working closely with top designers, Ivela produce truly striking light fittings, whilst ensuring that they comply with the latest energy saving guidelines.

As Eurolux director Shaun Bouchier says, “Ivela is dedicated to designing and manufacturing energy-efficient luminaires that reduce carbon footprints and deliver top functionality within its intended application, making these fixtures excellent for use in public and commercial settings”.

Eurolux is a distributor for Ivela in South Africa and as such carries a large range of their products – each beautiful to look at and simple to install. Like the Ivela Kyclos Power spotlight, which features a sleek design that can easily blend into the most minimalist of environments. The lamp’s control gear is concealed in the arm of the spotlight, providing a 350° rotation. The front part of the fitting is clear polycarbonate, whilst the painted rear creates a bright effect. The fact that the fitting has no visible screws adds to its appeal. The Kyclos Power fitting can be applied to any LKM 3-phase or DKM dimmable tracks, for ease of use and positioning.

All the fittings in the Kyclos range are characterized by an innovative system of passive heat dissipation, making it suitable for applications that require illumination for extended periods of time. “The Kyclos uses highly efficient COB LED technology, ensuring durability and extended life, ideal for the retail environment - shops, showrooms and even museums,” says Bouchier.

The Kyclos Power offers a range of professional optics as accessories, allowing for different beam angles, plus the fixtures does not emit any harmful UV or IR rays.

Another striking Ivela product is the Minikyclos-KP - a compact spotlight suited to LKM 3-phase and MM single phase electrified tracks. The product is specially designed for high efficiency COB LED sources and is available in different colour temperatures (3000K and 4000K), with supply voltage LED (230V) dimmable on the mains. “The MiniKyclos has a wonderfully compact design and the fixture can easily be tilted - this versatility make this spotlight the ideal solution for accent lighting in shops, showrooms, art galleries and even high-end homes,” explains Bouchier. The screen of the fitting is again made from clear thermoplastic material and back painted for a brighter and deeper effect, contrasting nicely with the embossed finishing of its die-cast aluminium body.

The Ivela Giada wall luminaires are small but certainly pack a punch. It is the perfect partnership between miniaturization and high efficiency, suitable to a range of applications including contract projects. Its curved shape fits discreetly onto the wall, providing a pleasant and functional light diffusion. “The visible holes in the upper and lower parts of the fitting have been designed to emphasize the colour of the wall behind and to create luminous scenic effects,” explains Bouchier.

The Giada is available in a two-LED version for bi-directional indirect light, as well as a single LED version for indirect light only. Its wide light beam enables its use in a range of applications and it too has been developed to use the new COB LED sources, with high power in an innovative design, ensuring passive heat dissipation.

“The Ivela products are the result of constant research into functionality and design and we are proud to have such a top-end range available in our offering,” says Bouchier.

To take a look at the entire range, log onto www.eurolux.co.za or visit one of the Eurolux showrooms for personal assistance.

Media Contact:

Eurolux, Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

Fumagalli – Illuminating the world

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The Fumagalli collection of quality outdoor lighting products provides the ultimate ‘fix and forget’ solution to a host of lighting requirements. Eurolux is the sole local distributor of this modern range and they recently added a few noteworthy new models to their range.

Manufactured in a modern, state-of-the-art production facility in Varese, Northern Italy, Fumagalli lighting products are produced using only the highest quality raw materials and components, explains Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. The specialised resin formulation, used in all their products, is self-coloured and UV stabilised. “This means that these fittings are virtually maintenance free and will not discolour or fade, even in the brightest sunlight,” confirms Bouchier.

The latest Fumagalli bulkheads, now available from Eurolux, include the Lucia and Maddi LED Bulkheads. The round Lucia is available with ring, eyelid and guard covers that are suitable for wall, ceiling and post installation. Its polycarbonate base is available, on request, in black, grey and white, which creates an elegant and customised ambience. The Lucia’s printed circuit board is fitted with 150 LED x 6 lm, ensuring uniform light distribution, and by adding the Remi Bracket the lamp can be angled at 35°.

The Maddi is an oval bulkhead, available with the same cover conversions as the Lucia and is also suitable for wall, ceiling and post installation. It is easily used in both public spaces and residential areas, both indoors and outdoors. The Maddi bulkhead can only be mounted vertically when used in conjunction with the Remi bracket and provides a lifetime of 30 000 hours.

“In the Lucia and Maddi ranges the eyelid cover is particularly popular, as the top half of the lamp is covered so the light is reflected down onto the ground and glare is reduced,” adds Bouchier.

Also included in the new Fumagalli range are the Danzi and Gelmi LED bulkheads, available in either a standard white or black finish with an opaque lens. The Gelmi can be used both indoors and outdoors and is suitable for wall and ceiling mounting. The product has a protection rating of IP66 and is also available with an E27 CFL lamp. The oval Danzi offers similar features and functionality to the Gelmi, with ring, eyelid and grid cover conversions also available on request.

Bouchier explains that the Fumagalli range of bulkheads is designed to be tough enough to withstand dust, water and the constant onslaught of the sun. “Because of their durable design and impressive lighting ability, you’ll often find these bulkheads in underground car parks, on outside walls, inside warehouses and large commercial buildings. They are also ideally suited for use in coastal and harsh environmental conditions”

The Extraleti 100 surface fitting is supplied as standard with a long-life and efficient TUV approved GX53 LED lamp (3W-350lm). Available in four different cover options, allowing for a diffused or downwards directed light emission, this fixture is available in a cool or warm white option. It further has a black finish with an opaque lens.

“The LED technology used in this product ensures that this is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option, that can easily be upgraded and its built-in LED lamp makes for quick and easy lamp replacement,” explains Bouchier.

The Stucchi bulkhead is also manufactured from the same shockproof resin material as the rest of the Fumagalli range, offering UV-ray stabilisation, while being rust and corrosion-free. The product has a coloured backlit version available and is versatile, allowing for wall and ceiling installation. The Stucchi can be fitted both indoors and outdoors, has a daylight and motion sensor with a detection angle between 30 - 150 degrees and an adjustable field of detection of up to 5M.

For a look at the complete range, log onto www.eurolux.com.

Media Contacts:

Shaun Bouchier, (021) 528 8400, shaun.bouchier@eurolux.co.za

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