Lux Live 2014: What we Saw and Loved during our Short Visit to this Lighting Show

One more year, one more LuxLive – this time it was #LuxLive2014 on Twitter – where many lighting exhibitors came to both display and talk about their latest and greatest. You could hear the latest lighting tech from the big brands, listen to up to 50 hours of free talks in their arenas, and see most of the world’s biggest lighting brands. And all of this only in two days.

We made it to the second day toward the end of the show, but we saw quite a few things. The emphasis, you guessed it, is LED: LED “fluorescent” lights, LED wall lights, LED light bulbs (some of which were even offered for free!), LED floor lights, LED outdoor lights, LED flood lights, LED everywhere.

We couldn’t see all that was exhibited, and we couldn’t possibly post about it on the blog, but here’s our top picks of what we saw and loved at this years’ Lux Live.

Lux Live 2014: What we Saw and Loved during our Short Visit to this Lighting Show

BEG Luxomat at Lux Live 2014

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The German brand BEG Luxomat was present with some new stuff besides the well known PIRs: now they have Luxomatic, groupable, energy-efficient lights for wall and ceiling mounting, and they also have some new versions of PIRs that can be individually programmable and resettable via a bluetooth remote control. Great idea, with the mention: please secure the access to the PIRs and occupancy detectors!

Illuma Lighting at Lux Live 2014

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As usual, Illuma was there showcasing their latest LED track spotlights, and their “5-year guarantee” promise was right up on the wall. They came out with some new products, of which we are about to find out more soon.

Danlers at Lux Live 2014

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The great people at Danlers were there, with their PIR occupancy switches for wall or ceiling mounting, and this time they have something new: the ControlZAPP system. It is a new innovative energy saving lighting control with remote control and programming via an Android app. Also, they have their new LED dimming modules which promise to work with most dimmable LED lamps.

Aurora Lighting at Lux Live 2014

Aurora Lighting at Lux Live 2014

We didn’t stay much at their booth, but Aurora Lighting promised to showcase some unparalleled LED technologies with a team of representatives (all dressed in light green T-shirts) to discuss excellence in driverless luminaires. Check out their coverage and photo gallery via their blog.

BELL Lighting at Lux Live 2014

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BELL Lighting had a wide range of LED lamps in all kinds of lamp caps, wattages, lumens, and shapes. Quite interesting to see how many types are out there.

Gap Lighting at Lux Live 2014

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We loved the display Gap Lighting put on, showcasing their LED wall lights for outdoors and LED ceiling lights for indoors, including some of their best LED strip lights and flood lights.

Retrotouch at Lux Live 2014

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A great brand soon to be distributed by us, the people at RetroTouch have a wide range of touch and remote switches and dimmers. Rocker light switches, touch light switches, glass remote switches, dimmer remote switches, etc you name it – great alternative to the existing wiring devices.

CoeLux at Lux Live 2014

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Something that blew us all out of our mind is the CoeLux skylight technology bringing the sunlight to windowless spaces. The pictures above don’t do it justice, so you will have to watch these videos below. How about that! LED technology bringing artificial skylight that you wont believe it is real!


Kosnic at Lux Live 2014

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Some awesome LED downlights, Facet LED downlights, LED panels and twin bar LED panels (replacing the ceiling modular panels), and all kinds of LED PowerSpot GU10, Reon LEDs, and LED lights for home from Kosnic. Great stuff.

Franklite at Lux Live 2014

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Since the buzzword is LED, Franklite also came out with some high quality LED wall lights, LED chandeliers, LED table lamps, and much more. Great fittings from a renown brand of light fixtures.

…and much more. We are pretty sure most of the lighting exhibitors at LuxLive already posted (or will post) on their blog or news section, but this is our take on what we saw and loved the most at Lux Live this year. We hope you enjoyed them!

PS. Last year’s review for Lux Live is here.

The Perfect Green Deal Bathroom Ventilation Fans: the Airflow LOOVENT Eco!

With over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and selling airflow ventilation systems, Airflow has a wide range of bathroom fans and kitchen fans, including the LOOVENT Eco range.

The Perfect Green Deal Bathroom Ventilation Fans: the Airflow LOOVENT Eco!

Continuing its range of LOOVENT fans of “legendary reputation” since 1969 or so, Airflow has transformed this range into a modern 2-speed ECO version for a safer, cheaper to run, low energy, and more modern bathroom ventilation.

With a discreet style in a modular design, extremely easy to install and maintain, the LOOVENT Eco bathroom centrifugal fans are quiet and come with either a timer, a humidity timer, or a motion sensor with timer.

The Airflow 72684305 timer version for example allows you to set the run-on timer between 2 and 24 minutes, and you can select a delay of two minutes after the light is turned on in the bathroom.

This fan can be connected to the light switch, and it comes with a momentary pull-cord switch as a “manual boost” override for you to switch to the second speed (the standard speed is the first one).

The Airflow LOOVENT eco range of fans is great for bathrooms and toilets where the duct runs are long, since the centrifugal impeller is powerful enough to move air over longer distances when met with pressure resistance from ducting.

The Airflow Loovent ECO fans can be installed in Portrait or Landscape in the Bathroom or Toilet

With an ingress protection rating of IPx5, these fans are suitable for use in zone 1 or 2 with a 30mA RCD (as defined in Section 701 BS7161:2008 IEEE Wiring Regulations, 17th Edition). They also comply with the latest Building Regulations, Approved Document F (part L).

The Airflow Loovent ECO fans can be either wall mounted or ceiling mounted, as needed.

This range of bathroom fans successfully replaces the old style (very popular) LOOVENT fans; the spigot position is identical and the back plates are the same size (reworking is thus minimum).

Airflow LOOVENT Eco Bathroom Fans – Features and Benefits

  • Economical to operate: the “low setting” uses only 3.5W to provide continuous ventilation, the “high speed” 12W (for “boosting” the ventilation). Cheaper to run.
  • High extraction rate: 62 m³/hr at low speed, 110 m³/hr boost.
  • Very quiet running: 29 / 47 dB(A) at 3m.
  • Low SPF: only 0.21 / 0.40 w/l/s
  • Compact design: modernised curved edge design.
  • Longer life ball bearing motor.
  • LOOVENT Eco T: complete with timer which can be set to run on 2-45 mins.
  • Internal electrics: now contained inside a separate sealed housing (very safe).
  • Ideal for new builds and refurbishments, with a small footprint and a modern design. Great for bathrooms, toilets, en-suites, utilities room, kitchens, etc.
  • Green Deal: The LOOVENT eco dMEV version will be the perfect solution for the “Green Deal” which is the latest Government innitiative and ideal if you have added aditional insulation to your home. This fan will combat any problems with condensation and mould and remove any odours that may occur.
  • Ducting: 100mm / 4 inch fan.
  • Fan dimensions: 187 mm width, 167 mm height, 138 mm depth.
  • Double insulated: does not require an earth connection.
  • Mounting: can be surface or recessed, portrait or landscape, as needed.
  • Location: it is important to locate this fan in the best location for an optimal performance, ideally at the furthest point away from where the replacement air enters in the bathroom.
  • IP rating: IPx5, suitable for use in the bathroom (zones 1 and 2)
  • Mains voltage: 100 / 240V – 50/60Hz single phase supply.

LOOVENT Eco Fans – a Fan for Every Application!

  • New Build: LOOVENT eco gives the Specifier of ventilation for new dwellings the opportunity to select low energy efficient intermittent extraction in toilets, en-suites, bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens in compliance with the latest Building Regulations. For better sealed houses and those Specifiers implementing a decentralised, whole house ventilation strategy the continuous ventilation dMEV model is the ideal choice.
  • Repair and Refurbishment: From simple DIY to planned upgrade and refurbishment the LOOVENT eco provides proven performance with outstanding reliabilty and functionality. Built on the pedigree of over 2 million Loovents sold since it’s introduction in 1969, the next generation LOOVENT eco even has the same mounting points and offset spigot position of its predecessor making it quick and simple to replace.
  • Social Housing: It is not only low energy, but incorporates quiet operation and good value that concerns Social Housing Specifiers. With the move away from ad-hoc repairs to longer term planned maintenance programme the Asset Manager has his eye on long life components that require minimal ongoing maintenance, LOOVENT eco with ball bearing motor technology provides the assurance of many years of trouble free operation that can be relied upon for inclusion in their MRS planning.

And the good news is that, for a limited period of time, you can purchase the LOOVENT Eco 4 inch 72684305 with timer and the version with humidistat 72684306 at a lower price than usual.

If you’re a LOOVENT fan or you need a high quality centrifugal ventilation fan with low noise operation, energy saving ECO credentials, low cost maintenance, and complying with the Green Deal requirements, you should definitely check these fans out at Sparks!

The Best GU10 LED Lamp on Durability, Performance, and Energy Saving (Video)

The Best Buy GU10 LED Lamp on Durability, Performance, and Energy Saving (Video)In June 2014 Integral LED was awarded by “Which?” with the “Best Buy for GU10 LED bulb” on the categories of durability, performance, and energy saving.

The tests they performed and the results they obtained can be found on their website, but one thing is certain: after a rigorous testing against many of the big name LED manufacturer brands, Which? has awarded the “Best Buy (Spotlights)” in June 2014 to the Integral LED made GU10 PAR16 5.3W 3000K non-dimmable LED lamp.

What we are talking about is a retrofit LED lamp which delivers a warm light and brightness, being the equivalent to a 50W halogen bulb (see the manufacturer announcement on their blog).

Also, this LED lamp features quad high output Everlight LEDs, has an anti-glare refractor, and is finished in aluminium and plastic with a GU10 lamp cap and a thermally efficient body. Great for both commercial use and domestic applications.

This LED light bulb is a perfect replacement for the once-efficient but now energy-wasting and quite inefficient 50W halogen lamps, and this LED lamp can help you reduce your electricity bills by up to 85% instantly.

Think about it: you can save money every month on electricity with a fast pay back of less than a year!

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Technical specifications for this Awarded LED Lamp

  • Wattage: 5.3W (equivalent to 50W halogen lamp)
  • Dimming: non-dimmable LED lamp
  • Type: GU10 PAR16 LED light bulb
  • Light color: warm white 3000K
  • Anti-glare refractor, high quad output Everlight LEDs.
  • Lumens: 350 useful lumens (370lm nominal)
  • Lumens per watt: 69.8lm/W
  • Construction: plastic and aluminium heat-sink
  • Dimensions: 52mm length, 50mm diameter
  • Mains voltage LED lamp, 50Hz
  • IP rating: IP20 rated.
  • Energy rating: A+

More specifications and technical details together with more other pictures and videos for this awarded BEST LED Spotlight in 2014 can be found via our dedicated page for this GU10LS5W LED lamp at SparksDirect.co.uk.

How to Program Varilight V-Pro dimmers to Optimize the Performance of Dimmable LED Lighting

Varilight is a very much praised and appreciated brand especially because of its great LED dimmer switches, and recently they put out some videos via their Varilight TV channel on YouTube.

Watch the video below and see the step-by-step instructions for the Varilight V-Pro dimmers – switching between trailing edge and leading edge modes, and then returning to the factory settings.

The Varilight V-Pro dimmers are set to run in trailing-edge mode (MODE 1) by default. This versatile mode is suitable for most types of lighting, including many dimmable LEDs. It is also “gentler” on the load (this is MODE 3). An alternative trailing-edge mode (MODE 3) may improve the performance of some dimmable LEDs and dimmable CFLs.

Some other lighting loads, including some types of LED lights, perform best with leading-edge control. This dimmer can also be set to run in leading edge (see MODE 2).

Changing the driving mode between trailing edge (MODE 1) and leading edge (MODE 2)

  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise)
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. To select MODE 2, turn the know fully anti-clockwise. The lights will flash two times. This will show that the dimmer has been set to MODE 2. The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

To return the dimmer to MODE 1, follow the same procedure again. The light will flash once. This will show the dimmer has returned to MODE 1.

Changing the driving mode between trailing edge (MODE 1) and alternative trailing edge (MODE 3)

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  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. To select MODE 3, turn the know fully anti-clockwise then fully clockwise. The lights will flash three times. This will show that the dimmer has been set to MODE 3. The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

To return the dimmer to MODE 1, follow the same procedure again. The light will flash once. This will show the dimmer has returned to MODE 1.

Adjusting the minimum brightness

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The minimum brightness setting of the Varilight V-Pro dimmer can be adjusted to achieve the optimum dimming range for a particular load. If your lights are flickering when they are dimmed to a low level, you can increase the minimum brightness of the dimmer, which may prevent this from happening.

If the lights are brighter than you would like when the dimmer is set to minimum, you can try reducing the minimum brightness setting of the dimmer.

  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MINIMUM brightness setting (turn fully anti-clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. Turn the knob fully clockwise. As soon as the lights come on, start to adjust the minimum brightness, then leave at the desired level. After 3 seconds, the new setting will be saved.
  5. Step 5. Now continue to use the dimmer as normal, with the new minimum brightness.

Resetting the Varilight V-Pro LED Dimmer

How can we reset the dimmer? The dimmer can be reset to its factory settings, and this will restore the driving mode to trailing edge (MODE 1) and default minimum brightness setting.

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  1. Step 1. Switch on and set the dimmer knob to the MAXIMUM brightness setting (turn fully clockwise).
  2. Step 2. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses).
  3. Step 3. The lights will step up and down in brightness to show that the dimmer is in CONFIGURATION MODE, then go off.
  4. Step 4. Turn the lights OFF and back ON three times: OFF-ON-OFF-ON-OFF-ON (leaving approx. 1 second between presses). The light will come ON and dim down to OFF indicating a successful factory reset. Then the light will flash once showing the dimmer has returned to default MODE 1 (trailing edge). The dimmer can now be operated normally in the new mode.

More about the Green-I Energy Saving PIR Sensors, Dimmers, and Timer Switches

CP Electronics - Intelligent Energy ControlWith 40 years of experience of producing Energy Saving Controls for lighting, heating, and ventilation, CP Electronics has the green-i range of stylish movement sensors, control systems, switches, and timers, allowing you to easily take control of your energy usage by providing simple and effective control solutions.

They boast of being the UK’s no. 1 lighting controls, with a wide experience and a great R & D department composed of engineers who work daily on new ideas and new technologies that are incorporated into their energy saving products.

There are different areas to look at in order to save the energy, and so you need:

  • Ceiling PIR sensors – automatically turn the lights ON or OFF when you enter or leave the room
  • Wall Mounted PIR sensors, Timers, and dimmers
  • A very simple lighting connection unit, the Vitesse Modular range.

Lighting control comes to the forefront of the specifier and builder’s mind when they consider a building, but unfortunately the general public is not yet aware of the benefits and potential of these energy saving devices.

If you visit our showroom we have a beautiful display of the wide range of Green-I energy saving devices from CP Electronics. The products come in a clam shell, which allow the customers to visually see the product and, on the back of the product, the diagrams and explanations show what the product actually does.

To understand what Green-I devices you need for your home or office in order to save the energy, there’s a brochure explaining what each and every device does, which you can pick up in our showroom. In short, this range has:

  • Ceiling PIR – can be installed on the ceiling in the store rooms, small offices, small rooms, etc, and they automatically switch ON the lights when presence is detected, and then turn the lights OFF when no one is in the room.
  • Wall PIRs – they fit a normal light switch, same size, being an easy and convenient replacement for the wall PIR switches.
  • Time delay switches – they retrofit into a normal light switch and start saving energy immediately.

Read more about the Green-I range from CP Electronics you can read our previous articles on the blog like: save energy with Green-I, Advanced Switch Technology, Energy Saving Replacement Like-for-Like, and, Save Money and Energy with Green-I.