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How many people does it take to change an LED Light Bulb?


If there is a subject destined to bore the typical reader of this newsletter rigid – its likely to be a conversation about maintenance costs? After all – I don’t see many financial managers amongst our circulation list. However, in my view the benefits arising from the installation of LEDs in terms of lower maintenance costs is an important issue and one which you should keep at least half an eye open to!

detail_mini_tilt_rotate_image_01Saving your customers money opens opportunities for you

Increasingly we are asked to justify the  cost of LED refurbishments. The good  news is that LED as a technology is easily  accountable and delivers savings that  earlier lighting technology failed to  achieve. Yet the reduction in the cost of    the upkeep of a building – is oftenoverlooked. In effect we hold the key to introducing our customers to a real return in investment over and above the benefits of energy savings.

Is this really our role as designers?

It’s surprising to me that although on the whole most understand that installing and replacing existing lighting with an LED source will offer a lower consumption in energy – many forget that this coupled with saving hundreds of man hours in maintaining light fittings – changing lamps – is a powerful tool in increasing the profitability to a business. The issue of maintenance is not solely for a commercial property – it effects us all.

4 factors your customers need to know

1. LED has long lamp and fixture life – 15,000 hours (fluorescent territory) to 50,000 hours. The amount of regular checking and physical changing of fittings is greatly reduced.

2. Capital investment is quickly returned – refurbishment projects are easily paying for themselves in 6 months and this time period is further reduced when maintenance savings are included.

3. Business disruption decreased – If we take a retail business or a premises with day-time public access – the cost of night shift maintenance can be astronomic! Maintaining an existing halogen scheme can cost two electricians and a ladder £900 multiplied by three visits per annum.

4. LED is an intelligent technology – Modern controls systems report back the status of a fitting and can predict failure rate by knowing the number of hours spent.

lens2A final word on aesthetics. LED and lower maintenance allows us to approach the challenge of high ceilings and areas of awkward access with renewed creative inspiration. This is especially the case in older spaces and interiors where many options have been constrained in the interest of work-access. I personally delight in the use of LED strips and miniaturised spotlights on beams and within alcoves and niches.

We have many fixtures available that offer ingenious solutions to LED refurbishments and a great deal of practical advice on the development of innovative lighting schemes that have low maintenance built in.

Call us on 01279 812350 or click here for more information.

It’s a lamp Jim – but not as we know it!


The LED lighting revolution faces its greatest challenge in the home. Whilst industry and businesses are in a relative hurry to enjoy the cost savings delivered by new lamps and luminaires – consumers seem a harder audience to crack. The first wave of futuristic looking LED ‘bulbs’ has been resisted by shoppers. Of course the higher price point didn’t help. However 2014 will be the year of change, mainly because the new breed of LED lamps will look similar to the design Edison perfected in 1879!

As designers it poses the question we all face on a daily basis; function or aesthetics? You might say that the ‘globe’ shape of incandescent bulbs has become a design standard purely out of familiarity. I would claim it is an object of pure beauty which generations of consumers have
appreciated over time. Constantly revised and re-modelled but it has never
been beaten for its simplicity.OMNI9

LED lamps have had to grapple with unsightly heat-sinks and on board drivers that have made the lights heavy and have restricted light distribution. The strange ‘Star Trek‘ look of some of the LED lamps currently available have also forced us to hide them behind opaque diffusers and frosted glass. It has prevented many designers from using classical and traditional fittings.

The breakthrough has arrived in the form of COB filament technology. The new OMNI-Lamp from Integral LED has delivered on most aspects of the problem. The new ceramic array gives us a conventional looking ‘bulb’ that doesn’t offend the eye. It only delivers a ILA60B22O4cut40 watt equivalent currently but higher lumen ratings are on the way. The lamp avoids heat-sinks by omitting an on-board driver which means that it is not dimmable. However I can envisage many circumstances when this solution will prove useful.

The GLS has an illumination of 470lm at only 4.6W power consumption – so the OMNI lamp has broken the A++ barrier at over 100lm/W. Significantly, the distribution of light, which was limited in earlier LED designs, is cast across 330 degrees which is comparable with an incandescent bulb.

Orange Lighting are pleased to be one of the first to offer this lamp to the trade, we anticipate it will prove to be be an essential stock item for all designers and specifiers in the months ahead.

There is a chandelier lamp too – slightly less light distribution but again in will preserve the appearance of many fixtures and fittings in project interiors.