Megaman Put Shoppers in a Good Light

A variety of lamps from leading energy saving lamp manufacturers Megaman UK Ltd have been installed throughout the Guildhall Shopping Centre in the heart of Exeter town centre.

Combining a mixture of old and new buildings, the centre contains a wealth of traditional architecture and is home to well known high street retailers. Part of the shopping area, the Queen Street façade, is Grade II listed and was designed by Covent Garden architect Inigo Jones and incorporates a 12th century church in the centre.

As the existing lighting had become dated, Operations Manager Martin Nelmes contacted local electrical distributor M&EContrax for advice on replacement of lamps throughout the centre. Following an assessment and energy saving survey, it was agreed that public walkways lighting would be changed to Megaman’s 15W AR111 LEDs using the company’s Conxento downlight fittings.

Offering 30,000 hours life, the AR111 LED lamps can provide energy savings of up to 80%. Utilising a large reflector and a miniaturized burner, the AR111 LED provides remarkable performance levels with its narrow beam optic, in addition to excellent optical control without unwanted heat generation.

The old 20w compact fluorescent lighting in the Grade II section of the centre were replaced with Megaman’s 50W Cluster Globes and the old metal halide lighting in car parking areas change to CLUSTERLITE, a high wattage lighting solution that provides an alternative to HID lamps. Offering up to 33% savings in energy consumption, CLUSTERLITE offers instant restrike and rapid start-up whilst allowing cycles to be switched up to 600,000 times.

Available in two options, CLUSTERLITE is supplied with an integrated power supply or, alternatively, an ultra light weight external power supply which allows easy fitting into virtually any light fitting.

“We have achieved a very impressive saving by changing over the phase lighting” commented Martin Nelmes. “The AR111 LEDS project a clear, crisp white light which gives a new feel to the whole centre and the old sections of the building with architectural features have certainly been brought to life. We had been looking for a suitable new lighting system for a long time and Megaman have provided the solution. Our annual energy savings are calculated at £10,300 with 57.1 tons of CO2 and payback in approximately 18 months”.

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Sylvania Launches LED replacement for 50W Halogen Flood

With the launch of the new 350lm ES50 from Sylvania, retrofit LED lamps have finally come of age. The new lamp is the first LED retrofit to have the power to replace a 50W halogen – the hugely popular workhorse of accent and display lighting – while staying within the limits for maximum lamp dimensions specified by IEC.

This ensures it can be fitted into all GU10 and GZ10-type luminaires- without compromise – opening-up the benefits of LED lighting to the whole lighting market.

With much being made in the national media regarding LED lamps, it is interesting to note that Sylvania is still innovating in GU10 technology with a product range first launched to great acclaim nearly 15 years ago!  The lamp is manufactured at Sylvania’s state-of-the-art facility in Tienen (Belgium), where the original halogen GU10 lamp was invented and first produced back in 1997. This new product offers outstanding performance of 350 lumen output and up to 25,000 hours of life.

“For a long time the market has been crying out for a product that is a straight replacement for a 50W GU10 halogen lamp,” says Peter Dillen, Strategic Business Unit Director LED. “The GU10 halogen format is hugely popular across the lighting world but until now, there has been no replacement LED product that is not flawed in some way. In our opinion, the 350lm ES50 LED has no draw-backs, it is a straight replacement for a 50W halogen flood and delivers the lower energy costs and reduced maintenance of LED technology. All this, and at an extremely competitive price point!  We’re anticipating huge demand for the product and are looking forward to it occupying the same iconic position as our halogen forebear.”

The 350lm ES50 has various patented design features that have overcome the shortcomings of comparative products in the marketplace. The current best alternatives are larger lamps that do not fit into all luminaires, or traditional-sized products that, in reality, fail to match the true 50W halogen performance. The new design strikes a perfect balance between heat sink size and space between the cooling fins to achieve clear air circulation and effective heat evacuation. The result is a smaller, lighter lamp delivering a higher 350 lumen output, to offer class-leading performance that sets a new benchmark for LEDs.

The 350lm ES50 will be available in 2700K Homelight, 3000K Warm white and 4000K Cool white colours with a beam angle of either 25° or 40°; the 25° delivers 1200 candela, and the 40° delivers 600 candela in the warm white colour temperatures. Crucially, both versions match the 350lm flux of 50W GU10 halogen lamps, whereas earlier efforts have so far only matched the luminous intensity figure – which leads to consumer dissatisfaction in many applications such as downlighting and general illumination where lumens are important.

Another benefit over the current market standard is a power factor of 0.8. Many replacement LED products have a much lower power factor equating to less efficient operation. The high power factor of the 350lm ES50 demonstrates the capacity of a lamp to efficiently convert input power (VA) into output ie, active power (W).

The 350lm ES50 is the first of several Sylvania LED lamp products scheduled to be launched in the coming months. There are plans to broaden the range with higher lumen versions aimed at replacing bigger lamps, including 12V halogen lamps. Sylvania is supporting this new product range with a fully integrated marketing campaign providing on-going service and communications support.

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