TCP Lightbulbs

Technical Consumer Products (TCP) is a supplier/manufacturer of both private label and TCP branded Compact Fluorescent, Halogen and LED lamps. (lightbulbs)

TCP work with some of the largest retailers and electrical distributors in the world. They service Europe, Middle East and Africa from the centrally located headquarters in the Netherlands assisted by their sales office in the UK and France.
Their product portfolio comprises compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), LEDs, Halogen ECO savers, and Fluorescent tubes.

TCP is a leader in LED innovations and have recently introduced their third LED range including a 12 watt 810 lumen warm white GLS 60 watt dimmable replacement lamp.

TCP offers a large selection of quality CFL products offering brighter, longer life and more compact designs than other leading brands.

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New LED DD from Kosnic

Direct Replacements for DD Fluorescent Lamps Reduce Energy Consumption and Maintenance Effort. Kosnic’s new LED DD range offers electrical contractors the opportunity to replace conventional CFL DD lamps and is ideal for thoroughfares, inaccessible locations and stairwells.
Designed by the team at the Kosnic Technology Centre, the LED DD can be retro-fitted in minutes. Once in place, the lamps have a rating of 30,000 hours – at least three times the lamp life of a standard fluorescent 2D lamp.
Running costs and maintenance effort are reduced and a cleaner, brighter light delivered. The 9W DD LED Lamp replaces a 16w CFL, the 12w DD LED replaces a 28W CFL and the 18W DD LED replaces a 38w CFL.
Additional options include a fitting, motion sensor module and a three hour Emergency Pack.

Megaman 6W Dimmable GU10

Energy saving expert Megaman UK has announced the addition of a new 6W Dimming GU10 to its popular, and quickly increasing, reflector LED lamp range.

Megaman’s LED reflector lamps are quite unique in design when compared to the more familiar lens-style LED lamps that are widely available, mainly due to the utilisation of parabolic reflectors and the use the company’s patented Thermal Conductive Highway™ (TCH) technology.

This patented technology uses a special heat drain across the reflector that allows the LEDs to dissipate heat efficiently via the heat sink, whilst preventing deterioration of the LED multi-chip array and other components. The technology also gives the lamps a longer life with high lumen maintenance, resulting in up to 70% of initial lumens still available even at the end of lamp life, which provides a lamp that is the most efficient LED lighting solution currently available.

The 6W Dimming GU10 lamp provides a 35° beam angle and offers 50,000 hours life, making it ideal for use in a wide range of applications,  such as showrooms, reception areas, meeting rooms, offices, hotels, restaurants and lounges.

TCP’S New Low Cost Dimmable LEDs

TCP, the energy efficient lighting company, is showcasing its latest in LED lighting technology at Light + Building 2012 (Hall 4.1 Stand G89) in Frankfurt this April, including a new range of low-cost dimmable Ambient LEDs, alongside new, energy efficient Halogen Savers.

The dimmable, Ambient LED energy saver range retails for £9.99 (12 Euros), a price which is up to two thirds cheaper than similar quality competitor products on the market, providing retailers with an LED range which offers volume and value.

Leading TCP’s Ambient range is the dimmable LED GU10, which replaces halogen spotlights found in kitchens and bathrooms.  One of the common complaints amongst users of halogen spotlights is that they often only last for a few months and are not very energy efficient. TCP’s LED GU10 solves both of these problems, offering 35,000 hours of use, while consuming just 5W of electricity.

TCP’s Ambient GU10 has an array of features: smooth dimming, perfect fit into GU10 luminaires, bright light output (200 lumens), ultra long lifetime and affordable retail price points.

Other new Ambient LED energy savers being unveiled at the show include TCP’s dimmable LED candle and mini globe. Customers can choose from two versions of each bulb, frosted, for a soft, warm ambient light, or clear for a sparkly warm light. Both the dimmable candle and mini bulbs offer the same longevity and energy efficiency qualities of the GU10.

In addition to its new LED range, TCP is also showcasing its energy efficient Halogen Saver range. TCP’s Halogen Savers have been designed with a unique robust capsule mounting which withstands the vibrations that normally limit the lifetime of halogens. Halogen Savers offer 30% energy savings compared to traditional halogens and are available in candle, flame tip, GLS, mini globe and shape versions.

Completing TCP’s product line up at the show will be its quick-start and bright CFL products, which have long been best sellers in its native USA market.

Also being launched by TCP at Light + Building 2012, is a new retailer support package. The TCP package offers a comprehensive solution for retailers, providing advice on lighting ranges and assistance to enable them to develop own-label lighting ranges. TCP’s retail package also includes guidance on packaging design, sales forecasting, product range development, market surveys, information on legislation, promotions and new product developments.

Speaking about TCP’s offerings at Light + Building, Jessica Parker, TCP’s marketing manager, said: “We are investing heavily in our LED technology and are very excited to be bringing the results of our efforts to the European stage.  We are responding to what our customers want and the growing demand amongst consumers for high quality, dimmable LED lighting at a good, affordable price. Additionally, our Halogen Saver range plays a crucial role as a direct replacement of the banned incandescent lamps.

“In addition to introducing new products, we are also using Light + Building 2012 as the stage to launch our new lighting support package for retailers. We are very aware that the consumer lighting market is rapidly changing, from the removal of incandescent to the introduction of new lighting technologies.  As a result, many retailers are unsure how to integrate the various lighting technologies onto their ranges. Our service enables retailers to maximise sales and source high quality products, and we are also able to assist them with the development and launch of own label products.”

All public lighting should go LED by 2020, says green NGO

Environmental NGO The Climate Group has called on governments around the world to upgrade all lighting in streets and public buildings to LED by 2020.
The challenge comes on the back of a major trial in nine cities around the world, which concluded that LED technology is already mature enough for ‘most outdoor applications’ and can offer dramatic energy savings.


The two-and-a-half-year trial, organised by The Climate Group and sponsored by Philips Lighting, saw city lighting managers test more than 500 LED luminaires, representing 27 different products.

Only six of them failed in the first 6,000 hours – a rate of just one per cent.

The trials took place in nine cities that are members of the Climate Group’s LightSavers consortium, including London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Kolkata. They were conducted in 2009-2012, with each test lasting between about nine and 23 months.

The Climate Group’s report, launched yesterday at the UN’s Rio+20 sustainability conference, revealed that the LED products tested achieved 50 to 70 per cent savings, and up to 80 per cent when combined with controls.

The report said that many products showed ‘behaviour consistent with claimed lifespans of 50,000 to 100,000 hours’ (although they weren’t able to test them for that long) and that the LED products generally showed ‘very little change in colour’. In surveys of people living in the areas where LED lighting was tested, the vast majority said they preferred it to what was there previously, and would support the use of LEDs for all city streetlights.

The Climate Group’s CEO Mark Kenber said: ‘This report clearly highlights that LEDs are ready to be scaled up in towns and cities across the globe. We are now calling on governments to remove policy obstacles and enable a rapid transition to low-carbon lighting.

‘All new public lighting – both streetlighting and in public buildings – should be LED by 2015, with the aim of all public lighting being LED by 2020. We will be working to recruit a leadership group of city, state and national governments to adopt this and report on progress on an annual basis over the next three years.’

The report predicted that LEDs will soon ‘reach far beyond any competing technology and become the technology of choice for most applications’, with energy savings reaching up to 90 per cent compared to conventional technologies. Companies that invest in LED now will benefit most, it said, from a market predicted to be worth as much as $90 billion by 2020.

The Climate Group called on local and national governments to become early adopters of LEDs and use economic policies to help other lighting owners overcome the uncertainty and upfront cost associated with moving to the new technology. Governments should adopt economic models that account for the long-term savings and other benefits provided by LEDs, the report said, such as asset leasing and public-private partnerships.

With lighting responsible for 19% of global electricity use, cutting energy usage represents a huge opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and increase global prosperity, the organisation said.

Energy Efficient Lamps

Megaman has supplied a variety of its energy efficient lamps for the refurbishment of the lighting at Cardiff Castle. Megaman was chosen for this gargantuan task by Cardiff Council following assurances that the lighting would maintain the brightness required within the Castle interiors, whilst retaining the aesthetic charm of the building and providing massive energy savings.

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. During 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy. The Castle’s ongoing conservation project is valued at about £8 million and has been supported by a £5.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, whilst additional financial support has been received from CADW and Visit Wales. It is a very diverse project with conservation work ranging from the consolidation of Roman masonry to the repairs of the lavish decoration within the House.

Picking up the gauntlet to be more energy efficient and sustainable, Castle staff together with the Council’s energy management team, came up with a plan to replace all the light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs. Unlike previous energy saving lamps, the new lamps have been specifically designed to fit in with the wonderful historic interiors and show its architectural features and artworks in the best possible light.

Of the 415 light bulbs in the house alone, 117 are contained within the chandeliers in the Banqueting Hall, making the change over to energy efficient lamps quite a daunting task. Megaman supplied a combination of 5W LED Clear Candle lamps, 8W GU10 LEDs, 15W AR111 LED’s, GU10s and 18W CFL GLS lamps for use throughout the project.

The LED lamps are guaranteed to last at least 3 years, offer the added benefits of low heat emission, and negligible ultraviolet and infrared output, which can be harmful to the Castle’s delicate interiors. The LED lamps run at 5W each, rather than the 25W filament lamps, and are expected to last around 50 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Annual energy costs have been reduced, with a calculated energy saving of 45.6 tons CO² and this is in addition to the cost reductions in maintenance and downtime. Everyone involved in the project is really impressed with the results at Cardiff Castle – so much so, in fact, that Cardiff Council are considering repeating the exercise with more historic buildings, of which they have quite a few!

LED Replacement for the MR16 Halogen

Sylvania is pleased to announce another industry first; the launch of the new ‘made in Europe’ MR16 LED, a direct replacement for the popular MR16 halogen lamp.

Yet again first-to-market with such a product innovation, the Sylvania MR16 LED is the first retrofit MR16 LED replacement lamp to achieve 450lm without the use of an active cooling fan. Manufactured at Sylvania’s state-of-the-art facility in Tienen, Belgium, the lamp benefits from European build quality, performance and reliability – and because, unlike other similar lamps, it does not incorporate a cooling fan, the MR16 LED is quiet in operation. The new lamp can be used in any existing MR16 luminaire – even IP rated ones with a protective lens – which other products are unable to do due to the cooling fan protruding too far.

“The take up of our GU10 retrofit LED lamp has been phenomenal and we anticipate the same reaction to our MR16 LED replacement,” says Peter Dillen, Strategic Business Unit Director LED. “Both products are the work of our Tienen facility; and the lighting trade, stockists and consumers all recognise that European manufacture is a badge of quality. We have worked hard to get these products right so that consumers can safely replace their lamps, not their fixtures. The two new MR16 LED lamps (350lm and 450lm) can replace both 35W and 50W halogens, yet also deliver the lower energy costs and reduced maintenance benefits associated with LED technology.”

Over recent months Sylvania has invested significantly in R&D and the MR16 LED is another first for the company when it comes to LED retrofit lamp technology. This innovation follows the successful launch of the HI-SPOT RefLED ES50; a direct retrofit replacement for a GU10 50W halogen. The lamp was recently highly commended at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards, recognising Sylvania’s innovative strengths in LED reflector development.

Due to its European R&D and manufacturing base, Sylvania is well placed to react quickly to market demands and is constantly developing new products. For example, Sylvania is currently working on a 65W GU10 equivalent with a 450lm output.

Perfect for directional lighting in residential, retail and office applications, the new MR16 LED lamps offer energy savings and a longer lamp life of 25,000 hours with 80% energy savings compared to the standard halogen counterpart. The new MR16 350lm and 450lm lamps will produce 300lm and 400lm of useful light from a 90˚ cone respectively.

Osram lamps are Which? best buys

Osram’s LED and energy-saving lamps have performed well in the latest bulb test by Which?, the independent consumer organisation. Which? carried out in-depth tests on 40 products from six manufacturers

Areas tested included durability, with three samples of each lamp left on for 5,000 hours and switched on and off 30,000 times. With the best performing bulbs, all three samples survived testing, while the worst failed at just 6,000 switches.

Other test areas included brightness across a 100-hour period and speed to light.

Of the 15 products picked out as ‘best buys’ by Which?, nine were from Osram, four from Sylvania, one from GE and one from Philips.

Osram’s Duluxstar Mini Twist 11W came top of the list as the ideal replacement for the traditional 60W lamp. Although Sylvania’s ToLEDo GLS A60 performed better, its typical price is almost six times more than the Osram bulb.

The Which? test report said: ‘The Mini Twist from Osram does many things excellently. Its performance is good as it gets for a CFL light bulb.’

The GE Electronic 12W also performed strongly, particularly for light output, efficiency and durability. The Osram Duluxstar 21W and Dulux Superstar 30W were recommended as replacements for traditional 100W lamps.

Osram’s LED lamps scored well in the durability tests and only took three seconds to reach full brightness. The Osram Parathom Pro Classic A60 and the Osram Parathom Classic A40 were also picked out as best buys.

Megaman’s LEDs at Fat Face

Megaman’s GU10 AR111 15W and Candle 5W LED lamps have been used to  great effect in the Fat Face chain of clothing and accessory stores throughout the UK. This is part of a roll-out programme to replace heat generating 75W halogen lamps and 25W incandescent candles respectively.

With over 200 stores in the UK, Fat Face is one of the high streets leading clothing and accessories retailers offering clothes for the active lifestyle. Formed in 1988, the company has the motto ‘Life is Out There’.

The refurbishment programme, conducted by Hampshire based Planned Lighting Maintenance Ltd., is part of an ongoing energy saving campaign that has been adopted by the retailer. The original lighting, which incorporated halogen lamps, had suffered from regular lamp failure and Planned Lighting were asked to devise a new scheme that would offer energy saving lamps with good colour rendition and a longer lamp life, whilst reducing maintenance costs.

Offering 50,000 hours, Megaman’s AR111 LED lamps offered a direct replacement for the halogen spots situated on the sales floor, providing a perfect illumination to highlight the merchandise on the shop floor.  Offering the same light intensity and colour temperature, the AR111’s also provide energy saving of up to 80%.

Following installation of the new Megaman lamps, Fat Face has reported a saving of £3,700 per annum, 45,000kw which equals 23 tonnes of CO2 per store, whilst retaining its bright appearance that is so inviting to its customers.

Havells-Sylvania Proves the Right Fit for All Saints

The new RefLED SA111 lamp from Havells-Sylvania has helped create an energy saving, low maintenance and high performance lighting scheme for the changing room area of the All Saints store at Westfield, London.

Supplied in warm white, the RefLED SA111 is designed to be a direct replacement for its halogen equivalent and features excellent thermal management making it the perfect LED replacement for retail applications.

Established in 1994, All Saints is a British brand which has over 70 stores in the UK and abroad. It was originally created as a menswear brand but in 1998 it moved into women’s wear. The brand also now includes children’s wear and some home furnishing products. The Westfield store has recently undergone a refurbishment which included a revamp for the changing areas.

iQ Lighting perform lighting maintenance for All Saints and a key consideration for the project was to create a scheme that could meet the exacting demands required for a changing area as well as save energy and reduce maintenance. The Sylvania RefLED SA111 stood out as the perfect choice as Brian Brooke of iQ Lighting relates:

“All Saints has always tended to use halogen lamps for its store lighting schemes but it wanted to try something different with the Westfield store. The company had heard the buzz around LEDs and was keen to try out the technology. By using the Sylvania RefLED SA111 All Saints has been able to get all the benefits of LED lamps without fundamentally changing its approach to lighting design. In fact, All Saints has had some great feedback already on the new scheme and are looking forward to many years of maintenance-free high-performance use. The payback period is going to be approximately 10 months which is very impressive.”

All Saints stores are all unique with individually crafted light fixtures. Working with Havells-Sylvania, the All Saints lighting designer was able to seamlessly integrate the RefLED SA111 into the bespoke fixture.  The RefLED SA111 has a patented aluminium spiral reflector design that delivers uniform light distribution. The lamp is energy efficient and has a long life of 25,000 hours equaling a short payback period. The energy saving potential in comparison with halogen equivalents makes the RefLED SA111 the perfect choice for all types of retrofit and new build project in retail, hospitality and corporate applications.

All Saints is also looking to trial Havells-Sylvania’s latest LED replacement product the Sylvania Hi-SPOT 7.5w RefLED ES50; the only direct replacement for the traditional 50w GU10 halogen lamp.

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