Megaman Helps Restore Coombe Abbey to its Former Glory

Lamps and reflectors from Megaman’s extensive decorative lamp range, including LED candles and LED GU10’s, are being used for a variety of applications in Coombe Abbey Hotel, a beautiful country house nestling within the UK’s historical heartland of Warwickshire.

The use of Megaman lamps has enabled Coombe Abbey to maintain its energy saving ethos whilst retaining the old world charm and aesthetics of the interior decor.

Set in 500 acres of parkland, overlooking formal gardens and a tranquil lake, Coombe abbey was founded as a monastery in the 12th century and in the 16th century it became royal property. Now a four star country house hotel boasting 119 rooms, Coombe Abbey has been lovingly restored to its former glory by its current owners, offering a stunning venue for Weddings, Conferences and Special Occasions. The hotel, with its immaculate grounds and plush en-suite bedrooms, offers the perfect blend of luxury and intimacy.

Michael Butler, part of Megaman’s technical team, worked closely with interior designer Yvonne Scott to conduct an energy survey of the site and suggest alternative lamps for use within existing fittings. Following the results it was decided that lighting in the hallways, lobby, bedrooms and landings should be provided by a combination of Megaman’s LED Candle lamps, LED GU10’s reflector lamps and LED dimmable classics.

Mood setting was an important consideration because of the history of the hotel and the surrounding décor so high output LED’s were considered unsuitable. Because of this, 5W LED frosted SBC/SES Candles were utilised in the bedrooms and some public areas, 5W GU10 reflector LED’s in the down lighters throughout and the bathroom corridors and 8W LED Dimmable Classics in the guest bedrooms to provide more intimate illumination.

Throughout the facility, Megaman lamps have been incorporated in existing fittings to replace the existing halogen and filament lamps and provide a longer lamp life whilst reducing maintenance time and conversion costs. Another benefit was that this simple change of lamps caused no disruption to the day-to-day running of the hotel.

Megaman’s LED GU10’s emit three times less heat than the equivalent halogen lamps, produce 2800K for a warm, ambient colour temperature and have a long life of 25,000 hours. The LED Candle lamp resembles a central point light source and has been developed specifically to highlight the aesthetic appeal of crystal and chandelier fittings. It features a light-emitting position similar to that of the filament in an incandescent candle lamp which generates a sparkling effect to the surrounding fixture. Its unique ‘heat sink’ design allows for heat dissipation as the LED Candle omits considerably less heat than an equivalent incandescent lamp.

Yvonne Scott, interior designer at Coombe Abbey, is delighted with the results and commented “We found Megaman Lamps to be of an excellent quality and appearance producing the lighting effect we required”.

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.

To find out more about the TCP range available in the UK type in TCP into our product search bar on


Venture Provide an Energy Saving Solution at Bedford Hospital

Venture Lighting Europe has supplied its Part Night ballasts and White-Lux Plus lamps for the refurbishment of car park and warehouse areas at Bedford Hospital, part of the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. The Venture system, recommended by Century Lighting, has been designed to provide a high level of flexibility which includes the dimming of light levels during quiet times, resulting in a far more energy efficient lighting scheme.

Bedford Hospital is a 403-bed acute district general hospital providing first class healthcare services to more than 270,000 people living predominantly in North and Mid Bedfordshire. These services are delivered mainly from one site in the centre of Bedford, and include a 24-hour accident and emergency department, acute medicine, maternity, paediatrics, older peoples’ services and a comprehensive range of surgical specialities. The brief was to replace the existing High Pressure Sodium lighting at the hospital’s main staff and visitors car parks in Britannia Road with the aim of achieving a better quality of light.

Various options were considered, including LEDs but on further investigation it was proven that this would not be a practical solution. Following discussions, Redditch based Century Lighting suggested replacing the 250W SON lamps with 150W metal halide in the main car parks. Trials confirmed that the metal halide source would indeed offer excellent light levels and provide the right choice for the project. Century also suggested using Venture’s Part Night electronic control gear so that the lamps could be programmed to dim in quiet times such as midnight to 6.00am.

Venture’s White-Lux Plus 70W and 150W lamps were used throughout the project along with the replacement of some of the older fittings, which were used with Century’s “Brisbane” and “Park” luminaires. Venture’s Part Night ballasts were programmed to ensure adequate light levels were maintained at times when vehicle and pedestrian traffic is at its height, such as visitor times and staff shift changeover times.

Programming for Part Night can be carried out post-installation via the existing mains cable, eliminating the need for additional wiring or expensive communication packages. Each ballast can also be individually addressable to maximise the range of configurations available and lighting points can be controlled individually or in zones and re-programmed at any time to reflect changes in lighting requirements.

Brian Randall, Project Manager at Bedford Hospital commented “I was quite sceptical about using a metal halide source at first however, following Century’s advice, I have to admit that the light levels are excellent and we are very pleased with the result. The annual savings for the scheme is calculated at £2.5k per annum – this includes the savings by reducing lamp wattages and changing to electronic control gear. We are now in the process of costing up the next phase to upgrade utilising the same system.”

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.

Retailers avoid ban on traditional light bulbs

You may have noticed the recent articles on both the Telegraph and Daily Mail web-sites. “Retailers avoid ban on traditional light bulbs” by Edward Malnick and Daniel Martin. are pleased to offer the largest and most competitively priced “rough service” “Tough lamps” of any of the online retailers.

The final phase of the European Union’s long ridiculous campaign to ban traditional light bulbs will take place from 1st September 2012 with the ban on 40w light bulbs.

The 100w version were the first to go, then the 60w. Now, from this week 1st September 2012 the 40w bulb will be phased out!

For everyone that still prefers the warm incandescent bulbs that have no warm up time and give a bright instant light that we have used since Thomas Edison first invented it in 1879, there are still some companies like National Lamps and Components that can help.

The European Union directive banning standard incandescent lamps refers only to those meant for “household lamps”, meaning retailers can continue to supply bulbs intended for “industrial use”.

At least two British lamp importers are now selling thousands of “rough service” or so called “Tough lamps” which are available in a variety of cap types which look identical to and work exactly the same way as-the bulbs that will be outlawed by the European Union directive.

These bulbs are not being sold by major supermarkets most of which have voluntarily stopped selling incandescent bulbs, but they will continue to be available from specialist lighting and lamp shops, as well as online retailers like, and

These bulbs are usually manufactured with an extra filament support and a thicker filament making them less likely to be broken by shock or vibration.

The cartons are usually marked “rough service” or “Tough lamp” and have double the life of a standard household lamp.

One large manufacturer, Bell, recently sent lamp distributors like a list of incandescent “Tough lamps” which said “don’t panic – All incandescent Tough lamps will be available from stock in September, candle shape, golf ball shape and standard household GLS shape.

Now the National Measurement Office, the Government agency responsible for enforcing the ban on traditional bulbs, have warned householders against buying rough-service bulbs, saying “consideration should be given to the terms and conditions of any household insurance policy if such lamps are used for illuminating your home.”

“We don’t live in a nanny state at all do we”!

David Gradley

Managing Director

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.

Power Port

We are now stocking a Power port pop up plug socket. This is a discreet aluminium power and charging worktop socket, which is fitted directly into your worktop. Complete with three standard United Kingdom plug sockets as well as two handy USB ports this ensures the best use of space whilst not compromising on design.

The Power Port is perfect for kitchen island units or particular areas that are awkward to access. Simply press to open and pull to the desired height and when not in use it will sit fully retracted flush with the work surface to give a sleek and clean look.

The Power Port can be fitted into most work surfaces up to a depth of 60mm and requires 102-105mm cut out hole, full fitting instructions are supplied with purchase.

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!