Thursday, 23 July 2015

SPECIAL OFFER! Philips GU10 Twin Packs- Get them before they're gone!

We have a very special offer on two different twin packs of Philips LED GU10s, these lights are perfect for home use in your kitchen, living room and bathroom. 
These twin packs come in two different wattages; 3.5W which is equivalent to a 35W halogen and 4.5W which is equivalent to a 50W halogen. These lamps last for a long lifetime of 15,000 hours and have a beam angle of 36°. They can provide exceptional energy savings and are retrofit meaning they can swapped like for like with your existing fittings with no maintenance costs. The easiest and cheapest way to switch your home to LED!

3.5W as low as £5 for a pack!
4.5W as low as £6.40 for a pack!

To see the full information for the different twin packs please click here.

Only whilst stocks last- Hurry, get them before they're all gone! 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Tunable Led Lamps helping to repel insects.

A team led by professor Travis Longcore at the University of Southern California put insect traps under a variety of different LED and compact fluorescent lamps, including experimental tunable LEDs from Philips that allowed the team to alter the colour temperature. In the New York Times article that reports the findings, it states that 'the tunable LEDs could be adjusted to attract about twenty percent fewer [bugs] than standard LEDs did.' 
Longcore changed the colour of the tunable LEDs to a warmer colour and left the other LEDs at a cooler, bluer colour. 

The compact fluorescent lamp attracted the most insects because they emit violet and ultraviolet light, they are much farther on the blue spectrum than the blue lights that were discovered to attract insects in a 2005 study in Faisalabad, Pakistan. LEDs attract less insects even when they are a bluer colour because they do not emit any ultraviolet light. 

The findings from this research could help reduce the amount of insect-borne diseases such as malaria if tunable LEDs were installed in higher risk and infected areas. 

It can't be stated that LEDs do not attract insects as they are still naturally drawn to light, however they do attract much fewer bugs. 

In order to attract less insects in your home, particularly in these summer months, it would be wise to buy tunable LED lighting so that you can alter the colour temperature of your lights. 
Please click here to see the Osram Lightify starter pack on our site, a white lamp that allows you to chose between 6500K which is a cooler white colour and 2700K, a more warm light. 

A tunable LED lamp is perfect as you can change the colour of the light in seconds, without having to change a lamp or even turn it off. This will mean you can still have your windows open and lights on when the rumoured heatwave does eventually come! 

To see the full range of the Osram Lightify, including colour changing indoor and outdoor lamps, please click here

This article was adapted from the Lux Review article, ' Want to repel insects? Tune your LED lamp' by Mark Halper, 7th July 2015. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

LEDs Needed For London's 24 Hour Tube Service

LEDs are the best choice for carrying out maintenance with the 24 hour underground service coming in September. 

The underground is going to be running 24 hours at weekends on some lines from September. The 'Night Tube' will run fully on the Jubilee and Victoria line and on most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern line. It has been largely supported by underground users who believe that it will make travelling home at night much safer, quicker and reliable. However, having a the tube run all night will create problems for the underground's engineers. 

How will they maintain the lighting if they have less time to access it? The answer is simple, LEDs. With the longer lifetime of LEDs meaning less maintenance and the energy savings they bring it would be silly not to install them in the London underground. 

Bob Benn, head of stations engineering at Transport for London has stated that, 'The 24-hour tube will have a significant impact on maintenance, particularly on some of our central London stations. It means we are going to have to concentrate our maintenance on Sunday to Thursday evenings. We have to re-plan a lot of our maintenance activities to fit everything into those five days.' 

Hopefully by making the lighting LED, there will be less changes, meaning lighting will not need as much maintaining as other areas. As LEDs can be wiped clean using a pole from the platform without being damaged they will be much cheaper and quicker to clean. In addition to this, due to their extended lifetime they will need to be replaced much less often, unlike fluorescent tubes.

When speaking at the lighting for rail conference last week, Benn suggested that LED lighting could be an answer to the question of underground lighting, 'When we consider the use of new lighting technology, a significant factor is how much maintenance we need to do. From a business case point of view that's one of the advantages of things like LED, in terms of lamp life and how much we need to access the fittings. It's not just about energy saving, we look at the whole-life cost.' 

More and more LED lights are being installed in the underground, including retrofit tubes and new luminaries in redeveloped stations and now the extended lifetime is really starting to pay off. 

The London underground is in the middle of a £5.5 billion investment programme which will mean there will be lighting upgrades and improvements in some of the busiest underground stations. There is also a further improvement programme in the planning phases. 

Benn said that, 'there will be significant opportunities to change the lighting technology and also change the total ambience of the station and the environment.' 

This blog post was adapted from Lux magazine article, 'How LEDs are helping to make London's 24-hour Tube possible' 29th June 2015