Helloooo Spring 2017!

Since it was officially the first day of spring 2017 a few days ago, we thought we’d celebrate by writing a little blog post for you guys to read – and show off some of our amazing old and new products! Spring is the warm up to summer, garden parties begin, BBQs and if you’re lucky enough pool parties! When we have guests visiting, we want to make sure our gardens and homes look their best, right? Well with a whole range of garden lighting and outdoor LED lighting, you can ensure your patios are shining and garden features are highlighted ready for your summer events.

We’ve got a bit more time before the weather really starts heating up, so now is the perfect opportunity to get those gardens lit! There are many ways in which you can change the appearance of your garden with anything from a LED spike light, to decking lights or even bollards. One of our most popular products has to be the Ikon Pro kits by Saxby & Endon lighting. With a range of colours, sizes and finishes to suit every outdoor space you can think of, it’s no wonder these fly off the shelves! They are IP67 rated, complete with an easy-fit, interchangeable head design and RGB versions can even be controlled at the touch of a button! You can read more about them here on one of our previous blog posts.

 

Top Features 5 of the Ikon Pro Kits:

Each individual head is IP67 rated to ensure safe installation in outdoor environments.
Designed to be fitted and wired during the decking build stage without the heads.
Complete with new fresnel lenses to improve lumen output and evenly spread light.
Ikon Pro kits feature a brand new removable and interchangeable heads for maximum control.
Features super bright SMD LED technology perfect for bringing a touch of colour to deckings.

Ikon Pro Decking Kit

RGB Ikon Pro Kit

Ikon Pro White Kit

Ikon Pro Blue Kit

Decking Lighting – Sorted. Now Time for Spike Lighting!

Now, your decking lighting is sorted. Let’s give you a few tips on highlighting all important garden features. Here we move onto spike lighting. LED spike lights are fast becoming one of our most popular items to sell. With more and more suppliers like Firstlight, Collingwood and Saxby constantly updating their range, we always have new items to show you!

Three Spike Lighting Recommendations:

1. Firstlight LED Spike/Wall Light

LED garden spike light can also be used as a wall spotlight!
Loaded with 4 x 2W CREE LEDs for effortless output and unrivalled brightness.
Designed with an IP54 rating allowing safe installation in exterior applications.

2. Endon Lighting Luminatra IP65 5W LED Spike Light

Loaded with 5W of LED lighting power and produces 500 lumens for effortless light output.
Supplied with LED driver and fixing accessories to ensure simple and fast installation.
Complete with spike or can be wall mounted to suit a variety of outdoor spaces.

3. Collingwood 1W LED Spike Light

3000K colour temperature creates a stunning warm white light beam perfect for all exteriors.
LEDs have a huge 70,000 average lifespan allowing users to dramatically reduce re-lamping costs.
Manufactured using high quality stainless steel 316 for a durable and reliable design.

Step 3 to Completing your Garden Lighting

Now we have covered decking lights and spike lights, the only thing left is outdoor wall lighting! This is a range that is forever growing and changing in style. In this section we are going to talk about a few different styles of wall lights and the most popular current style which is a must-have item in all gardens. If you’ve got outdoor walls that need lighting, we’ve got the products for you. Here are the top three outdoor wall lights we recommend for highlighting those all important outdoor feature walls.

1. Firstlight Shelby Up/Down Wall Light with PIR 

Designed with an IP65 rating allowing safe installation in outdoor environments.
2 x integrated 3W LED module provides effortless light output.
Complete with built in PIR sensor for added energy saving benefits.

2. Endon Lighting Seina Plain IP44 Recessed Brick Light.

Loaded with 4.5W of LED lighting power and producing 350 lumens for effortless light output.
Features a high quality SMD LED chip to ensure maximum light output and coverage for longer.
Rear housing is the same size of a regular brick meaning no special cutting is required.

 
 3. Collingwood Rotatable Octagonal Wall Light 

4000K colour temperature creates a stunning cool white light beam perfect for all exteriors.
Designed with an IP65 rating allowing safe installation in a range of exterior applications.
Extremely long 70000 hour lifespan allows users to dramatically reduce re-lamping costs.

 

Time to Relax and Enjoy the (hopefully) Sunny Weather!

Right, now it’s time to relax and enjoy Spring 2017! Your gardens should be looking great by now and we hope you enjoy the spring and summer months. Of course there are many more items available within our rang besides just a few recommendations we have listed above. You can check out plenty more garden lighting ideas here.

Re-lighting St Andrew’s United Reformed Church.

A recent project we have been working alongside with Nigel Lewis to re-light St Andrew’s United Reformed Church. Thank you to Nigel for this fantastic write up! 

St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, often referred to as St Andrew’s Frognal, is perched on a hill on the junction of busy Finchley Road and Frognal Lane, Hampstead, London. It is placed so high that from the road it is easy to miss, but this is one of the highest churches in London and can be seen for miles around. Built in 1897 as a Presbyterian church, it was originally set with hanging chandeliers of candles, later gas, later still electric light. It boasts a stunning array of stained glass windows, a robust and deeply set architectural structure and a grand set of steps from the road.

I first knew the church due to the opera company that resides there, Brent Opera. I became resident lighting designer to Brent Opera about ten years ago, and twice a year I lit their productions. The spanner in my designs was always the house-lights, a series of five high bay discharge metal halide lamps, more akin to industrial installations. Not only did they require warm-up time and lack a hot restrike, but at 35mtrs high, required specialised access equipment and an operator to change a lamp. For over a year the church managed on just two working lamps due to the prohibitive cost of changing the lamps. When it came to an interval in a production it was necessary for the audience to wait for the discharge lamps to warm up before safely moving from their seats.

The steep outside steps were unlit and the ageing congregation found it difficult to see the steps in the winter months.

I was approached by the church committee to provide a proposal to carry out a complete re-light of the church. I am a theatre lighting designer, but had carried out a few architectural designs over the years, so I undertook a piece of research to find the best possible lighting solution for the church. The main brief from the church was ‘We need to be able to see’. My main concern was the high colour temperature of the metal halide lighting, and the lack of depth and character of the architectural features this caused. The one piece of research I didn’t need to worry about was the lighting manufacturer, I had used Collingwood products previously and knew this was lighting made to last, and that their expertise would provide me with the information I needed to put a proposal together.

My first proposal was presented to the church committee a year prior to installation, we gathered on a cold winter’s evening in the church and I presented my design, along with an idea of costings. After several months it became apparent that the Synod would need to be involved in these decisions because the church was subject to a grade II listing and we had to be very careful about how we applied new lighting to the fabric of the church, most importantly no cables should be on view.

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Collingwood FL200 LED Floodlight

A trial of the scheme was requested by the Synod architect, this involved purchasing two FL200 floods, attaching them to a fly lead and taking them up to 15ft above the pews to view the resulting light. But first I had to find a supplier, I looked at many companies but G&R Electrical/Direct Trade Supplies had very good reviews and this lead me to contacting them. The efficiency of the staff was exactly what I needed, quick replies to emails, friendly, knowledgeable and personable, I could work with this. The trial units arrived in 2 days and was ready to fix up for demonstration purposes.

I had chosen a warm colour temperature for the pews to bring out the natural wood and create a warm glow over the pews. The scheme worked and the architect liked the effect. Being a point-source, we decided to backlight the pews and tested this with a hymn book, there were no shadows and the light was a powerful source, even at 15ft from the floor. The beam angle allowed me to overlap the light to result in a smooth wash.

The scheme got the thumbs up and I arranged a meeting with my electrician, Chris Tomlins of Inglewood Power, we came up with a plan for the install and created a lighting plan. I really wanted the lighting to highlight the architecture of the church, create a welcoming warmth and concentrate the eyes of the congregation on the altar and pulpit areas. I achieved this by dividing the church in to 2 distinct areas, treating them much like a theatre space, the body and the altar. The body of the church is lit in a warm white at 3000K and the altar and pulpit using the same lanterns but at 4000K, this created a distinct difference between the 2 areas. The FL200 is so small and powerful that it was easy to hide them in the rafters, being a dimmable unit this allowed me to install a dimming system to make adjustments to the intensity.

The side aisles had been lit with a mixture of 1000w floods and sodium floods, these were replaced with Collingwood LEDLINE wash-light bars at 3000K, a 45 degree unit that allowed me to focus the light exactly where I wanted it. I was surprised at how small these units are, I’m not sure I had carried out enough research of this unit and was a bit nervous when I saw them. But once installed, the light quality was just what was needed, bright enough for the cover but so slim and small that they hid away nicely.

Collingwood LED Line

Collingwood LED Line

Then I applied a theatre trick, I lit the organ pipes, either side of the altar using a Collingwood UL030 High Output Universal Unit with a blue LED source, this was located about 12 ft away from the pipes, the effect brought in the sides of the church and drew the eyes away from the deep transept. The eyes are drawn towards the centre of the altar and the space becomes more personal and intimate, a difficult task for such a large space.

Collingwood UK030 Blue

Collingwood UL030 Blue

The side walls of the naïve have embedded pillars on them, these were lit with by placing a small LED spot at 4000k with a beam angle of 9 degree. This helped to bring down the ceiling height by creating a canopy effect above the pews. This worked particularly well and helped to highlight the architecture.

The work took around 5 weeks, I was particularly insistent that no cables showed in the public area and Chris did an amazing job, having to use a special drill bit to get through the deep walls, some of which were filled with a hard engineering brick.

The result of the attention to detail, diligence and professionalism of the electrical contractor made my work as designer so much easier as he was able to make decisions in my absence with an excellent understanding of what I had in my vision. There is something to be said for working with the same electrician for more than 10 years!

Chris installed 2 dimmer units set up as master and slave, this is controlled by a touch button pre-set system that allows me to control the intensities in different areas and to create an auditorium house lights system for the operatic performances.

The outside steps were lit by embedding Collingwood WL341 Asymmetric Step Light, this kept the light on the steps and not in the faces of the folk using them. Chris connected them to an LDR sensor and time switch arrangement so they automatically switch on at dusk but don’t run all night

The congregation’s reaction to the finished work was a mixture of delight and not-so-sure about the blue on the organ pipes. We have gone from bright, cold, industrial light with no empathy for the architecture to a warm glow with control over the beam, texture and intensity. That will take a bit of time to get used to.

The entire project has been a huge success in my eyes, but only due to the flexibility, adaptability and professional of the entire team from the manufacturer and supplier to the electrician and his team of riggers. Thank you to them all.

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Nigel Lewis

Lighting Designer

LX Designs Limited

E: Nigel@lxdl.co.uk

New Ikon Pro Outdoor Decking Kits by Saxby

When it comes to outdoor garden lighting, Saxby & Endon really have it down to a T! Offering a wide array of garden spotlights, decking kits and spike lights, they encompass everything you need within one range to ensure your gardens are ready for the summer. Our weather is finally warming up (and about time too!) and we all want our gardens to be looking on top form for those summer barbecues don’t we? Well then, the brand new Ikon Pro range of decking kits are definitely what you need to be looking at. Offered in three different colours and sizes, the decking kits are suited to all homes whether it be a modern and minimalistic style you’re after or bright and colourful, these lighting kits are sure to perform.

Outdoor Garden Lighting Kit

Blue Ikon Pro Kit

New Technology for Ikon Pro Kits by Saxby & Endon

Featuring a brand new design making sure outdoor garden lighting is made easy, the Saxby Ikon Pro decking kit has been seriously thought out to ensure adding a splash of colour to your homes is simple. Each decking kit consists of 10 x 0.75W LED fittings, 15W driver, 5 metre extension cable, 2 x 5 way looms and a 3 pin plug. With everything you need within one kit, the Ikon decking lights offer serious value for money and of course an unmissable light output perfect for all gardens. With users in mind, these brilliant kits now feature new ‘Frensel’ lenses which improve lumen output and diffuse the light evenly. The decking lights have also been designed to be fitted from the elements, until the decking is complete, allowing users to easily connect the lights and complete all finishing touches quickly and efficiently!

Outdoor Garden Lighting Kit

RGB Ikon Pro Kit

Affordable and Stylish Outdoor Garden Lighting

Not all outdoor garden lighting consists of ground and decking lights, there is much more to add colour to your homes. Want to light flower beds, trees or even jacuzzi’s and pools? Look no further than the Saxby range. LED lighting has certainly swept the market in 2016 and is taking it by storm, to add colour to lawns and flower beds we recommend the brand new Luminatra Spike Light. If you’re looking to light paths are driveways, take a look at the Saxby bollards range where we are confident you’ll find a stylish and affordable lighting solution for all homes.

A Guide To Bathroom Lighting Installations

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Everybody wants a sleek water closet but selecting bathroom lighting is not all about the looks. There’s some very important factors that you need to consider whilst buying lights for your bathroom, and in this post we’ll cover all the essentials. To make sure you have a squeaky clean experience installing bathroom lights – please take note of the below! (more…)

Five Simple Steps: How To Reduce Energy Bills

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All of us would like to reduce energy bills but putting that into action is another thing. Taking time out of our busy schedules to tweak existing routines and systems can be hard, what’s more, understanding and then deciding what changes to actually make can be even harder. Being an electrical wholesaler we thought we’d help you in your mission to deduct your monthly bills, offering you some fast solutions which are more than achievable with our current stock.

Energy Monitor

Reduce Energy Bills With Energy MonitorBefore you make any changes you might want to view how much existing energy you are using. This can be achieved by installing a home energy monitor, which can give you live readings of how much electricity your home is producing. Having an energy monitor in the home can be the antagonist for change, acting as the wake up call you need to reduce energy bills.
The LightwaveRF Energy Monitor is a state-of-the-art model which relies upon a smart phone app to convey it’s readings. Once it’s hooked up to your LightwaveRF Wifi Link, you’ll be able to monitor the exact amount of energy being used. Its advanced real-time energy consumption reader could be just what you need to keep tabs on your energy output. (more…)

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