Lighting Art and Spotlights

Jan 17, 2022 | Uncategorized

Our Lighting Range has been designed for interior and exterior lighting tools for Residential, Historical and Commercial applications, they have been designed from over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and designing lighting products and layouts, including controls.  We have a simple formula, offering different attributes and variations, we have 1W, 2W, 3W and 6W modules for residential, and up to 40W for commercial.

With our module approach, we use high powered chips from the same manufacturing bin, making colour matching more consistent.

All our modules are designed to run at either 350mA; a shorter heatsink module with an output of 1W & 3W or 600mA; or the larger heatsink module with an output of 2W & 6W.

A 1W module gives out about 100 lumens at 350mA, running it harder at 600mA doesn’t double the light output due to the extra heat which is generated (Inefficiency). 2W running at 600mA only gives 60% more light output of around 160 lumens, from this you can easily calculate the amount of light you need depending on whether it’s for Task, Effect, Accent or General lighting.

You also need to understand how much light you need at different times of darkness or increasing light levels for tasks/accent during the day in dark areas, with little natural light, you can’t beat natural light!  By using a combination of downlighting, uplighting, horizontal lighting, spotlighting, linear lighting, wall lights, and pendant lighting, you can layer light, changing the effect for different times of the day, as nature does.

Some key advice on Spotlights; why do we need them and what are they good for?

You need to understand how much light you need for illuminating a subject, spotlights are great for lighting art, pictures and sculptures, much better than downlights as you can get further away from the subject and focus the light. Downlight like picture lights, light down the face of the art catching the frame and not lighting the art well. We, therefore, have developed some great tools for achieving Accent and Task lighting.

Sasin interior – at 9w and 14w for residential and 20W for retail and historical, they have an interesting look too. Ideal for apexed ceilings where you can’t use downlights, drivers can be located in the ceiling cup depending on the dimming you require.

Salistor interior – 2w and 6W, you really need to have the confidence to use the 2W, whole kitchens have been lit with these tiny and discreet little fittings.

The Scantor – for commercial spaces, has been used frequently in some of our beautiful church, museum and retail lighting schemes at 20W, 30W and 40W they pack a punch and have multiple accessories for controlling the beam and glare.

Wanotoobee Exterior Spotlight – 3W, Ideal for lighting trees and other features.

We are currently working on a range of new spots to go with our Faltu range, available in many finishes, with accessories, in wattages of 1W, 2W, 3W and 6W!  We are also designing a huge range of Track, Surface and recessed spotlights, these will be available in DALI so every fitting can be controlled and dimmed individually.  Our track runs at 48 volts and 230 volts, the layouts are tailor-made to the individual requirements. Some of the new track profiles are very small and therefore give you ultimate flexibility to alter the lighting as needs change. We have different profiles where we can uplight and downlight from one section of track. Many fittings can be added to a length of track including spotlights, tape and even pendants!

A Spotlight is a lighting tool, designed to light a specific task or accent light a buildings architectural features, or a piece of art. It is important to light objects from further away, taking into consideration where they are going to be viewed from, you don’t want to get in the way of the light while you are viewing the art!

So how do we work out how to light an object? How much light to use (Lumens), watts of power, what current does the LED fitting run at (mA), colour temperature of the light (Kelvin), quality of the light (CRI) the beam angle of light, the distance from the product? I always start with how much light you want on the object (Lux)? Where can the light be mounted? What is the beam angle required to light it? You may even need 2 lights or to use specialist reflectors and lenses.

So after going through all the theories, what if they don’t like it? Lighting is very subjective, I try and give people an insight into the decision-making process, often with a demo, explaining the array of elements involved in carefully planning a well thought out lighting scheme.  At Lightmaster we have options for lighting most things, and if we don’t make it, we know someone who does. We buy from all over the world, so please consider lead times, the sooner we can get involved in the design the better.

We are currently developing a new suite of Lighting Tools which will be made in Birmingham. This will give us the ultimate in flexibility, as they will be available in any colour, using our flagship LED Marfak and Marfik modules. In 2022 we will be launching over 50 new lines of fittings, using a multitude of different mediums such as Teak, Oak, Steel and brass.

2022 should be a good year, putting Covid-19 behind us and getting on with life.

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