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Q&A - Mr Resistor


We talk to Marcus Steffen, Lighting Designer at Mr Resistor……….


1. What is the inspiration behind Mr Resistor?


Mr Resistor has been selling lighting for over 40 years, and has seen all the changes and developments that have come about in the lighting industry.


It was started as a company that has knowledge about the behaviour of light and how to use this within a space, especially within residential properties. At the company we have a saying, "we sell light, not light fittings". When choosing any products the first question is "is it a good light source?" This drives everything in the company, from the development of new LED lamps to designing new lighting controls. Will the client be able to have a good light source and will the controls allow it to be used correctly? This is the key to finding the right product for a client. At the moment we are still inspired by the low voltage halogen lamp and this is driving our development of new LED lamps, trying to replicate this classic light source.


2. What has been your biggest challenge to date and how did you overcome it? The development of the Wise Controls range has probably been our biggest undertaking. It started with an outdoor, 4 channel switching box that is wirelessly controlled and has developed into an entire range of products, including retro fit dimmer switches and synchronised RGB


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control packs. The key from the start has been to make the system as simple as possible to set up, so that it is accessible to anyone, rather than requiring a qualified programmer. This has meant that a lot of time and effort has been put into how to program the system, the tactile finish of the switches and even how an electrician will connect the cables. We are now moving into simple commercial controls,


incorporating photocell dimming with the new mouse product and occupancy detection with PIR sensors.


3. You had some innovative and interesting products at the recent ARC show- did you enjoy the show and what products were visitors interested in the most? The show was excellent. The combination of 4 design shows into one brought many people into contact with lighting who would not normally be exposed to this area. I feel that we managed to reach a lot of people and show them the possibilities of what lighting can do.


The Diva2 Dual and High Output LED strips from Feelux were a big success, but the hit was the Wise Controls range. The simple but flexible system offered with the range really hit a nerve with people who have become jaded with all


the different controls available. Another popular product range were our LED extrusions for mounting LED strips. The flexible LED strip is now one of the greatest tools that designers and architects have, but too often there is no care taken over how it is installed. The LED extrusions offer a range of readymade housings that are easy to install and act as both heat sinks and protection for the LED strips.


4. What can we expect in the future from Mr Resistor? At the moment we are exploring LED lamps and have some very exciting products for the second half of this year. I can't reveal much but I will say that it will not just be an incremental increase in brightness, but rather an entire rethinking of how a retrofit LED lamp should be designed.


As always we will continue in the pursuit of better light sources and developing new light fittings that control light in interesting ways.


Contact


Mr Resistor T: +44 (0)20 8874 2234 W: www.mr-resistor.co.uk


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