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Portsmouth City Council has chosen to invest in a lighting control system from Ex-Or for its head quarters. Bottom: Hamilton’s scene setting Digital Mercury lighting control system on a Linea Rondo plate with infrared remote control.


anything. An additional feature that has been appreciated is that the system has been programmed with a variety of sequences for holidays or when the owner is away.’


At a house in south-west London, custom installation company Kensington Home Technology (KHT) was asked to provide a good quality surround sound/ TV set up in the family room; a home cinema in the basement and control of lighting. The Lutron Homeworks was used for lighting (and a small amount of blind control) for the cinema room, family room, reception room, master bedroom and hallway and landings. For control, KHT specified Crestron TPMC-10 tablets in the cinema and family room with ML600s in the reception room and master bedroom. In the hallway they installed a TPS-2000 wall plate. As a dimmer and lighting controls manufacturer, Hamilton needs to keep up to date with the trends in lamp usage, which is directly affected by Part L. Julian Churchill, head of lighting controls at Hamilton Litestat, says: ‘The amendments proposed this year seek to improve the carbon emissions of new builds by 25 per cent compared to the previous 2006 regulations. Even before the amendments come into effect, we’re already seeing more and more new builds increase their low energy lighting ratio because research shows that moving from 30 per cent low energy fittings to 100 per cent reduces the carbon emission rate by around seven per cent, which is a significant figure. We anticipate that with higher targets to meet, low energy lamps will


be key for many developers looking to cut carbon emissions, and for many home and business owners looking to


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save money.’


The challenge for Hamilton Litestat is to ensure its lighting control systems are compatible with the latest lamp technology. ‘The current trend at the moment is for LEDs, and we’re increasingly getting asked whether it’s possible to dim and control them. The answer in terms of our own Digital Mercury lighting control system is yes, as long as the correct drivers are used, but we are keeping a keen eye on


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