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Recent legislative changes are making a large difference to the modern lighting design of hotels, particularly at the top end of the market. The European-wide banning of incandescent tungsten lamps continues, with all wattages to be phased out by 2012. This is only two years away. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all in favour of sustainability and welcome the legislative approach, as it seems to be the only way to ensure compliance. But not enough is being done to provide replacement solutions. Although a simple replacement of compact fluorescent is available for many fixtures, for others this solution is unacceptable. Ornate chandeliers do not sparkle with compact fluorescent lamps, and ideally only those with small shades can really be fitted with this solution. Additionally, lighting on centralised dimming systems will not work with this type of lamp. Self-ballasted compact fluorescents are not leading edge dimmable.


The decorative lighting industry’s Decorative


response to this problem is sadly deficient. They seem to think that supplying a crystal chandelier with large compact fluorescent lamps is OK. It is not. Or we try to use mains voltage halogen lamps, only to be told that we cannot as the shades will catch fire. Recent advances in LED technology are to be welcomed, but we have yet to see a GLS lookalike that gives acceptable colour rendering or temperature. We can be very picky when it comes to basic factors like colour temperature, and rightly so. So where does this leave us? We are rapidly approaching the situation where there are no decorative lights that we can use in a large (hotel) project. Manufacturers need to realise this, and start offering remote DSI ballast options and 4-pin CFLs in all their lighting. If they do not, we won’t be specifying anymore of it. We will use concealed lighting instead - making the architects happy at least; they always want hidden lighting. Or we find dimmable solutions (drum pendants with retrofitted ballast for example). But why should I have to bodge and cover like this? Why can’t someone start making dimmable table lamps? Is this too much to ask?


Contact


Elektra Lighting 020 7288 0155 www.elektralighting.co.uk


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Neil Knowles, director at Elektra Lighting, says there aren’t enough replacement light sources available for decorative lighting in hotels.


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