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LEDʼs


Does Saving Costs Cut Creativity?


LEDs are the perfect energy saving product, but does efficiency come at a design price?


In the age of greenhouse gases, global warming and monitoring our carbon footprint, it’s no wonder the highly efficient LED lamp is seen by some as a hero of modern lighting. Lighting makes up an astonishing amount of greenhouse gases emitted, but as recently as last year the option to go LED meant a potential compromise on lighting quality. Therefore, stamping out the problem may have meant compromising on lighting design. As LEDs are becoming the go-to product for energy efficiency, has the product improved sufficiently enough to integrate into the more daring of design concepts? Recent improvements suggest many are


ready to embrace LEDs. Harvard, a leading player in the LED and wireless street lighting industries, has extended its range of dimmable LED drivers. The company’s


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CoolLED DALI and 1-10V analogue drivers are now also available in 1.2A and 1.4A versions. The drivers deliver dimming capabilities across a wide range of output currents, meaning users can maximise their energy savings and create different levels of lighting by smoothly dimming LEDs at specific times. The drivers allow customers to use digital programming to set different lighting and ambient levels for displays, thereby maximising their investment. The 1-10V analogue drivers can be simply programmed with a fixed or variable resistor and deliver high efficiency as well as high power factor. Harvard’s DALI drivers are being installed in a wide variety of buildings across the UK and Europe including retail outlets, car showrooms and hotels. For the second consecutive year, Southampton based PhotonStar


Technology Ltd., part of PhotonStar LED Group plc, have been recognised amongst global competition for “Light Source Product of the Year”.


The SmartWhite SLLE is one of PhotonStar’s new range of general lighting modules, which were recently launched at EuroLED’s 2011. SmartWhite SLLE is an intelligent, biodynamic LED module with unified footprint and mechanical assembly, tuneable between 3000K and 6500K, and combines high efficiency (>65lm/W) with high colour quality (Ra>90). Embedded intelligence with ColourLoc, CRILoc, ThermaLoc and LumenLoc patented technology provide consistent performance over life.


Compatible with DMX, Dali or analogue


protocols, and connection to other remote controls such as timers or presence


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