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has made a major investment in refitting the Aurora Lighting Experience (or ALEX as it is known) at their Apex Park facility in Welwyn Garden City. ALEX 2.0 provides opportunities for conferencing, education, product testing and demonstration. The refurbished Aurora facilities now include a LightBox conference suite with capacity for over 100 people that is available for customer use. The connected LightLab features an Integrating Sphere, a piece of sophisticated product testing equipment, together with interactive displays. LightBox gives visitors an environment where they can experience the difference between halogen, CFL, and LED light sources as well as colour temperature. It is available for client use and equipped with the latest visual aids. Wall mounted 63” LCDs display product and range information together with energy audits from Aurora’s soon to be released iPhone/iPad App. The experience is complemented by a 4m x 2.5m projection screen with application shots of actual lighting schemes relating specifically to the lighting displayed in the LightBox. The Labsphere technology eliminates errors found when using traditional photometers fitted with filters designed for use with halogen and fluorescent light sources. Neil Salt, Aurora’s marketing and IT


director, said: ‘Aurora’s significant investment in the Integrating Sphere means that lighting projects can now be designed


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with complete confidence using reliable lighting data. The reliability issue is crucial at a time when so much market misunderstanding surrounds LED technology.”


So, companies are upping the LED anti by


creating fittings that can perform to the standards needed for innovative design, but without the proof that LEDs can perform, the argument remains unbalanced. However, a number of companies have been providing the proof, retro fitting LEDs to existing designs, and achieving the same wow factor at minimal wattage. One such company is Leicester based LED Solutions, who have been involved in some high profile re-fits. One such refit was the Concert Hall and


Terrace at Bath’s Roman Baths. These areas were originally fitted with Cold Cathodes, and to save maintenance and energy costs, LED Solutions stepped in. Because of the difficulty of maintenance with the cold cathodes, the Concert Hall could not be lit to full effect, but LED Solutions has a range with the ability to be allocated over 500 meters away from its power source and with a 7 year warranty, which gave the Roman Baths areas of light displaying some of Bath’s most elaborate architectural designs.


The middle section of the Concert Hall was retro fitted with an extruded box section LED product and a 45 degree angled lens, allowing light to emit over and


The Aurora Lighting Experience (above) provides opportunity to test and demonstrate the latest LED technology, and now includes the new LightBox conference suite.


The Light Projects Group have updated a number of their most popular products to LED technology, including the LEDStar 3 (above)


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