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light levels or consistency of light that were being claimed by the manufacturers. The manufacturers have on the whole addressed this situation; they are now supplying a high quality product that delivers on light levels.” It does seem that, to an extent, the need to research the best possible products is essential to ensure that the required effects can be achieved. LEDs are often seen as the ideal option for energy saving, but as Gerrit-Willem Prins of LED Engin explains, this is not always correct; “Functional lighting is used so that people can safely find their way around a store. Fluorescent lamps are still the most cost-effective option for this task in most instances. Where LEDs really shine is in the flexibility they offer to affect consumer mood and behaviour.” Although LEDs do provide an energy saving option, in a retail environment it is only when a certain atmosphere is required that LEDs are most suitable, as Prins goes on to explain; “In a discount supermarket, LED’s may be entirely inappropriate. Consumers are looking for cheap products and expect those to be sold in environments akin to warehouses, with cold white fluorescent lighting to match.”


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The debate around LEDs is long running, with everyone in the industry offering a different opinion. The key to integrating the technology, as with all things, is about educating yourself on the right ways of using the products, and looking for the best possible quality in order to get the desired results.


Contact


Philips Lighting T: 0845 601 1283 W: www.lighting.philips.co.uk


John Cullen T: 020 7371 9000 W: www.johncullenlighting.co.uk


Ace Lamps T: 023 8086 6728 W: www.deslamps.co.uk


Deltalight T: 0870 7577087 W: www.deltalight.co.uk


LED Engin T: +31 6 1314 5858 W: www.ledengin.com


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Deltalight LEDs are used to great effect, creating a beautiful wall of light. Below, the John Cullen 1W Lucca uplightand LED Contour Strip create an atmospheric kitchen setting


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