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Advertorial Lighting the Way Forward

A1 Lighting talks to Helvar about its 90 years in the lighting industry and how it plans to shine on into the New Year.

The lighting sector is experiencing a period of unprecedented technological change. A raft of new technologies and suppliers has made this an exciting time for everyone in the industry. This new era has bought challenges for lighting designers and luminaire manufacturers, especially those wondering how best to exploit the opportunities offered. The potential seems to be great but with so many new players on the market, which way to turn? For many it can be an issue of trust. There are many vested interests tied up in much of the advice on offer that an independent view is particularly hard to find. However, with a 90 year history, all as an independent, Helvar is an ideal partner for anyone looking to grow their business and make the most of the opportunities opening up for companies in the lighting market. Headquartered in Finland, Helvar has a proven track record in lighting control systems and a comprehensive component offering stretching from electronic ballasts through to cutting-edge LED control gear. The synergy between the two sides of the business; systems and components, gives Helvar a unique perspective and considerable skill-set that partners can draw on. The UK business has recently undergone a resurgence and the company has recently

appointed Paul Wilmshurst as Managing Director while also strengthening its UK Components team with Adrian Spicer joining as new UK Sales Manager for the Division. The new look team is committed to developing partnerships with lighting specifiers and luminaire manufacturers that are firmly built on mutual trust and expertise: “Good partnerships are important at this

evolutionary time in the lighting market,” says Paul Wilmshurst. “Many in the industry have been taken aback by the pace of technological change in the market and are feeling overwhelmed. As an independent manufacturer of lighting components and systems, we are in a great position to offer advice and guidance for the perplexed. On top of that independent perspective, we also have a range of new products that offer best-in-class, energy-saving performance, while maintaining our traditional strengths of build quality and reliability. It’s a great combination that has served us well for 90 years and will be much in demand over the coming months and years.” A flagship in the new range of products is Helvar’s series of LED Drivers. Launched last year to much acclaim, the series sets the standard for LED control gear. Due to demand Helvar is expanding the range of options so that by the end of 2011 there will

be a series of four variants available: 6w, 20w, 30x and 50-60w – all constant current. All versions provide power with high efficiency to the LED light source and are designed to meet the stringent demands for indoor LED applications. Helvar has recently launched an array of

innovative products including its latest control solution, the uSee Hub. uSee Hub, a new software package with innovative new features for lighting system management. The system uses graphical layouts that display real-time energy use and light level settings for simple and intuitive lighting system management. The ongoing developments in the lighting market, coupled with Helvar’s enthusiastic new key members, all point to a bright future for the 90 year old lighting company. Paul Wilmshurst, for one, is looking forward to taking the company forward into the new year; “The recent appointments at Helvar have come at the perfect time for us,” he says. “We’ve got some really ground-breaking products and the right team. I’m looking forward to building relationships with key figures in the lighting community and finding out about their business needs and how we can work together now and in the future.”


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