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the tungsten lamps, when really LED is a completely new light source for designers". LEDs should perhaps be considered as their own entity, rather than looking to them to be a direct replica of the traditional tungsten.


With the abilities of LEDs moving forward, energy saving solutions provider Aurora 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 iPhone


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


With the advancements and more daring uses of the technology, the humble LED is beginning to prove its worth as more than just the efficient option. Many companies are seeing the benefits of creating LED versions of their already popular fixtures, and a number of retrofit projects have taken place on practical and artistic lighting installations. LED is one of the most exciting technological advances to hit the lighting industry in recent years, and it is interesting to imagine where this technology can take us in the future.


The Aurora Lighting Experience provides opportunities for education and LED product testing and demonstration.


Contact


Philips T: +44 (0)845 601 1283 www.lighting.philips.co.uk


John Cullen Lighting T: +44 (0)20 7371 5400 www.johncullenlighting.com


Deltalight T: +44 (0)870 757 7087 www.deltalight.co.uk


Aurora T: +44 (0)870 444 1106 www.aurora.eu.com


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