Illuminati Lighting – High Quality Italian Design Ceiling Suspension Lights

Illuminati Lighting, a high quality Italian design lights, is an extremely solid company offering a broad range of high-quality lighting products with an excellent aesthetics, great functionality, and unique design.

We were impressed with the design of their ceiling light fittings especially, and we have brought some of them into our showroom and we put them online for our visitors and customers to admire (and purchase).

Illuminati Lighting places a great emphasis on design, contributing to the creation of a new vision of the world of lighting, with a strong commitment to providing high quality designer lights. Enjoy some of the great Illuminati Lighting Italian design lights below, many of whom can be purchased via our website.

Illuminati Milano Ceiling Pendant in Crystal and Chrome (55cm diameter)
(our code: ILX180)Illuminati Milano Ceiling Pendant in Crystal and Chrome (55cm diameter) (our code: ILX180)
Illuminati Terrene “Golden Egg” 5 lamp Bar LED Ceiling Pendant in Gold
(our code: ILX159)Illuminati Terrene "Golden Egg" 5 lamp Bar LED Ceiling Pendant in Gold (our code: ILX159)
Illuminati Terrene “Golden Egg” 3 lamp Spiral Ceiling LED Pendant in Gold
(our code: ILX155)Illuminati Terrene "Golden Egg" 3 lamp Spiral Ceiling LED Pendant in Gold (our code: ILX155)
Illuminati Terrene 7 lamp “Golden Egg” LED Spiral Ceiling Pendant in Gold
(our code: ILX163)Illuminati Terrene 7 lamp "Golden Egg" LED Spiral Ceiling Pendant in Gold (our code: ILX163)
Illuminati Diamond 3 LED Light Pendant Bar in Chrome and Crystal (our code: ILX125)Illuminati Diamond 3 LED Light Pendant Bar in Chrome and Crystal (our code: ILX125)
Illuminati Star Chrome with Crystal Pendant Light (35cm Diameter) (our code: ILX226)Illuminati Star Chrome with Crystal Pendant Light (35cm Diameter) (our code: ILX226)
Illuminati Halo LED Round Pendant in Chrome with K9 Crystals and Diffuser (46cm)
(our code: ILX100)Illuminati Halo LED Round Pendant in Chrome with K9 Crystals and Diffuser (46cm diameter) (our code: ILX100)
Illuminati Terrene 1 lamp “Golden Egg” LED Pendant in Gold “Champagne Bubble Glass”
(our code: ILX153)Illuminati Terrene 1 lamp "Golden Egg" LED Pendant in Gold "Champagne Bubble Glass" (our code: ILX153)
Illuminati Diamond 1 Light LED Pendant in Chrome with Clear and Crystal Glass
(our code: ILX124)Illuminati Diamond 1 Light LED Pendant in Chrome with Clear and Crystal Glass (our code: ILX124)
Illuminati Diamond 3 Light Bar LED Pendant in Chrome with Clear and Crystal Glass
(our code: ILX125)Illuminati Diamond 3 Light Bar LED Pendant in Chrome with Clear and Crystal Glass (our code: ILX125)
Illuminati Olivio Pendant Light Crystal with Chrome (30cm Diameter) (our code: ILX203) Illuminati Olivio Pendant Light Crystal with Chrome (30cm Diameter) (our code: ILX203)

You can order these via SparksDirect.co.uk – see the Pendants and Chandeliers section under Lights.

SparksDirect.co.uk is the 2015 Best Electrical Wholesaler Website in the UK!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - Winner!Yesterday the 2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards took place at the Millennium Hotel in Gloucester Road, Central London, with a record attending of 300 people or so. We at Sparks were finalists in the category of Best Electrical Wholesaler Website (see our previous article on this), and even though the judges have already decided who is the no. 1 wholesaler website in the country since February 2015, we all had to wait until the ceremony on May 14th 2015 to hear it.

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - the venue

The main categories for the electrical wholesalers awards were:

  • Best Electrical Wholesaler: 10 and Under Branches in Group
  • Best Electrical Wholesaler: 11-25 Branches in Group
  • Best Electrical Wholesaler: 26+ Branches in Group
  • Best Individual Electrical Wholesaler Branch
  • Best Electrical Wholesaler Website
  • Branch Manager of the Year
  • Training Excellence Award

After the electrical wholesaler awards there was a 3-course meal and then the manufacturer awards, which were in the following categories:

  • Best New Product
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Best Supplier Customer Service
  • Best Supplier Website
  • Training Provider Award
  • Best Overall Supplier
  • Lifetime Contribution to the Electrical Wholesale Industry Award

SparksDirect.co.uk is the 2015 Best Electrical Wholesaler Website in the UK!

The location of the 2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards was central, and the venue was superb; while enjoying the sponsored drinks we got to talk to one of the judges, who did not even give us a hint on who would be the best electrical wholesaler website (sic!). We were looking for a shred of evidence of whether the judge even remembers “SparksDirect.co.uk” but…no clue!

We were pleasantly surprised, therefore, to hear that SparksDirect.co.uk was named this year’s Best Electrical Wholesaler website! The judges have spoken (and we checked with them afterwards – they were very pleasantly impressed with the website and especially with its mobile friendliness) – www.sparksdirect.co.uk is the 2015 best wholesaler website!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - www.sparksdirect.co.uk has won the 2015 Best Electrical Wholesaler Website award!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards – www.sparksdirect.co.uk has won the 2015 Best Electrical Wholesaler Website award!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - holding the Best Electrical Wholesaler Award, Nick and Stefan

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards – holding the Best Electrical Wholesaler Award, Nick and Stefan

We worked really hard on our website both on the design, back-end, functionality, pictures, and details, and we are happy to see our work rewarded publicly as we were acknowledged the Best EW website in the UK! Many thanks to Mike Gammon, the people at Datateam, and the panel of judges for organizing this great event and granting us this award.

Being against great websites such as the CDR electrical wholesalers, Gil-lec, Yesss, and the electrical counter was not easy, and we have to step up our hard work to maintain our no. 1 position.

Among the other winners we were happy to see our good friends at Ansell Lighting with their Orbio 360, Brackenheath Briticent (with their iSpot Driverless LED Floodlights), Carl Kammerling International (with their C.K. ArmourSlice SWA Cable Stripper), etc. Congratulations to ML Accessories for winning the best overall supplier (we definitely can confirm that!) and the best supplier customer service (agreed 100%).

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - the Electrical Industries Charity

The Electrical Industries Charity

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - congrats to the people at Marshall Tufflex!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards – congrats to the people at Marshall Tufflex!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - congrats to the people at ML Accessories (Knightsbridge)!

Congrats to the people at ML Accessories (Knightsbridge)!

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - congrats to the people at ML Accessories (Knightsbridge); picture with some of them

Selfie with two of the ML Accessories winners

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - the winner of the Lifetime contribution to the Electrical Wholesale Industry award

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards – the winner of the Lifetime contribution to the Electrical Wholesale Industry award

Sparks – Excellence both Online and Offline

We at Sparks do not only have a website that is the best in the country but we also have a great lighting showroom in Archway, North London, and we have been here for the past over 28 years serving the public with cables, connectors, lights, switches, sockets, heaters, fans, light bulbs, fluorescent fittings, and all kinds of electrical items.

We have a fully qualified and very knowledgeable staff ready to assist both the regular customers and the electricians, specifiers, architects, and all the people who need advice on our products. We have a physical store with a wide range of products, and we pride ourselves on great customer service – both online and offline.

There’s a great blend of online and over-the-counter help, service, and relations, and you can always count on a friendly face and expert advice whether you order online or visit our lighting showroom in North London.

2015 Electrical Wholesaler Awards - the best electrical wholesaler website award

Sparksdirect – The best electrical wholesaler website award

The 2015 best wholesaler website award our peers gave us last night is a proof of the excellence of our website, and we can guarantee the same excellence over the counter in our showroom as well. Visit us at www.sparksdirect.co.uk or in our showroom in 659-661 Holloway Road, London, N19 5SE.

Church Heating: Economic Heating Systems Developed Specifically for Churches

Church Heating: Economic Heating Systems Developed Specifically for ChurchesThe efficient and cost effective heating of churches presents a unique combination of considerations – both technical and aesthetic. A successful church heating system will be effective, economic and as unobtrusive as possible.

Typically, churches are tall buildings with a correspondingly large air volume to floor area ratio. They tend to be used intermittently and often have poor thermal properties. These factors mean that conventional space heating systems are rarely practical.

Churches are also special places and heating systems must be selected with this in mind. The people at BN Thermic have provided church heating systems for many years and over this time has developed two distinct approaches. Both are direct acting heating systems in that they heat people directly rather than building up and maintaining a body of warm air.

They are both silent and draught free. Where a church has fixed pews, we would always recommend the BN Thermic pew heaters (the BLC range).

Why use Pew Heaters for Church Heating?

Why use pew heaters in a church? The low level skirting convector heaters from BN Thermic are designed for installation directly under the seat of a conventional church pew, and we believe that this range is the best church heating system available. Here is why:

  • Direct acting: Direct acting BLC pew heaters provide comfort heat to a church’s congregation without the need to heat the church itself
  • Effective within minutes of switching on: the energy consumption is kept to a minimum as no significant pre-heating is required
  • Under pew mounting position and dark brown paint finish: These features ensure minimal visual impact
  • Silent and draught-free operation: Ensures that the heating system will not in any way detract from the congregation’s experience
  • Tough all-steel construction with metal sheathed, finned heating element: Many years of trouble free service
  • Automatically resetting over-temperature protection device covering the entire length of the heating element: The heater will automatically be switched off should the flow of air become obstructed at any point along the heater’s length
  • Choice of mounting methods: fix directly to the pew backboard; floor mount (with special brackets); suspend from the underside of the seat. Suitable for most types of pew and floor surfaces.

How Pew Heaters Work

Pew heaters are installed below the pew seat and provide gentle heat to the pew’s occupants. Once energised the metal sheathed heating element will quickly reach its optimum temperature causing warm air to rise from the aperture above the central baffle plate. At the same time cooler air will be pulled into the heater through the aperture below the central baffle plate completing the convection cycle.

The BN Thermic BLC pew heaters represent the best church heating solution because they are 100% effective within minutes of being switched on. Pew heaters are visually unobtrusive, operate silently and without the draughts and light output associated with other church heating technologies.

How to Select Pew Heaters

BN Thermic BLC pew heaters are designed to provide direct heating to pew occupants. The greater the percentage of the pew length that is heated, the more effective the system will be. BLC pew heaters are generally mounted to the pew’s back board immediately below the seat.

Where a backboard is not available, the heaters can be floor mounted using BLC-FB floor brackets or fixed to the underside of the pew seat using BLC-HB suspension brackets. When required, BLC pew heaters can be protected by fitting the appropriate guard.

For example, when the space between seat supports is 650mm – 750mm you can use the BLC300, for 751mm – 1000mm use BLC500, and for 1001mm – 1500mm use BLC750. Of course, when the space between seat supports exceeds 1500mm, a multiple of heaters can (and should) be used.

Church heating: the BN Thermic pew heater range

How to Control Pew Heaters

BN Thermic BLC pew heaters are generally used to provide direct heating for people sitting in a pew rather than heating the air around them. For this reason thermostatic control is not usually required. Control is usually manual. The system should be energised approximately 15 minutes before the start of a service to allow sufficient time for the heaters to reach their optimum working temperature. At the end of the service the heaters can be switched off. If preferred, this operation can be performed by a programmable timer.

Because these pew heaters are direct acting, there is no need for unoccupied pews to be heated. It is therefore common practice for a simple switch to be fitted to each pew allowing individual pews to be isolated.

Read more about the church heating solutions and the BN Thermic pew heaters via Sparks, where you can find more about the features and benefits, dimensions, and installation instructions. The above article is inspired from BN Thermic’s presentation of the BLC range of pew heaters. More pictures of the application of such pew heaters below.

Church heating: BN Thermic pew heater installed in a church

Church heating: BN Thermic pew heater installed in a church (St Mary's church, Northiam)

Church heating: BN Thermic pew heater installed in a church

Church heating: BN Thermic pew heater installed in a church in Alfrick, Worcestershire.

Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) for Lighting, Ventilation, and Heating

The PIR – Passive Infrared Sensor – is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light radiating from objects in its field of view and then trigger a certain action in a device or light fitting. They are most often used in PIR-based motion detectors, and they work in conjunction with lights, heating, ventilation, etc.

Their main purpose is detecting the presence (or absence) of a human being (or a pet) in a certain area, and then switching ON or OFF the light, the fan, or the heat. The PIRs are of different kinds depending on the lighting loads, location (indoor or outdoor, wall or ceiling), IP rating, usage, etc. Some PIRs are integrated with the fitting: some light fittings come complete with a PIR sensor, and some fans have a PIR integrated for presence or motion detection.

On our website at www.sparksdirect.co.uk we have quite a large range of PIR sensors – the standalone units – to help you save energy and make sure you don’t waste money just because you forgot to turn the light or the fan off.

Ceiling or Wall PIR Detectors from CP Electronics

Ceiling or Wall PIR Detectors from CP Electronics

CP Electronics has quite a wide range of PIRs. One of them is the batten mount PIR, a miniature PIR that has been specifically engineered for mounting directly onto a batten style luminaire (see EBMPIR-MB), while another one is a retrofit PIR that allows previously uncontrolled lighting sources to benefit from presence detection and lux level (see EBMINT); these are both ceiling mounted PIRs.

For ceiling flush mounting CP Electronics has the GEFL PIR movement sensor that provides automatic control of lighting, heating, or ventilation loads, having a low profile and being almost un-noticeable on the ceiling.

If you prefer a wall-mounted PIR, the PDS-PRM no neutral wall mounted presence detector combines the PIR presence detection with a time delay function – it ideally replaces a wall switch so that, when the presence of a person is detected, the light turns on automatically.

PIR Occupancy Switches from Danlers

PIR Occupancy Switches from DanlersThe Danlers range of passive PIR infra-red occupancy switches is designed for the automatic control of lighting, heating, ventilation or air conditioning loads. How it works: the PIR switch will switch on the connected load automatically when an area is occupied, and then switch it off automatically when the area has been vacant for a chosen duration.

This has the benefits of reduced energy bills and automatic control. When being used to control lighting, the built-in photocell can be used to keep the lights off on bright days.

Among the most popular ceiling flush PIRs from Danlers are the CEFL PIR (ideal for false or plasterboard ceilings) and the CEFL Sealed version (ideal for bathrooms and damp areas, sealed bathroom version). They also provide a wide range of batten mounted PIRs with the new “intelligent” photocell and a range of 5-10m detection; they are cost-effective solutions.

Furthermore, they have some ceiling directional PIRs (which can be rotated and lowered, ideal for corridors and aisles), wall PIR detectors, and even some PIR occupancy switch modules (ideal for building into luminaires and for wall/ceiling mounting).

Other PIRs: mini PIR, Outdoor PIRs, and Integrated PIRs

Besides these two main British Manufacturers of PIR detectors and sensors there are many others, such as the outdoor BB2002 black outdoor wall-mounted PIR (up to 2000W, covers approx. 10m range, can be manually operated) and the BB3027 (2000W black PIR for corner-mounting outdoor, 270 degrees, 10m coverage).

For indoor lighting control and with a £1 size is the BEG Luxomat PD9 – circular detection area, ceiling mounted or directly built-in lamps, or the ceiling mounted PD3FC circular mini occupancy detector which can be remotely controlled. For small spaces such as wardrobe lighting you can always use the LEDPC in-line photocell for LED striplights or the PIRSENSO mini PIR motion sensor for switching ON/OFF the lights up to 250W (10 sec – 3 mins PIR cupboard switch).

The choice is yours: where and for what do you need a presence detector? Is it for indoor or outdoor? Is it for LED lamps, fluorescent fittings, or regular halogen or incandescent lamps? Take a look at the PIR solutions we at Sparks can offer you, and let us know if you need more information!

Vintage Lamps for Stylish Lighting vs using Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Vintage Lamps for Stylish Lighting vs using Energy Saving Light BulbsWe were reading the LuxReview article on, “I love candles as much as the next guy, but…” in which the writer was slamming the vintage lamps – as much as he loves vintage things, wasting energy is not a reason to do so.

And you know what, he seems to be right: why waste so much energy, using kWs instead of Ws of electricity, when you can use the LED lamps or other energy saving lamps?

When looking at this one needs to consider a few criterias, such as, How does this light bulb look like? What is the lighting atmosphere and design this lamp creates? What is the energy consumption? What is the lamp life? And, above all, How does this fitting looks like when it’s on and it uses this vintage light bulb?

Let’s explore this a bit further and see what is the solution…

The Return of Vintage Lamps and Vintage Light Bulbs

Nobody knows for sure why but the vintage light bulbs and the vintage light fittings are back in fashion. Just as some people prefer the newer and brighter LED lamps, so there are some who prefer to have a vintage light fitting or they change the light bulb to a vintage one.

Admittedly, the vintage light bulb is not as bright as the cool white or warm white LED light, but it looks so much cooler! So if you’re in a restaurant, a pub, a more traditional eating place, etc, the best way to shed some light around the tables and couches is really to use these vintage lamps.

Some of them may come as a squirrel cage light bulb, others come with a single coil filament or with a twisted filament – all giving some vintage yet cool light. With a wattage between 40W and 100W (if you can still find the 100W), these vintage light bulbs also come in all the popular lamp caps such as GLS ES/E27 (Edison screw) and BC/B22 (bayonet cap).

And if you like pendant lights or outdoor wall / ceiling lights with a vintage light bulb, you can easily change it. Of course, some vintage pendant lights cost more than the regular ones, but the atmosphere it creates is just amazing.

Vintage Lamps vs Using Energy Saving Lamps

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So which is better: using energy saving lamps (such as the LEDs) or using the vintage light bulbs and lamps? It all depends on what you need, what you can afford, and what you want to achieve.

For example, if you are cost conscious, you definitely need to invest into the LED lamps: they insure you have a long life lamp, a bright light beam, and helps you save energy.

But if you care more for the light style, the lighting design, and you want to create a certain atmosphere, you could consider the 40W or 60W twisted filament or squirrel cage light bulbs – the vintage style lamps – or you can check out the Vintage Ceiling Lights and the Outdoor Vintage Wall or Ceiling Lights.

Admittedly, they may “waste energy”, but if you care more for the atmosphere and lighting effect, go for it. We’re looking forward to the time when the vintage lamps are also energy saving, but until then we need to work with and use what we have.

Not all of us are tree-huggers or “save the planet” fans – even though we very much consider the environment and seek not to waste energy and time – and especially the commercial, hospitality, and retail companies and properties look really good with these vintage lamps!

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