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IP65 5ft 1563mm 29W Single LED Batten 4000K 3650lm Weatherpack Non-Corrosive for Indoor/Outdoor Applications

IP65 5ft 1563mm 29W Single LED Batten 4000K 3650lm Weatherpack Non-Corrosive for Indoor/Outdoor Applications

This is a mains voltage 230V IP65 rated 5ft 1563mm 29W single LED built in Non-Corrosive. It comes i..

Model: DPL5F

£52.66 Ex. VAT

IP65 5ft 1563mm 29W Single LED Batten 4000K c/w Emergency Weatherpack Non-Corrosive for Indoor/Outdoor Applications

IP65 5ft 1563mm 29W Single LED Batten 4000K c/w Emergency Weatherpack Non-Corrosive for Indoor/Outdoor Applications

This is a mains voltage 230V IP65 rated 5ft 1563mm 29W single LED built in Non-Corrosive complete wi..

Model: DPL5EM

£127.84 Ex. VAT

Gemini 4000K LED Linear Emergency Light 54W 1510mm White IP20 for Suspension or Surface, Ansell AGELED2X5/M3

Gemini 4000K LED Linear Emergency Light 54W 1510mm White IP20 for Suspension or Surface, Ansell AGELED2X5/M3

This is the Ansell Lighting AGELED2X5/M3 Gemini 4000K LED Linear Emergency Light 54W in White IP20 r..

Model: AGEL2X5E

£157.15 Ex. VAT

230V IP65 5ft 50W 4000K Twin LED Batten built in 5800lm Non-Corrosive in Grey with Opal Diffuser

230V IP65 5ft 50W 4000K Twin LED Batten built in 5800lm Non-Corrosive in Grey with Opal Diffuser

This is the Knightsbride TRLED25, a mains voltage 5ft anti-corrosive LED batten fitting ideal for re..

Model: DPL25F

£42.67 Ex. VAT

4ft/1225mm 18/32W CCT Adjustable LED Batten Tri-Colour Opal Diffuser Knightsbridge BATSCW4

4ft/1225mm 18/32W CCT Adjustable LED Batten Tri-Colour Opal Diffuser Knightsbridge BATSCW4

This is the ML Accessories Knightsbridge BATSCW4 4ft/1225mm LED Batten 18/32W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Ad..

Model: LBATC4

£31.20 Ex. VAT

IP20 8W 600mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 920lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

IP20 8W 600mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 920lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

This is a easy-to-install single LED batten fitting to replace the traditional T8 batten, with a len..

Model: BATL12CW

£9.01 Ex. VAT

Thorn Poppy 48W 4ft/1160mm LED Batten Fitting 4000K Cool White IP20 in White, Surface Mounted Thorn 96631259 1200 5000 840

Thorn Poppy 48W 4ft/1160mm LED Batten Fitting 4000K Cool White IP20 in White, Surface Mounted Thorn 96631259 1200 5000 840

Introducing the Thorn 96631259 1200 5000 840, a Thorn Poppy 48W 4ft/1160mm LED Batten Fitting 4000K ..

Model: 96631259

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5ft/1525mm 22W/41W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCW5

5ft/1525mm 22W/41W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCW5

Introducing the Knightsbridge BATSCW5 5ft/1525mm 22W/41W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten N..

Model: LBATC5

£31.92 Ex. VAT

ASK1 Suspension Kit for LED Linear Luminaires, 1.35m Suspension Kit

ASK1 Suspension Kit for LED Linear Luminaires, 1.35m Suspension Kit

This is the Ansell Lighting ASK1 Suspension Kit for LED Linear Luminaires. 1.35m suspension kit..

Model: ASK1

£21.66 Ex. VAT

IP20 16W 1200mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 1840lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

IP20 16W 1200mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 1840lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

This is a easy-to-install single LED batten fitting to replace the traditional T8 batten, with a len..

Model: BATL14CW

£14.35 Ex. VAT

5ft/1525mm 22W/41W CCT Adjustable LED Batten with Microwave Sensor Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCWM5

5ft/1525mm 22W/41W CCT Adjustable LED Batten with Microwave Sensor Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCWM5

Introducing the Knightsbridge BATSCWM5 5ft/1525mm 22W/41W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten ..

Model: LBATC5S

£52.00 Ex. VAT

IP20 18W 1500mm LED Single Batten Fitting 4000K 2200lm, LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

IP20 18W 1500mm LED Single Batten Fitting 4000K 2200lm, LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

This is a easy-to-install single LED batten fitting to replace the traditional T8 batten, with a len..

Model: BATL15CW

£15.90 Ex. VAT

IP20 24W 1800mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 2900lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

IP20 24W 1800mm Single LED Batten Fitting 4000K 2900lm, Single LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

This is a easy-to-install single LED batten fitting to replace the traditional T8 batten, with a len..

Model: BATL16CW

£24.16 Ex. VAT

IP20 16W 600mm Twin LED Batten Fitting 4000K 1800lm, Twin LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

IP20 16W 600mm Twin LED Batten Fitting 4000K 1800lm, Twin LED Batten replacing T8 Fluorescent

This is a easy-to-install twin LED batten fitting to replace the traditional twin T8 fluorescent fit..

Model: BATL22CW

£14.74 Ex. VAT

35W 5ft 1470mm LED Emergency Batten with CCT Adjustable 3000K/4000K/6000K IP20 Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATC5EM

35W 5ft 1470mm LED Emergency Batten with CCT Adjustable 3000K/4000K/6000K IP20 Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATC5EM

Introducing the Knightsbridge BATSCWST5 5ft/1525mm 22W/41W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten..

Model: LBATC5M

£84.00 Ex. VAT

6ft/1790mm 27/52W CCT Adjustable LED Batten with Microwave Sensor Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCWM6

6ft/1790mm 27/52W CCT Adjustable LED Batten with Microwave Sensor Non-Dimmable Knightsbridge BATSCWM6

Introducing the Knightsbridge BATSCWM6 6ft/1790mm 27/52W 3000/4000/5700K CCT Adjustable LED Batten N..

Model: LBATC6S

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The Fluorescent Lamps and Tubes will be Phased out in September 2023

As of September 2023, the fluorescent lamps and tubes will be phased out in the UK, under the updated RoHS Directives, in order to reduce mercury-containing lamps. When some hear about fluorescent lamps they may wonder who would even use such things today since LED lamps are a much better alternative, but many offices, schools and both residential and commercial applications still use the popular fluorescent lamps, fluorescent tubes, and fluorescent light bulbs. Halogen lamps and fluorescent lamps used to be energy-saving and very sought after a while ago, but now they are the least energy efficient on the market. Halogen lamps were banned in September 2021, and it is now time for fluorescent lamps to be phased out and banned. Read more to find out all information you need concerning, RoHS Directive - the Phasing out of Fluorescent LampsWhy are fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes banned?What is the Schedule for Phasing Out Fluorescent Lamps in the UK?Exceptions to the RoHS Fluorescent Lamps BanWhat are the Alternatives to the Fluorescent Lamps?What are the Advantages of Switching from Fluorescent to LED Lamps?What to do if you still have fluorescent lampsFurther reading on the Phasing out of Fluorescent Lamps and TubesRoHS Directive - the Phasing out of Fluorescent LampsThe RoHS Directive stipulates that potentially hazardous substances - such as Mercury - in electrical and electronic equipment should be restricted and eliminated. Discharge lamps include mercury, which is a hazardous substance. RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and the RoHS directive related to fluorescent lamps is part of the goal to phase out toxic chemicals that are harmful both to the environment and to people's health. In the spring of 2022, the EU Commission revised the RoHS directive to phase out and ban the use of mercury; there were some exemptions until 2023, but it is now time to get rid of the fluorescent lamps. Lamps such as compact fluorescent, T5 fluorescent lamps, T8 fluorescent lamps, and halogen pin lamps are affected. They are non-sustainable light sources, and the goal is to adopt long-term energy-efficient solutions by helping households and offices to reduce energy costs and be energy efficient. From the first of September 2023, T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes will be phased out altogether; this doesn't mean you can't find them in the shops but that they are no longer being made. Business owners must sell energy-saving alternatives and discard fluorescent lamps as hazardous waste, or they can recycle them. Buy Fluorescent Lamps at SparksWhy are fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes banned?The Ecodesign and RoHS directives work to achieve the Global Goals and the EU's 2030 climate goals so that the lighting products' performance would be environmentally friendly in the EU and the UK. The minimum requirements for products' environmental performance are not met by fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, which have significantly higher energy consumption and a shorter lifespan than LED lamps. Furthermore, the RoHS directive wants to get rid of hazardous chemical substances in all electrical and electronic equipment, including the lighting equipment. What is the Schedule for Phasing Out Fluorescent Lamps in the UK?Here are the dates in the schedule for banning fluorescent lamps in the UK:25 February 2023 - prohibition of the placing on the market of all fluorescent lamps in ring form (T5, T9) and Compact fluorescent tubes, < 20 000 h lifetime. 24 February 2023 is the RoHS expiry date.25 February 2023 - Prohibition of the placing on the market of all compact fluorescent lamps with plug-in base (CFLni). 24 February 2023 is the RoHS expiry date.25 August 2023 - Prohibition of the placing on the market of all T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps and Compact fluorescent tubes, > 20 000 h lifetime. This includes T8 18-58W, T8 70W and special lengths. 24 August 2023 is the RoHS expiry date.1 September 2023 - Prohibition of the placing on the market of all Halogen Pins (Low voltage halogen lamps G4 and GY6.35 and mains voltage G9 230V). All halogen capsules are also phased out.24 February 2025 - Circline T9 lamps.24 February 2024/2027 - Special fluorescent lamp products. 24 February 2027 - High-Pressure Sodium (SHP) lamps.In other words, from September 2023 the T5 fluorescent lamps and the T8 fluorescent lamps are banned. The availability of these popular fluorescent tubes and lamps will be uncertain after the phase-out, so we recommend switching to LED lamps - LED battens, LED light bulbs, and LED panels, which are energy efficient. Buy LED Lamps at SparksExceptions to the RoHS Fluorescent Lamps BanMost fluorescent lamps are phased out and banned, but there are some that can still be used. These are special lamps made for special purposes in the industrial sector or the medical sector. In these sectors, sufficiently reliable mercury-free substitutes are not yet available, so these fluorescent lamps have been given a time-limited exemption under the RoHS directives. However, when it comes to residential, domestic, or commercial fluorescent lamps, most of them are being phased out and replaced by energy-efficient LED lamps.What are the Alternatives to the Fluorescent Lamps?If you have not yet switched from fluorescent lamps to LED lamps, now is the time to. There are many alternatives available to the T5 and T8 fluorescent lamps, the compact fluorescent lamps, and any other fluorescent light bulbs. LED lamps, LED battens, and LED panels are now available to replace existing fluorescent lamps; they are more eco-friendly than any other light source. On our website, you can still find some fluorescent lamps, but most of them are for in-store pick-up, and soon they will no longer be available. Just imagine, a 6W fluorescent bulb is now replaced by a 2W LED lamp, and a 25W fluorescent lamp is replaced by a 12W LED lamp! Cut the energy costs in half with the LED lamps.What are the Advantages of Switching from Fluorescent to LED Lamps?In case you are not convinced concerning the benefits of switching from fluorescent lamps to LED lamps, here are some of the main advantages:Many of the LED lamps match the shape and size of a fluorescent so that you can retrofit the luminaires.You can safely and easily replace the fluorescent tubes and fluorescent lamps, even if sometimes rewiring is required. Long lamp life: up to 50.000h average rated lifetime for LED battens, lasting up to three times more than the standard fluorescent lamps.Colour temperature can be selected either via CCT or from the beginning. Even though the LED lamps may have C to F energy class, they offer up to 90% energy savings. Most LED lamps come with a 5-year manufacturer warranty for complete peace of mind. The LED Lamps and Battens are more cost-effective: they may cost more upfront, but you will make it up in energy savings, long lamp lfe, and lower maintenance costs.Better for the environment: the LED lamps and battens don't contain hazardous substances such as mercury and can be safely recycled.Instant ON light: no need to wait for flickering light as with the fluorescent lamps. And the number of ON/OFF switches will not reduce the lifespan of the LED lamp.What to do if you still have fluorescent lampsThere is no need to panic at the moment if you still have and use fluorescent lamps, fluorescent battens, and fluorescent light products. However, it is good to plan to switch; instead of replacing the T5 or T8 batten, why not invest in eco-friendly LED battens? It is good to plan to switch from anything fluorescent to LED, which are future-proof and also becoming cheaper and more effective as the technology develops. As for the fluorescent lamps that you want to get rid of, we at Sparks can take them to safely recycle them; visit our lighting showroom in N19 5SE and bring in your fluorescent lamp for free recycling. It is easy to retrofit the existing lamp with LED Lamps, and where this is not possible, it is probably time to change the entire light fitting to something that is energy-saving and compliant with the current RoHS directives. If you are unsure what to do and need advice, do not hesitate to visit us in Holloway Road, N19 5SE, or call us at 020 7263 8007 to speak with our LED professional advisers. At Sparks, we can offer the best advice on how to switch to energy-efficient lighting and get rid of the existing fluorescent lamps.Further reading on the Phasing out of Fluorescent Lamps and TubesHere are some links to both official websites and suppliers that have put out more information regarding the phasing out and the ban of the fluorescent lamps and fluorescent tubes, in no particular order. Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) - single market economy.Regulations: restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) - UK government guidance.RoHS guide - the website.The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - UK legislation.Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive via Wikipedia.RoHS exemption applications: Secretary of State determinations - UK Government publication.Mercury-containing lamp exemptions to RoHS directive - EEB library.European Legislation Changes 2022-2023 - Impact on Traditional Lighting products - via Sylvania lighting.Get ready for the EU?s ban of fluorescent lights - switch to LED right now - via Phillips.EU Commission adopts regulation to ban all fluorescent lighting by September 2023, via European Council for Energy Efficient Economy.

The Best Lighting for Your Garage [Ultimate Guide]

If you’re looking for some of the best lighting ideas for a garage, then you’re in the right place. A garage is an essential part of any home - not just for parking your car in. Many people turn their garages into their own workshops or a place to store extra items that won't fit in the house.However, you can't work in a sad and dim space. You need ample lighting to move around safely and conveniently. Good garage lighting can make a world of difference, especially if you use your garage as a workspace or for storage. Read on to learn more about garage lighting ideas.Why is lighting for garages important? Garages are usually darker than other parts of the house because they don't normally have large windows built in to allow natural light inside. Though often taken for granted, lighting for garages is extremely important for the following reasons:1. SafetyA poorly lit garage can be a safety hazard, as it increases the risk of accidents and injuries. This is particularly dangerous if you have heavy or sharp tools and equipment lying around. With proper lighting, you can easily see where you are going and avoid tripping over objects or tools. It is therefore essential for creating a safe and secure environment for you and everybody living in your home.2. SecurityGood lighting for a garage can help deter burglars and intruders, as they are less likely to attempt a break-in if the garage is well-lit.Installing motion sensor lights can also alert you to any suspicious activity on your property. For commercial garages, lighting is vital to keep your business safe. You don’t want unexpected people, pests, or animals wandering around in your garage at night.3. ProductivityIf you use your garage as a workspace, a well-lit space simply makes it easier to find and access your tools and equipment.This can save you a lot of time and frustration, and allow you to focus on your projects. Plus, having ample lighting sources prevents you from straining your eye.4. AestheticsGood indoor lighting can also enhance the look and feel of your garage, making it a more appealing and enjoyable space to work in. If you have a garage that serves as a commercial space, having adequate lighting will also make it more inviting to customers and guests.How bright should your indoor garage lighting be?A bare bulb or fluorescent strip is not an ideal lighting set-up for your garage. You should consider layering multiple lighting sources to achieve the effect you want. Artificial lighting uses three types of light - ambient, task, and accent. You will need all three to make your indoor garage lighting truly stand  out.Ambient lighting is a soft, overhead light used to help you find your way around safely. Task lighting is a brighter light source that illuminates work and storage areas for better visibility. Accent lighting falls somewhere in between the first two in terms of brightness. It is added to emphasize spaces or fixtures that you may want to highlight - like a trophy case or a cherished tool collection.Buy Mast textured grey outdoor wall lightWhat kind of garage lighting ideas should I considerYou can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor garage lighting fixtures, including:1. LED lightsLED lights are energy-efficient and provide bright and even lighting for any garage. They use 50% of the wattage of a standard fluorescent tube and as much as 90% less than an incandescent light bulb.They also last about twice as long, so you won't have to replace them often. You can install LED lights in the form of overhead lights or strip lights along the walls or shelves.2. Motion sensor lightsMotion sensor lights turn on automatically when you enter the garage and turn off after you leave. This is a great energy-saving option if you often forget to turn off the lights. Also, motion sensor lights will deter trespassers from entering your home.3. Task lightingIf you use your garage as a workspace, task lighting is essential. You can install adjustable lamps or clamp-on lighting for garage that can be positioned exactly where you need them.4. Natural lightIf your garage has windows, consider using natural light as much as possible. This will not only save on your energy bills but also provide a pleasant and healthy environment. You can also install skylights if your garage does not have windows.5. Smart lightingSmart lighting allows you to control your garage lights from a remote, like this smart outdoor garage lighting fixture. You can turn on/off the lights, dim them, or change the colour temperature. This is a great option if you want to customise your lighting to suit different activities.Buy IP65 30W Compact RGB LED Floodlight6. FloodlightsFloodlights are powerful and broad-beamed lights that are used to illuminate large areas. They are designed to provide a high level of visibility and are great for use in outdoor settings.You can use them to increase visibility and security. If you use your outdoor space for sports, like mini golf or basketball, flood lights will serve as a great artificial light source for games that go on into the night.7. Under-cabinet lightingIf you have cabinets or shelves in your garage, under-cabinet lighting for garage can help illuminate the space below. This is a great option if you store small items that are difficult to see in the dark.8. Flush-mount ceiling lightA flush-mount ceiling light is installed directly on the ceiling. It is a simple, inexpensive garage lighting idea great for lower ceilings since they won't need to be suspended.9. Floor lampIf you've converted your garage into a workspace or additional living space, you may need a little more to liven up the area. A simple floor lamp can do just that! It serves as a source of ambient lighting and an additional piece of furniture that can add aesthetic appeal to your converted garage.10. Outdoor wall lightsYou can set these lights up on either side of your garage to help you see and make your way around better. Stylish outdoor garage lighting like these wall lights will really open your area up. Plus, it'll make it safer to walk around since you won't have to worry about accidentally tripping on anything.Looking for the best lighting for your garage?Good, cost-effective lighting for garage is essential to your safety, convenience, and productivity. Experiment with different light sources and fixtures to see what fits your style best. By using these garage lighting tips, you can transform your garage from a drab appendage into a cosy extension of your home.At Sparks Direct, we offer a wide range of high-quality lighting solutions that are perfect for illuminating your garage and making it a safe and functional space. Whether you're looking for bright overhead lighting, wall-mounted fixtures, or energy-efficient LED bulbs, we have everything you need to create the perfect lighting scheme for your garage. Buy Dartmouth twin LED wall light textured black at Sparks

Are LED battens the future of the batten luminaires? Fluorescent vs LEDs

Batten luminaires have been in use for over 60 years now, providing a fantastic lighting solution for long ceilings and other locations. Since they were first introduced they have predominantly been lit by fluorescent battens. The first batten luminaire would have been very bulky indeed by today’s standards; with a 37mm T12 lamp and a heavy, transformer type control gear. They would be considered extremely inefficient in our modern, more eco-conscious world. Thankfully, contemporary LED battens have made strides in the market, and look to be the future of batten luminaires. In this article, we will examine the differences between the two types and recommend LED battens for your property, whether it be a workplace or domestic setting. Luminaire battens in the workplace: the need for changes Batten luminaires have long been staples of the office workplace, as they offer long straight strips of lighting overhead that is ideal for this kind of environment. Our workplaces have changed dramatically since the ‘60s, but the qualities we require from our lights remain the same. Even today, LED battens are sold at the same kind of lengths as their fluorescent counterparts: 4, 5 and 6 feet. These are regulatory sizes for office workspaces. However, there are many things changing about battens including the lamp uses, integral components and their aesthetics. Early battens consisted of a bare fluorescent tube on a folded steel spine, onto which you could add accessories such as reflectors. This is rarely the case anymore, as businesses look to improve the appearance of their workplaces, as improved aesthetics have been shown to lead to increased productivity. LED battens are also more energy-efficient than their fluorescent counterparts, so this is an added bonus for money-minded business owners. These changes in the batten luminaire market have led to a great deal of ‘retrofitting’ in workplaces.Buy LED Battens at Sparks LED battens vs fluorescent battens Alan Tulla, the technical editor at Lux, has explained in detail why LEDs are better than fluorescent, by running comparisons between the two types. A conventional 1.2m batten with a single T5 or T8 fluorescent lamp emits about 2,500 lumens - meanwhile, all the LED versions Alan looked at had a greater output. For instance, the Tono Integrated LED Batten from Megaman emits an impressive 3600 lumens and produces 3000K of warm white light. Most manufacturers offer a standard and high-output version when it comes to LED luminaires. Looking at power output alone, the higher wattage LED is equivalent to a twin lamp fluorescent, which shows how far it eclipses its predecessor in this matter. ‘Accent lighting’ is becoming an increasingly important factor in workplaces as it improves the appearance and therefore productivity (as mentioned above). Even with something as simple as a batten, it is worth considering light distribution, as illumination isn’t required solely on the worktop or desk. Typically, an LED batten emits light over a 120 degree downward radius. A bare fluorescent lamp would give you an angle closer to 240 degrees (perhaps 180 degrees with a diffuser). The wider angle beam of light will cause more glare on worker’s computer screens. It has been established that glare causes headaches and increased absenteeism amongst employees. This means that the more focused beams of the LED battens are considered the more desirable by employers. A bare fluorescent lamp shines some upward light which can lighten the ceiling and improve the appearance of a space. However, this comes at the expense of horizontal illumination. It is preferable to have the light in an office focused downward and horizontally for practical purposes. The upward lighting and wide beam angle of the fluorescent battens are indicative of why they consume so much more power than LED battens. They are wasteful in the way they light a room.Buy Tono Integrated LED Battens Installing your new LED battens: it’s simpler than you may think We hope that this article has convinced you to join the trend of retrofitting fluorescent bulbs for LED ones! Here is a quick guide on how to make the switch - also - make sure mains power is OFF while you complete this installation (and a registered electrician has to do the electrical work). Check if your existing installation has a ‘starter and inductive’ ballast or an electronic ballast. If you have a fluorescent tube fitting with a starter ballast, you can simply remove the starter and then short circuit the connections across the inductive ballast. This negates the inductive ballast and means you can hook up the mains voltage supply to the LED batten. With an electronic ballast, you must cut off the wires to the ballast from the circuit. Connect the mains neutral wire to one end of the LED tube and the mains live to the other end. The LED should now operate correctly. So to summarise, with an LED batten, you simply need to connect the mains live to one end and the mains neutral to the other and it will then operate! The switch-over is extremely simple, LED battens are more energy-efficient and more attractive. With all these points in mind - what is stopping you from retrofitting your fluorescent lamps to LED battens today! You can view our full range of LED battens via this link - it is an ever-increasing category of energy-efficient lights on our website.

Workplace lighting: why the human-centric approach is the way forwards

Many studies have confirmed that when humans feel comfortable in an environment, they tend to be more productive. This supports a more human-centric approach to lighting in workplace settings. Future light sources will have to deliver more than energy efficiency alone. They will need to assist those who live and work under their illumination, and grant them a general sense of well-being. This will lead to their productivity rising. In this article, Sparks will examine the issues in many modern workplaces and see what can be done to solve them. The current failings in workplaces to provide human-centric lighting Although the LED revolution has reached many workplaces, some offices still retain incandescent bulbs as their main means of lighting. Incandescent lighting is a very old technology and was built without any thought to the human ‘circadian rhythm’. If you are looking for the ideal lighting scheme to increase worker productivity, then you will want light initiatives such as circadian tuning, tunable warm lighting, warm dimming and ‘spectral dimming’ (dimming on the spectrum power distribution of light). LED luminaires also achieve excellent levels of luminous efficacy, which is obviously useful in helping workers view what is around them. They come in LED battens which come in convenient lengths for workplaces, and includes accessories that allow them to turn at right angles. A study conducted in 2016 by Pacific Northwest National Libraries concluded that people generally prefer lighting that has a greater saturation in red colour. This means a lamp that provides a colour rendering of as close to 100 as possible. The researchers agreed that the CRI 80 rated light that is generally found in workplaces clashes with average people’s preferences. This spectrum results in more natural skin tones, warmer wood tones and the increased vibrancy of objects - it is easy to see why it is a favourite among workers!Buy LED Battens at  Sparks The benefits of human-centric lighting: well-being leads to productiveness Alas, businesses still have not gotten the message on the importance of lighting. An infographic provided by Lux, shows that for every £1 a business spends: 90 pence goes to the cost of staff, 9 pence on building costs and 1 pence on energy costs. At first glance, you may think that sounds right: LED lighting is efficient enough to cut costs significantly. And surely it is best that businesses invest the most money spent internally (90%) on their staff, as maintaining staff is so important? However, when you pry into how and why so much money is being spent on employees, the issues with low-funded lighting become apparent. `Maintaining staff’ largely comes as a result of high staff turnover, time lost due to absenteeism, and the financial hit that comes with poor employee morale. The old-school approach would say that ‘working is not meant to be fun’. However, a newer school of thinking, adopted most notably by companies such as Google, is that working should be fun - because it improves productivity and results in an increased income. For example, Google instituted a ‘20% free time’ initiative, where employees spend a fifth of their time working on their own individual projects. This initiative resulted in two hugely successful projects: Gmail and Google Suggest (their version of auto-complete). So human-centric lighting could result in a working environment where pioneering new ideas are made. In this case, if you are a business owner or employee - think about how you consider implementing an improved lighting scheme for your workplace.Suggestions for human-centric lighting improvements Electronic flicker is a serious concern with LED lighting - it has even been linked to epileptic seizures! Therefore, it’s important to ensure that good quality equipment is used. The lighting design of the LEDs must be constructed in a way that they do not cause visual disturbances, such as glare and reflections. Glare and ‘hot spots’ of lighting are known to increase levels of headaches and result in higher levels of absenteeism in workplaces. We need a lighting solution that ensures light patterns within our workplaces imitate the natural cycle of light and dark. Illumination levels and light colour are used dynamically throughout the working day as a way of steadying our own internal body clocks. Lights with dimmable functionality are a great way to start improving lighting quality in the workplace. The Blanco Square recessed downlight is not only dimmable but has a rotational adjustment angle of 360 degrees. This means you can focus the lights beam where it an employee most requires it. Human-centric lighting doesn’t arrive in an ‘all in one’ package. It’s a bespoke system that you must design to suit your specific workplace. And if you implement human-centric lighting successfully, you are bound to see the benefits - in both mood and productivity!Buy Blanco Recessed Downlights

Smart Lighting Control for Warehouses: PIR Motion Detectors and smart LED Lights

Modern lighting controls are commonly associated with office buildings, which seek to create ‘work-friendly’ lighting for their employees; it is necessary, however, to take a look at smart lighting control for larger buildings. Advocates of lighting controls insist that the use of modern lighting should not be restricted to office buildings. Key figures in the lighting industry such as CP Electronics say that smart light systems are suitable for a variety of large buildings, such as warehouses and schools. A key factor to be considered when lighting large buildings are motion detectors. For instance, in a warehouse, an indoor loading bay may only be used for an hour during the day. If the lights were to remain on for the entire day afterward, it would be a complete waste of energy and money. A key argument for smart lighting control in warehouses: Functionality When a warehouse has varying shift patterns with different lighting requirements, a networked solution (whether it be wired or wireless) could be advantageous. A major advantage that comes with a wireless network, such as the CP Electronics An-10 system, is the ease of installation. Furthermore, it is flexible as you can move and scale it as you see fit. However, a wired system may be preferable in very large installations. These environments are sometimes hostile to electrical interference disrupting wireless connections. In terms of smart light functionality, there are other factors to account for, such as the minimum amount of light needed in an area for safety. For instance, in an unoccupied outbuilding, you may want minimal lighting to ward off potential intruders. One of the important considerations in regard to functionality is ‘ease of use’ that will all but eliminate the need for end-user intervention. The ultimate goal with systems such as these is for them to be hands-free, in order to save time. A core argument for smart lighting control in warehouses: lower costs Warehouses are similar to office buildings in numerous ways. There needs to be multiple control scenarios to suit different areas of the warehouse. Light may be in constant use during standard working hours in one office, and used barely at all in other areas (such as loading bays). Advances made in lighting control technology allows users to have more oversight of their energy consumption. At present, lighting can account for over half of the total energy budget used in warehouses annually. This is an exorbitant amount that can only be explained by energy wastage. Many manufacturing companies provide smart light systems that make use of modular light controls. CP Electronics, for example, have manufactured the Vitesse Plus system, which has a range of features that will drastically reduce costs.Buy Vitesse Plus at Sparks How do smart lighting control save money? The PIR motion detector PIR (Passive Infrared) detectors are a lifesaver when it comes to controlling light usage in warehouses. They operate by detecting moving heat; in a warehouse, this may be caused by the workers or machinery in motion. It is essential that the correct form of detector is used - in large spaces such as warehouses long-range detectors are necessary. They should be placed at a decent height and without obstructing of their line of sight. Alternatives to PIRs come in the form of microwave or High-Frequency (HF) detectors that use low power radars to detect moving objects. However, one downside is that warehouses contain other moving objects that may trigger the microwave or HF detector unnecessarily. Even some loose packaging may cause a ‘false trigger’. PIR detectors also incorporate lux sensors to ensure that areas are only lit if there is not sufficient daylight present. This provides an intelligent way of making use of natural light to ensure energy savings. Why your warehouse should use an LED smart light system The use of smart lighting provides a number of advantages to warehouses, the key one being in energy efficiency. Smart lighting allows for better optimization of lighting during critical working hours. It would also be wise to use a system that utilizes eco-efficient LED bulbs. You will be saving even more money. There are other advantages provided by most LED light systems, as outlined here.1. Better dimming capabilitiesLED lights that are compatible with dimming controls are an important aspect of achieving energy efficiency. Unlike traditional lights, dimming the LEDs won’t affect the lifespan and long-term quality of light emitted by them.2. Energy-efficiencyLED drivers use very little energy. The combined power consumption of both the light and controller is still significantly lower than those of traditional lighting systems.3. Minimal heat emissionConventional lights get hot after extended use, while LED lights emit minimal heat. LED lights have become very efficient with minimal heat output which can benefit working environments. Traditional light bulbs emit heat which can negatively affect the efficiency of air conditioning. LED lights do not have this problem.4. Consistent light with no wait timeThe illumination that LEDs provide is constant from the moment they’re switched on until the moment they’re turned off. Good quality LED lights and drivers never flicker and don’t require minutes of waiting time to get to their full capacity, unlike traditional light bulbs. You can constantly turn LEDs on and off without affecting their brightness and lifespans.5. Low maintenanceLEDs usually have long lifespans and are robust enough to withstand heavy-duty use. They don’t use electronic ballasts (unlike conventional warehouse lighting) which require regular replacements. The lack of maintenance needed for LED bulbs reduces overhead costs for companies. It also ensures that operations will not get interrupted by scheduled maintenance.Buy LED Battens at SparksFactors to consider when installing a smart lighting control systemControl devices used - One of the first things you should consider when implementing a large-scale lighting plan is what control device you intend to use. Compatibility - If you are investing a large amount of money into the system then it may be wise to contact the light manufacturer. You should ensure the controls you plan to buy are compatible with the lights. Type of environment - You should take care when siting control devices dependent on ambient temperature, and how likely it is to affect their operation and range. Number and positioning of devices - Position your lights so that there are no ‘blind spots’ in the warehouse. It is important that operators of heavy-duty machinery, such as forklifts, are able to easily hit the control device when required. Be assured, smart lighting is the solution for large-scale buildings, which have more complex requirements than regular buildings. If you introduce the appropriate control regime, not only will installation costs be reduced but savings will be made immediately. This is an incentive which is difficult to overlook for any company. If you have any further enquiries regarding the Vitesse Plus system and the smart lighting control systems from CP Electronics, please leave a comment or email us.