4 Signs that it’s time to change your lights!
How many times have you seen a building with failed lights on the outside, or mismatching colours? Chances are that when the lights were first installed, it looked fantastic, but it’s probably long overdue a refit. In this article, we’ll look at 4 different ways to tell that a lighting installation needs updating. Failures Sooner or later, all luminaires will fail. Sometimes, depending on the installation, it won’t be that noticeable if a few fixtures have failed, but often there will be gaps in the lighting scheme or details that are not illuminated. Even worse, with colour mixing LED fixtures, a single channel can fail which means that the luminaire will be on the wrong colour- imagine a situation where red and green channels are being mixed to create amber, but the red channel has failed on one fixture so one of the lights is green instead. Light Output Dropping Over time, all types of lights drop in output; the lifetime of LED fixtures is usually measured to
World Record: LED installation – Longest Continuous Service
Back in May 2003 we installed our own LED lighting on the front of the building, confident in its reliability, longevity, and durability. 12 Chroma Panels were installed on the South-facing front of the factory building and have been running 24/7 ever since. We believe this to be a World first with Pulsar holding a World Record for the “Longest Lasting LED Installation.” Fast forward to today and the original ChromaPanels printed with the Pulsar name have clocked an impressive 13 years 10 months of continuous activity – actually surpassing 115,000 hours! This real-world industry first is proof of LED’s amazing longevity and also of Pulsar’s dedication to making the highest quality LED lighting fixtures on the market. In the May of 2005 an additional 21 metres of ChromaStrip2 product were installed on Pulsar’s Facade. Would you believe it, our ChromaStrip2 product has now also surpassed 100,000 hours! Yes, we’ve done it again! The world’s second longest
Pulsar’s LED UniBay – Once Again the Fixture of Choice
“Pulsar’s outstanding LED UniBay product is once again the fixture of choice for a large-scale fast-track warehouse and logistics development.” Mitesh Mistry - Genprise Delta Construction Co. W.L.L. was selected by the MEP and Structural Consultant to put forward a lighting solution for Schmidt Logistics. The new warehouse unit consisted of 3 separate halls for a very high profile client in the Oil & Gas industry. The client stipulated that the selected products should be 100% European design and manufacture, with strict performance and reliability criteria. A key design criteria was to ensure adequate lighting levels between racks which were only 2 metres apart, creating narrow aisles, with a ceiling height in excess of 12 metres. Pulsar supplied a project spearheaded by the same Consultant, however there were requirements which had to be met along with a high level of competition from other manufacturers. Various lux levels and options were trialled, with
Al Aujan Warehouses Wanted “British engineering and Innovation”
“I wanted to break the mould and show that a well-manufactured product, with the rich history of British engineering and innovation, would prove that LED technology has a place in the harshest of environments” Mr Neelakanta - CEO of Delta Construction Back in early 2014, Pulsar was invited to bid for a multi-functional warehouse project in Hidd - a largely industrial area on the north east coast of Bahrain. A warehouse in this location, being beside the sea, has several challenges, ranging from high winds and extremely dusty/sandy/salt air conditions, to external temperatures regularly exceed 45 degrees. The client - Al Aujan Group - were building a collection of warehouse units, and the civil, mechanical and electrical works were awarded to Delta Construction. Initial designs by a local consultant were based on using a 400W metal halide solution. Pulsar’s 130W Unibay was selected after a very detailed technical evaluation including testing on site. The UniBay was
Pulsar is Shortlisted for Darc Awards
The darc awards is a unique concept utilising mondo*arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world. With the entries now shortlisted by the panel of international lighting designers, it’s now over to independent architectural lighting designers or light artists to get voting. Pulsar are very pleased to have been shortlisted for the following installations. A list below takes you to our online entries. STRUCTURES: Best Exterior Lighting Scheme – Low Budget SPACES: Best Landscape Lighting Scheme – High Budget ART: Best Light Art Scheme – High Budget KIT: Best Architectural Lighting Products – Exterior Luminaires THE VOTING PROCESS - PLEASE READ • The voting period is July 06 – August 06, 2016. • Only independent architectural lighting designers or light artists are eligible to vote (no members of the public and no suppliers of any sort including manufacturers or
Everyone’s a Winner
Pulsar held an open evening for Cambridge Architects and Lighting Designers. The evening consisted of a short presentation followed by a Architectural lighting demonstration. Architects and Designers from Cambridge had the opportunity of meeting members of Pulsar’s team, ranging from Technicians to Engineers, with the opportunity to interact with various product lines, including the Latest Luxeos Range. At the end of an informal yet entertaining evening, Pulsar gave all who attended a chance to win an iPad. The lucky candidate was Jon Capper. Jon Said "Thanks to Pulsar for interesting evening about their latest product releases and the services they can offer to support them, I'd really recommend getting along to their next event" Pulsar would like to say a big Thank you to Ambersphere for the loan of the Mythos, enabling us to demonstrate advanced architectural control integration, and thanks to all that attended, it was a great evening to be involved in. Watch this
Pulsar Highlights Natural Stone Campus
Pulsar recently added to it’s ever-growing list of Middle East projects with completion of Phases 1 & 2 at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain. A female-only university, the university stands proud in the wealthy Awali district (which is also home to the royal palace and many of Bahrain’s elite). A very select student population consists of members of the royal family, and daughters of diplomats and government officials from Bahrain, and across the GCC, who come to study Fashion, Art and Business amongst many other disciplines. The initial degree programmes of the university were designed in collaboration with McGill University in Canada and Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. After testing on-site with various products, colours and beam angles, Pulsar’s EcoFlood 60 was selected by the University - both for high quality and durability of the fixtures, and their proven ability to survive in the searing heat, high humidity & marine-like conditions. Over 2
Free Lights at Diamond Hangar
In Jan 2015, Pulsar worked with Diamond Hangar, Stansted to reduce running costs and also improve light levels throughout their hangar. Diamond Hangar requires high light levels every day, all year round. The lighting structure in place was High Pressure Sodium fittings burning for 3,640 hours per year. With this came huge energy consumption, generating an annual bill in excess of £75,000 for lighting alone. Pulsar’s solution replaced the original 384 HPS units with just 96 x 260W Pulsar Eco Range fixtures. This improved the lux levels at ground level by 2.9x and gave an 85% reduction on their energy bills. This saves Diamond Hangar £64,754 in energy costs every year. Diamond Hangar started getting a return on their new Pulsar LED High Bay Lights immediately. Now, after just 16 months, Pulsar’s high efficiency LED lights have paid for themselves. Or to put it differently, Diamond Hangar’s lights are now free for the next 10-20 years of their life. That’s a lot of
Over 45 Years of Lighting Technology Expertise.
Reliability, Longevity and Durability Pulsar’s roots began in 1966 when our founder built his first Sound to Light machine using valves and relays. In 1970 Pulsar Ltd was born in the heart of Cambridge, UK and today our team has over 638 years of experience. We’ve manufactured over 900,000 products since 1970. You can still find many of them continuing to deliver day in, day out. We recently came across a Rainbow Strobe, in perfect working order 35 years after leaving our factory in June 1981. The new Luxeos Range is the latest introduction to this family of outstanding products, building on Pulsar’s reputation of legendary reliability. Specialising in LED lighting for large-scale international architectural projects and with a proven 115,000-hour LED installation, we at Pulsar are confident in our Reliability, Longevity and
Kirkstall Bridge Clock Tower – Making Light of Time.
The clock tower at the heart of the development is created as a response to the industrial history of the area. The screen-printed glass cladding features images of industrial artefacts and processes specific to Kirkstall. Each visual component of the clock mechanism is created from photographs of surrounding industrial elements: the pendulum – a forge-made vehicle axle, the clock face – the original Thrift Stores clock. The clock tower itself is wrapped in an image of a woollen spool, reflecting the blanket making and textile fulling activities carried out nearby. JPLD were appointed by the Artist and creator of the tower, Kirsty Brooks, to develop a subtle lighting scheme which emphasized the elements described in the narrative while helping to establish the piece against a visually busy backdrop. The clock face lighting is tuned to the daylight ambient level to ensure it is “comfortable” to view regardless of the time of day. In appreciation of the industrious energy