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5 questions to help you choose the right downlight

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

With over 20 downlights in our range, you may find yourself spoilt for choice. If you’re working on a project and can’t decide which to use, answer these questions to make sure you match your downlight and project perfectly.

1 - Where are you aiming the light?

If you need to angle your light we have a number of solutions. For light fixed at an angle, the asymmetric H5 500 and H5 1000 are ideal for lighting artwork and walls.

If the focus of the light is likely to change regularly or if flexibility of light direction is key, adjustable lights may be the answer. For a full 360° tilt, choose the H4 Eyeball, for 20° in each direction choose the H4 FF or H4 Pro 700 T.

If you’re lacking artwork to highlight, create some yourself by setting the lights close to the walls to create scallops of light.

2 - Are you creating an atmospheric environment?

Our entire Pro range and the DM01 are available with a CCT of 2700 kelvin, creating a halogen-like warmth in a space that’s perfect for cosy living rooms and bedrooms, where practicality is less important than ambience. Combine with a dimmer switch for an extra level of atmosphere.

3 - Are you installing downlights in a kitchen or bathroom?

For an environment where there is risk of splashes, such as a kitchen, an IP rating of at least IP44 is essential. In bathrooms, the IP rating you need is dependant on the zone it will be installed in. View page 289 of our catalogue here for more information on bathroom zones. For lights suitable for zone 1 look for IP65 and for zone 2 look for IP44.

4 - Do you want to recreate the look of a traditional halogen lamp?

For the look and feel of a traditional halogen lamp, with all the benefits of an LED, our single source downlights are ideal. Try the H2 Pro 700, H4 Pro 700 T or H2 Lite.

5 - Are you retro-fitting 50W halogens?

At 400 lumens, the H2 Lite is the perfect low-energy replacement. Equivalent to a 50W halogen, it not only has a longer lifetime, but will also cut down energy bills. Use our Cost Savings Calculator to find out how much can be saved and click here to watch our H2 Lite video.

 

To view our entire downlight range click here. For deciding where to place your downlight read our blog post.

If you have any further questions about which downlights to use, our Lighting Design and Sales teams are on hand to help, call us on 01604 495151 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

One light, any room: Collingwood Lighting launches new all-round entry-level downlight

Monday, 20 March 2017

Collingwood Lighting has launched a brand new entry-level downlight which provides a cost-effective, no-fuss LED solution that can be easily fitted throughout any installation.

The next generation H2 Lite has been created in response to demand from customers who asked for an entry-level downlight with all the Collingwood Lighting values of performance and reliability.

Adding to our range of single source downlights, the H2 Lite is the optimum solution for those buildings which require one light to suit all purposes throughout a building, without the need for detailed design and project planning.

The energy-saving benefits of LED lighting are undisputable and the H2 Lite offers a more viable, affordable option for people looking to make the switch and start reaping those rewards straight away.

This cost-effectiveness, combined with the H2 Lite’s integral driver and flying lead for simple installation, means fitting out a whole building with money-saving LED lighting couldn’t be easier. The average home could save almost £300 per year on their energy bills, based on 30 H2 Lite fittings in place of halogen lamps.

Despite the fact that it’s entry level, there is no compromise on quality. The H2 Lite has been built to Collingwood Lighting’s high standards and comes with over 400 lumens; two LED colour temperatures and boasts an excellent efficacy of 74 lumens per Watt. Using a compact design with an integral mains dimmable power supply as standard, the H2 Lite is flicker-free when dimming, only 5.8W, and IP65 rated, making it the perfect choice for every room.

It is available with a 55° beam angle and can be used as part of a new installation, or when looking to replace existing lights, so it really is the perfect all-round everyday LED downlight.

The H2 Lite comes with a four-year extended warranty, and a tested 40,000-hour lamp life, so you can fit and forget with confidence.

To find out more, contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01604 495151. Looking for more light output? Try the H2 Pro 700.

Chelsea garden moves to it's new home

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

You probably caught the BBC’s DIY SOS: The Big Build on Thursday the 10th, so we don’t need to tell you how amazing the latest project was (if you missed it don’t worry, you can catch up here). This time the DIY SOS team took on the grand feat of moving an entire garden from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to the boiler room roof (yes roof!) of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the UK’s largest paediatric hospital. We were delighted when Landscapeplus asked us to get involved and beyond proud to donate a number of our lights to this worthy cause.

Chris Beardshaw, the designer of the garden, was given the daunting challenge of creating a garden that was not only worthy of being shown at the Chelsea Flower Show, but also adaptable, portable and capable of providing a calming retreat for young patients and their families.

When we saw the Morgan Stanley garden at Chelsea in May, we were in awe of the imagination and creativity that had gone into designing and building such a beautiful garden. Chris had successfully created a beautiful woodland scheme with a natural tone sprinkled with vibrant dashes of colour.

Admittedly, we were slightly skeptical. How could a gold medal winning garden, featuring so many different elements; custom made pergolas, sculptures, an array of lights, and hundreds, if not thousands, of plants possibly be dismantled, transported across London, and then put back together again on a hospital roof? And all without causing serious damage to either the roof or the garden?

As you’ll see in the episode, with 3 weeks of hard work from Chris, the DIY SOS team and the generous volunteers, they defied belief and pulled it off. When we visited the grand unveiling in June we could not believe our eyes.

After walking into the hospital - from the manic, noisy streets of London bursting with traffic, tourists and commuters - and back out into the garden, ours jaws dropped. Somehow they had managed to create a tranquil oasis, right in the centre of the city. Providing a breath of fresh air that will provide a respite for the visitors and patients for years to come.

View our gallery of images of the garden at Chelsea, and watch the episode on BBC iPlayer to see both versions of the garden, and how it will make a real difference to the hospital. Find out more about Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the amazing work they do here.

7 ways to use ground lights

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Are you stuck for ideas? Looking for inspiration for your next interior or exterior project? Look no further, LED ground lights are the perfect versatile solution. Keep reading for 7 different ideas for using them in your next project.

  1. Use small lights with a narrow beam to make a garden look more dramatic at night. The narrow beam angle creates specific lit areas without flooding areas with too much light. This effect is also perfect for uplighting building exteriors as it keeps the light between windows, without lighting the inside.

    Suggested lights; GL019 SPOT, GL040, GL090.


  2. Change the colour of flowers and plants with our colour change range. Pick a colour and create different moods from the comfort of your arm chair with our range of colour change controllers.

    Suggested lights; GL040CARGB, GL090RGBW, GL007RGBW


  3. If you can’t decide on a colour for a building, use large colour change ground lights to change the colour of the exterior at the touch of a button.

    Suggested lights; GL007RGBW, GL008RGBW 


  4. Use small, subtle ground lights indoors to add a layer of low-level light to your scheme. Add to bedrooms for soft light, perfect for early mornings when other lights would be too harsh. Use our low glare ground lights with integral baffles for an even softer tone of light.

    Suggested lights; GL018, GL019 LG, GL050


  5. Highlight steps, pathways and arches to light the way through outdoor spaces at night. Position the light to run across steps using a narrow beam angle so that the edge of the steps are not lost causing a trip hazard.

    Suggested lights; GL019 S, GL021, GL022, GL034A, WL339, WL340, WL341, WL342


  6. Light up trees with strong beams to add a beautiful natural feature to a garden or outdoor spaces. Create a feature that stands out by using a different colour temperature to that of the rest of the lighting scheme.

    Suggested lights; GL007A, GL008A, GL009A


  7. They’re also a great alternative to downlights, use them outside to light soffits and inside to light shelves and niches.

    Suggested lights; GL040, GL090, GL019


Let us know how you’ve used ground lights by sending us your photos on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram using #CollingwoodLighting.

 

Are you still stuck for ideas for using ground lights in your lighting scheme? Visit our ‘Products in Situation’ pages for inspiration or call our lighting design team on 01604 495151, who would be happy to advise. 

Care, Maintenance & Cleaning of Stainless Steel

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The corrosion resistance of Stainless Steel stems from an extremely thin but tenacious and self repairing film which forms on its surface. This imparts the properties of stainless resistance, non-tainting of food, hygiene, cleanability and aesthetic appearance which make it the ideal choice. Furthermore, it does not chip, flake, craze, crack or break.

Stainless steel will be unaffected by the normal conditions of use. Routine simple gentle cleaning will reward the owner with a product which retains its properties and appearance throughout years of constant daily usage.

Because of its reputation for durability, Stainless Steel is sometimes assumed to be indestructible and therefore subjected to abuse such as the “DON'TS” list below. Care should be taken to avoid misuse, such as its installation in highly corrosive environments having high density salt or chlorine vapours - unless regular routine cleaning is applied to prevent corrosion.

DO'S

• Routine simple and gentle cleaning

• Use cleaners showing “Suitable for Stainless Steel”

• Employ repeated routine cleaning rather than an aggressive single cleaning

ROUTINE CLEANING

Stainless Steel’s best friends are quite simply soap, or mild dilute detergent, or dilute ammonia in warm water, applied with a soft cloth or synthetic sponge. Rinse well, dry with a soft cloth or drip dry.

Occasionally the use of a mild household cleaner, a fine synthetic scourer or a brush with nylon bristles may be used. Routine cleaning applied repeatedly over several days will often remove heavy soiling and staining which has occurred will become less noticeable (may even completely disappear).

 

PROBLEM

SOLUTION

   CHEMICALS
   i.e. Swimming Pool Acid, Battery acid.

   • Rinse immediately with warm ammonia solution. Repeated routine cleaning will often remove the stain over a period of time.

   • Avoid contact with aggressive chemicals.

   CHLORINE/SALT ATTACK leading to “TEA STAINING”
   i.e. unventilated indoor swimming pool, sea front area. Tea staining being the discolouration of the surface of stainless steel by corrosion. See http://www.assda.asn.au/technical-info/technical-faqs/preventing-coastal-corrosion-tea-staining

   • If heavy, the use of a stainless steel cleaner or a specialised cleaning company would be required. Polishing would be needed if pitted. Follow by routine cleaning.

   • Usually prevented by routine cleaning.

   • Don’t allow excessive attack before treating.

   TREE LEAVES STAINS

   • Repeated routine cleaning over a period of days. Use of a mild household cleaner may be necessary. If heavy, the use of a stainless steel cleaner or a specialised cleaning company would be required.

   • Avoid prolonged contact of tree leaves.

   GREASE, FATS, OILS

   • Wipe off excess with soft paper towel. Clean with warm detergent. Follow by routine cleaning.

   • Slight residue of grease, fat, oil is often the cause of a dull bluish film.

   LABELS (STICK ON)

   • Clean well with warm water. Rub periodically with soft cloth/sponge. If adhesive remains, dry and rub off with soft cloth soaked in alcohol or organic solvent.

   • DO NOT scour or scratch off.

   RUST STAINS

   • If heavy, the use of a stainless steel cleaner or a specialised cleaning company would be required, followed by routine cleaning. Light stains will be removed by repeated routine cleaning.

   • Don’t leave ordinary steel in contact with Stainless Steel under damp conditions.

   WATER MARKS/LIME SCALE

   • Prolonged cleaning with a 25% vinegar solution will loosen the deposit. Periodically rub with nylon bristle brush or synthetic scourer. Follow by routine cleaning.

   • Usually prevented by routine cleaning.

   • Don’t allow excessive build-up before treating.

Download our PDF here and view our range of stainless steel products here. If you have any questions about caring for stainless steel products or just want to know more, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01604 495151.

Collingwood Lighting joins elite group on the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 table

Friday, 24 June 2016

 

LED lighting specialist Collingwood Lighting has joined an elite group of UK businesses with the fastest-growing international trade after making it onto the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

The annual table ranks Britain’s top 200 mid-market private companies with the fastest growing international sales. With a 61% growth in international sales over a two-year period, Collingwood Lighting went straight in at number 48.

A designer, manufacturer and provider of LED lighting products and solutions, Collingwood exports its LED lighting to 15 countries across the world.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Grao, who has himself spent most of his career in CEO roles living in Asia, the Americas and across Europe, said: “The whole organisation at Collingwood is delighted at the recognition from the Sunday Times and very proud that their efforts and commitment have resulted in more than 60% growth internationally.”

“This impressive international growth – like in the UK – has been achieved through a winning formula of developing and marketing the most innovative LED lighting products (notably downlights and landscape lighting), delivering excellent customer service and working very closely with our electrical distribution partners.”

“The acceleration in R&D and new product development at Collingwood – the introduction of the best-in-class H2 Pro 700 downlight this month being just one example – should ensure that high levels of sales growth continue for the foreseeable future in the UK and across the globe.”

Collingwood Lighting’s entry onto the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 means it joins an elite group of companies including well-known names such as Sweaty Betty, Pret A Manger and Caffé Nero.

Together, companies ranked in the seventh annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table grew their international sales by an average of 39% a year over the last two years to a total of £7.1bn.

The table is sponsored by HSBC and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

Amanda Murphy, UK head of corporate banking at HSBC, said: “The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 is a great reflection of the value of building connections overseas. The world is getting smaller and for ambitious businesses, the opportunities to source goods and services and to grow organically via international trade, digitally or on the ground, are easier than ever.”

“I’m delighted to see so many HSBC-backed mid-sized firms making such a strong impression on the world stage.”

Click here for more information or call our team on 01604 495151.

How to choose a wall light for an outdoor space

Friday, 22 April 2016

Want to add wall lights to your next garden lighting scheme but not sure how to choose from our extensive collection? Use the below chart to help you decide which will be right for your project.

How 3 stores have used Collingwood LED lighting to increase their sales

Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Have you ever wondered why some displays draw you to the merchandise whilst others leave you unimpressed? This may not be down to the merchandise but because they haven't been given the light they deserve. Keep reading to find out how our new retail range has been used in 3 stores to uncover the secret treasures hidden under poor lighting.

 

1. Thackerays Clothing Store

In the back of the store with a lack of natural light, Thackerays faced the challenge of showing the true colours of their high end clothing range. The installation of the new Collingwood retail range was the perfect solution.

Integral to this range are LUXEON LEDs with CrispWhite technology that activates fluorescing agents present in white materials to make them pop out. Under this light the whites of the shirts in Thackerays look crisp and vibrant, ensuring that they will catch the eye of customers.

 

2. Sheen Living

When we first entered this home living store in South West London, it was like Aladdin's Cave - packed full of an eclectic range of gifts and home decor items hidden around the store under poor lighting. The store underwent a complete transformation after replacing their existing lighting with the new Collingwood range.

The unique and colourful items simply appeared to come to life. The high Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of >90 really made the deep reds, bold blues and vibrant colours pop out from the shelves.

Anita Kane, one of the owners of Sheen Living, said: "Collingwood have changed the look of our shop without customers even realising why. After the new lights were installed customers noticed furniture and other stock items that we previously had, but they had not commented on or purchased."

 

3. Asha’s Inspired Living

Prior to the installation of new lighting, Barbara and Tony of Asha's Inspired Living in Oundle were having to take customers outside to choose their paint under natural daylight, whatever the weather.

Rather than invest in an exterior canopy they turned to Collingwood to update their lighting. Lighting by Collingwood is designed to reveal and showcase merchandise in it's true colours. Under the new technology the vibrant colours of the paint samples and products in the store are brought to life. The decorations and colours are made vibrant and exciting, drawing customers to them and making them desperate to take the items home.

 

Do you want to know how lighting could increase the profits of your store, or know someone who would? Call us today on 01604 495151. See more photos of retail lighting for inspiration here, and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How to welcome spring into a garden

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Spring is finally here, and that means longer days, warmer evenings, an abundance of new flowers, and garden shows such as RHS Malvern for us to look forward to. Keep reading to find out how to adapt a garden to make the most of the new season.

1. Increase visibility and prevent accidents during twilight hours by drawing attention to steps without distracting from your view.

2. To highlight the colours of this season’s flowers and plants, add spike lights to flower bedding.

3. Enjoy your freshly bloomed flowers on warmer evenings by creating a reading area with spot lights.

4. If you prefer to relax and enjoy the scenery, use light to create a natural vista. 

5. The spring weather is perfect for al fresco dining. Why not define a dining area by lighting benches with stripwall and ground lights. 

6. Whether you're dining, eating or just enjoying the view, a control system will allow you to adapt the lighting to whatever you're doing.

Want to know how you could welcome spring into your garden? Or want to let us know about a project you've worked on recently that you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter and Instagram using #LightingwithCollingwood.

 

Combining classic with contemporary

Wednesday, 09 March 2016

Are you an LED fan but always thought they were restricted to contemporary projects? Think again! Keep reading to see 3 examples of how our LED lights have been used to give historical buildings the spotlight they deserve.

1. Castle Howard

The stunning architecture of Castle Howard Chapel had remained hidden in the dark for years. The owners wanted to find a way of drawing the artwork out of the shadows whilst still protecting it from harsh UV light. LED lighting was the obvious choice to reveal the vibrant colours of the interior.

For this stately home, a setting for popular period dramas such as Brideshead Revisited, the lighting ensured that the beautiful architecture and antique artwork took centre stage.

Collingwood lights have been hidden among columns and covings to wash the walls in light, allowing for an accurate representation of the vivid colours of the stunning works of art.

2. York Minster

The Zouche chapel of York Minster features a very unique ceiling design. The challenge was to highlight this feature whilst still creating a warm atmospheric light to this vast space. Flood and wall lights do just that, and cleverly illuminate the vibrant colour and detail of the stained glass windows.

3. Newcastle Church

The beams of the large vaulted ceiling are sure to be objects of envy to homeowners trying to achieve a traditional look, but they posed a challenge to the lighting designer.

How could the church be lit in a way that highlighted the beams with sufficient light to reach the high ceiling but preserve the historical beauty of the chapel. The answer was to install flood lights along the beams and light bars along the sides of the space. A clever use of downlights has created a welcoming entrance. An added bonus of LED lights is that whilst powerful they emit considerably less heat than alternatives. 

How have you used LEDs to combine contemporary and traditional design? We’d love to see your photos, share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using #LightingwithCollingwood.

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