Commercial lighting for spaces like offices, hospitals, institutions and government buildings demands functionality first and foremost. A long lamp lifespan, better durability and improved energy saving are of primary importance, and the lighting design must consider the type of activity undertaken to ensure that the resulting lux levels provide optimum comfort.
LED lighting offers tremendous advantages over traditional fluorescent fittings. Indeed, it is no coincidence that the move to LED has been one of the fastest technology shifts in the world: without doubt, it is the future of illumination. LED lights last longer - often well in excess of 20,000 hours. They also use significantly less power and their use is contributing to the considerable dent that improved efficiency is making in the UK's energy demands. And, since hidden technology dissipates any residual heat, they do not affect the ambient temperature.
Furthermore, there are now no downsides to LED luminaires, with warmer white lights being readily available.
Downlights and panel lights form the core of commercial lighting products and, once more, Collingwood lead the market. The entire collection of commercial downlights are colour switchable, offering a choice of 3000, 4000 and 6500 Kelvin in one luminaire which may be selected at the point of installation in according with client preference. They are mains dimmable and provide market-leading efficiency of up to 117lumens/watt, and with an IP54 rating, they may be fitted throughout, including in bathrooms. Plug and play connectors ensure quick and easy installation, and their unique heatsink design ensures a truly impressive lamp life of 50,000-hours endorsed by a five-year extended warranty.
Traditionally many commercial spaces have relied on fluorescent tubes to provide the bulk of their lighting requirements. Collingwood’s IP20 batten lights are an easily installed replacement for virtually any existing four, five or six foot fluorescent tube and will provide substantial energy savings as well as a significantly longer lifespan - on average fluorescent tubes last just 12,000 hours, compared with the Collingwood LED luminaires with a lamp lifespan of 54,000 hours.
Of course, all commercial buildings must incorporate a lit egress in the event of a power failure, so emergency lighting must be incorporated into any scheme. Emergency versions of both these downlights and batten lights are available.
Outdoors, bollard lights and bulkhead lights will ensure well-lit driveways, paths, perimeters and car parks, providing vital employee and public safety. Floodlights may be used to similar effect, or to add interest to the building’s exterior, and step lights will turn a potential trip hazard into a safe and stunning feature.