Our new Bristol office at 299 Lighting!

23rd October, 2014


Earlier on this year, 299 Lighting embarked on moving into a new, modern office based in Brislington, Bristol. As a renowned lighting design and supply company, it was only right that we installed products from our high quality product ranges. The brief was to have a creative space, moving away from conventional small office lighting which encourages interaction within the studio and complying with LG7 and BS EN 12464 regulations.




As pictured above you can see the open studio layout, featuring Tobias Grau, ‘XT-A Long’ luminaires at the back of the room, sleek-looking, freestanding architectural luminaires. They feature both direct and indirect light distribution to illuminate the high ceiling and the task area below with low glare. Finished in a satin Black, they really look the part giving a modern impression when you first enter the room. Complementing the other side of the desks are ‘XT-A Floor LED’ luminaires, with integrated sensor controls for additional energy saving with members of the team frequently coming in and out of the office. Using floor standing luminaires gives us freedom to move the fittings around easily and rearrange whenever.






Looking at the centre back wall, we made the surface more interesting by installing a Lightnet, direct/indirect profile as a contemporary, decorative centre piece. To left of the back wall is a Tobias Grau ‘XT-A Compact Wall’, this stylish fitting compensates for the lack of natural light in this area and makes the corner of the room more inviting.






This section of the room pictured above is a great area for small meetings, socialising and dining. The feature pendant suspended over the table emphasises this area with sufficient light on the surface. In the background, are Lyner fittings from our XAL range, arranged along the worktop as a decorative space filler.



If you’re in the area, feel free to pop in to our new and exciting office to have a look around. If you require a fresh and modern office lighting fit-out, then get in touch on 0117 942 2512.



Building Lighting Regulations Explained

16th October, 2014



There are a number of regulations for new and existing buildings to achieve high energy efficiency projects. With our wide range of high efficiency luminaires energy and maintenance costs can be reduced. It is essential that designers and clients are aware of the regulation requirements in order to maximize efficiency.

The LG7 is issued by the Society of Light & Lighting and is intended to be a guide for designers of lighting for offices. The aim of the guidance is to achieve a fully compliant lighting design, requiring a good luminance balance between the task area, walls and ceiling. Illuminance ratio should be at least 50% for the task area, 30% for the ceiling and 20% for the floor.
Different luminaires, be it direct or indirect, natural or artificial can affect the different lighting values of each surface. Different types of surfaces can have various reflectivity values, such as an matt emulsion painted wall or a gloss painted wall. Colours also have an effect on this and can be accessed using a surface reflectance and colour sample chart from CIBSE. We are able to work this out as part of our free lighting design service here at 299.

Part L
Part L is a new method for measuring lighting efficiency, taking into account the efficiency of the whole lighting installation, not just the components. As of 2013, the new minimum performance required is 60 Luminaire lumens per circuit watt (total lumen output divided by wattage consumption). If the luminaire has controls then the regulations permit the efficacy to be a minimum of 42 LL/cct watt.
Other design requirements include adequate illumination of each work task area, unified glare rating, contrasts between task zones and brightness between walls and ceilings. These recommendations are referenced in the EN12464-1 guidance for a safe and healthy working environment.

LENI stands for Lighting Energy Numeric Indicator, it promotes efficient use of lighting, not just efficiency of individual lighting components. It consists of three complex control factors, Occupancy Factor (automatically controlling the system by detecting the presence of people in a room), Factor for daylight (lighting dims in response to daylight being available), Constant Illuminance Factor (where constant illuminance system is implemented).


BS EN 12464

EN-12464-1 refers to ‘The Lighting of Workplaces’, a standard about the quality aspects of lighting workstations and their direct environment. Workstations are defined as a work area, with task lighting then there will be basic lighting in the rest of the area. Luminance control is also specified so there are no reflections on computer screens. For normal workstations, a limit applies of 1000 cd/m² or 200 cd/m² depending on the computer screen. This limit applies for angles starting from 65° all-around. A copy of the BS EN 12464-1 is available from the BSI website.

Our team of project engineers at 299 Lighting have the ability to calculate if your project is compliant with relevant regulations. Get in contact with us today if you need any help achieving an energy efficient building on 0117 942 2512.


Stay in Control: 299 Lighting now supplying Rako Controls

7th October, 2014


As well as supplying a diverse range of high quality luminaires, 299 Lighting can now supply Rako control products for your projects. With Rako providing the latest in dimming technology, lighting systems can be simple to use, creative, easily installed and cost effective. 299 Lighting can now also assist in specifying the right control panels and modules for your project.

The wireless system available can be a perfect solution for listed buildings or homes without sufficient wiring. The system can allow the user to set various lighting scenes to suit the interior and provides dimming capabilities. The technology doesn’t stop there, as the free Rako controls app for smartphones and tablets allows for full wireless control anywhere in the world via the internet.

We’ve worked on a few projects already using Rako controls and have received great feedback so far. Pictured is a 7-scene control panel used in a residential environment, this was a great solution for this project as there was no need to drill into the walls for wiring. This system is simple to use with everyone living in the property using it on a daily basis. Get in touch with the 299 Lighting team today to see how a Rako control system could help your project.







Bad Lighting drives customers out of Restaurants

11th September, 2014

Pension Dolina Restaurant


Believe it or not, bad lighting can effectively ruin a restaurant’s business.


According to a survey by npower, 88% of brits said lighting in venues such as pubs or restaurants would affect how much they enjoy a date or romantic meal, and 71% said lighting is an important consideration when picking a venue for a date, rating above other factors as price (66%) and music (53%).


In fact good lighting increases the chance of customers returning to a venue again and with a whopping 87% stating they would pick a venue they have been to before for a date, establishments who get their lighting wrong may lose some customers forever.


Nearly a third of survey participants have walked out of a business such as a restaurant or bar because of bad lighting, where it was either too bright or not bright enough.


At 299 lighting, we calculate the correct lighting levels for various industries with our in-house design team, to ensure our projects are successful and our clients are happy with our service. Lighting even has to match the different foods served at different restaurants, for example light bar food goes with soft lighting while sushi looks better in a brighter light.


To make sure that the lighting on your project is correct, get in touch with us to see how we can help specify the right products for you. Call us on 0117 942 2512 to find out more or fill in our enquiry form on our contact page.


Click on a link below to see some our experience with bar and restaurant projects



The meaning of BREEAM & SKA

4th September, 2014



There are many terms and abbreviations that may be confusing when working on projects with other companies. As a Lighting design and supply company, we want our customers to feel in the know. If you’ve heard of BREEAM and SKA then you may need some clarification on what it means, please read on.


What is BREEAM?


BREEAM is the assessment method used for sustainable building design, construction and operation and is the most widely recognised evaluations on building performance. BREEAM is intended to encourage designers, clients and others to;


  • Think about low carbon and low impact design
  • Minimise energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low carbon technologies


Aspects that are essential to BREEAM criteria include energy and water use, the internal environment, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.


Having a certified BREEAM building can give you the following benefits;


  • market recognition for low environmental impact buildings,
  • confidence that tried and tested environmental practices are incorporated in the building,
  • inspiration to find innovative solutions that minimise the environmental impact,
  • a benchmark that is higher than regulation,
  • a system to help reduce running costs and improve working and living environments,
  • A standard that demonstrates progress towards corporate and organisational environmental objectives.


What is SKA?


SKA rating is a certification intended for existing building fit-outs and are supported by RICS as well as many other organisations in the property industry. Rating varies depending on the ‘good practice’ measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport. With lighting, it is important that both light quality and energy efficiency meet the criteria along with the suitable controls. With a wide range of high efficiency fittings available from 299 Lighting, requirements are easy to meet and we can assist with the relevant benchmarks.


299 Lighting have supplied high efficiency light fittings in the past for BREEAM certified buildings such as the Chancellor’s building at Bath University. Get in touch with us on 0117 942 2512 to find out how we can help you achieve a BREEAM certified building with our in-house design team.


Bristol is the European Green Capital for 2015

14th August, 2014

Bristol Green Image




Bristol is the European Green capital for 2015, an award to promote and reward efforts by cities that improve the environment. This excites us at 299 Lighting, based in the heart of Bristol, we believe that our energy efficient lighting products can contribute to make the city greener, happier and better for everybody. Organisations of all shapes and sizes are keen to show their green credentials in preparation for next year. With Cabot Circus being the first retail-LED urban regeneration scheme it achieved an excellent environmental rating under the BREEAM scheme.

The use of high efficiency lamps is an important aspect to making offices, shops, restaurants and residential areas greener for when Bristol takes the Green Capital crown next year. Get in touch with 299 lighting to see how we can help with your project.

Lack of LED Lighting in Retail

11th August, 2014


Durasafe-New Showroom 7


According to building research body BRE, LED products still only account for a tiny proportion of lighting in retail. They estimate the LED products make up less than five percent of lighting in the sector. We look into why this is the case, as the use of LED can bring many benefits to the retail industry.


Studies show that the retail industry are one of the biggest energy consumers and that 43 percent of electricity consumed was for lighting. With the less efficient T8 lamps still being the most commonly used lighting technology in retail, it is imperative that LEDs are used to their advantage.


The use of LED lamps can not only save money on electricity consumption, but can also improve sales through the brand image and providing new opportunities for accent lighting. It is thought that some retailers who are still not convinced by LED have not been shown the right products.


Get in touch with 299 lighting to gain some more information on LED products to create the right design for your project.


Products recommended for Retail…


Why Acoustic Luminaires?

25th July, 2014



If you didn’t receive this week’s newsletter, you will be delighted to know 299 Lighting are now supplying a sound absorbing luminaire range. These exciting new products from our German manufacturer Lightnet, are a solution to a high level of noise in open offices and public spaces. The new acoustic range is a result of work with Akustik plus GmbH, a specialist in acoustics, offering the best available materials and experience in the industry. There are a wide range of material finishes for the sound absorbing luminaires, from contemporary white to a dark walnut finish.


Why the need for Acoustic Luminaires?

Although acoustics is often given a low priority over other project goals, it is still important to give a satisfactory noise level in workplaces or public spaces. Noise can come from outside traffic, machinery such as photocopiers or telephones and voices within the workspace. For example, a public space such as a library, minimal noise is of great importance and sound absorbing luminaires can help achieve this.


How do they work?

If sound is not absorbed, it will continue to bounce around off of walls until drained of energy. In a room with hard walls, this bouncing can go on for quite some time. To put simply, the porous material in the luminaire traps and converts the sound to a very small amount of heat. This reduces the echoes reflecting in a room, making it a quieter environment.


How Acoustic Luminair works


Click here to take a look at one in our range of sound absorbing luminaires now available. If you would like more information, give us a call today on 0117 942 2512.

LED Growth Vs Incandescent

29th April, 2014


Do we truly understand why our governments are pushing out incandescent bulbs and driving us to buy the more expensive replacement LED versions? Are we getting value for money or are we falling for another marketing scam?


To begin with, why are incandescent bulbs been or being phased out, the US department of energy have published figures from the phase out and promote the fact that the country will be saving up to $6 billion by 2015 from the removal of 100v and 60v incandescent bulbs. This a huge saving to the home owner as well as an environmental positive in a world filled with green conscious people. This push forward replicates our governments want for the world to become more environmentally conscious.


The Figures are being published to show the massive saving the ban could create for the household, but the argument is what should buy now your £1 60W incandescent bulb are not available. LED is being pushed to be the future for light


ing but can the consumer understand the massive jump in price? There are now scary reports that some LED alternatives are not what the packaging says and some are just plain dangerous. Even the Daily Mail is picking up on the fears of the consumer saying through their independent testers that one in four of the LED bulbs don’t replicate the figures shown on the box for lifespan. Lux Magazine is also backing that some of the bulbs are not


This is painting a bad name for LED bulbs but most importantly shows that buying cheap means buying twice. If you scroll through the world of YouTube you will find multiple videos of people showing how dangerous some China imported LED lamps are, some lacking basic electrical knowledge and live wires are being attached directly to the front plate. Just plain dangerous.all what they seem, one expert even jokes that he has seen bulbs with both 30,000 hours and 50,000 hours lifespan on the same box.


Ok, yes the LED market is a bit scary right now but I do truly believe that LED is the correct direction for the UK to move into. Yes, right now people are trying to jump on the band waggon, produce faster and sell even quicker. But, the correct lighting companies have produced a reputation for excellence through decades of experience, and now are using the experience to design and produce the future for lighting with LED. This is what I believe can be the pivot point of the ban, by knowing what you are buying.




The most important message is to know what you are buying and only buy from trusted manufactures.

Future of Lighting? – Philips’ OneSpace

1st April, 2014


Philips has now been named in the top 50 of most innovative companies for 2014 by Fast Company, but they have now released the concept of ‘OneSpace’ which could allow them to climb the ladder even faster. In 1964 Issac Asimov for the New York Times wrote about predicting the future with his ideas about what will be shown by the 2014 World’s Fair. The amazing thing about the article is that there is a glare of truth about what he said in specific reference to the reveal of Philips’ new product.


‘One thought that occurs to me is that men will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better’ – the ‘OneSpace’ does exactly that. The light that is created during a perfectly delicate overcast day is exactly what the ‘OneSpace’ proposes to replicate in the indoor environment. The made-to-measure panel system is designed to create a uniform, glare free light which will cast no shadows.


The ceiling which is most commonly left out by architects as an important design element of a building can now be enlightened to make it a feature of any project. The product is being suggested to be used in areas which are formidably known for poor lighting. Phillips now claim they can ‘deliver glare-free LED light that eliminates shadows completely so you can view objects in their true light’ for areas such as car showrooms, retail stores or airports.


The seamless panel’s sizing starts from 2.4m2 and is available up to 3m by 10m. The ‘OneSpace’ is manufactured using LED lights with a diffused cloth in order to create the authentic looking natural light. It will be supplied with a colour temperature of 4000k, but Phillips say that the panel can be adjusted between 3000-5000K to achieve the perfect look for a room. The light also scores 80+ in CRI, reiterating the idea of the natural looking light the panel is producing.


Is the future of lighting being create by Philips or just another concept which will be lost in the past?


Philips_OneSpace_2 Close up of OneSpace