Megaman Lighting were one of our sponsors for Designersblock 2011.
Here Designersblock creative director Rory Dodd asks Fred Bass managing director of Neonlite International Ltd, the brand owner of MEGAMAN some questions about trends and innovations in lighting.
Fred Bass Q&A for Designersblock
Fred Bass, managing director of Neonlite International Ltd, the brand owner of MEGAMAN® comments:
What’s next for Megaman ? What are you working on at the moment?
“We are continuing to grow and expand on our existing, exceptionally successful, LED and CFL lamp technology business through developing new product innovations for markets where we already have strong sales and market presence such as Europe. These include, amongst other things, the development of a future-proof, socketable LED modules. In addition, we have expanded our operations into South America.”
What are the advances in lighting going to be in the next ten to twenty years?
“There are very significant growth opportunities for high quality CFLs and LEDs as awareness of the different technologies improves. Through education, people are beginning to understand that there are energy efficient light solutions on the market that have all the light quality benefits of incandescents, but not their poor energy performance.
“Over the next ten years we will see a continued refining of LED technology and a standardisation of the various technologies. As a light source for the future, LEDs are forcing the industry to fragment. Just like the fixtures industry, the lamps sector is now seeing a lot more players on the field. It won’t be all about LEDs however, CFL lamps still have a place in the market for commercial general lighting because of their excellent light distribution and energy efficient credentials. Working alongside LEDs, CFLs will provide true retrofit solutions for less efficient incandescent light sources for many years to come.
“Although the number of LED manufacturers and approaches to the technology means that there is more choice for end users, unfortunately it can lead to confusion amongst end users, due to consistency issues However we are finding that this is also creating great opportunities for companies like MEGAMAN. With our 20 years heritage in the energy saving lamp market, we are a brand people can trust and we bring the quality of a premium brand to this new technology.”
How do compact fluorescents and led light sources compare with incandescents in terms of brightness, quality of light, colour rendering, economy, disposability, lifespan, recyclability and sustainability?
“LED lamp technology is far superior to incandescent light sources in many ways. In terms of lifespan and economy, LED’s can last up to 50,000 hours, compared to roughly 1,000 hours for the old incandescent light bulbs and, although more expensive to purchase, are more cost efficient over their life-time. In addition, LED bulbs tend to use 80% less power than their predecessor, saving end users significant money on electricity bills.
“MEGAMAN’s LED light sources have excellent colour rendering of up to Ra92 and thanks to the company’s patented TCH & LED reflector technology, have high quality light distribution and brightness compared with conventional incandescent lamps of the same output.
“CFL technology and product design has improved dramatically over recent years. CFLs use at least 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light and, good quality CFLs such as those produced by MEGAMAN, can now produce the same quality, brightness, and colour of light as traditional incandescent bulbs.
“As the world’s leading manufacturer of energy saving lamps, sustainability not only means designing and producing environmentally friendly products, but also includes a commitment to minimising the environmental impact arising from all aspects of its business. From product development to disposal and recycling, MEGAMAN prioritises environmental management and strives to implement pollution-free processes in the entire product life cycle of its LEDs and CFLs. The company also uses renewable or recyclable materials to minimise the use of resources and complies with environmental legislation and industry codes of practice.”
What is the brightest/most powerful lamp that you produce and what is the gentlest/softest/dimmest ?
“In the MEGAMAN CFL range, our 320W Clusterlite takes some beating for sheer lumen package – with 23,000 lumen. However in our LED Professional Series, we have an AR111 LED reflector lamp with a beam power of up to 16,000 candela! At lower power, we have the mellotone LED, this 6W MR16 LED produces a 2400K warm light, for an atmospheric feeling.”
Do MEGAMAN produce any coloured lighting or colour changing lamps?
“Colour changing is, in my opinion, for diversion, distraction or decoration and is not our business. LED has now come of age in professional lighting solutions. Quality LED brands such as MEGAMAN can deliver high quality, white light with good colour rendering, consistency and performance.”
What’s your best project to date?
“One of our most interesting partnerships to date, came out of an initial project to refurbish the lighting in Marni’s store at Harvey Nichols, London. We worked closely with architectural design studio, Sybarite on this and the success of the installation led to a creative partnership that has developed still further – with Sybarite designing MEGAMAN’s stunning EuroShop 2011 stand.
“Our EuroShop design brief was to create a focal point to the stand which would capture the eyes and imaginations of passers-by and show the potential of MEGAMAN’s state-of-the-art reflector technology. Working alongside Torquil McIntosh, director for Sybarite, the end result was a stunning 8m diameter reflective dome, which was suspended over the stand. With ‘reflection’ very much front-of-mind and lighting all about optical enhancement, Sybarite designed a reflective dome from mirror formica, creating maximum light reflection and a bold visual statement.”
What’s the biggest project you have been involved with so far?
“MEGAMAN is involved in such a variety of large projects it is difficult to pick the ‘biggest’. However, one of the most interesting for the design community is the recent lighting of the Groninger Museum in Groningen, Holland, which has always been known for pushing the boundaries of design. Sixteen years after the museum’s total reconstruction in 1994, with stunning structures by Philippe Starck, Alessandro Mendini and Coop Himmelb(l)au, the museum’s interior needed refreshing.
“550 MEGAMAN PAR16 8W GU10 2800K LED dimmable lamps were installed throughout the Groninger Museum’s oval-shaped access rooms between the exhibition spaces, the entrance area and the new Mendini Restaurant. These lamps were chosen thanks to their dimming potential, luminosity and installation depth. To create a strong focal point within Jaime Hayon’s designed Job Lounge, a Venini Murano pendant artwork and wall lamps were created and MEGAMAN’s DIMMERABLE Series of Liliput CFL lamps used within them.
“In addition to now being beautifully lit, the significantly reduced wattage of MEGAMAN’s halogen replacement lamps and long lamp life means considerable energy and cost-efficiencies for the Museum for many years to come.”
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About MEGAMAN® MEGAMAN® is a respected and successful global brand that leads in designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative, eco-friendly, energy saving lamps. Offering over 400 different products to 90+ countries across the globe, MEGAMAN® has been built on the ability of its lamps to deliver substantial benefits to a wide range of customers while improving quality of life and conserving the environment.
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