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    Scolmore wins prestigious international award

    Scolmore Group’s innovative IEC Lock+ connector has won a prestigious ‘Best of Show’ award at the Interop Tokyo 2016 Exhibition. … Read full story

    Watch the new GuardCam Video!

    GuardCam LED is a complete all-in-one PIR floodlight, camera, speaker and DVR system. Simply connect to main power, fix to wall, set the time and date and switch on! … Read full story

    Scolmore launches IEC Lock catalogue

    Leading wiring accessories and lighting supplier, Scolmore Group, has produced a new brochure for its growing IEC Lock range, which brings all product information together in one concise, informative,… Read full story

    Scolmore’s Inceptor LED Range - Lighting With Confidence

    Scolmore’s Inceptor range of integrated LED downlights has been awarded LIA Lab (Lighting Industry Association Laboratories) certification following successful testing of the products for safety… Read full story

    Flow Range Hits New Heights

    Scolmore is delighted to have been able to lend its support to a very worthwhile cause, when products from its Click Flow range were installed at the brand new Kent Multiple Sclerosis Centre in… Read full story

    SHINING A LIGHT ON LEDS

    Light-emitting diodes have been around for years.  But within the past decade LED’s have gone from being simple indicators on electrical devices, to brilliant white light sources capable of… Read full story

    Scolmore plugs into Sky

    Scolmore Group’s innovative IEC Locks have been used by broadcasting giant, BSkyB, to provide vital protection for servers and IT equipment at a number of data centres throughout its UK network.… Read full story

    New Remote Control For Click Inels RF

    A new 40-channel remote control has been launched by Click Scolmore for its iNELS Radio Frequency Wireless Control System, which will give users the ability to control the whole home automation system… Read full story

  • Case Studies

    Providing vital data communications solution

    ADP is a global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions and leader in business outsourcing services, and has more than 600,000 clients in over 100 countries worldwide. … Read full story

    Scolmore’s IEC Lock turns up the heat

    The applications for Scolmore’s IEC Lock, with its unique and patented locking mechanism, are extensive – from data communications, military, medical and maritime, to outside broadcasting… Read full story

    17th Century Barn for 21st century living

    A rare, four-bay, pre-1750’s timber-frame barn in Betchworth, Surrey, has been saved from complete dereliction by its present owners, who were keen to restore the 400 year old property for use… Read full story

    Gothic Goes Green & Hi-Tec

    Hamble Cliff Lodge had stood proudly for some 200 years, on one side protecting the mansion Hamble Cliff House, where Queen Victoria visited, and with its back to the Solent on the outskirts of… Read full story

    Our products used in New York inspired apartments

    Inspired by the slick European and US style of residential block managed apartments in New York and Paris, are three stunning new contemporary apartment blocks recently completed in Manchester by… Read full story

    Pioneering eco houses with zero energy bills

    Revolutionary homes that would allow tenants to avoid energy bills are being pioneered in Northumberland by leading architects Space Group.  The Newcastle-based architecture and technology… Read full story

    Flow Range Hits New Heights

    Scolmore is delighted to have been able to lend its support to a very worthwhile cause, when products from its Click Flow range were installed at the brand new Kent Multiple Sclerosis Centre in… Read full story

    Blackpool Pleasure Beach given the Green Light

    Scolmore International has supplied a range of energy-efficient LED bulkheads from its Fumagalli Outdoor Lighting collection as part of the refurbishment programme for Blackpool Pleasure Beach –… Read full story

    Lighting up Coventry University with Fumagalli

    Coventry University has embarked on a massive 10 year, £160m refurbishment to become a state-of-the-art academic facility and has selected Click Scolmore lighting products as part of a focus to… Read full story

    Integrated approach for new lighting installation

    More than 850 of Scolmore Group’s Inceptor LED Downlights are providing a low energy lighting solution in a new £3.5m Apart-Hotel due to open in Piccadilly, Manchester this autumn. … Read full story

  • Ovia™ Electrical News

    Watch the new GuardCam Video!

    GuardCam LED is a complete all-in-one PIR floodlight, camera, speaker and DVR system. Simply connect to main power, fix to wall, set the time and date and switch on! … Read full story

    Enhanced features on new Ovia Electrical website

    Ovia Electrical has re-designed its website at www.oviaelectrical.com.au to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout. It provides… Read full story

    Scolmore makes its debut at Light+Building – Hall 4.0 Stand E51

    Scolmore Group will be attending Light+Building in Frankfurt for the first time in 2016, where it will demonstrate the breadth of its lighting products range from across the business divisions. … Read full story

    Pioneering eco houses with zero energy bills

    Revolutionary homes that would allow tenants to avoid energy bills are being pioneered in Northumberland by leading architects Space Group.  The Newcastle-based architecture and technology… Read full story

    Flow Range Hits New Heights

    Scolmore is delighted to have been able to lend its support to a very worthwhile cause, when products from its Click Flow range were installed at the brand new Kent Multiple Sclerosis Centre in… Read full story

    The DIY SOS Big Build

    14-year-old Jack Morris was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called central core myopothy, and in his short life he has had 19 operations to try to correct the symptoms of this disorder,… Read full story

Smart Lighting sector

Marie Parry, Marketing Director, Scolmore Group, looks at the growing Smart Lighting sector and the opportunities it presents to specifiers, architects and installers.

Projected to exceed US$47 billion by 2020, the global lighting industry has come a long way from the on/off world to energy efficient lighting and adaptive lighting to the current connected – or smart - lighting era.   

In the UK, the lighting market was estimated to be worth around £2 billion in 2015, an increase of thirteen percent on the previous year and strong growth is projected for the smart lighting market in the coming years driven by the rapid penetration of LED lighting and increasing awareness in terms of energy efficiency and environmental issues.  Other factors driving growth include an increasing demand for green buildings, recovery in the construction industry, rising popularity of wireless lighting controls and the availability of technologically advanced and innovative smart lighting solutions.

There are also huge opportunities for smart lighting in the retrofit segment as many of the lighting systems in current buildings are not energy efficient.  According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) there is huge potential for improved energy efficiency in buildings.  It says that up to 82% of energy efficiency measures remain untapped in buildings today; up to half of this energy efficiency potential can be realised through improved control of the building and the integration of systems that work together.  With only around 20% of the UK’s commercial buildings at present ‘smart’ buildings, and with energy efficiency and sustainability increasingly becoming a business consideration for many directors and senior managers, this market is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, providing business opportunities for architects, specifiers, contractors and installers alike.

When it comes to energy efficiency, lighting is a key consideration.  According to the Carbon Trust, up to 40% of a building’s electricity use is accounted for by lighting.  Getting the lighting right is therefore vital for the energy efficiency of the building. 

Whilst lighting is typically one of the biggest expenses on a building’s energy bill, it is also one of the easiest areas to save.  LED lamp technology is providing the means to reduce lighting energy consumption across a range of sectors from retail and office to industrial properties and street lighting.  Lamp technology, however, is just one component of the lighting energy equation.  Hand in hand with the development of the LED lamp has been the progress made with control gear and LED drivers.  

Smart lighting control solutions can help reduce energy consumption and costs. By dimming or switching off lighting when there is nobody in the room, occupancy sensors can reduce electricity consumption by 30%, says the Carbon Trust.  While daylight sensors allow for the adjustment of the artificial lighting according to the amount of natural lighting in a room and can reduce electricity use by 40%.

As the smart technology market continues to flourish bringing this technology to an ever-increasing audience of consumers - so the domestic end user is becoming savvy to the cost- and energy-saving properties that connected devices offer.

The control of lighting is becoming expected as standard to a whole new demographic, that previously thought of home automation systems and connected devices as something solely for the wealthy.  They see it not just as a means of controlling energy usage inside and outside the home, but also providing the ability to create zones and scenes throughout the home.  Home lighting is increasingly being seen as a lifestyle element that can be programed to fit a household’s requirements.   Scene controls or scene settings allow the illumination of an area based on the lighting needs and activities undertaken there.  This means different options can be set up for different times of day, for example a good strong light for ‘reading’ and small table lamps for ‘watching TV’.  

A system like the Click iNELS Wireless Control System from Scolmore provides an ideal solution to controlling lighting inside and outside the home. 

It offers simple and flexible installation, significant energy savings and easy programming as the key attributes, and a one-touch centralised control panel means that everything can be easily set and adjusted from this one single control panel. 

The RF system is made up of a series of wireless transmitters, receivers and combined units.  No additional cables or wall cutting is required to install the system as the receivers can be installed behind light fittings or into suitable installation boxes and the transmitters are powered by battery, so there is no need for any wiring or additional power supply. 

Because of its flexibility it can be easily installed into any property and is a very attractive proposition for electrical installers who can offer it to their customers as an entry level smart lighting solution.

Demand for smart technology will without doubt continue to increase, and installers are in a prime position to help drive this growth by drawing attention to the energy-saving, convenience and efficiency properties of smart lighting and helping their customers - consumers and commercial decision–makers – to understand how it can reduce energy consumption and therefore considerably cut down on energy bills. 

There is a raft of products and solutions coming onto the market as this sector continues to grow and contractors will need to determine which of the wide range of products and services deliver the most value to the end user. When looking at overall project costs, it may be tempting to specify lower cost products, but as reliability reduces so will profit margins, as the need to return to sort out problems becomes an issue.

Those contractors looking to take advantage of the opportunities that the smart tech market offers, will need to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience to work with it.  This will require getting to grips with the standards and best practices that apply, and working with manufacturers to understand their products and how to get the best from them.

For further information, contact Scolmore on 01827 63454, or visit www.scolmore.com.

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