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WEEE non-compliance of LED lamps sold through Amazon raised in Parliamentary committee

July 23rd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

At a hearing of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Amazon’s worldwide Director of Environmental Affairs was challenged over the high level of non-compliant product sold through their site.

The committee is currently holding an enquiry into the operation of the UK’s WEEE system, and asked Amazon to submit a representative to answer their questions. During an online hearing yesterday (16 July) Caroline Lucas MP, a longstanding member of the EAC, challenged Amazon’s Robert ter Kuile over the non-compliance of LED lamps. She asked, “How do you ensure that overseas sellers using your platform are part of a producer compliance scheme for e-waste” and quoted figures from research undertaken by Recolight1 that “out of the first 120 listings for LED lightbulbs on amazon, 76% were non-compliant freeriders; which make no contribution to UK recycling costs”

Responding to the question, ter Kuile advised that compliance was the responsibility of the sellers. He also noted that some of the sellers on their site would have paid WEEE fees via a third party or were registered for WEEE under a different company name. He also claimed that Amazon “takes very seriously” any non-compliant products that are brought to their attention.

Commenting on the hearing, Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey said “It was particularly pleasing to hear Caroline Lucas challenging Amazon using the Recolight research. But the response from Amazon was very disappointing. Robert ter Kuile failed to admit that most products detected in the Recolight research were genuinely non-compliant, and that only a small minority had been compliant using the methods he indicated. His claim that Amazon takes non-compliance seriously will not convince the members of the Recolight scheme who regularly identify non-compliant product on their site.”

1 Research into marketplace freeriding Recolight Survey of online retailer/fulfilment house Disturbing EU-wide scale of WEEE non-compliance through online marketplaces

SBID Awards 2020: Final Call for Entries

July 22nd, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Recognising Design Excellence across the Interior Design Industry

The?Society of British and International Interior?Design?(SBID) strives to support the profession of interior design through regulation and?recognition, connecting professionally qualified interior designers with trusted manufacturers, and championing the?interior design industry’s most esteemed designers and interior products!

Set to?celebrate design excellence for not only the designers of interiors, but also the products that go in them, the SBID Awards now includes the newly launched?SBID Product Design Awards, alongside the globally-renowned?SBID International Design Awards, with 17 diverse interior categories to enter?in each awards programme. By representing all aspects of the interior design industry on an inclusive and international stage, the SBID Awards offers excellent exposure for designs, provides unique networking opportunities, and drives professional standards across the industry.

Boasting an impressive panel of expert judges across the creative industries, and accredited with a GOLD-standard Awards Trust Mark from The Independent Awards Standards Council, the awards will not only showcase its entrants to high-profile industry professionals, but success in the programme also signifies a momentous achievement within the field of interior design, recognised as a prestigious honour of industry excellence among peers, clients and press.

With an extended entry deadline and just under one month to go until the entries officially close for 2020, there will be no more second chances! You can submit your interior designs or products into the SBID Awards until 5pm BST on?Friday 14 August.

SBID Accredited Designers & Industry Partners?are also eligible to receive exclusive entry discounts as a benefit of their membership with SBID.

For more information or to submit your entry visit?www.sbidawards.com

Please note:?The Awards ceremony is planned to take place as scheduled on Friday 23rd?October 2020. In the event that it is not safe to so, all SBID Awards winners for 2020 will be announced online.

SiPA invites industry to ?sustainability webinar

July 21st, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Image Caption:?The free webinar is on Wednesday 29 July, where a panel of experts will discuss how the industry can create more sustainable approaches to its work.???SiPA / The Fifth Estate /?Maltingsberwick / CC BY-SA

The Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA), is joining forces with the Association of British Technicians (ABTT) and The?United States Institute for Theatre Technology?(USITT), to stage a free webinar on Wednesday 29 July, where a panel of experts will discuss how the industry can use the current hiatus to create a more sustainable approach to its work.

SiPA’s Carol Scott, Principal Advocate for Sustainability at TAIT and SiPA, will be joined by a host of respected live production industry and environment leaders to discuss how we shape the future of touring and performance to reflect the climate emergency the world is facing.

Alongside Carol Scott will be Jon Bausor – multi-award-winning international Stage Designer and Creative Director; Spike Brant – CEO of Nimblist and a designer and advocator of sustainability;?Ian Garrett – USITT Member and designer with Toasterlab; Huntly Christie – CEO of Christie Lites based in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom; and Dr Chris Jones, Research Fellow at University of Manchester who is currently examining the key impact areas of the music industry on the environment.

“Every cloud has a silver lining, even the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Scott, who globally leads the charge at TAIT and wants to make sustainability an essential part of the DNA of the entertainment industry. “As an industry, we know it is imperative that we become more sustainable. This current hiatus is giving us all time to evaluate how we can holistically transform the way we work. Collectively, we can become an industry that creates a legacy that humanity can be proud off.”

USITT’s Executive Director, David Grindle, noted: “The pandemic has had a disastrous effect on our industry worldwide. It is exciting to see us take this challenging time and work together to envision a more sustainable theatre when we reopen.”

Huntly Christie, who has been a leader in the stage lighting industry for 35 years says: “We were an early adopter of renewable energy and sustainable business practices. Over time we have implemented an array of more sustainable practices at Christie Lites including the use of renewable power in our Canadian operations and the installation of a large solar array, which supplies electricity to our Orlando warehouse.”

Dr Chris Jones, Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester comments: “My research background is in assessing the environmental performance of energy systems, but more recently I have been working directly with organisations such as Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Electricity North West and Massive Attack on sustainability issues more broadly.”

Tyndall Manchester has been a leading group on providing policy relevant research on climate change internationally for 20 years.

Robin Townley, CEO of the ABTT, welcomed the opportunity to support the world of live performance production in?combatting climate emergency: “The ABTT was very pleased to join in the foundation of SiPA early in its existence and it is great that we are now able to join forces with USITT to further support its work in mobilising circular and regenerative practice in our industry. The ABTT is very involved in providing guidance for the theatre industry in the UK, much of which is introduced to students and trainees as they prepare for careers in theatre technology and live performance production.?We recognise that we must play our role by incorporating the best approaches for sustainable and restorative practice in our recommendations so that new generations of practitioners are able to work responsibly from the very start of their careers. We welcome everyone to the forthcoming discussion.”

The online panel discussion – which is free to join – is at 17:00 – 18:30 on 29 July, and interested parties are invited to sign-up as soon as possible at the?ABTT website.

GLP Announces 12-Month Global Extension of Product Warranties due to COVID-19 Pandemic

July 20th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

German based automated lighting manufacturer, GLP (German Light Products), has today?announced an automatic 12-month product warranty extension for any GLP product whose original warranty was due to expire between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. The company has been using the hashtag #keepthelighton (and #KTLO) since the beginning of the pandemic, and is living up to this motto by taking this important decision.

“GLP recognises and understands that the vast majority of our products have been sitting idle for many months, and will continue to do so in anticipation of their next call to duty,” declared Udo Künzler, managing director of GLP GmbH. “Therefore, we wanted to make a full show of support to our loyal customers, whose livelihoods depend on those fixtures being used.”

The year-long extension is being applied to every product within the GLP portfolio. Furthermore, in order to simplify the process, this extension has already been registered through every GLP office and those of their distributors. Customers need take no action in order to ensure that the extension will be applied – it’s already been done.

“As a global manufacturer, supporting our customers and our products around the world is of paramount importance to us,” continued Udo Künzler. “Whilst the pandemic continues to wreak havoc amongst our users, we wanted to bring a level of reassurance that they are not going to lose out on warranty status through the time that products are not being actively used.”

First Anolis Eminere UK Installation at Mirfield Underpass

July 20th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The newly lit Mirfield Station underpass in West Yorkshire is the first UK installation for the new Eminere RGBW LED fixtures from architectural lighting brand Anolis – a Robe business – with 16 luminaires installed as part of an improvement works scheme undertaken by train operator Grand Central and partner JMD Rail Ltd. in conjunction with Kirklees Council and Network Rail.

The new lighting transforms the previously dull, moody, and uninviting dark space on Station Road beneath the railway tracks – through which passengers must pass before accessing the station – into a vibrant, welcoming, contemporary, and comfortable space.

The Emineres were specified by lighting designer Kevin Dugdale from Winchester-based Designs for Lighting, who is a specialist in street and public space lighting.

Kevin has been working as a consultant to Kirklees Council, the organisation overseeing the improvement works in and around the station, and the lighting scheme was developed closely with the late David Wilson and representatives of Network Rail.

Kevin drew up the lighting design, which also involves two rows of neutral white LED ‘general’ lighting and considered several options to get a desired colourful effect running down one side of the underpass’ brickwork.

The coloured lighting effect needed to provide rich and bold hues and texturing to compliment a detailed, bright, lively, multi-coloured mural running along the opposite side of the underpass depicting the history and people of the area. The mural was delivered by a community partnership comprising schools, youth groups, the local fire station, assorted businesses, and Mirfield Station at the end of 2019.

The Eminere was chosen for its brightness, versatility, rich and beautiful colours and its quality made-in-Europe engineering, as well as for the “outstanding” support that Kevin received from the Anolis UK team throughout the tender and specification process, a process project managed for Anolis by Phil Howard.

This involved demos and site visits, lots of discussion and a series of imaginative and sensible solutions. “The input, the ideas, practical offerings and overall customer service from Anolis was excellent,” he stated.

While they wanted a fixture that could also offer an excellent white, colours were a defining criterion as the current default colour scheme during the Covid-19 Pandemic is a multicoloured rainbow look in support of the NHS and frontline workers.

The Emineres are also pre-programmed into a range of colour combinations to celebrate occasions like St Patricks Day, Pride, etc and to reflect Grand Central’s corporate colours,

and of course, more recently ‘NHS blue’ in support of health, care and essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 16 x 1.2 metre Eminere strips are fixed neatly and securely to the top of the wall along one side of the underpass.

The new Eminere Luminaires are designed for multiple exterior and indoor applications and are available with a variety of lens options to cover a range of requirements. For this installation, narrow lenses were chosen to tightly focus the light and ensure the installation is eye-catching and has good impact. The 18-bit colour mixing ensures smooth dimming and a fine degree of colour tuning.

Studiotech from Manchester carried out the installation, programming and commissioning element of the project, incorporating an Osram EQ system to control the lighting.

Photos courtesy Studiotech.

NAPIT Support New Initiative to Help Apprentices

July 17th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

NAPIT provides support for a new industry-led initiative, Apprentice 121, which helps apprentices find placements, complete their qualifications and find work after the impacts of COVID-19.

This initiative, alongside Chancellor’s Rishi Sunak announcement of a £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create jobs for young people aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, is extremely promising for recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Set up by NAPIT member Mark Allison of Power Sonic Ltd, with the intention of providing a support system to help apprentices that have lost work placements due to the impact of COVID-19, aims to help electrical apprentices’ complete qualifications with opportunities for site-based work to demonstrate their skills as part of the NVQ training program.

Mark set up the Apprentice 121 website to create a community of employers and people within the electrical industry who could help provide apprentices with placements. Apprentices can register their details on the site for free and then be allocated to suitable employers and trainers who can help.

Mark said “I set up Apprentice 121 with the intention of becoming a collective industry effort involving companies and people who want to help. I did this for free and without any expectation of reward. I noticed that since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, apprentices were struggling to get qualified and ultimately find work. Apprentice 121 can help apprentices qualify and build a career, and employers can sign up to grow the support system and help the next generation of industry professionals.”

Mike Andrews, NAPIT Group Chief Executive Officer added “Now is a tough time for many in our industry, and when we noticed the great work Mark had initiated to help apprentices, we offered to support the Apprentice 121 website by getting the message out to our members and the wider industry. Now the lockdown restrictions have been lifted it’s vital we as an industry support the next generation in qualifying, working to the highest standards and finding future work opportunities.”Apprentice 121 is in urgent need for site-based opportunities for apprentices to complete assessments. This can be in the form of apprentice positions or simple access to sites for supervision and guidance. For more information visit:?www.apprentice121.co.uk/.

Fox Lux Ltd becomes an Ambassador for The LIA

July 17th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Fox Lux Ltd may be the new cubs on the emergency lighting block but they understand the importance of a well-informed industry. By supporting the Lighting Industry Academy as an Ambassador, they will assist the industry in achieving this.

The team behind Fox Lux Ltd have over 25 years of lighting knowledge and experience. Providing OEMs and Lighting Specialists with the highest quality lighting products, complete with a 5-year warranty across the board and individual products have achieved certification under the LIA’s, ICEL Emergency Luminaire Endorsed Product Scheme

“As proud members of the LIA and ICEL, we believe in the high standards which the Association seeks to uphold, that is one of the reasons we wanted to get involved with the Academy” – Simon Fox, Managing Director, Fox Lux Ltd.

A home for learning and career development, the Academy adopts a collaborative approach, providing a central point to access all lighting related learning and assurance of a consistent quality, not just for the lighting industry but to the wider community.

As the technology of our industry evolves it is imperative that talented new recruits are attracted to join the key players and seek the opportunities to develop careers within them and the Academy is working to achieve this with the enthusiasm and support of their new and established Ambassadors to build on its foundations to develop the lighting community for a bright and exciting future.

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Techs on the Decks is a Huge Success

July 17th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

“Techs on the Decks” saw 24 x sizzling hot artists – also talented technicians – and 24 equally amazing techs – running lighting, cameras, visuals and sound – united and unleashed to present a 24-hour non-stop electronic music live stream broadcast on Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch.

The event – which has currently fundraised £4000 for technical entertainment charity Backup – was the brainchild of Gordon Torrington from Hampshire-based rental company Liteup. The idea was spawned from a conversation he had with Liteup’s MD Marc Callaghan and freelance LD Warren Hutchison about the great work of the charity in supporting many industry peers including a friend and colleague of all at Liteup, lighting director and programmer Jonathan Rouse who passed away recently in May … and is much missed.

Techs on the Decks was viewed by 37,000 people creating a massive buzz around the industry and giving those directly involved a chance to do what they are so passionate about … as the industry remains closed since mid-march, still without a real practical roadmap on the table for when things might re-open.

Gordon’s first job aged 15 was DJ’ing at the Roller King in Ipswich through which he started working as local crew in the theatre and then on to lighting where he’s enjoyed a busy and challenging career where no two days are ever the same. His DJ’ing activities continued for several years, but over the last decade, work has been too full-on to do both.

During the lockdown, he took some CDJs home and finally had time to rediscover the joy, excitement, and magic of mixology!

Gordon started sourcing the talent with a few Facebook posts and calls to people he know would be interested and carefully curated a running order starting 6 p.m. Friday to harmonize with times, moods and keeping the energy pumping. Talking about this process Gordon said, “as a DJ, you would normally read the crowd for which direction to go in, however without an audience … you really have to plan the music format”.

Techs on The Decks was a Covid-conscious, socially distanced event staged from Liteup’s two streaming studios which have been built at their warehouse in Hampshire since the crisis began. All the lighting, LED screen and robo-cam kit was supplied by Liteup including Robe moving lights which were installed in both studios, pulled from their extensive rental stock, among other fixtures.

The cameras / PPU package for Studio 1 was from Solotech. Stage Truck parked up one of their brand-new sleeper trailers in the car park allowing the crew working over the full duration a chance to grab a few hours’ sleep. Several classic VW camper vans also rocked up in the car park as some crew and artists brought their own funky 5-star overnight accommodation!

Creative video director Blue Leech took care of camera directing for several acts and Nick ‘NikkiNoMix’ Jevons – who started his entertainment career DJ’ing for pirate radio station Foul Mouth (FM) Radio in Sheffield in the 1990s – operated multiple lighting slots as well as playing the prime-time midnight – 1 a.m. slot with his “Music the Ladies Like” collection.

There was also one live band set on Saturday afternoon from Zone Fluffy in Studio 1 – a band that Gordon first lit back in 2002!

As well as stage managing on the day Gordon programmed himself to play the opening set – blasting out a stonking collage of bangerz, getting right back to his roots!

Techs on the Decks delivered 24 infectiously rhythmic incendiary sets that also showcased the extraordinary musical talent that lurks just offstage across the industry!

Everything was organised in around 6 weeks. Gordon explained that as he and Marc did those initial social posts, the idea was a still a ‘muse’, then they received incredible feedback from “so many dedicated, skilled and creative people in this industry who absolutely love what they do and have found themselves a bit lost. The event became a way of bringing at least some of us together to share some great vibes and fundraise for a good cause”.

The technical infrastructure – based on offering excellent affordable production values – for both studios was designed by Warren Hutchison, for this event and for general use. The pop-up venture is starting to get regular traction with local artists plus others from further afield, all keen to do professionally produced live streams.

Both studios were utilised for Techs on the Decks which enabled a ‘flip-flop’ operation for changeovers.

Studio 1 is the larger space which can accommodate socially distanced bands. Here the lighting setup is modelled on a festival main stage, just scaled slightly smaller to fit the available physical area!

Fixtures for Techs on the Decks included 11 x Robe ESPRITES – seven in the front truss, four on the mid for both back and front key lights plus effects, chosen for their “power, optics versatility and great on-camera look,” explained Warren.

Twenty-four Robe Spiiders were rigged four each on the front, mid and back trusses, with 12 on the floor upstage and along the sides, while seven LEDBeam 150s and 10 x Pointes across the back and mid trusses completed the moving light count.

Added to that were four upstage truss towers each fitted with Ten pixel-controllable LED battens – programmed and running via the lighting console – and some Flare strobes with the choice of a ChamSys MagicQ or an Avo Arena console.

At the core of the video system in Studio 1 was a Grass Valley Korona mixer / switcher which received inputs from three GV LDX 86 4K cameras fitted with a variety of Fujinon lenses and from two of Liteup’s 4K Panasonic robo-cams. This was all coordinated by Paul ‘Macca’ McCauley for Solotech UK.

Paul’s industry roots started as a music-loving teenager with running audio for raves at the famous Tottenham Roller Express (where he was also a roller-marshal), and he comments, “We work closely with Liteup and this was a brilliant idea to get people together and very important to support Backup. I know several friends and colleagues who have benefitted directly from the charity”.

Studio 2 featured eight Robe MegaPointes on a goal-post truss above the DJ booth, a bunch of Magic Blades, some LED washes, and more Flare strobes, all controlled from a grandMA2 light. A back wall of Liteup’s 5.9 mm INFiLED screen was great for displaying eye-popping visuals and the complete length of the front of the DJ booth was clad with the same surface, bringing depth and dimension that maximised the space.

The camera system was one GV LDX 86 and four Panasonic robo-cams. Playback graphics and visuals were running on one of Liteup’s Resolume media servers, operated live by a rota of VJs together with the robo-cams, ensuring stunning, different, and individual looks for every artist.

Having these Robe fixtures in the studios ensured that every act would have its own individual lighting style.

The event embraced multiple genres of music, each artist bringing their own energy, edge and superlative mixing and production values in a groove-swirling megamix that would do any major high-profile festival stage proud.

Following Gordon’s opener were the Back2Back Vinyl DJs, Simon Horn and Mark Hobbs with their classic house groove, then things got noisier, harder and faster with a selection of DnB, jungle and trance sets taking viewers through to the early hours when Dave Roberts took the dex for a chilled hour between 6 – 7 a.m. The adrenaline got flowing again with tropical house disco and garage, a maelstrom of class DnB from Michael Bourner & Sam Whitby dovetailing into the fabulous house sounds of Julie Devine who wrapped the stream at 6 p.m. on Saturday … 24 hours after it started!

A weary but ecstatic Gordon commented, “I am absolutely delighted with everything – from the music, the camaraderie here in the studios, the viewing figures and of course, the money raised … it has been an incredible and highly rewarding experience!”

Marc added, “It’s been a tough few months for everyone in our industry and no doubt there is more of that to come, but it’s amazing to see people volunteering and uniting in the same place and headspace to do so enthusiastically what they love and do best. It’s that spirit, collaboration and energy that makes this industry so great!”

The general after-show vibe is that this will not be the one and only Techs on the Decks event … so watch this space.

Photos: Louise Stickland

Anglepoise to launch its first ever TV advertising campaign

July 16th, 2020 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Portsmouth-based lighting brand to advertise its lifetime guarantee collection through Sky Media’s SME Support Scheme

Anglepoise?announces the launch of its first ever TV advertising campaign this month, thanks to the SME Support Scheme from Sky Media.

Anglepoise is a British lighting brand based in Portsmouth and founded in 1932. Its?lamps have subsequently achieved iconic status with its engaging, anthropomorphic form recognised and admired all around the world. Today, Anglepoise lamps can be found in homes, offices, restaurants, bars, and hotels in more than 50 countries. Anglepoise is head-quartered in Portsmouth and employs 30 staff across three offices including satellite offices in London and New York.

Like many other businesses, it has changed its whole operation during Coronavirus. Anglepoise’s warehouse staff have managed a safe delivery process for the business throughout the last few months whereas the rest of the team has adapted to working from home. The brand lost a large majority of its bricks and mortar retail outlets trade during lockdown, so it has been much more focused on ecommerce.

AdSmart from Sky’s targeting has made it easier for Anglepoise to debut its first TV advertisement in the company’s 88-year history. Using the strapline ‘Abandon Darkness’, the ad was created during lockdown and is due to run until the end of July. Designed to showcase Anglepoise’s entire collection, the ad follows the launch of a new lifetime guarantee on all its products. The ad also promotes the current discount of 20% during July at?Anglepoise.com.

The animation for the advert was by A+C Studios and creative idea from The Garage Soho. The inspiration behind the advert was to bring the?famous lamps, with their anthropomorphic form, to life and highlight the playfulness of the products and the brand.

Anglepoise’s TV advert is targeting an affluent London audience, with ages ranging from 25-54, a demographic segment based on?AdSmart’s targeting features, mapped against its own data. It is undoubtedly targeted at increasing sales amongst its target audience but it is also about brand building, increasing share of voice and brand recognition.

Tajinder Leonard, Head of Marketing at Anglepoise,?said:

“The Sky AdSmart SME 250 scheme couldn’t have come at a better time. It gave us a golden opportunity to trial a format for TV advertising we are interested in exploring as part of our longer-term marketing plan. Having already created a world class creative asset thanks to The Garage Soho and A+C Studios earlier in the year, we were in a good position to edit and reuse our stop-motion brand and turn it into an impactful ad for TV. ?

We’ve had a great response to the ad so far. Addressable TV makes television advertising cost effective, targeted and much more accessible for brands that have previously thought it’s outside of their reach. We want this to be the first of many campaigns for Anglepoise.”

The campaign will be delivered via AdSmart from Sky, the market leading addressable TV platform, that easily enables brands to advertise on TV by focusing on the audiences that matter to them. This revolutionary technology means TV advertising campaigns can reach audiences across the country based on household make-up or thousands of lifestyle attributes, or a range of regionality options including postcode area and a drive-time distance from store. In only targeting audiences that matter to the business, brands can be assured that their advertising will be relevant, accessible and drive business results.

The SME Support Scheme was launched by Sky Media to support the nation’s businesses and get them back on track following the unparalleled disruption caused by Coronavirus. Due to overwhelming interest, the scheme was extended to a further 150 businesses providing a total investment by Sky Media of £2.5 million.

David Sanderson, Director of AdSmart Local & Development at Sky Media,?said “SMEs have a voracious appetite for targeted TV advertising at the moment. As lockdown eases more brands are returning to TV every day and advertising via AdSmart allows companies to reach their target audiences and help establish a new form of business confidence.”

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