Lighting News

Business Continuity – COVID-19

Updated June 16, 2020

Dear Customer

As a Company our family extends across the globe to our Customers and Suppliers in many European and Asian countries and we know that many people have already been impacted.

 

Therefore, even as we start to come out of Lockdown, we are continuing to take the utmost care to protect our Teams, as well as our Customers and Suppliers. We have adapted our working environment and many of our Teams who can work from home are still doing so.

 

Our main warehouse remains open. However, we are taking the strongest safeguards to ensure hygiene and social distancing is continued to be observed amongst our warehouse team. As part of this we have split our teams into two whilst ensuring all members are always wearing gloves and masks and everyone have their own sanitiser.

 

Furthermore, due to the high demand being experienced in the home delivery network we are aware of possible delays to deliveries in some areas. We and our courier partners are doing all we can to get your order to you at the expected time, but please bear with us if there are any delays.

 

We remain available for you to place orders online 24/7 at lyco.co.uk. We have also increased the level of support we are offering via our Live Chat service extending both into the evenings as well as at weekends. Please bear in mind that all our teams are working remotely so the speed of their response may vary depending on how busy they are helping other Customers.

 

We have experienced a surge in demand for our products. This has resulted in our Supply Chain team working tirelessly to replenish stocks as quickly as we can. We are continuing to update our website with the latest information available to us but if something you are looking for is not in stock please check with us when it’s expected to be back in stock.

 

Of course, this is a fast-changing and developing situation which we are constantly reviewing hour-by-hour, day-by day. As and when we have any further news to pass on, we will do so as quickly as we can.

 

Finally, to further assist our Customers during this period of lockdown we have extended the period for you to return any items to 12 weeks.

 

We continue with passion to support our teams, our Customers and our Suppliers with the same vision and values that we have had in place since we commenced trading 25 years ago.

 

We send our support to any affected family and ask you to take the precautions you need to stay healthy.

Thank you for your continuous support and loyalty

 

Charles Barnett
CEO and Founder

Lighting News

Lyco Awarded ‘Platinum Trusted Merchant’ Status from Feefo for Five Years of Gold Standard Customer Reviews

Our award-winning level of customer care is a source of pride to us, and we constantly strive to maintain and improve it. The best way of assessing our performance is through customer service ratings.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce that Lyco has been awarded ‘Platinum Trusted Merchant 2020’ status from Feefo. To achieve this, we have successfully achieved Gold Standard Customer Service for five years in a row – a rating of over 90% on reviews collected during 2019.

Feefo Platinum Award Customer Service

This award is testament to our strong customer focus.

To inspire confidence, we display the Feefo icon in the header of our website. Visiting our Feefo reviews page gives access to all customer service and product reviews from the current and previous years. The reviews are unedited, so positive and negative comments are visible alongside any responses from us. You can also quickly see reviews using the supplied tab on product pages.

Customer feedback: completing the cycle

Before we offer items for sale, they are sourced from worldwide manufacturers, evaluated, and either selected or rejected by our expert team of buyers. Various criteria affect the selection process, including build quality, design, packaging and presentation, price, and whether the product brings anything new to our existing ranges.

Once an item is added to our collection, it is carefully placed online with specifications and photos. Always ready to answer questions is our friendly and informed sales team.
The vital link in each transaction, however, is the buyer, who forms an unbiased view of the service we provide and the products we sell. A feedback system gives customers a voice and acts as a helpful guide for other shoppers. It has become an asset to us, too.

Responding to criticism

If our service falls short in any way, we try to improve and make the necessary changes to our operation. Any negative product-specific feedback is addressed and resolved directly with our suppliers. This ensures that products are amended or removed from the range as necessary to avoid multiple customers experiencing similar problems. By listening to our customers, we at Lyco can make more advised choices about the brands, products, and ranges we sell in the future.

Our guarantees

Despite our best efforts, we know there will be times when products do not quite meet the expectations of our customers. Our ‘change your mind guarantee’ is available with the vast majority of products and gives total peace of mind when shopping. You can return any item that fails to satisfy within 14 days for a full refund.

The change your mind guarantee does not apply to products made to order, though these are often covered by a manufacturer’s guarantee. In the rare event that no guarantee exists, any item found to be damaged or faulty on receipt is repaired or replaced without fuss.

Customer reviews inspire an open and honest relationship between retailers and shoppers. We hope our new Feefo status proves our commitment to high quality service and care. Our final promise is that we will endeavour to improve even further, based on all that you say.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

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Lyco Supports LED Conversion and Lighting Projects For Industry Leading Brands

Welcome to an introduction to our Lighting Projects Team. Our dedicated team of customer centric, experienced and dedicated experts are on-hand to support your projects no matter how large or small.

Over the past 25 years Lyco has worked on a huge range of projects, varying from specialist care home installation, LED lighting projects at historic hotels, to lighting management of international hospitality brands across the world. We are proud to offer bespoke lighting designs, site surveys with installation recommendations, and true return on investment calculations.

We have supported businesses across a number of industries in the UK and around the world. To find out more about our work read on below.

Restaurant & Bars
Hotels
Commercial Spaces
Retail Stores

Our Customers:

Village - Lighting Project
Sunrise - Lighting Project
Paul - Lighting Project
Oliver Bonas - Lighting Project
National Trust - Lighting Project
Millenium Hotels - Lighting Project
Malmaison - Lighting Project
Hotel Du Vin - Lighting Project
Holiday Inn Express - Lighting Project
Five Guys - Lighting Project
Champneys - Lighting Project
Celtic Manor - Lighting Project

Restaurant and Bar Lighting

Designing, planning and installing the lighting for a new restaurant opening or refit is a vital element to the process. Whether trying to create a luxurious intimate dining experience, or fast food on the run, lighting will help create precisely the right mood.

Our dedicated team has many years of experience working with some of the biggest names in hospitality, creating bespoke lighting that allows our clients to create exceptional experiences for their customers.

Paul - Lighting Project

Quality food requires quality lighting and we have worked with Paul for many years on both refurbishments and new openings.

Five Guys - Lighting Project

In the past 5 years, we have worked with Five Guys to manage new store openings and lighting management across close to 150 sites in the UK and around the world.

  • Store openings in UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Bespoke lights manufactured for their restaurants
  • Ongoing replacement/maintenance service
  • Commercial back of house and decorative front of house

Why not talk to us about your next project?

Hotels

Hotels are all about ambience so naturally lighting has an enormously important role to play. The exterior and lobby in particular needs to feel warm and welcoming to guests who have arrived in need of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

We have worked with and are continuing to work with many hotels groups on refurbishments to provide LED lighting, which has not only helped modernise older, and even historic buildings, but has also resulted in huge cost savings.

Malmaison - Lighting Project

Hotel lobby, restaurant and bar areas are key to setting the look and feel of your hotel and can attract new, and repeat, customers to stay and spend more.

Hotel - Lighting Project

For bedrooms why not explore our range of bedside lamps, reading lights, desk and floor lamps. We guarantee we have the designs to ensure your guests have everything they need for business or leisure.

We also stock a huge range of stylish mirror lights, shaver lights, downlights and much more to give your guest bathrooms that extra quality feel.

Commercial Spaces

Whether its function or style we have a large choice of commercial lighting with the correct colour temperature to create bright and efficient workspaces that reduce work fatigue and improve vitality, performance and even mental health.

Warehouse - Lighting Project

The right lighting, at the right time, in the right place, can improve motivation, productivity, even support a more positive attitude for employees, so it pays to take time to consider and plan lighting carefully.

Industrial working environments such as warehouses, garages and factories equally need care and thought when it comes to planning the lighting inside and outside the premises. Our experienced team will make lighting suggestions based on durability, energy efficiency, and safety. Security lighting is an important factor and we can recommendation a wide range of external lighting and surveillance devices to help keep premises safe and secure.

Office - Lighting Project

Our team can choose from a huge range of dedicated commercial and decorative lights available in our range to support your office or warehouse project:

For a personalised survey and recommendations call us today on 0345 646 1136

Retail Stores

The high street has never had to work harder to retain customers and, as part of this effort, lighting plays a massive role in creating an appealing, welcoming environment for shoppers. From the shop window to the changing rooms, our team will help you plan and execute a tailored lighting system for every zone of your retail space.

Retail - Lighting Project

The options for lighting within retail environments are vast, with huge scope for showcasing creative flair. Ambience is key in a setting where consumers are being encouraged to browse at a leisurely pace, whereas we would recommend bright and prominent lights in other areas, helping customers easily locate payment counters, collection points and emergency exits.

Modern lighting has energy efficiency at its heart and our team have many solutions available that combine LED technology with impressive, vibrant functionality. We will make recommendations in line with retail best practice to enhance visual merchandising, ensuring effective signposting to heighten the customer’s in store shopping experience.

Lighting Project Manager

When undertaking a project to improve your lighting it’s important to have a partner you trust. At Lyco we have a dedicated team of Project Managers and Account Managers who offer a full hands-off service that gives your team the freedom to do their day jobs while we focus on surveying, pricing and installing your LED lighting projects.

If you’re looking for a lighting project solution then get in touch with us today:

 

Laura- Lighting Project Manager

Laura Mutch Project Manager

Laura has been our key project manager for large accounts and partners for over 7 years. With 13 years’ experience in the lighting industry, she offers expert technical advice, specialist pricing and can support you with LED conversion projects, refits and store or commercial openings. Laura works with multi-million pound contracts across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with well known brands such as Five Guys, PAUL UK Patisserie and Sunrise Care Homes.

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Celebrating 25 years of Lyco Group

This year, we’re celebrating the 25th birthday of Lyco Group. What started out as just four enthusiastic employees, has grown over the past quarter of a century beyond our wildest imaginations. Many things have changed since then – new websites, offices, colleagues, and even new businesses have joined the Lyco Group since we first started out.

Today we thought we’d take a look back at Lyco Group’s transformation over the past 25 years, and remember some of the changes that have made us who we are today.

Welcomed new colleagues

Out of the four original members of staff, we’re so proud that one of them is still with us today – albeit with slightly less hair than when he first started.

25 years on, we’ve grown to become a team of over 50 wonderful lighting experts, buyers and customer service members – and some of our team now are even younger than Lyco Group itself!

We’ve welcomed new colleagues and said farewell to old ones, but one thing will never change. We are just as committed to providing our customers with the very best service today as we always have been, both online and offline.

Lyco Lighting Directories

Launched new businesses

Back in 2010, we acquired the Lighting Direct website, where we provide quality lighting directly to customers. Since we launched this part of our business, it has grown to become one of our biggest assets to our portfolio.

Recently in 2018, we purchased Online Lighting as well. The site already had a loyal customer base, but they were struggling to take the next step. We have brought it in-house and together, utilising the skills of our talented workforce, we’re growing this new side of the business into what we hope will become the UK’s leading lighting supplier for your home.

Lyco Group has grown considerably since we first started, and it continues to grow all the time. In fact, we already can’t wait to see how much further we can go over the next 25 years.

Lighting Direct and Online Lighting Logos

Moved home

There always comes a time in life when you outgrow your old digs. With two new businesses on board and a great deal more staff, we realised the time had come for us, so we packed up and moved out of our premises in Bletchley.

We found a fantastic new home for Lyco Group in Crownhill Milton Keynes. It has given us scope to continue growing and to increase the number of lights we can stock. This means we can now get products out to our customers the very next day.

Our new office space means we can keep growing over the next decade and continue to increase our range of products while offering the best service possible.

Lyco, Crownhill, MK8 0AB

Embraced the latest technology

Over the past 25 years we’ve seen a lighting revolution with the introduction of LED bulbs. Back when we first started, we were selling halogen bulbs that needed constantly replacing every 1,000 hours. The LED bulbs we stock now have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours – a dramatic step forward creating huge savings for our customers.

But it isn’t just lighting technology that’s changed over the past 25 years. When we first started we were a small mail order company with paper order forms. Now, you can simply place an order on our website in minutes.

As technology continues to progress, so will we. We have big plans for 2020, but we can’t let you in on those secrets just yet.

Smart Lighting

But some things never change…

Despite all the incredible, challenging and unexpected changes that have occurred over the years – there are some things that will never change.

We are still committed to our mission statement: to provide lighting products of supreme quality, from world-class suppliers, coupled with unbeatable customer service.

Despite the world moving online, we’ve maintained our fantastic in-house support team who are always available at the end of the phone to serve our customers and answer their questions. We also continue to offer an annual printed catalogue with our new and bestselling products. While many companies have forgotten the art of direct mail, we continue to hear powerful stories from our customers who treasure these printed publications. It is our hope that while we continue to improve our online offering, we also continue to offer the best-in-class service to our customers – whether that’s online, over the phone or face-to-face.

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster two and a half decades, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down any time soon.

Thank you

We’d like to thank you for all your custom and continued loyalty over the past 25 years. We hope we can continue to support your lighting requirements for the next 25 and beyond.

Please don’t hesitate to send us your feedback on our products or the service we provide. We’d love to hear from you – drop us an email at [email protected]

Very best wishes,

Charles Barnett, Managing Director.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

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Poor lighting is deterring repeat business

In August, we surveyed 300 of our Lighting Direct customers to find out how lighting has affected their past experiences when visiting hospitality venues such as a restaurants, bars, hotels, pubs or cafés.

Of those surveyed, 80% said that lighting had a negative effect on their experience, and nine out of ten went so far as to say bad lighting would be enough to put them off revisiting a venue in the future.

Restaurant-lighting
The main consensus for these consumers was that establishments are being too extreme with their
lighting in bid to try and create a particular type of atmosphere: Most guests complained that rooms were too dark; a third thought fixtures were badly positioned, and; 15% said the lighting was too bright.

It’s often said that we eat with our eyes, so the fact restaurants were consistently marked as the worst offending venues for bad lighting makes a lot of sense, as not being able see a dish – or read a menu – detracts from the overall dining experience somewhat.

Lyco’s MD, Charles Barnett commented on the research, saying “customers’ spend is typically higher in a restaurant than it might be in a bar, pub, or café and therefore the expectation to get things ‘just right’ is probably elevated. Secondly, there is a requirement to read a menu which would immediately highlight any problems with lighting.”

Getting the lighting ‘just right’, or in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ as we like to call it, is no easy task as there is no one-size-fits-all approach – even a restaurant chain with lots of experience in lighting design will face consistency challenges between sites, based on factors such as building size, the type of building, the amount of natural light coming in etc.

The research also revealed that 60% of people would be more likely to visit an establishment if they were given the option to adjust the lighting over their table to suit their own requirements, an innovation we refer to as ‘hypercontrol’. This is something we expect to be more common in 2018, as more restaurants and bars look to smart lighting as a way of providing innovative experiences for their guests.

Beyond lighting, there are many other factors that influence a customer’s decision to return to a particular establishment, but the market is so competitive that the winners will be the ones that not only listen to consumer feedback, but also act upon it.

For more information and to speak to one of our lighting experts about your next project, please contact us today.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

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The light bulb phase out schedule

In 2009, the EU began phasing out of inefficient bulbs in favour of energy-efficient alternatives. The incandescent light bulb has existed for 130 years, but a global need to reduce carbon emissions has made it obsolete. Incandescent bulbs are inefficient because they waste most of their energy creating heat.

New bulbs on the block

The natural successors to the incandescent bulb are CFLs and LED bulbs. These use 60-90% less energy than incandescent lighting and offer a much longer lifespan.

EU phase-out timetable

On 18th March 2009, a timetable was created by EU states outlining the gradual withdrawal of incandescent bulbs from production. Most of the phase-out has taken place, but latter stages of the schedule have been reviewed. The current chronology (May 2016) is as follows:

 

1st September 2009 Phase-out of clear 100W and above incandescent bulbs.
Non-clear (frosted/pearl) bulbs require an ‘A’ energy rating (effectively meaning they must be CFL or LED).
1st September 2010 Phase-out of 75W clear incandescent bulbs.
1st September 2011 Phase-out of 60W clear incandescent bulbs.
1st September 2012 Phase-out of all remaining clear incandescent bulbs (i.e. 40W and 25W).
24th February 2016 Phase-out of some bulbs previously defined as special purpose, including incandescent rough service bulbs, high/low temperature bulbs and clear glass decorative filament bulbs (tinted glass models still permitted).
1st September 2016 Phase-out of directional mains-voltage halogen bulbs (i.e. GU10, PAR, R-type).
1st September 2018 Phase-out of non-directional halogen bulbs (i.e. candle, GLS, globe, golf ball).

Special-purpose items such as fridge and oven lamps, halogen capsules and linear R7s bulbs are untouched by these bans, as they cannot be adequately replaced by other technologies.
Low voltage halogen lamps (e.g. MR16) remain available in the EU. Unlike 240V equivalents, these can achieve a ‘B’ energy rating by using an IR coating in their design. This ensures the long-term survival of some 12V halogen products.

About energy ratings…

On the 1st September 2013, EU Regulation 874/2012 came into force. Among other things, this introduced A+ and A++ energy classes to cater for LED improvements and deleted defunct F and G classes. From the 1st March 2014, all light fittings entering the market and sold directly to end-users must be labelled with the energy rating of compatible or supplied bulbs (see this article). Fittings installed with non-replaceable light sources must be identified at the point of sale.

For more lighting news and information, please take a look at our Lighting Advice section.

Charles Barnett Managing Director

Charles started Lyco in 1995 with just 4 enthusiastic employees and has grown it considerably over the past 25 years. Charles is also the Managing Director of Lighting Direct and newly acquired Online Lighting. He now has a team of 50 lighting experts working on growing Lyco Group to be the UK leader in lighting for both businesses and homes. Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and is proud to have cycled 1017 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for a new residential centre for adults with multiple learning difficulties.

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Lyco Awarded ‘Gold Trusted Merchant 2015’ Status from Feefo Customer Ratings & Review Provider

Our award-winning level of customer care is a source of pride to us, and we constantly strive to maintain and improve it. The best way of assessing our performance is through customer service ratings.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce that Lyco has been awarded ‘Gold Trusted Merchant 2015’ status from Feefo. To achieve this, between 95% and 100% of our customer service ratings had to be positive during 2014.

This award is testament to our strong customer focus. We send orders on time and use reliable couriers to ensure items arrive promptly and in good condition. Our experienced staff handle problems politely and swiftly.

To inspire confidence, we display the Feefo icon in the header of our website. Clicking on this gives access to all customer service and product reviews from the current year. The reviews are unedited, so positive and negative comments are visible alongside any responses from us. You can also quickly see reviews using the supplied tab on product pages.

Customer feedback: completing the cycle

Before we offer items for sale, they are sourced from worldwide manufacturers, evaluated, and either selected or rejected by our expert team of buyers. Various criteria affect the selection process, including build quality, design, packaging and presentation, price, and whether the product brings anything new to our existing ranges.

Once an item is added to our collection, it is carefully placed online with specifications and photos. Always ready to answer questions is our friendly and informed sales team.

The vital link in each transaction, however, is the buyer, who forms an unbiased view of the service we provide and the products we sell. A feedback system gives customers a voice and acts as a helpful guide for other shoppers. It has become an asset to us, too.

Customer-Services

Responding to criticism

If our service falls short in any way, we try to improve and make the necessary changes to our operation. Any negative product-specific feedback is addressed and resolved directly with our suppliers. This ensures that products are amended or removed from the range as necessary to avoid multiple customers experiencing similar problems. By listening to our customers, we at Lyco can make more advised choices about the brands, products, and ranges we sell in the future.

Our guarantees

Despite our best efforts, we know there will be times when products do not quite meet the expectations of our customers. Our ‘change your mind guarantee’ is available with the vast majority of products and gives total peace of mind when shopping. You can return any item that fails to satisfy within 14 days for a full refund.

The change your mind guarantee does not apply to products made to order, though these are often covered by a manufacturer’s guarantee. In the rare event that no guarantee exists, any item found to be damaged or faulty on receipt is repaired or replaced without fuss.

Customer reviews inspire an open and honest relationship between retailers and shoppers. We hope our new Feefo status proves our commitment to high quality service and care. Our final promise is that we will endeavour to improve even further, based on all that you say.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

Features

LIFX – Lighting For The 21st Century

LIFX is a type of LED bulb known as a ‘smart bulb’, which heralds a new era in artificial lighting. For over 100 years, the common incandescent light bulb barely changed. A filament inside the bulb was heated to a high temperature, creating a warm white light. LIFX offers much more. Its potential is great, whether for homes, hospitality settings, offices, or retail environments.

LED technology and LIFX

LED light bulbs are tremendously energy efficient, using up to 90% less energy than filament bulbs. Most LED bulbs use a yellow phosphor over a blue LED to create white light. An alternative method of achieving white is to blend the light of red, green and blue LEDs. The resulting RGB LED is costlier to manufacture but allows precise control over a wider gamut of colour.

Using RGB technology, the LIFX bulb boasts a palette of 16 million colours while still offering the benefits of standard LED technology. It has a long lifespan of 40,000 hours and uses 78% less energy than an incandescent bulb. At full power, the 17W LIFX bulb produces an abundant 1000 lumens of light, making it useful for a variety of applications.

LIFX: what can it do?

The LIFX bulb can be controlled by any iOS or Android device using a special LIFX app and 802.11 b/g/n wifi connectivity. The app offers numerous functions:

Lifx bulbs image 1

Alarm

LIFX bulbs can be set to switch on gradually as you wake up in the morning, and then slowly fade out as you fall asleep at night. You can select the bulbs you want to include in this setting.

Colour and dimming

LIFX bulbs can emit any colour of light you desire. The light cycles smoothly through a broad spectrum of colour as you glide your finger over a palette in the LIFX app. Dimming control is achieved with similar ease, using a gentle swipe of the finger.

Geofence/Handsfree

Save a favourite LIFX ‘scene’ (lighting configuration) and have it switch on automatically when you return home, without any need for manual control. This feature relies on the wifi connectivity of your iOS or Android device being switched on, so it interacts with your LIFX system once in range.

Grouped bulbs

LIFX bulbs can be controlled individually or in groups, letting you adjust lighting according to room or area. You can provide a night light for children, and it becomes easy to set up a layered lighting scheme with control over individual room areas.

Notifications*

Receive Twitter, Facebook or text notifications through your LIFX bulbs.

Lifx bulbs image 2

On holiday

By randomly switching lights on and off, this mode simulates an occupied home while you’re away on holiday.

Remote access via LIFX Cloud*

LIFX Cloud gives you full control over LIFX bulbs from anywhere in the world, through either the app or a web interface.

Special effects

The LIFX app features a range of special effects, including candle flicker, strobe, lava light, pastel, random, and a music visualizer that switches colour and pulses with the rhythm of your music.

Whites

Aside from bright colours, the LIFX app allows fingertip control over different hues of white with a dedicated white colour circle. Cooler whites are good for stimulating alertness in work or study areas, while warm white light ensures a relaxing mood. With LIFX, you get to set the pace!

* Please note: asterisked LIFX features are to be added in firmware updates, so may be absent at the time of purchase.

LIFX works straight out of the box

Using a standard E27 Edison Screw (ES) or B22 bayonet cap (BC) fitting, LIFX bulbs connect easily to normal lamp holders. A simple wifi synchronising process is necessary, whereas rival products rely on separate hardware such as a network bridge. No starter kit is needed with LIFX.

Life with LIFX

The importance of light and its effect on our wellbeing has long been recognised. With LIFX, the door is open to all sorts of exciting possibilities, allowing light to be tailored as required without needing an arsenal of specialist light bulbs or expensive rewiring. LIFX is lighting for the 21st century.

For more interesting articles see our Lighting Advice section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.

Buying Guides

Part L Building Regulations: LENI introduced – April 6th 2014

The building regulations that govern the introduction of lighting into new homes / premises have been updated. Back in 2013, changes to Part L Building Regulations (Conservation of Fuel and Power) were announced. Originally due to come into force in October of that year, the new measures were finally introduced on April 6th 2014, after a six-month delay.

Part L 2013 Building Regulations relate to England only and are no longer applicable to Wales. They apply to most new buildings and alterations and are a legal requirement. The new regulations affect any work started after 6th April 2014, unless an initial notice, building notice, or full plans application was made before that date. So, what’s new in terms of lighting?

Part L1 (Building regulations for domestic dwellings)

On the domestic front, Part L1 2013 Building Regulations further reduce carbon emissions over the 2010 edition, but lighting requirements are unchanged. They remain as follows:

Internal lighting

Bedroom lighting

  • At least 75% of all light fittings in main dwelling spaces should be low energy (this excludes infrequently accessed storage spaces such as cupboards and wardrobes).
  • Low energy light fittings must have a luminous efficacy greater than 45 lm/W and a total output exceeding 400 lumens.
  • Light fittings consuming less than 5 watts are excluded from the overall count of the total number of light fittings.

External lighting

  • Either of two sets of criteria is possible: a 100W maximum lamp capacity with occupancy sensor and photocell (light must stay off when daylight is sufficient) or minimum lamp efficacy of 45 lm/W with a photocell and manual on/off switching.

Part L2 (Building regulations for non-domestic / commercial premises)

This update of the Part L Building Regulations brought profound change to non-domestic lighting requirements. In complying with these regulations, specifiers are now faced with two options:

  1. The previous luminaire efficacy calculation method, which takes lighting control into account
  2. The long-awaited LENI system that performs a complex equation to calculate actual energy usage

We’ll outline the features of both systems here:

Luminaire Efficacy Calculation Method

The main advantage of this mode of calculation is that it’s relatively easy to understand. For that reason, it may be favoured for simpler projects. Its two key points are:
Office Lighting

  • For general office and industrial lighting, the basic Part L luminous efficacy requirement has been increased from 55 to 60 lumens per watt.
  • Display lighting requirements remain unchanged, with a 22 lm/W average needed for compliance.

The table below illustrates the allowances made for lighting controls, including dimmer switches and occupancy sensors. An increase in these allowances is introduced, with a new 0.7 control factor and minimum 42 lm/W luminous efficacy.

2013 Control Factors for the Luminaire Efficacy Calculation Method (non-controlled = 60 lm/W)

  Controls Control Factor Reduced lm/W efficacy requirement
A Daylit space with photo-switching with or without override 0.90 54
B Daylit space with photo-switching with or without override + dimming 0.85 51
C Unoccupied space with automatic on & off occupancy 0.90 54
D Unoccupied space with manual on & off occupancy 0.85 51
E Space not daylit, dimmed for constant illuminance 0.90 54
A + C 0.80 48
A + D 0.75 45
B + C 0.75 45
B + D 0.70 42
E + C 0.80 48
E + D 0.75 45

LENI (Light Energy Numeric Indicator): the new metric

LENI is the second approach to calculating lighting efficiency, which runs alongside the existing “efficacy method” as an alternative option. Its aim is to predict accurately the actual energy used by a lighting system, taking into account daylight hours, when and how installations are used, parasitic energy consumption, and control factors (occupancy, dimming in response to daylight, and constant illuminance – a calibrated and maintained lux level for each area of a building).

Using a complex formula, LENI measures lighting performance in terms of energy per square metre per year (kWh/m²/year). It allows for a more flexible lighting scheme, where the whole installation is evaluated rather than being anchored by the performance of individual lamps and luminaires. It places a greater emphasis on good lighting design and moves away from a pure numbers game.

Ideal for larger projects

Because of its complexity, the LENI system is likely to be used more for larger lighting projects, where specialist designers will often be employed. It’s worth considering, however, that lighting installations created by specialist designers typically consume 30% less energy than those devised by non-experts.

The LENI index is a core part of the BS EN 15193 Standard (Energy Requirements for Lighting). It is outlined in full detail on Page 70 of the HM Government Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide (PDF).

Don’t worry – help is at hand

Relux Lighting ToolIf this looks a little complicated, don’t worry. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to get to grips with LENI. There are various free lighting design programs that incorporate a LENI calculator. Two examples are: DIALux and RELUX. Also, if you have no fear of spreadsheets, Thorn Lighting provides a LENI formulae template.

Easy Part L compliance with Lyco

Take a closer look at the LED6 Square DownlightWhether you’re a builder, specifier, or designer, Lyco stocks a wide range of products to help you meet Part L lighting requirements.

Many products deliver a performance that exceeds basic Part L efficacy requirements while also offering elements of control.

Take a closer look at the Carina Semi Flush LightA product fitted with an occupancy sensor is the Carina LED Flush. A microwave motion detector is discreetly concealed within this fitting, ensuring light is never left on in an unoccupied space.

Lyco also stocks a selection of Varilight dimmer switches, which are revered in the lighting industry for their reliable LED dimming performance.

However simple or sophisticated your needs, we’ll help you find the right product(s) for a satisfying lighting solution. Feel free to give us a call if you need any further guidance.

Why not take a look at our Lighting for New Build series of articles?

Alternatively, for more inspiration and advice try our Lighting Advice section.

Andrew Evangelidis Head of Buying

Andrew is an experienced buying professional who takes an entrepreneurial approach to identify new lighting solutions and ensure Lyco have first-to-market ranges for our customers. Having previously worked for well known brands such as Wickes, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, Andrew has now turned his hand to sourcing commercial lighting and ensure our customers receive top brand quality products at marketing leading prices. He manages a team of commercial and decorative buyers who travel the world finding new products that our customers don’t even know they need yet.