Positive news comes out of Braintree, from the new home of SG Lighting. Having outgrown their old place, the company has moved round the corner to bigger premises in Great Notley.
You’ll now find SG Lighting at Majesty House, Avenue West, Skyline 120, Great Notley, Braintree. CM77 7AA.
New catalogues to go with new office
As if moving the furniture up the road isn’t enough, SG Lighting is also announcing two new catalogues for 2019/20. And not one catalogue, but two, both expressing SG Lighting’s Passion for Lighting.
The Professional edition represents the breadth and depth of SG Lighting, with extensive interior and exterior offerings. Ranging from café-style pendants to post-top amenity lanterns, via sports hall lighting and LED panels, the Professional edition demonstrates that SG Lighting is serious about bringing a robust product design aesthetic to the marketplace.
SG is also keen to display its awareness of lighting for health and wellbeing and provides space in the catalogue for explaining how circadian lighting works. This, of course, supports their ranges of Tunable White fixtures across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Its good to see manufacturers explaining why lighting to enhance circadian entrainment is important.
DALI is the protocol of choice when it comes to lighting control, along with the occasional appearance of ‘trailing edge’ options – which may have something to do with the partnering Architectural catalogue (see below).
Another sector where more information is always valuable is exterior lighting in the public realm. The catalogue provides a useful guide to meeting CEN standards for S1-4 class installations with specific SG product.
One thing becomes clear while scanning through the pages of product information. The aim with these products is to achieve a high luminous efficacy and that explains a compromise on colour accuracy. There is an almost universal Ra>80 and SDCM3 through the catalogue, regardless of the type of fixture, interior and exterior. That’s not a criticism, just an observation.
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Meanwhile, the Architectural edition, rather than simply being a ‘greatest hits‘ version of the Professional edition, has been compiled very much with aesthetics in mind – and it comes with a few surprises.
The heavy-duty interior and exterior luminaires are gone, to be replaced with a wider selection of decorative and semi-functional fixtures, but the big change is in the numbers; whereas the Professional catalogue looks primarily towards energy efficacy, this edition focuses on light quality. Colour quality goes up several gears, offering CRI>90 and SDCM2 almost as standard; and you will see CRI98 and SDCM1, if you really need it.
To be fair, SDCM3 and CRI>80 still put in an appearance, and I suspect that the curators of the catalogues found themselves between a rock and a hard place. Some products had to be in both catalogues, but there’s no commercial sense in making two colour performance options, so the higher efficacy version wins out. But they tend still to be dimmable, whether DALI or trailing edge, so the more practical design considerations have not been ignored.
Which just leaves the new SG lighting controls to talk about.
The section on lighting controls appears in both editions, under three headings; SG Smart, DALI and Dimmer.
- The SG Smart System exploits Bluetooth wireless technology to provide manual control of lighting, including tunable-white lighting, from SG Smart switches/dimmers as well there being an SG app for smart phones. There is also a Smart Gateway that provides remote access to the connected lighting.
- The LEDDim DALI dimmer controls both brightness and colour (utilising the new DALI 2 standard). As would be expected, up to 64 fixtures can be controlled from a single dimmer, which has a 4-scene memory function. The range also includes a converter that turns DALI signals to trailing-edge phase control without losing the architecture of the DALI platform.
- SG Lighting is also offering wall- and DIN rail-mounted dimmers offering trailing-edge dimming.
There is a huge amount of information in these two catalogues. To tell the truth, I suspect that most specifiers will want to have both catalogues on their shelves or in their e-libraries. The two catalogues together come to more than 500 pages and I would rather have the manufacturer break a tome of that size down into two more manageable volumes.
As far as the products on view here, its job done for SG Lighting. There is an elegant house-style which you could say is typically Scandinavian/Northern European. It provides a restrained styling where light fixtures don’t dominate (unlike, say, much of Italian design). Even the decorative pendants prefer to play a supporting role rather than elbowing their way centre stage.
SG Lighting also brings a new approach to lighting control, with the manufacturer offering a level of ‘in-house integration’ that’s rarely seen in the marketplace.