Electrical Contracting News (ECN) December 2016 - Page 6

COVER STORY BRIDGING THE GAP John Desmond of JCC Lighting talks about the company’s new Hybrid technology that combines traditional integrated LED fixtures with the benefits of LED lamps. I ntegrated fire-rated LED downlights have become so popular that it can be surprising to recall that prior to LED becoming mainstream, they simply didn’t exist. The firerated downlight market consisted predominantly of halogen ‘lamp and can’ fittings. Prior to LED becoming popular, the product category was dominated by traditional halogen lamps and separate fire-rated fixtures. LED lamps at that time struggled to deliver 200 lumens and couldn’t offer a true like-for-like halogen replacement. To achieve the 500 lumen light level that end users were accustomed to, manufacturers needed to maximise the full space within the fitting for thermal design. The result of this endeavour was the integrated fitting that we have all become so familiar with. This new integrated solution brought with it a host of new features not seen with previous lamps’ technologies. In addition to the energy saving, integrated fittings have improved styling over separate lamps, offer far greater product life and have the benefit of being backed by lengthy manufacturer warranties. Whilst a large proportion of contractors quickly adopted integrated fixtures, there were just as many who chose to continue installing separate lamps and cans. Clearly cost played a significant factor in the migration from one product to another; but equally there were concerns of end users being unable to service their own lighting and contractors having to return to site if there were failures as well as the high cost of replacements at the end of the products life. LED performance has progressed dramatically in the past few years with many LED lamps now comfortably achieving the light level of traditional halogen. This poses an interesting question; what does the future hold for the integrated fixture? There are a great deal of contractors who like the styling, quality and performance that integrated fixtures provide. However, there is also a large proportion who actively avoid integrated for fear of returning to site in the event of a failure, and therefore prefer to provide their customers with ability to change their own lighting. Hybrid technology: The best of both worlds We set ourselves the challenge of resolving this conflict when developing our next generation fire-rated LED downlights. Our aim was to create a downlight that delivered all of the benefits of an integrated fixture with the flexibility of an LED lamp. The result of this is Hybrid, our revolutionary new range of downlights. Hybrid uses a combined bezel and LED module that can be easily detached from the fitting in the same way that you would remove an LED lamp. However, unlike LED lamps, Hybrid products provide the aesthetics and performance of a true integrated LED downlight. This allows end users to replace Hybrid at the end of the products’ life, without the need to remove the full fitting from the ceiling. In addition, Hybrid provides customers with the flexibility to adapt lighting when the room use changes as well as the ability to upgrade as new LED technologies come to market. LevLink: The ultra fast toolless wiring system It goes without saying that for many contractors, speed and ease of installation is often a primary factor when selecting light fittings. In essence, the faster that the fittings can be installed, the greater the opportunity for profitability. It is with this in mind that we developed our new LevLink connector which comes as standard with all Hybrid9 products and offers a revolutionary new toolless wiring system that dramatically reduces installation time. In contrast to traditional wiring systems, LevLink uses ultra fast press fit termination, completely negating the need for the unnecessary screws or ratcheting that plague current connectors. The vast majority of today’s connectors require the contractor to insert the corresponding live, earth and neutral wires into a single terminal point. This often requir ́ѡݥɕ́Ѽ)ЁЁم她ѡ́Ѽєѡ)ٕɱѡ̸()!e I%Q MA +%ѕɍ1ձ+յ̀\+ ) =+5́ɥٕɱ)ѕ+ ́ݥѠ)11ձɄ)͠Ёѕɵѥ+م!ɥ䁅)!ɥ܁مɥ(+a1)əɵ))ɽɕ͕)Ʌѥ)ѡ)Ё)啅́ݥѠ)1)́)х)٥ѡ)Ёٕ)Ʌѥ)d()11́ѕѕɵ)ЁȁݥɔѡЁ)ե䁍ЁѼչɴѠ)͕ѕɕѕѼѡȁɕѥٔ)ͥѥQѕЁA Ʌѥ)ѽѥɕ́ѡɕа)ѥѡѼՅ䁽ٕɱ)Q11ѽȁɽ٥́ѡ)ѼЁఁɥѡЁɍե́)ݥɕѕѕɥȁѼѥѡ)ѥ̸Q́ٽ́ɕ́ѥ)ȁхɹ͡ݡЁɅѥ́ѕ()مѡɵͥ)5᥵ͥɕ䁅)ɽՍЁ)Qəɵɕ䁽1ѥ)ɕ́٥䁽ѡɽՍϊdѡɵͥ)Q́́ѡѥϊdѼЁ݅)ɽѡ1́ɑȁѼхѡ)ɕЁɅѥѕɅɔQ́ɽ)́ѕɕɕѼ́ѡɵ)́ٽхɽ1ɽՍ̸)!ɥ䁥Ʌѕ́ȁ܁)ЁͥɅѥѡЁ)ɕ͕ə܁ݥѡѡѥQ)ѱ䁍ɽ́Ёͥѥݡ)ɸɕ́ѡЁѡ᥵մɽՍ)ٕ́()5́ɥٕɱ́مѥ)AѥѡѕЁѕ)ѡȁ)ȁа!ɥɕ́Mհ)MՍѽȁɥ́% ̸Q͔)ɔձѤչѥѕѡЁ)ȁٽхѡɅѥ1̸)Q́) ѼɽՍمѥٔ)ɥٕɱ́ɽՍЁѡЁ́Ʌѥٕ)յѥѼəɕɅѥ)ȁɔɵѥ!ɥ)͔٥ͥЁܹլɥ()9ٕȀ؁((ā ٕȹ((мļ؀((0