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Lighting Suppliers You Should Know

A selection of lighting suppliers worth knowing

ANALYSIS, Design

The aesthetic importance of lighting is seldom questioned. Good lighting is often the difference between spaces that are warm, welcoming and full of depth, and ones that are cold, flat and uninviting. Good lighting will enhance the design, creating drama and interest – and it will draw attention to all the right interior elements, rather than itself.

But the days of lighting for the sake of lighting have drawn to a close. It is widely acknowledged that artificial lighting currently accounts for some 30% of electricity consumption in a commercial building – and that buildings collectively account for 40% of total world energy use. This leaves designers with a massive responsibility to create effective, intelligent lighting solutions that will significantly contribute in minimising energy wastage.

“Interior designers, and design and build contractors, play an increasing role in delivering energy-efficient workplace lighting solutions for end clients,” noted Greg Scott, general manager, Siteco Lighting. The company’s best-selling products are those that promote energy-efficiency.

The pressure is on. Designers have no choice but to create lighting solutions that are innovative, aesthetically-impressive, technically-sound and, also, energy efficient.

That means working with suppliers that are creative, supportive and forward-thinking. Over the next few pages, we have provided a handful of lighting suppliers with the opportunity to introduce themselves, in the hope that they can help with your future lighting challenges.

Erco Lighting

The low-down from Hendrik Schwartz, managing director, Asia Pacific, Erco.

Tell us about your company.

Erco is a global market leader in architectural lighting that was founded in Germany in 1934. A specialist in software and hardware for architectural lighting, it provides innovative strength, service and quality focused on the requirements of its global customers.

What sets you apart?

What distinguishes Erco in the market is its unique energy-saving concept, called Efficient Visual Comfort. Efficient Visual Comfort means steadily improving both the energy efficiency and the light quality – through innovative technical and design-oriented approaches. One of the main contributing factors in making Efficient Visual Comfort achievable is Vertical Illuminance.

What are your best selling products?

Erco prides itself on practicing its corporate concept of ‘light not luminaires’; therefore, instead of ‘selling products’, it focuses on providing qualitative lighting solutions. Vertical Illuminance, Erco’s best selling solution, is the most essential and important type of lighting, as it makes spatial proportions and spatial limits visible by highlighting vertical surfaces such as walls and facades, areas which the human eye naturally perceives first. Since the human eye perceives the vertical surfaces of an environment 80% of the time, Vertical Illuminance also contributes to savings in both operating and maintenance costs.

Any news?

In January 2010, Erco Lighting launched its biggest product launch procedure, featuring over 1,200 new luminaires, spotlights and LEDs, and highlighting the new Quintessence range of wallwashers, which were especially created for Vertical Illuminance.

How do we contact you?

More information is readily available on www.erco.com. For enquiries, please contact info.ae@erco.com. Our representative office for the region can be found at PO Box 62221, Dubai, tel: +971 (0)4 336 9798, fax: +971 (0)4 337 3746.

Siteco Lighting

Speaking to Greg Scott, general manager.

Tell us about your company.

As a company that has more than 50 years of history, Siteco Lighting Systems (formally Siemens) has defined lighting technology. We combine technological ideas with a feeling for what is possible.

Siteco’s development of architectural energy-efficient lighting systems, for all applications, is our key product motivation. Siteco Middle East’s growth with interior and exterior projects is based on providing best practice client solutions. Projects that we have been involved in include Du offices, Mubadala offices, Yas Island F1, Masdar PRT, and Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium.

What sets you apart?

The ability to combine highest quality, energy-efficient, innovative products within a complete solution. We consider ourselves market leaders for sports, public transportation and workplace lighting. Specialised products – indirect mirror solutions, daylight systems integrated into glazing architecture, and a full range of LED products – ensure we meet the growing demands for energy conscious solutions in the Middle East.

What are your best selling products?

Without a doubt, all products for energy efficient offices, utilising Eldacon, which are self-illuminating lamp shielding optics. The ability to provide design and sell a total solution from interior to exterior is our major success.

What’s new?

After the launch of the exciting DL10 LED at Light and Build in Frankfurt in 2008, 2010 brings a range of LED post top, bollard, and street lighting solutions that will deliver sustainable LED, cost-effective solutions. Our recent sponsorship and move has facilitated increased investment for design and direct sales, with Jaspal Bal in the UAE and Steve Faulkner in Qatar joining the Siteco Middle East team.

Where is your new office?

Al Shoala Building, 2nd Floor, Office 204-205, Deira, Dubai. Contact us on tel: +971 (0)4 294 4472, or visit our website, www.siteco.com.

Huda Lighting

Catching up with Khaled B. Alami, managing director of Huda Lighting.

Tell us about your company.

Huda Lighting is a specialised project lighting company with the resources and expertise to support the complete lighting requirements of projects of any type and size. Since operations began nine years ago in Beirut, Huda Lighting has established branches in five Middle Eastern cities (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Amman and Beirut), and is currently in the process of setting up its sixth in Jeddah. Huda Lighting currently has two retail lighting showrooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and its third will be in Jeddah.

Huda Lighting is committed to supporting its clients by offering turnkey solutions for their requirements. This is achieved by having a team of highly-qualified lighting specialists able to come up with creative lighting concepts, propose the most suitable products needed to implement them, supply in time, and offer the after-sales service needed at later stages.

By maintaining a strong relationship with many of the world’s top lighting manufacturers, Huda Lighting guarantees that it is always up to date with the latest trends in the lighting industry.

This also assures accessibility to a diverse range of products, so that no matter what the requirements of a project are, the needed products are located and supplied.

In addition to lighting, Huda Lighting has expanded its expertise to home automation, lighting control systems and wiring devices.

What sets you apart?

Our ability to cover the requirements of projects of any size, within any required budget, and our strong relationships with a long list of manufacturers. Our good service and after sales support is also something we have been complimented on by most of our clients, along with our reasonable pricing strategies.

What are your best selling products?

Hard to answer! Our clients’ projects are very diverse, as are the solutions and services we provide. Our product range is extensive and includes many European brands reputed for both their functional and aesthetic qualities.

Any news?

Some of the recent prestigious projects we supplied our products to include the W Hotel in Doha, the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut, the Arabian Center in Dubai and the Aldar HQ building in Abu Dhabi. This list speaks for itself!

How do we contact you?

By calling us on +971 (0)4 341 1301 or visiting www.hudalighting.com.

Debbas Group

CID speaks to Emilio R. Khayat, VP for the GCC area, Debbas Group.

Tell us about your company.

In 2010, Debbas Group celebrates 100 years of exhilarating growth to become a multi-national technology and services conglomerate which operates from New York to New Delhi in the fields of lighting, systems, MEP contracting, manufacturing and trading.

Our journey started in 1910, when Cesar Debbas established in the heart of Beirut Le Grand Magasin d’Electricité, a pioneering commercial space dedicated to innovative products in the electric and lighting fields. Today, through a network of 24 companies in 14 countries, four factories, six showrooms and a workforce of more than 1,000 people, Debbas Group is dedicated to providing innovative turnkey solutions.

What sets you apart?

After 100 years of offering innovative solutions, the Debbas brand has become synonymous with quality, high performance, responsiveness, uncompromised service efficiency and excellence in execution. Yet, our prime identifier is the fact that we strive to be the leading technology provider to high-end construction projects by delivering the finest turnkey solutions through our dynamic process: engineer, source, supply, install and maintain.

What are your best selling products?

We are proud of our diverse brand portfolio. Debbas Group has the privilege of enjoying exclusive relationships with some of the most renowned lighting manufacturers in the world. In fact, many of those relationships have been consistent since the 1950s.

Our six showrooms reflect that diversity as they propose a distinctive and extensive selection of premium lighting fixtures, from design and iconic, to contemporary and classical, as well as decorative and technical luminaires. Furthermore, Debbas Group caters to construction projects by offering state-of-the-art lighting and systems solutions to meet and exceed modern technological expectations.

Any news?

2010 is a festive year for Debbas Group as we are currently enjoying our 100th year in lighting.

How do we contact you?

Debbas Group has operations in 14 countries – find out more by logging on to www.debbas.com. Dubai office: Debbas Electric, PO Box 30571, Dubai, Zaabeel Road, Karama, tel: +971 (0)4 335 0006 and email: info@debbas.ae. Debbas HQ: Cesar Debbas & Fils, PO Box 11 0125, Beirut, Lebanon, Debbas Building, Corniche An Nahr, tel: +961 1 585000 and email: cdf@debbas.com.lb.

Artemide Group

An update from Monique Calleja, brand manager, Artemide Group.

Tell us about your company.

The Artemide Group (certification ISO 9001 - WMT) is a global leader in the residential and high-end professional illumination sector. Situated at Pregnana Milanese, the Artemide Group has an ample international distribution presence, in which single brand showrooms sprout in the most important cities around the world, and ‘shop in shop’ concepts emerge in the most prestigious illumination and furniture shops. Founded in the 1960s, Artemide is one of the best-known illumination brands in the world. Known for its ‘The Human Light’ philosophy, Artemide is synonymous with design, innovation and the ‘made in Italy’ brand promise.

What sets you apart?

Research has always been a key factor in the success of the company. When it comes to research, key priorities include innovative illumination sources; the use of eco-compatible materials; quality control systems; and the pursuit of happiness.

At the heart of this activity is the Giacinto Gismondi centre of innovation in Pregnana Milanese. With its optics, electronics projects, materials and luminary sources divisions, the centre develops and sharpens every new product from concept to industrial production, in order to guarantee best results with regards to quality.

What are your best selling products?

The all time favourite is the Tolomeo, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Ginacarlo Fassina in 1987.

After 22 years it is now evolving to embrace the latest lighting technologies of our time to become the EcoTolomeo. Using new generation light sources such as LED it is now possible to have the same amount of light with an energy consumption reduction of 90%.

Any news?

In March, Artemide received numerous acknowledgements from one of the most prestigious international design award programmes, the Red Dot design award. Doride Terra, designed by Karim Rashid (2010), Cosmic Leaf Sospensione by Ross Lovegrove (2009), Cadmo Terra by Karim Rashid (2007) and Cover by the Format Design Studio (2009) all received Red Dot awards. This confirmed Artemide’s top performance in the quality and design of products.

How do we contact you?

Visit the Purity Gallery on Umm Hurair Road in Dubai, tel: +971 (0)4 334 9943, visit our website: www.purity.ae, or contact Monique Calleja, brand manager for Artemide.

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