The new Smart version of the lamp with integral Bluetooth control allows the lights to be controlled in a real world setting from a phone or tablet. An app communicates directly with a chip inside the lamp, allowing the user to group, dim or turn lights on/off without any need for rewiring.*
The attraction of the Bluetooth-enabled LED is that it allows us to seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology within our Solid collection. The technology that allows the user to control, dim and group lights is hidden within the light, leaving the design pure,” says Terence Woodgate of eponymous brand.
Terence Woodgate’s eponymous lighting brand launched in February 2014, with the aim of producing design-led lighting collections that maximise the benefits of LED technology. Terence has previously designed lighting for companies such as Concord Lighting, but this is the first time that products will be designed, produced and distributed under his own brand.
The brand’s first collection is Solid. The collection features 16 pendants and surface- mounted downlights in natural materials such as Carrara and Nero Marquina, Oak and Walnut, designed around a LED reflector lamp.
Although LEDs produce far less heat than incandescent lamps, the little heat they do produce needs to be effectively dispersed to maximise the LED lifespan and performance. To address this issue, Terence designed a unique electro-mechanical support system (now patented) which serves as a cord grip, insulating cap and locking adjustable support, as well as providing a surface for lamp information.
Each shade body is a solid cylindrical or conical form with the central core removed. The lamp holder slots into the void once the ceiling wiring is complete, allowing the shade to rest on the triangular support. The shade can then be locked securely in place, after adjusting its position to hang straight and true. The venting in the locking support disc allows for cooling air flow. The lamp holder is entirely contained within the shade, invisible within the pure form of the design, with the LED lamp also recessed deep in the shade to avoid glare, without restricting the beam or wasting any emitted light.
"Lighting is now digital! The new super-efficient LED light source is amazing and as 20% of the world’s energy is used in lighting, LED’s can really make a difference. For me it‘s important not to waste any of this new efficient light. To marry this solid state technology with solid natural materials is emotive,” says Terence Woodgate.
The product packaging was created by Charlie Smith Design, who also created the brand identity. The box system Charlie created was designed to work across all products within the Solid collection and avoids the use of plastics and polystyrene. Terence felt strongly that the accompanying instruction manual should offer an opportunity to engage with the customer with the brand, and not be an afterthought. The manual, with illustrations by John See, is the first item visible when a customer opens the box.
Terence has also made use of the marble which is removed from the central column of the marble shades, designing a small, conical pendant light which houses a 3W LED.
This will be available as a single pendant, or for bespoke projects as a cluster or cascade.
Fred Bass, Managing Director of Neonlite International Ltd, the brand owner of MEGAMAN®, comments: “LED lamp technology brings so many advantages to the end user. As well as a long lamp life and excellent quality of light, our INGENIUM® BLU LED lamps can be controlled via a smart device app, for the ultimate in user flexibility. Working with such an influential designer as Terence Woodgate has been a real privilege and Solid is a testament to what can happen when the ultimate in style meets the latest in LED lamp technology.”
Notes to editor:
Solid is sold boxed with either MEGAMAN® dimmable 6W professional series reflector LED lamp and fittings from £147; Or MEGAMAN® Bluetooth GU10 LED lamp and fittings from £167 (inc VAT)!
Designed & Manufactured by Terence Woodgate.
*At the time Solid was launched, at Light & Build Messe Frankfurt in April 2014, there were no other known similar luminaires with Bluetooth-enabled lamps on the market
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About Terence Woodgate
Terence Woodgate is an Industrial Designer specialising in furniture and lighting. He works from his studio in Mayfield, East Sussex, England. He became a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2003 and has received several international design awards, including the Red Dot 'Best of the Best' and the IF ecology award. His current client list includes. Established & Sons, Objekten, Punt Mobles, SCP, Concord Lighting, Paviom & Izé. Examples of his work are held in private collections and in the permanent collections of the Museu d'Arts Decoratives, Barcelona and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London