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GoGoKids Fitout


MHL were excited to work with Woodhams Meikle Zhan Interiors for the GoGoKids Fitout at the new Westfield shopping centre in Newmarket.


We worked closely with the designers to achieve a result that made the uniqueness of the GoGoKids products stand out and really come to life. Colour rendering of the toys was a key focus using high CRI luminaires to enhance the colour and brightness of the products and create an exciting store for kids and parents alike.



Lighting calculations were carried out as part of the design to ensure the shelves were lit to perfection. Special attention was given to lighting the lower displays to create the best experience for children. WMZ and the client wanted lighting that reflected their brands and weren’t prepared to compromise on quality. As such, the majority of the products supplied were designed and manufactured in Germany.



GoGoKids Fitout


MHL were excited to work with Woodhams Meikle Zhan Interiors for the GoGoKids Fitout at the new Westfield shopping centre in Newmarket.


We worked closely with the designers to achieve a result that made the uniqueness of the GoGoKids products stand out and really come to life. Colour rendering of the toys was a key focus using high CRI luminaires to enhance the colour and brightness of the products and create an exciting store for kids and parents alike.



Lighting calculations were carried out as part of the design to ensure the shelves were lit to perfection. Special attention was given to lighting the lower displays to create the best experience for children. WMZ and the client wanted lighting that reflected their brands and weren’t prepared to compromise on quality. As such, the majority of the products supplied were designed and manufactured in Germany.



Choosing Lighting Poles: Aluminium vs Steel


When it comes to lighting poles, landscape architects, electrical engineers and lighting designers generally have two choices: aluminium or steel. 

Traditionally, steel has been the material of choice for poles due to it being durable, strong and easy to fabricate. However, aluminium is becoming increasingly popular – for good reasons. Here are the key benefits aluminium poles offer compared to steel poles. 



Corrosion Resistant

Manufactures of aluminium poles, like Hydro, use marine-grade aluminium that forms a protective oxide layer. This makes the poles highly corrosion resistant and prolongs their life. Due to this natural corrosion resistance, aluminium poles don’t need any additional surface treatment. Hydro aluminium poles can be designed with a designlife of up to 50 years. 

In comparison, steel needs to be galvanised and is often also painted to protect it from corrosion, which results in extra costs and environmental impact. Any additional surface treatments such as paint or powder coat will have a finite life. This becomes a maintenance burden over the lifespan of the pole. 

In a harsh climate like New Zealand, the natural corrosion resistance of aluminium poles offers many benefits. It gives both suppliers and customers the confidence that the poles will stand the test of time, that they will still look good many years into the future and that ongoing maintenance costs will be at a minimum.



100% Recyclable and Clean/Green Production

When considering the big picture and the greater good of society, aluminium offers one significant benefit compared to steel: It’s 100% recyclable without loss of quality. Our Hydro aluminium poles are made from 95% recycled aluminium. 

Using recycled aluminium is much cheaper than primary aluminium. Maybe even more importantly, it requires only about 5% of the energy needed to produce primary aluminium. Given that energy consumption is a major environmental issue, this alone is a great reason to consider aluminium poles over steel. 

The positive environmental impact is further enhanced when using poles from a sustainability-focused business like Hydro, who use 100% clean and green energy for their manufacturing processes. However, it is important to note that this is not the case for all pole manufacturers. Many still rely on dirty, fossil fuel energy, so make sure you know where your poles come from and how they are manufactured.

If sustainability and the protection of our environment are aspects that matter to you when selecting your products, there is no better choice than Hydro aluminium poles. 



Lightweight

Another advantage of aluminium is that it is strong but lightweight. The average aluminium pole weighs less than half of the equivalent steel pole. The AT (Auckland Transport) approved Hydro aluminium poles that we stock only weigh between 41kg (6m pole) and 92kg (10m) pole, which means the 6m and 8m poles can be lifted and installed by two people without needing any heavy machinery or traffic management. 

The lower weight is not just beneficial during installation. It also offers advantages during manufacturing, shipping and storage that all help to keep the cost down.



Elegant Aesthetics and Easy to Fabricate

Aluminium is a very malleable material that is easy to fabricate and can be bent and shaped in many ways. As a result, leading suppliers like Hydro are able to offer custom shaped poles at competitive pricing. 

Aluminium poles are made from one seamless extruded profile meaning there are no welded seams – something that is not possible with steel. In addition, our Hydro aluminium poles are one single piece, not multiple sections mounted together. Unlike steel, aluminium does not need to be painted, which is an advantage as it means there are no concerns about paint damage. However, they can be painted if required to meet the desired aesthetics. 



Competitive Pricing 

Aluminium poles offer all of these benefits and more at a similar price to what you would pay for quality galvanised and painted steel poles. Considering longer lifespans and ongoing maintenance costs, aluminium poles are often the more cost-effective option for many projects. 



Learn more about Hydro aluminium poles here or contact us to discuss the use of aluminium poles for your upcoming projects. 

Choosing Lighting Poles: Aluminium vs Steel


When it comes to lighting poles, landscape architects, electrical engineers and lighting designers generally have two choices: aluminium or steel. 

Traditionally, steel has been the material of choice for poles due to it being durable, strong and easy to fabricate. However, aluminium is becoming increasingly popular – for good reasons. Here are the key benefits aluminium poles offer compared to steel poles. 



Corrosion Resistant

Manufactures of aluminium poles, like Hydro, use marine-grade aluminium that forms a protective oxide layer. This makes the poles highly corrosion resistant and prolongs their life. Due to this natural corrosion resistance, aluminium poles don’t need any additional surface treatment. Hydro aluminium poles can be designed with a designlife of up to 50 years. 

In comparison, steel needs to be galvanised and is often also painted to protect it from corrosion, which results in extra costs and environmental impact. Any additional surface treatments such as paint or powder coat will have a finite life. This becomes a maintenance burden over the lifespan of the pole. 

In a harsh climate like New Zealand, the natural corrosion resistance of aluminium poles offers many benefits. It gives both suppliers and customers the confidence that the poles will stand the test of time, that they will still look good many years into the future and that ongoing maintenance costs will be at a minimum.



100% Recyclable and Clean/Green Production

When considering the big picture and the greater good of society, aluminium offers one significant benefit compared to steel: It’s 100% recyclable without loss of quality. Our Hydro aluminium poles are made from 95% recycled aluminium. 

Using recycled aluminium is much cheaper than primary aluminium. Maybe even more importantly, it requires only about 5% of the energy needed to produce primary aluminium. Given that energy consumption is a major environmental issue, this alone is a great reason to consider aluminium poles over steel. 

The positive environmental impact is further enhanced when using poles from a sustainability-focused business like Hydro, who use 100% clean and green energy for their manufacturing processes. However, it is important to note that this is not the case for all pole manufacturers. Many still rely on dirty, fossil fuel energy, so make sure you know where your poles come from and how they are manufactured.

If sustainability and the protection of our environment are aspects that matter to you when selecting your products, there is no better choice than Hydro aluminium poles. 



Lightweight

Another advantage of aluminium is that it is strong but lightweight. The average aluminium pole weighs less than half of the equivalent steel pole. The AT (Auckland Transport) approved Hydro aluminium poles that we stock only weigh between 41kg (6m pole) and 92kg (10m) pole, which means the 6m and 8m poles can be lifted and installed by two people without needing any heavy machinery or traffic management. 

The lower weight is not just beneficial during installation. It also offers advantages during manufacturing, shipping and storage that all help to keep the cost down.



Elegant Aesthetics and Easy to Fabricate

Aluminium is a very malleable material that is easy to fabricate and can be bent and shaped in many ways. As a result, leading suppliers like Hydro are able to offer custom shaped poles at competitive pricing. 

Aluminium poles are made from one seamless extruded profile meaning there are no welded seams – something that is not possible with steel. In addition, our Hydro aluminium poles are one single piece, not multiple sections mounted together. Unlike steel, aluminium does not need to be painted, which is an advantage as it means there are no concerns about paint damage. However, they can be painted if required to meet the desired aesthetics. 



Competitive Pricing 

Aluminium poles offer all of these benefits and more at a similar price to what you would pay for quality galvanised and painted steel poles. Considering longer lifespans and ongoing maintenance costs, aluminium poles are often the more cost-effective option for many projects. 



Learn more about Hydro aluminium poles here or contact us to discuss the use of aluminium poles for your upcoming projects. 

MHL Customer Support During COVID-19


In light of the current situation, MHL will continue to prioritise the health and safety of our team and customers. We also want to be able to continue to support you and keep you updated, so that you can continue servicing your projects and customers effectively.

As a result, we will be continuing to review how we manage our customer interaction. However, in the short term, we will continue face to face meetings with one or two individuals at our customers’ discretion and move technical and product presentations digitally using our Video Conferencing software.

We hope you understand the need to change the way we work and to find new ways of working to continue business as usual.

All international roadshows are being reviewed. Normal service with your MHL representative via phone or email is unaffected.

MHL Customer Support During COVID-19


In light of the current situation, MHL will continue to prioritise the health and safety of our team and customers. We also want to be able to continue to support you and keep you updated, so that you can continue servicing your projects and customers effectively.

As a result, we will be continuing to review how we manage our customer interaction. However, in the short term, we will continue face to face meetings with one or two individuals at our customers’ discretion and move technical and product presentations digitally using our Video Conferencing software.

We hope you understand the need to change the way we work and to find new ways of working to continue business as usual.

All international roadshows are being reviewed. Normal service with your MHL representative via phone or email is unaffected.

Exterior Lighting Standard Update


Over three years in the making, the much awaited update of AS/NZS 1158.3.1:2020 – Lighting for roads and public spaces – Pedestrian area (Category P) lighting – Performance and design has just been published and is available for purchase from Standards NZ.


This much-needed update on the previous 2005 version incorporates many changes, including:


1. New and more precise lighting subcategories and descriptors, in most cases with slightly different LTP (Light Technical Parameters – light levels/uniformities etc.)


Roads:

Pedestrian & Cycle Path:

Public Activity Areas:

Connecting Elements:

Outdoor Car Parks:

new subcategories PR1-PR6

new subcategories PP1-PP5

new subcategories PA1-PA3

new subcategories PE1-PE3

new subcategories PC1-PC3, PCD, PCX


2. LED luminaires and design techniques are now incorporated for the first time

3. Glare issues are addressed in a more sophisticated and internationally aligned manner

4. Smart CMS (Central Management Systems) and adaptive lighting (i.e. variable light levels) are validated and encouraged

5. CLO (Constant Light Output) control is accommodated


This new standard is effective immediately. The phase-in period from the old standard will depend on the RCA (Road Controlling Authority – i.e. council) and/or asset owner.


Note also, the upgrade of the sister standard AS/NZS 1158.1.1:2020 – Lighting for roads and public spaces – Vehicular area (Category V) lighting – Performance and design is well advanced with publication expected in the next few months.


Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more about this new standard or exterior lighting solutions.




Exterior Lighting Standard Update


Over three years in the making, the much awaited update of AS/NZS 1158.3.1:2020 – Lighting for roads and public spaces – Pedestrian area (Category P) lighting – Performance and design has just been published and is available for purchase from Standards NZ.


This much-needed update on the previous 2005 version incorporates many changes, including:


1. New and more precise lighting subcategories and descriptors, in most cases with slightly different LTP (Light Technical Parameters – light levels/uniformities etc.)


Roads:

Pedestrian & Cycle Path:

Public Activity Areas:

Connecting Elements:

Outdoor Car Parks:

new subcategories PR1-PR6

new subcategories PP1-PP5

new subcategories PA1-PA3

new subcategories PE1-PE3

new subcategories PC1-PC3, PCD, PCX


2. LED luminaires and design techniques are now incorporated for the first time

3. Glare issues are addressed in a more sophisticated and internationally aligned manner

4. Smart CMS (Central Management Systems) and adaptive lighting (i.e. variable light levels) are validated and encouraged

5. CLO (Constant Light Output) control is accommodated


This new standard is effective immediately. The phase-in period from the old standard will depend on the RCA (Road Controlling Authority – i.e. council) and/or asset owner.


Note also, the upgrade of the sister standard AS/NZS 1158.1.1:2020 – Lighting for roads and public spaces – Vehicular area (Category V) lighting – Performance and design is well advanced with publication expected in the next few months.


Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more about this new standard or exterior lighting solutions.




COVID-19 Update


Over the last week or two, you have probably been inundated with emails and information about COVID-19 and how different businesses are responding to it. Therefore, we will keep our updated on the topic short. There are three key things we want to share with you. 


1. Business as usual:
On the whole, it’s business as usual for us here at MHL.

2. Product supply:
Product supply is currently NOT significantly impacted. However, most of our products are shipped on passenger planes, and with many airlines cancelling flights, there is a risk that there might be some delays. Make sure you talk to us as early as possible about which products you might need, and we’re confident we can deliver them.

3. Meetings:
We will reduce the number of in-person meetings where possible and instead spend more time communicating with you via phone, video calls and emails. Learn more about customer support during this time here.

As you can see, none of this is likely to lead to any significant disruptions to our business or yours. As the situation evolves, we will monitor any recommendations the government and other experts make closely and will adjust our strategy as needed. If anything develops that will potentially impact you, we will communicate that right away. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

COVID-19 Update


Over the last week or two, you have probably been inundated with emails and information about COVID-19 and how different businesses are responding to it. Therefore, we will keep our updated on the topic short. There are three key things we want to share with you. 


1. Business as usual:
On the whole, it’s business as usual for us here at MHL.

2. Product supply:
Product supply is currently NOT significantly impacted. However, most of our products are shipped on passenger planes, and with many airlines cancelling flights, there is a risk that there might be some delays. Make sure you talk to us as early as possible about which products you might need, and we’re confident we can deliver them.

3. Meetings:
We will reduce the number of in-person meetings where possible and instead spend more time communicating with you via phone, video calls and emails. Learn more about customer support during this time here.

As you can see, none of this is likely to lead to any significant disruptions to our business or yours. As the situation evolves, we will monitor any recommendations the government and other experts make closely and will adjust our strategy as needed. If anything develops that will potentially impact you, we will communicate that right away. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

Burlington Retirement ​Village


Burlington retirement village in Christchurch is a fun lighting collaboration between +MAP Architects and TM Consultants, designed to create a difference in aged care lighting.


Burlington Village wanted a lighting solution that made a difference to its residents and is not your typical retirement village look. The brief was for a lighting solution that is interesting, that breaks up the monotony of a long hallway, and which also brings the entrance to life in a welcoming way. 


The team decided to use a mix of technology and architectural luminaires to deliver on this brief. The result is lighting which creates interest and provides function.


One of the main challenges with this project were the ceiling cavity spaces. They required a shallow luminaire and equally small driver (power supply) to fit through the downlight cut-out hole. 


Products of Choice


A smart mix of lighting products supplied by MHL helped the engineers and designers overcome this challenge and bring the vision to life. 


TRILUX Lateralosuspended pendants were installed in the main entrance area for illumination on all surfaces, creating a bright open space. 


The TRILUX Polaron IQ recessed double ring was chosen for its form and function. Adding interest and visual comfort to the corridors.  


The TRILUX Polaron Suspended luminaire was also chosen for the corridors. It was used in between the recessed Polarons to break up the space and illuminate all surfaces.



Many spaces also used the Prolicht Invader downlight with both a 65° beam and wall wash optic. The Invader was chosen for its deep cell reflector providing visual comfort and slimline aesthetic.



WE-EF ETV linear ingrounds with a wall wash optic provides soft dimensional illumination of the stone walls. The product uses both side and forward-throw controlled optics to graze the entrance.



All involved believe the lighting solution is a huge success. The design is interesting, functional and comfortable. The incorporated LED technology means the lighting will be maintenance-free and provide Burlington with a low energy solution.


It’s a great outcome for all. Here is what Hwang-Sun Allan from TMCO Electrical Consultants had to say about working with us on this project. 


“MHL have proven again to be easy to work with, providing help on a complex project that had a number of elements to be taken into consideration. We wanted to meet the architect’s vision and provide a visually comfortable and functional lighting scheme, and for this reason, decided to use a mix of Prolicht and TRILUX luminaires. I would have no hesitation in working with MHL on future projects.” 


Burlington Retirement ​Village


Burlington retirement village in Christchurch is a fun lighting collaboration between +MAP Architects and TM Consultants, designed to create a difference in aged care lighting.


Burlington Village wanted a lighting solution that made a difference to its residents and is not your typical retirement village look. The brief was for a lighting solution that is interesting, that breaks up the monotony of a long hallway, and which also brings the entrance to life in a welcoming way. 


The team decided to use a mix of technology and architectural luminaires to deliver on this brief. The result is lighting which creates interest and provides function.


One of the main challenges with this project were the ceiling cavity spaces. They required a shallow luminaire and equally small driver (power supply) to fit through the downlight cut-out hole. 


Products of Choice


A smart mix of lighting products supplied by MHL helped the engineers and designers overcome this challenge and bring the vision to life. 


TRILUX Lateralosuspended pendants were installed in the main entrance area for illumination on all surfaces, creating a bright open space. 


The TRILUX Polaron IQ recessed double ring was chosen for its form and function. Adding interest and visual comfort to the corridors.  


The TRILUX Polaron Suspended luminaire was also chosen for the corridors. It was used in between the recessed Polarons to break up the space and illuminate all surfaces.



Many spaces also used the Prolicht Invader downlight with both a 65° beam and wall wash optic. The Invader was chosen for its deep cell reflector providing visual comfort and slimline aesthetic.



WE-EF ETV linear ingrounds with a wall wash optic provides soft dimensional illumination of the stone walls. The product uses both side and forward-throw controlled optics to graze the entrance.



All involved believe the lighting solution is a huge success. The design is interesting, functional and comfortable. The incorporated LED technology means the lighting will be maintenance-free and provide Burlington with a low energy solution.


It’s a great outcome for all. Here is what Hwang-Sun Allan from TMCO Electrical Consultants had to say about working with us on this project. 


“MHL have proven again to be easy to work with, providing help on a complex project that had a number of elements to be taken into consideration. We wanted to meet the architect’s vision and provide a visually comfortable and functional lighting scheme, and for this reason, decided to use a mix of Prolicht and TRILUX luminaires. I would have no hesitation in working with MHL on future projects.” 


New World Rangiora

MHL are proud to have been involved in the design and implementation of an LED lighting upgrade for the New World Supermarket in Rangiora. MHL worked closely with Pedersen Read Christchurch who developed a lighting solution that replaced an existing dated fluorescent installation to increase both horizontal and vertical light levels which created a bright fresh environment for New World’s customers.


The Trilux E-Line continuous system, with a mixture of wide and double asymmetric optics, was the product of choice for this project. The double asymmetric optics proved particularly useful for the vertical light on to the aisle shelving, lighting the product with excellent accuracy and colour rendition which improves the customer experience and better reflects the colour fidelity of the individual produce/goods.




The project was not without its challenges. The apex ceiling shape was hard to work with at times and due to store operating hours, all work on site was done after hours by Melray Electric. The dark flooring in parts of the store also reduces the reflectance of light. The upgrade has further enhanced the overall look of the store and also resulted in a 50% reduction in power consumption for lighting.


Everyone involved is extremely happy with the outcome, especially the client who is particularly impressed with the way the lighting really improves how the product is displayed, the overall improved visual comfort of the store plus an almost 50% reduction in energy consumption.


Credit also goes to Melray Electric, for doing a great job with the installation.



New World Rangiora

MHL are proud to have been involved in the design and implementation of an LED lighting upgrade for the New World Supermarket in Rangiora. MHL worked closely with Pedersen Read Christchurch who developed a lighting solution that replaced an existing dated fluorescent installation to increase both horizontal and vertical light levels which created a bright fresh environment for New World’s customers.


The Trilux E-Line continuous system, with a mixture of wide and double asymmetric optics, was the product of choice for this project. The double asymmetric optics proved particularly useful for the vertical light on to the aisle shelving, lighting the product with excellent accuracy and colour rendition which improves the customer experience and better reflects the colour fidelity of the individual produce/goods.




The project was not without its challenges. The apex ceiling shape was hard to work with at times and due to store operating hours, all work on site was done after hours by Melray Electric. The dark flooring in parts of the store also reduces the reflectance of light. The upgrade has further enhanced the overall look of the store and also resulted in a 50% reduction in power consumption for lighting.


Everyone involved is extremely happy with the outcome, especially the client who is particularly impressed with the way the lighting really improves how the product is displayed, the overall improved visual comfort of the store plus an almost 50% reduction in energy consumption.


Credit also goes to Melray Electric, for doing a great job with the installation.



LED Life

LEDs are not all created equal and there still seems to be confusion in the market in respect of how to determine the performance and life of different LED luminaires.  We thought we’d help shed some light on this by sharing some valuable insights and resources​ on LED Life.



Unios Universal Light – Edition 2


Unios have just released the 2nd edition of this educational journal.  Among the many interesting articles is the lead story titled ‘The Meaning of LED Life’ written by our own MHL National Product Manager, Mark Kirkham. In this article, Mark provides guidance on assessing the long-term performance of LED products. Use the links below to learn more





‘TO B OR NOT TO B’ … that is the question’!


Leading on from the above is the evolution of the metrics used to define LED life.  It seems as if the ‘B’ metric may be on the way out, or is it? The following information might help to answer that question.


There remains confusion and debate in the market with respect to life metrics for LED luminaires. So let’s take a closer look at the two options; L-Metric and B-Metric.



‘L’ Metric


The primary life metric has always been, and remains, the ‘L’ metric. Per IEC 62722, the ‘L’ metric quantifies the luminous flux degradation after a certain period of time.


  • Lx where ‘x’ denotes the predicted percentage of the initial luminous flux of 50% of the LED population (median) after a certain period of time
    • For example: L70 50,000hrs – luminous flux output of 50% of the LED population (median) has reduced to 70% of initial after 50,000 hrs operation
  • IEC defines this as ‘Median Useful Life’
  • This is effectively Lx B50  if the B Metric (below) was to be included


‘B’ Metric


The IEC has also introduced a second ‘B’ metric in an attempt to further define the ‘L’ metric. 


  • Lx By where ‘y’ denotes an alternative proportion of the LED population at which the luminous flux has degraded after a certain period of time
    • For example: L70 B10 50,000hrs – luminous flux output when only the first 10% of the LED population has reduced to 70% of initial after 50,000 hrs operation

    Whilst IEC 62722-2-1 defines this By, it does not prescribe how this is derived.  In the absence of this, there is a wide variation in how this is assessed and corresponding inconsistency in the life claims made incorporating it. 


    Unfortunately, there has been no consistency across manufacturers in the way life predictions are reported. Many manufacturers only provide ‘L’ metrics (ie: no B metric).  As noted above, in the absence of the second ‘B’ metric these are deemed to be ‘B50’. Many other manufacturers only quote life at other ‘B’ values … ‘B10’ being the most common. This inconsistency creates confusion and prevents accurate performance comparisons between products.



    Lighting Europe: Evaluating performance of LED based luminaires – Guidance Paper


    Lighting Europe is an industry association that represents the European lighting industry. With over 1000 members, including many of the larger lighting manufacturers (including TRILUX), Lighting Europe’s aim is to advocate and influence European lighting policies and standards.


    Lighting Europe has recently released a report to provide guidance in the evaluation of the performance of LED luminaires.


    Until recently, many people have believed there to be a large difference in life hours at different B values. It is therefore very interesting to see this guide has concluded there is actually no statistically relevant difference between Lx B50 & Lx B10 figures. On the basis of this, many manufacturers are reverting to reporting lifetimes without a B metric.


    We believe this is a great step forward as it will simplify performance reporting and provide a common basis upon which real apples-for-apples performance comparisons can be made.


    Note, this guidance paper is not a standard but does however represent the collective belief of the 1000+ lighting manufacturer members of Lighting Europe. It is quite likely the findings from this will be incorporated into IEC standards in the future. 


LED Life

LEDs are not all created equal and there still seems to be confusion in the market in respect of how to determine the performance and life of different LED luminaires.  We thought we’d help shed some light on this by sharing some valuable insights and resources​ on LED Life.



Unios Universal Light – Edition 2


Unios have just released the 2nd edition of this educational journal.  Among the many interesting articles is the lead story titled ‘The Meaning of LED Life’ written by our own MHL National Product Manager, Mark Kirkham. In this article, Mark provides guidance on assessing the long-term performance of LED products. Use the links below to learn more





‘TO B OR NOT TO B’ … that is the question’!


Leading on from the above is the evolution of the metrics used to define LED life.  It seems as if the ‘B’ metric may be on the way out, or is it? The following information might help to answer that question.


There remains confusion and debate in the market with respect to life metrics for LED luminaires. So let’s take a closer look at the two options; L-Metric and B-Metric.



‘L’ Metric


The primary life metric has always been, and remains, the ‘L’ metric. Per IEC 62722, the ‘L’ metric quantifies the luminous flux degradation after a certain period of time.


  • Lx where ‘x’ denotes the predicted percentage of the initial luminous flux of 50% of the LED population (median) after a certain period of time
    • For example: L70 50,000hrs – luminous flux output of 50% of the LED population (median) has reduced to 70% of initial after 50,000 hrs operation
  • IEC defines this as ‘Median Useful Life’
  • This is effectively Lx B50  if the B Metric (below) was to be included


‘B’ Metric


The IEC has also introduced a second ‘B’ metric in an attempt to further define the ‘L’ metric. 


  • Lx By where ‘y’ denotes an alternative proportion of the LED population at which the luminous flux has degraded after a certain period of time
    • For example: L70 B10 50,000hrs – luminous flux output when only the first 10% of the LED population has reduced to 70% of initial after 50,000 hrs operation

    Whilst IEC 62722-2-1 defines this By, it does not prescribe how this is derived.  In the absence of this, there is a wide variation in how this is assessed and corresponding inconsistency in the life claims made incorporating it. 


    Unfortunately, there has been no consistency across manufacturers in the way life predictions are reported. Many manufacturers only provide ‘L’ metrics (ie: no B metric).  As noted above, in the absence of the second ‘B’ metric these are deemed to be ‘B50’. Many other manufacturers only quote life at other ‘B’ values … ‘B10’ being the most common. This inconsistency creates confusion and prevents accurate performance comparisons between products.



    Lighting Europe: Evaluating performance of LED based luminaires – Guidance Paper


    Lighting Europe is an industry association that represents the European lighting industry. With over 1000 members, including many of the larger lighting manufacturers (including TRILUX), Lighting Europe’s aim is to advocate and influence European lighting policies and standards.


    Lighting Europe has recently released a report to provide guidance in the evaluation of the performance of LED luminaires.


    Until recently, many people have believed there to be a large difference in life hours at different B values. It is therefore very interesting to see this guide has concluded there is actually no statistically relevant difference between Lx B50 & Lx B10 figures. On the basis of this, many manufacturers are reverting to reporting lifetimes without a B metric.


    We believe this is a great step forward as it will simplify performance reporting and provide a common basis upon which real apples-for-apples performance comparisons can be made.


    Note, this guidance paper is not a standard but does however represent the collective belief of the 1000+ lighting manufacturer members of Lighting Europe. It is quite likely the findings from this will be incorporated into IEC standards in the future. 


TRILUX Roadshow & New Products


MHL were excited to host our German friends in June for a national roadshow. Manfred Jander, TRILUX’s Export Manager for our region, visited us for nine days covering Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Christchurch.


The roadshow launched two exciting new TRILUX product ranges, the E-Line NEXT which is the evolution of the already very successful E-Line linear range and Sonnos, a new comprehensive range of downlights with over 70,000 permutations!



TRILUX E-Line NEXT



E-Line Next, a trunking based linear lighting system, boasts an industry-leading 190 lumens (delivered) / watt (input) and 15 optics which gives incredible flexibility for multiple applications. 

Some of the other highlights include:

  • 3 trunking options
  • 230,000+ permutations
  • L80 70,000 hr life




TRILUX Sonnos



The Sonnos range also impressed and has been designed to mimic natural daylight, hence the name taken from the German word for sun ‘Sonne’. Sonnos is perfect for a wide range of commercial and institutional applications where quality of light and flexibility are critical.

Some of the other highlights include:

  • Round or square in 4 sizes
  • Trimmed, trimless, surface and suspended mounting options 
  • 70,000+ possible permutations
  • L90 50,000 hr / L80 70,000 hr life




Overall, the roadshow was a huge success and the new products were very well received. And we gave our German guest some good ‘ol kiwi hospitality with a round of golf and a wine or two. We’re already looking forward to his next trip in November 2020.

TRILUX Roadshow & New Products


MHL were excited to host our German friends in June for a national roadshow. Manfred Jander, TRILUX’s Export Manager for our region, visited us for nine days covering Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Christchurch.


The roadshow launched two exciting new TRILUX product ranges, the E-Line NEXT which is the evolution of the already very successful E-Line linear range and Sonnos, a new comprehensive range of downlights with over 70,000 permutations!



TRILUX E-Line NEXT



E-Line Next, a trunking based linear lighting system, boasts an industry-leading 190 lumens (delivered) / watt (input) and 15 optics which gives incredible flexibility for multiple applications. 

Some of the other highlights include:

  • 3 trunking options
  • 230,000+ permutations
  • L80 70,000 hr life




TRILUX Sonnos



The Sonnos range also impressed and has been designed to mimic natural daylight, hence the name taken from the German word for sun ‘Sonne’. Sonnos is perfect for a wide range of commercial and institutional applications where quality of light and flexibility are critical.

Some of the other highlights include:

  • Round or square in 4 sizes
  • Trimmed, trimless, surface and suspended mounting options 
  • 70,000+ possible permutations
  • L90 50,000 hr / L80 70,000 hr life




Overall, the roadshow was a huge success and the new products were very well received. And we gave our German guest some good ‘ol kiwi hospitality with a round of golf and a wine or two. We’re already looking forward to his next trip in November 2020.

Westpac Flagship Store in Christchurch

MHL worked closely with Context Architects on the new Westpac Flagship store in Christchurch. The intent was to create an environment which reaches out and shares the space with the city around it. This was achieved through using lighting to create a tree canopy dapple and cascade to meet a sculptural seating and task area below.

We helped Context Architects create an environment with a point of difference through lighting. To do this, we used the Prolicht Invader surface and suspended cans with using Aphrodite Red corona reflector to tie in Westpac’s corporate identity. The project team and client were thrilled with the outcome and how it brings a point of difference to the space.

Aphrodite Red is one of the 30 standard colours Prolicht offer which are manufactured and dispatched to NZ within 3-weeks.

Westpac Flagship Store in Christchurch

MHL worked closely with Context Architects on the new Westpac Flagship store in Christchurch. The intent was to create an environment which reaches out and shares the space with the city around it. This was achieved through using lighting to create a tree canopy dapple and cascade to meet a sculptural seating and task area below.

We helped Context Architects create an environment with a point of difference through lighting. To do this, we used the Prolicht Invader surface and suspended cans with using Aphrodite Red corona reflector to tie in Westpac’s corporate identity. The project team and client were thrilled with the outcome and how it brings a point of difference to the space.

Aphrodite Red is one of the 30 standard colours Prolicht offer which are manufactured and dispatched to NZ within 3-weeks.

Les Mills Auckland City

NZ’s largest gym makeover to date.

MHL are proud to have been part of the project team for the major redevelopment of Auckland City’s most prominent gym/fitness facility. The project involved adding three new studios to the Les Mills Auckland City Campus.


Aurecon (electrical engineering and lighting design) and Knight Associates (Interior Design) took a very intentional approach with the design of the space. Complementing the extraordinary finishes are carefully selected narrow beam fixtures, producing the desired lighting effect from seemingly discreet light sources.

The end result: A dynamic, dramatic and energetic environment for members.

Among the products that have contributed to this result are:



All photos credit to Les Mills

Les Mills Auckland City

NZ’s largest gym makeover to date.

MHL are proud to have been part of the project team for the major redevelopment of Auckland City’s most prominent gym/fitness facility. The project involved adding three new studios to the Les Mills Auckland City Campus.


Aurecon (electrical engineering and lighting design) and Knight Associates (Interior Design) took a very intentional approach with the design of the space. Complementing the extraordinary finishes are carefully selected narrow beam fixtures, producing the desired lighting effect from seemingly discreet light sources.

The end result: A dynamic, dramatic and energetic environment for members.

Among the products that have contributed to this result are:



All photos credit to Les Mills

Tauranga ​Campus

Recently, the University of Waikato opened its new Campus right in the heart of Tauranga CBD.

The University, together with the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership aimed to build a campus that can accommodate close to 1,500 students each year. They wanted to create a vibrant, exciting and engaging community and industry hub providing targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, together with applied research creating solutions to regional issues.

The building itself features a future-proof design with very flexible spaces so it is able to cater to changing styles of teaching and learning.


We are proud to have been selected to help bring this vision to life. In collaboration with designers and architects Jasmax, MHL worked towards providing the Tauranga Campus with an inviting, comfortable and safe environment for the student community.

Tauranga Campus



WE-EF FLC230D Pole-mounted projectors, WE-EF ZFY230 bollards and Unios Pilot Handrail luminaires were used to achieve the desired outcome.

The deep-body WE-EF FLC230D luminaires are also the product of choice for the Durham Lane Upgrade that is part of Tauranga City Centre’s Streetscape upgrade.

Tauranga ​Campus

Recently, the University of Waikato opened its new Campus right in the heart of Tauranga CBD.

The University, together with the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership aimed to build a campus that can accommodate close to 1,500 students each year. They wanted to create a vibrant, exciting and engaging community and industry hub providing targeted undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, together with applied research creating solutions to regional issues.

The building itself features a future-proof design with very flexible spaces so it is able to cater to changing styles of teaching and learning.


We are proud to have been selected to help bring this vision to life. In collaboration with designers and architects Jasmax, MHL worked towards providing the Tauranga Campus with an inviting, comfortable and safe environment for the student community.

Tauranga Campus



WE-EF FLC230D Pole-mounted projectors, WE-EF ZFY230 bollards and Unios Pilot Handrail luminaires were used to achieve the desired outcome.

The deep-body WE-EF FLC230D luminaires are also the product of choice for the Durham Lane Upgrade that is part of Tauranga City Centre’s Streetscape upgrade.

Wanaka Recreation Car Park

Bringing light to a Wanaka community area. 

MHL worked closely with Baxter Design Group, of Queenstown and Cosgroves Electrical Engineers on this extensive project for the benefit of the greater Wanaka Community.

The WE-EF PFL Street and Area Luminaire was chosen because of the excellent carpark distribution optic, to maximise the coverage of light, using the minimum number of poles. The PFL was then complimented with the Aluminium Sapa pole in its raw finish.

Sapa was chosen because of its engaging environmental story, using 95% recycled aluminium and with also not having to be painted, the raw linished finish offers a clean modern look, with almost zero maintenance over its extensive long life.

Embracing Queenstown Council’s strict Dark Sky policy provided a challenge, with the inground tree uplighters. A detailed design was required to perfectly provide illumination where it was required, but more importantly, to not create light pollution beyond the trees.

The final installed solution provides zero upward waste spill light in the carpark, at thesame time as giving the Council and the asset operators, safe egress for both vehicle and pedestrian movements around the Centre and also delivers piece of mind for many years to come.


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Wanaka Recreation Car Park

Bringing light to a Wanaka community area. 

MHL worked closely with Baxter Design Group, of Queenstown and Cosgroves Electrical Engineers on this extensive project for the benefit of the greater Wanaka Community.

The WE-EF PFL Street and Area Luminaire was chosen because of the excellent carpark distribution optic, to maximise the coverage of light, using the minimum number of poles. The PFL was then complimented with the Aluminium Sapa pole in its raw finish.

Sapa was chosen because of its engaging environmental story, using 95% recycled aluminium and with also not having to be painted, the raw linished finish offers a clean modern look, with almost zero maintenance over its extensive long life.

Embracing Queenstown Council’s strict Dark Sky policy provided a challenge, with the inground tree uplighters. A detailed design was required to perfectly provide illumination where it was required, but more importantly, to not create light pollution beyond the trees.

The final installed solution provides zero upward waste spill light in the carpark, at thesame time as giving the Council and the asset operators, safe egress for both vehicle and pedestrian movements around the Centre and also delivers piece of mind for many years to come.


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Meet our New MHL Team Members

Over the last few months, we have added three awesome new members to the MHL team and we thought it’s time to officially introduce them.

 

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Suganya Gopal – Project Coordinator

MHL

Suganya is our new Project Coordinator. She works with the team to make sure we deliver the best quality products and services to our customers in the quickest time possible.

Having worked in the Lighting Industry, Suganya is highly experienced and knowledgable and has hit the ground running. She has worked in India and the United Arab Emirates before making New Zealand her home. When she’s not working, Suganya enjoys crafts, decorating, baking and designing her own clothes.

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MHL

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Dave McCalman – Lighting Consultant

MHL

Dave joined the MHL team last year as Lighting Consultant looking after Bay of Plenty and Waikato region, with a couple of key accounts in Auckland.

He brings a valuable 15 years of experience in the Lighting Industry to the MHL team and has completed the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) from Massey University.

Outside of work Dave enjoy heading out on the mountain bike to stretch the legs, and he has also just become a dad to Thomas which is keeping him young at heart albeit also a bit tired!

 

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Simon Hadlow – Lighting Consultant

MHL

Simon joined the MHL team in September last year as our Lighting Consultant in Wellington looking after MHL clients and projects in the Capital City.

Simon has a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) from Massey University and has been working in the Lighting Industry for five years. He brings great experience and expertise to the MHL team. In his spare time, Simon enjoys the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

If you need help with a lighting project in Wellington, get in touch with Simon via email: simon.hadlow@lights.co.nz

 

 

Meet our New MHL Team Members

Over the last few months, we have added three awesome new members to the MHL team and we thought it’s time to officially introduce them.

 

Suganya Gopal_180x

Suganya Gopal – Project Coordinator

MHL

Suganya is our new Project Coordinator. She works with the team to make sure we deliver the best quality products and services to our customers in the quickest time possible.

Having worked in the Lighting Industry, Suganya is highly experienced and knowledgable and has hit the ground running. She has worked in India and the United Arab Emirates before making New Zealand her home. When she’s not working, Suganya enjoys crafts, decorating, baking and designing her own clothes.

MHL

MHL

Dave_180x for website

Dave McCalman – Lighting Consultant

MHL

Dave joined the MHL team last year as Lighting Consultant looking after Bay of Plenty and Waikato region, with a couple of key accounts in Auckland.

He brings a valuable 15 years of experience in the Lighting Industry to the MHL team and has completed the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) from Massey University.

Outside of work Dave enjoy heading out on the mountain bike to stretch the legs, and he has also just become a dad to Thomas which is keeping him young at heart albeit also a bit tired!

 

Simon Hadlow_180x

Simon Hadlow – Lighting Consultant

MHL

Simon joined the MHL team in September last year as our Lighting Consultant in Wellington looking after MHL clients and projects in the Capital City.

Simon has a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) from Massey University and has been working in the Lighting Industry for five years. He brings great experience and expertise to the MHL team. In his spare time, Simon enjoys the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

If you need help with a lighting project in Wellington, get in touch with Simon via email: simon.hadlow@lights.co.nz

 

 

Gallery: Devonport Wharf in Auckland


Products Used:


  • WE-EF RFL
  • WE-EF FLC
  • Hydro Aluminium Poles


Designer:


Isthums Group


Gallery: Eel Trap Bridge


Designer:


Beca


Gallery: University of Otago Campus in Dunedin


Product Used:


WE-EF ZA640 LED



Designer:


DSM Urban Design Limited & Photographer Michael Mcqueen


Gallery: O’Connell Street Upgrade – Auckland


Products Used:


  • WE-EF ETC Uplights
  • WE-EF RFL Streetlights


Designer:


LDP


Gallery: St Margarets College in Christchurch


Products Used:


  • WE-EF VFL
  • WE-EF DOC Downlights
  • SAPA Poles


Designer:


Cosgroves


Gallery: Freyberg Square


Product Used:


Coolon Multo



Designer:


Isthmus