In South Africa, we do not give enough credit to local lighting companies that are involved in manufacturing, so it was really good news to hear about Beka's success in the category ‘International Projects' at the German Light Design Awards, which were held early in May. And, it was for the LED luminaire used to light the Moses Mabhida Arch! Pictures of the stadium graced the Osram and the Schréder stands at Light+Building in Frankfurt last year and it was impossible not to get a sense of pride at the sight of it. A lot of work goes into creating a luminaire and a number of people will have been intricately involved in the minutia of the design and development of the LEDBeam. The success is the result of everyone's efforts and our congratulations go to all who were involved at Beka.
A fair proportion of this issue is devoted to LEDs as they are being applied more and more generally. The Vodacom Foreshore building has created a striking new landmark for Cape Town and judging by the video clips on ‘youtube' has caused quite a stir. It does look great though. Still on the subject of LEDs there are two articles giving sound advice on what to look out for when using them for general lighting. Common sense only becomes ‘common' when you are familiar with a topic and it is always wise to refresh the memory and be guided and reminded by peers in the industry.
Also in this issue is the first of the ‘London Briefs'. Tanya Duncan, a South African lighting designer living and working in London is going to keep us abreast of what's going on in Britain and Europe.
Finally, entries for the Haute Lumiere competition close on July 1st and it will be interesting to see what students and professionals alike have created. The theme for this year's competition is ‘ching-chong-cha' and the magnificent prize for the lucky winner; as always, a five-day lighting workshop in Alingsas, Sweden. We will let you know the top three entries in our next issue.
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From the Market
World of Yamaha
More destination than showroom, the World of Yamaha makes an impressive statement along the M1 at night. Designed by Terrence Shacklady of Empowered Spaces and illuminated by Voltex Lighting, this new home for Yamaha offers customers a ‘brand world' with access to all the Yamaha products available in Gauteng.
Lighting the way to literacy
A new library in Richmond, a small town in the middle of the Karoo, provides a safe and welcoming place for children and the community and has become a beacon of education within the neighbourhood.
Vodacom on the foreshore
The new Vodacom building on Cape Town's foreshore offered the cell phone provider an ideal opportunity to create an eye-catching urban landmark.
The quest for dimmable LEDs
The widespread adoption of LEDs has lead to the requirement of reliable high performance dimming. However, controlling LEDs is not as simple as controlling incandescent lights and there are a number of factors to consider if an installation of dimmed LED fixtures is to perform to expectation. Amanda Beebe of Lutron Electronics Co gives us a few pointers.