Wednesday, 27 February 2013

PhotonStar at Embedded World 2013

PhotonStar's ChromaWhite is a colour tunable LED light source controlled through a mobile module for applications in medical, art, and retail. Built with an ARM Cortex-M3.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ecobuild Seminar Programme 2013

The "Evolution of Light" in association with PhotonStar

Housed inside three giant domes, visitors will enter the feature and experience a journey through the evolution of lighting, learning the new metrics, benefits and possibilities along the way. This educational feature will also provide the knowledge needed to specify, procure and install lighting solutions that truly deliver their aims in a reliable and cost effective way.

6 “Ask the Expert” pods are sited on the feature and visitors may have one-to-one sessions with a rotating list of experts in:

• Dimming
• Sustainable Design
• LED Luminaires
• Installing & Commissioning
• Off Grid & DC systems (Renewables)
• Light & Health
• Lighting Design
• Intelligent Lighting & The Internet of Things
• Controls

• And more.....



11:30 - 12:00  Off Grid and Off Peak  Solutions 

12:15 - 12:40  Sustainable Lighting – How do I know?

12:45 - 13:15  Lighting and the Green Deal

13:30 - 14:00  LED Basics – Understanding Equivalence, Efficiency and lifetime claims

14:00 - 14:30  LED Essentials – Colour Quality, Colour Shift and Colour Consistency 

14:30 - 15:00  Turn it off! – Lighting controls for sustainable and creative solutions 

15:00 - 15:45  Light & Health – Lighting for  Human performance, efficiency and lifetime

16:00 - 16:45  LED Installers Bootcamp


10:30 - 11:00 Off Grid and Off Peak  Solutions 

11:15 - 11:45 LED Basics – Understanding Equivalence, Efficiency and lifetime claims

12:00 - 12:30 How to Specify LEDs

12:30 - 13:00 Lighting and the Internet of Things

13:00 – 13:30 Turn it off! – Lighting controls for sustainable and creative solutions 

13:30 - 14:00 Right Light, Right Place, Right Time

14:00 - 14:45 Light & Health – Lighting for  Human performance, efficiency and lifetime

14:40 - 15:00 Sustainable Lighting – How do I know?

15:00 – 15:30  Lighting and the Green Deal

16:15 - 16:45  Why Use a Lighting Designer?

17:00 – 18:00 VIP Champagne reception – Invite only


10:15 - 10:45 Off Grid and Off Peak  Solutions 

11:00 - 12:00 Lighting Solution Forum

12:00 - 12:30 Modern challenges for Heritage Lighting

13:00 - 13:30 LED Installers Bootcamp

14:00 – 14:30 LED Basics – Understanding Equivalence, Efficiency and lifetime claims

14:30 - 15:00 LED Essentials – Colour Quality, Colour Shift and Colour Consistency 

15:00 - 15:30 Lighting and the new UK building regulations

15:30 - 16:00 Turn it off! – Lighting controls for sustainable and creative solutions 

Friday, 15 February 2013

UK LED Lighting Manufacture

PhotonStar LED was founded in 2007.
Our mission is to solve the cost problems and increase the efficiency of current LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for use in general residential and commercial lighting. LEDs are the environmentally friendly, energy saving replacement technology for less efficient technologies, such as the light bulb and fluorescent tubes. LEDs can last as long as 100,000 hrs and can be up to 20 times as efficient as ordinary light bulbs. PhotonStar LED Ltd is a UK based solid state lighting designer and manufacturer. We use the latest manufacturing approaches coupled with cutting edge optical designs to produce the brightest and the most cost effective LED modules for use in general lighting.

Management and Board of Directors:
Dr James Mckenzie - CEO
Dr Majd Zoorob - Director and CTO
Robert Tuck - Business Development Director
Gethyn William - Sales Director
David Holloway - CFO
Fenella Frost - Marketing Communications Director
Steve Baxter - Operations Director

PhotonStar’s award winning formula includes a commitment to UK manufacture at a time when most LED products are manufactured in Asia. We also recognise that when it comes to reliability, it really matters how you design and assemble a product, and rigorous and complete testing is essential.

UK led manufactureKeeping both R&D and manufacturing in house permits us to ensure quality is maintained. PhotonStar products are modular and designed to be assembled with minimal labour, keeping our products competitive without losing our quality control. We also have a UK based sales support & technical team. The breadth of technical knowledge in our facility and full in house test labs enables us to optimise designs for both performance and reliability.                  

Uk LED manufactureThe assembly stage is key to longevity, and PhotonStar’s production lines include a final test for every unit ensuring that the product performs as expected. A sample of luminaires are put on long term test in our photometric lab, and their performance plotted to determine lifetime of the whole product. We now have some of the longest “in luminaire” test data in the world (20,000 hours). PhotonStar’s UK based R&D team understands that efficiency, control, functionality and local intelligence are key to developing the lowest lifecycle cost, solid state lighting solutions available today.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

PhotonStar Job Vacancy - Project Engineer – Romsey, Hampshire

Do you want to be part of one of the fastest growing LED lighting brands, fully committed to UK manufacture?

PhotonStar has opportunities to be part of an innovative cutting-edge team providing advanced award-winning LED solutions.

PhotonStar LED Group PLC is a designer and manufacturer of smart LED lighting solutions with a respected reputation worldwide. We are committed to UK manufacture with facilities based in Hampshire and Wales. Winners of many industrial awards including “LA Light Source of the Year” for two consecutive years, success has been as a result of a highly technical and dedicated team.

Due to our continued growth and expansion we are seeking a highly organised and motivated individual with excellent engineering and communication skills, to work as a Project Engineer within our light engines business - PhotonStar Technology Ltd (PST)). Reporting to the Product Line Director, the successful applicant will work in a multi-disciplinary team in our Romsey based production and operations centre. This role is expected to expand and grow giving opportunities for personal promotion and expanded responsibility.

Required Skills

The successful applicant will be a good communicator with a confident manner, and experience of managing complex technical projects, combined with a background in electronic and/or optical engineering, and a demonstrable aptitude for coping with multiple urgent tasks under the pressure of tight deadlines. Essential IT skills include the use of MS Word, Excel and Outlook. Your CV should demonstrate a history of delivering engineering tasks and projects on time to a high standard, dealing directly with both customers and suppliers/sub-contractors. The successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact effectively with all stakeholders – both technical and non-technical and both internal and external to the business – with the appropriate commercial awareness. 
Preference will be given to applicants with a good understanding of LED technology and/or the lighting industry.

Hours and Salary

40 Hours a week (Monday to Friday).
Salary: initially £28-38k dependent on experience, plus performance related bonus and benefits package.

Send CV with a covering letter stating why you feel that you would be suitable for the role and your salary expectations to

Thursday, 7 February 2013

PhotonStar host major lighting feature at global sustainable design event

PhotonStar LED Group plc, the British designer and manufacturer of smart LED lighting solutions, will be the primary sponsor this year for EcoBuild’s 300m2 lighting feature “Evolution of Light”.EcoBuild, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, will take place from the 5th to the 7th March at the ExCel Centre, London. 

With a visitor count of 60,000, it is a key event on the global architectural calendar. The  “Evolution of Light” feature, housed inside three giant connected domes, will take visitors on a dynamic audio visual journey through light, providing visitors with essential information about our biological lighting needs, lighting energy challenges, and lighting in the future connected world. 

The feature will demonstrate the latest ChromaWhite dynamic lighting solutions from PhotonStar controlled by award-winning Pharos lighting controllers. Representatives from key industry bodies and other manufacturers will be supporting PhotonStar and contributing to the feature to provide the very best educational experience. Visitors will be able to interact with the installations through their smartphones and will have every opportunity to ask questions or talk to trusted professionals with knowledge and experience of all aspects of lighting. 

A comprehensive seminar programme will also run throughout the exhibition, educating visitors about the most pertinent issues affecting the lighting industry, and setting out many of the possibilities for the future. This educational programme will be delivered by PhotonStar and other leading experts in the lighting industry, who will provide trusted advice and responsible solutions. Key seminar topics will include:

  • Daylight and Health
  • Controls and Dimming
  • How to Specify LEDs (The new 2012 LILG Guide)
  • Truly Sustainable Lighting
  • Holistic Solutions, including DC systems
  • Lighting and the Internet of Things

PhotonStar LED Group PLC (“PhotonStar” or the “Group”) is a British designer and manufacturer of smart LED lighting solutions. The Group’s proprietary technology seamlessly integrates LEDs, sensors and controls to provide intelligent lighting for commercial and architectural applications which benefit from greater CO2 reduction, lower cost of ownership & improved functionality compared to other available light sources. 

Photonstar’s lighting products have won numerous awards for performance, innovation and reliability, and are unique in the industry for the use of recycled, and recyclable materials, which means they have 90% less embodied CO2 than equivalent products providing the same levels of illumination.PhotonStar comprises two divisions: LED Lighting Fixtures which works with lighting designers, architects, house builders, facilities management companies and sustainability consultants to provide intelligent, high-end LED lighting solutions for the commercial and architectural market, and LED Light Engines which provides LED lighting solutions for specialist applications such as film & television production lighting, UV curing and medical applications. 

PhotonStar is based in Romsey, Hampshire with manufacturing in Wales.  

Academics use LEDs for LI-FI internet

Tiny LEDs are being developed by academics to deliver Wi-Fi-like internet communications.

As well as lighting buildings and outdoor spaces, LEDs are being used to transmit internet communications by academics at the University of Strathclyde.

Researchers say that by creating tiny LEDs which can flicker on and off thousands of times a second, and altering the length of these flickers, it is possible to send digital information to PCs and other electronic devices.

Described as the digital equivalent of Morse code, Li-Fi would make the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum available for internet communications.

Professor Martin Dawson of the University of Strathclyde, who is leading the research, said the university is developing smaller, micron-sized LEDs which can flicker on and off 1,000 times faster than larger LEDs and therefore transmit data more quickly. For example, 1,000 micron-sized LEDs can fit into the space occupied by a single 1mm² LED, with each LED acting as a communication channel. The result is the ability to communicate a million times more data. With each micron-sized LED acting as a tiny pixel, a large LED array display that is lighting an office boardroom can at the same time display information and provide internet communications.

Professor Dawson said: “Imagine an LED array beside a motorway helping to light the road, displaying the latest traffic updates and transmitting internet information wirelessly to passengers’ laptops, netbooks and smartphones. This is the kind of extraordinary, energy-saving parallelism that we believe our pioneering technology could deliver.”

In January, Lighting reported on Bytelight’s location-based technology which uses lighting to give building owners the ability to send and collate information to occupants at precise locations. The company uses lights as positioning beacons that can transmit signals that can be picked up by camera-equipped mobile devices.

The university is working with a consortium of UK academic institutions on the LED research project, including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and St Andrews. With the aim of bringing academia and industry together to discuss solid-state lighting/electronics and its implications for custom-controlled lighting systems, the University of Strathclyde is also setting up an Intelligent Lighting Centre.

The LED project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. To hear more about the project, access the audio slide show Li-Fi Multi-tasking micro-lights could spark a communications revolution.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Comic Ed Byrne to perform at Lighting Design Awards

Comedian Ed Byrne
Irish comic Ed Byrne (right) has been booked to host this year’s Lighting Design Awards.

More than 700 of the lighting industry’s top names will watch Byrne take the stage at the awards taking place on Wednesday, 27 March at Park Lane’s London Hilton.
As well as performances on the international comedy circuit, Byrne has been a guest panellist on the BBC’s Mock the weekand Have I got news for you. To get a feel for his barbed sense of humour, you only need to check out the comedian’s attempt to tear apart singer Alanis Morrisette’s song Ironic.
The awards shortlist was announced at the end of last year and can be viewed here

To book a table at the awards contact Francesca Verdusco on

020 3033 2660.