Friday, 5 April 2013

LED lighting can prolong stock's shelf-life for retailers - report

Installing LED lighting in supermarkets is becoming increasingly popular
The ability of LED lighting to benefit food retailers has been highlighted by the Environmental Data Interactive Exchange (EDIE).

EDIE reports that supermarkets are responsible for up to 300,000 tonnes of food waste every year, and with LED lighting this could be dramatically reduced.

With LED lighting emitting less heat and no UV rays, food under its scope will not 'sweat in its packaging' according to EDIE and could therefore last much longer.

This will come as no surprise to retailers who have benefited from LED lighting in their stores already, with additional benefits such as reduced carbon emissions, and large savings made on running costs and maintenance.

The EDIE story goes on: "A report released in January by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers revealed that two billion tonnes of the world's food production is going to waste each year.  

"It also stated that up to half of all food bought in Europe and the US is thrown away by the consumer, and smarter strategies around water conservation and waste prevention could potentially provide 60% to 100% more food."

To read the full story on EDIE click here.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Top 10 reasons for choosing LED High Bay Lighting

Cold stores, warehouses, garages, factories - what do all these industry facilities have in common? They share an unhealthy penchant for costly and inefficient lighting.

When you're an owner of one of these businesses the last thing you need is to add to your running costs, maintenance bills and carbon footprint by wasting energy and money on outdated sodium or fluorescent lighting.

More and more of these businesses are switching to LED High Bay lighting, the new industry standard for efficient, environmentally friendly lighting that provides an excellent quality of light to work in.

Here, from the website of UK LED lighting manufacturer Gemma Lighting, we list the top ten reasons why LED High Bay lighting is the only way to go.

LED High Bay lighting Sovereign 72
LED High Bay lighting - Sovereign 72 from Gemma Lighting
1) More efficient

LED High Bay lighting, as with all LED lighting technology, is far more efficient than the likes of sodium or fluorescent lighting. On average products such as the Sovereign 72 LED High Bay light can save users more than 70% in annual energy costs.

2) Brighter per watt

A better ratio of lumens per watt means LED High Bay lighting has a better efficacy when compared to other light sources. This also aids efficiency as a higher quality lighting level is achieved with less power output.

3) Longer life

LEDs provide long-term lighting solutions for a huge range of users, and this longevity translates into up to 100,000 hours of light. Installing LED High Bay lighting, along with the annual savings in energy bills, ensures a speedy return on investment for those wishing to switch to LED lighting.

4) Robust

Gemma Lighting’s LED products are built to last. With a protection rating of IP66 the Sovereign LED High Bay lighting range for example is vandalism proof and offers greater protection from accidental breakage.

5) Goodbye maintenance

With no bulb to replace in LED High Bay lighting the cost of maintaining lighting setups is dramatically reduced when LEDs are installed. Their reliability also ensures that the labour costs of having a maintenance contractor regular working on lights, often at a considerable height, are also shed, lowering overheads even further.

LED High Bay lighting Sovereign 96
LED High Bay lighting - Sovereign 96 from Gemma Lighting
6) Meet your carbon reduction quota

With carbon reduction schemes commonplace across many industries today, switching to LED High Bay lighting can be a great step in meeting targets over one or five year periods. Tonnes of carbon emissions every year can be saved by LED lighting, and with many cold stores and warehouses needing numbers in bulk, the amount of carbon being saved can prove substantial.

7) No wasted light

Because LED is a directional light source, unlike many other types of light installations, LEDs are designed to target a desired area and refrain from wasting light out into the surrounding areas. For LED High Bay lighting this means maximum efficiency as a large storage or refrigeration area can be comprehensively covered with as few lights as possible. This also means minimal light pollution for LED High Bays in exterior locations.

8) Safer lighting

With no glass to break, no white-hot filament to handle or replace and no noxious fumes involved in its construction, LED High Bay lighting is far safer than many more traditional lightings methods. They also have a better impact on the environment, and can dramatically reduce the carbon emissions of large users of lighting year upon year.

9) Better quality light

LED lighting offers excellent colour rendition – with its crisp white light as close to daylight as artificial lighting can be. Gemma’s LED High Bay lighting has a colour rendition index of RA>70, offering benefits such as better visibility and enhanced picture quality with CCTV security systems.

LED High Bay Lighting TV studio
LED High Bay Lighting TV studio
10) Suitable for a number of uses

The Sovereign LED High Bay lighting range from Gemma Lighting suits a range of applications for a wide range of customer bases, with both chain and ceiling mounting options available as well as adjustable side pods to suit a variety of mounting heights.

Have you recently switched to LED High Bay lighting? Tell us of your experiences in the comments box below!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Gemma Lighting named ‘Overall Business of the Year’

Growing LED lighting specialists Gemma Lighting are celebrating after receiving five awards and being named ‘Overall Business of the Year’ at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards on Friday.

LED Lighting Manufacturers Portsmouth Business of the Year
Steve Reid/Blitz Photography
The glittering ceremony, in association with BAE Systems, was held at the Portsmouth Guildhall and Gemma were honoured with the top prize of the night, being named by the judging panel as ‘Overall Business of the Year’.

It was a fantastic evening for the UK-based LED lighting manufacturers, who were winners or runners-up in every category for which they entered into.

As well as taking the top award for overall company of the year, Gemma also scooped the ‘Innovation of the Year’ prize in recognition of their innovative solar LED Street Lighting systems being exported around the world.

The fantastic evening was hosted by broadcaster Fred Dinenage MBE, and highlighted the true success stories of businesses in the Portsmouth region.

Before the trophies were handed out, the Portsmouth News editor Mark Waldron spoke about the many stories of triumph and inspiration from all the nominees present, and told of how difficult the judging decisions were with so many achievements on display.

His speech was followed by a fine three-course meal and entertainment from Manic Stage Productions, a nominee themselves in the Team of the Year category.

LED Lighting Manufacturers Sales Director Mark Major with Fred Dinenage MBE
Gemma Lighting Sales Director Mark Major with host Fred Dinenage - Blitz Photography
Mr Dinenage then summed up the last twelve months in the business world with his Review of the Year before the announcements got underway with the Retailer, Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure award.

Local landmark the Spinnaker Tower were named as runners-up in this category after helping Portsmouth win Best UK City in the Group Leisure Awards in 2012, whilst bridal store Creatiques received Highly Commended after recording a 62% increase in dress sales.

The first award of the night however went to All About Tea - the Southsea-based tea emporium that has seen a boom in business in the last part of 2012 and now sells all over the world.

The shortlist for the hotly-contested Apprentice of the Year award started with 700 applicants - giving the judging panel a headache to reduce to just the 17 candidates that made it through to the nominees list on the night.

James Bengree of McAndrew Martin received a Highly Recommended achievement, and Thomas Howard was named runner-up for his work at Anglesey Hotel, but it was Holly Diaper who won the award after her colleagues at First Chapter Consultancy said she had overcome being a 'painfully shy' person.

It was at this stage of the night that Gemma Lighting first featured - with the combination of Jupiter LED Street Lights and solar power management systems working to great effect and being considered for the title of Innovation of the Year.

Highly commended in the category were Cobweb Solutions who have developed a secure way for staff to access work remotely, with property superstore group uMoove named as runners-up.

When Gemma Lighting were announced as the winners by award sponsors the University of Portsmouth the two tables featuring Gemma team members erupted with delight and, after some encouragement from the host, all took to the stage to accept the award.

LED Lighting Manufacturers Portsmouth Innovation of the Year
Steve Reid/Blitz Photography

In fact, the team had barely taken their seats once again when the runner-up of the next category was announced - in the Business Personality & Achievement award.

Gemma Managing Director Craig Manuel was asked to return to the stage by Fontwell Park who sponsored the category, and received the runner-up prize for driving Gemma on to post a growth of 132% last year in the manufacturing industry which is in decline overall.

There was a brief interruption to Craig's acceptance speech - when host Fred Dinenage asked what the key to Craig's success was, Gemma Sales Director Mark Major had a modest suggestion that saw Craig double Mark's sales targets for the rest of the year...

Keith Leaning, Catering Manager at Fruitloops, was highly commended, and for his firm's work in preparing Horseguards Parade for the Queen's Birthday, Jubilee and London 2012 Olympic Games Bill McAndrew of McAndrew Martin was named the winner.

Next up was the Team of the Year prize, sponsored by PPA. Winning the award, ahead of Tiger Tiger who were highly commended and runners-up Pompey in the Community, were mystery shopper firm Douglas Stafford.

Gemma Lighting customers Portsmouth Marriott Hotel were on the list of nominees for the Community Contribution award, and were highly commended for their work, spearheaded by Lisa Bowles in a category which was eventually won by Affinion International for their work in Portsmouth schools. Property firm Malins group were runners-up.

Fresh-thinkers and driven business minds were acknowledged in the Start Up Business of the Year category, where Dynamite Recruitment were highly commended, Coconut & Chocolate were given the runners-up prize for their inventive way of creating child's play mats, and recruitment firm Carrington West took the prize.

LED Lighting Manufacturers Portsmouth Gemma Lighting team
The Gemma Lighting team before the ceremony - Helen Tinner Photography
With their heads still spinning from two trips onto the stage, the Gemma Lighting team held their breath as the next category was Exporter of the Year. Having seen major exports to Dubai and the Falkland Islands in 2012 Gemma had a strong year for export orders and this was reflected by their inclusion on the shortlist for this award.

Although their name was indeed read out once more, it was to be for the runners-up prize in the category, meaning another trophy for Gemma Lighting and an award win for marine safety firm Daniamant.

With the ceremony coming to the closing stages the awards for both Small/Medium Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year were still to be decided.

Gemma Lighting were on the shortlist for Small/Medium which was up first. Highly commended were Fedden USP, a firm which uses lean business training to ensure companies are running as efficiently as possible, and Gemma Lighting were named runners-up for their fourth trophy of the night.

As Gemma received the award from Councillor Rob Wood of Portsmouth City Council the team could reflect with great pride of their night's work - having won or come runners-up in every category for which they were entered into.

Communications experts Twisted Pair took the SMB prize and in the Large Business category Gemma Lighting customers Portsmouth Marriott were Highly Commended, Aerial Business Communications named runners-up, and STS Defence named winners.

LED Lighting Manufacturers named Portsmouth Business of the Year
Gemma Lighting are announced as Overall Business of the Year - Blitz Photography
The Gemma Lighting team took a deep breath in - completely unaware that the awards were not over as this was the first time Gemma had ever taken part in the Business Excellence Awards.

Little did they know that all winners from the eight group categories are entered into the biggest prize of the evening, the Overall Business of the Year.

Stunned and pleasantly surprised at even being amongst the nominations for this prize, Gemma were then flabbergasted when it was announced by Brian Johnson of BAE Systems that they had won.

Mr Johnson had been on the judging panel for all the award categories, and said of Gemma Lighting: "The firm is innovative, it is exporting, it is expanding, and all while manufacturing is in decline. We just felt that because Gemma had done so well in each of the categories they were far and away the business which we felt ticked every box."

Managing Director Craig Manuel described the award as 'great for UK manufacturing', saying: "We want to thank our staff, our shareholders for standing by us and our customers. It's brilliant to be recognised."

And Sales Director Mark Major spoke of his pride at winning the award, and said: "We are ecstatic about picking up these awards – there were a few of us there to accept the award but in fact the whole team at Gemma worked towards this moment and deserve recognition because they’ve been fantastic."

Gemma Lighting and the other award winners from the evening will now be entered into the regional business awards in Brighton in the Autumn.

The awards come at a great time of expansion and development for Gemma Lighting, who have already broken their annual sales figures from the previous trading year, again recording growth figures in the double digits.

Gemma Lighting Limited was established to create an innovative concept for environmentally friendly lighting requirements. Drawing on vast experience of LED Technology since 2003, the team at Gemma Lighting have been designing, developing and manufacturing a new generation of LED lighting solutions for numerous applications, both indoors and out.

From a UK manufacturing facility in Portsmouth, Gemma Lighting’s products incorporate the very latest in power efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED) technology and organisations such as British Gas, the Marriott Hotel group and BAA have benefited from Gemma’s high quality products and customer service alike.

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Awards Summary:
Winner – Overall Portsmouth Company of the year
Winner - Innovation of the year
Runner-up - Achievement of the year
Runner-up - Exporter of the year
Runner-up - Small / Medium Business of the year

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Gemma Lighting celebrate after being shortlisted for 4 business awards!

UK LED lighting manufacturer Gemma Lighting is celebrating after being shortlisted for four different awards at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards.

2012 was a fantastic year for Gemma Lighting, as the company went from strength to strength; smashing the previous sales year’s figures and securing large export orders to the likes of Dubai and the Falklands Islands.
This amazing year has seen Gemma nominated for Small / Medium Business of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Achievement of the year in the annual awards event.
It is the first year Gemma had been entered into the awards, and with no other company being shortlisted for more awards than Gemma Lighting, it is a fine achievement for the Portsmouth-based LED lighting specialists.
UK LED Lighting Manufacturers Gemma Lighting
The Gemma Lighting team

The News Business Excellence Awards are now in their 11th year and honour all those companies which help make the Portsmouth region a success.

The gala awards evening will be held at the Guildhall Portsmouth on Friday 15th February and will be hosted by Fred Dinenage MBE.

Keep up to date with news from Gemma Lighting and the awards ceremony through the website at and on Twitter.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas from Gemma Lighting!

Merry Christmas from all the team at Gemma Lighting Limited!

Gemma Lighting UK LED lighting manufacturer Christmas logo

Wishing all our customers, colleagues and of course Blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We'll see you in 2013!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Mark Chivers joins the team at Gemma Lighting Limited

UK LED Lighting manufacturers Gemma Lighting Limited have recently appointed Mark Chivers as their new Sales Office Manager.

LED Lighting specialist Gemma Lighting
Mark Chivers (left) has joined Sales Director Mark Major (right) and the rest of the Gemma Lighting team
Mark joins the Portsmouth-based LED lighting specialists having had eight years experience in the lighting industry at Anglepoise Limited, where he ran the sales office and supervised sales for both the UK and US markets.

Joining the company at a busy time, Mark will oversee the day-to-day operation of the sales office and will report to Sales Director Mark Major and Managing Director Craig Manuel.

Gemma Lighting have gone from strength to strength in recent years, having recorded over a million pounds worth of sales last year and having surpassed that figure already in the first five months of this trading year.

With recent exports to Dubai and the Falkland Islands adding to the list of locations where Gemma Lighting LED products can be found, Gemma’s range of LED Street, Flood and High/Low bay lighting are all proving a popular choice for a varying range of customers, from universities to police stations, hotels to hospitals.

Gemma Lighting Limited was established to create an innovative concept for environmentally friendly lighting requirements. Drawing on vast experience of LED Technology since 2003, the team at Gemma Lighting have been designing, developing and manufacturing a new generation of LED lighting solutions for numerous applications, both indoors and out.

For more on the company visit the website at

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Why more and more restaurants are eating up LED lighting

Of all the regular clients using LED lighting solutions, restaurant and cafe owners are probably not top of any prolificacy lists.

They do, however, have extensive overhead costs to consider like everyone else when balancing the books of their business, and their energy bills are primary among those concerns.

Busy restaurant
Restaurant owners have enough to deal with
without thinking about  rising energy costs
As well as powering kitchen equipment such as cookers and storage facilities, lighting and computing requirements make restaurants one of the biggest user groups of electricity across the world. In the United States for example the annual energy bill for the commercial food service sector is estimated at $10bn, according to environmental protection agency Energy Star.

To drive down their running costs, and also reduce their carbon impact on the environment, several chains and sites are making the change to LED lighting – but are they doing it the right way?

The transfer to more energy efficient LEDs is an easy decision to make. With better power to output ratios, LEDs are far more energy efficient solutions in comparison with fluorescent or sodium light fittings that are more commonly found in restaurants. As well as reducing energy costs, the longevity and durability of LEDs also means a cut in the cost of repairing and replacing lighting, and installations of LED lighting, both interior and exterior, have seen many reduce their carbon emissions year upon year.

So what can go wrong? Well LEDs are becoming increasingly adaptable, their ability to replace traditional lighting setups means they can be found in more and more locations in and around homes and businesses today. Their use has stretched to LED lamps also, which boast all the benefits of regular LED lighting fittings with the convenience of coming in a small package. However these come at a significantly higher cost than market alternatives, and do not have the lifespan of their larger cousins.

High quality LED lighting specialists manufacture their own LED product ranges in order to maximise the benefits that LED lighting can bring to the user, installing and testing their products in optimum conditions for maximum capacity.

Lighting is a key consideration for
restaurants looking to create the right mood
LED ceiling tiles, street lights and bollard lights are all available as complete packages, and installation of these fittings can mean bigger savings over longer periods for users. Take an average restaurant with car parking for example; the owners could replace the lamps in their street lights, interior lights in the dining area, and lights in the kitchen and offices with LEDs. But to maximise their savings, they could replace all of these with brand new, vandalism and weather-proof, environmentally friendly LED light installations.

It isn’t just about cost reduction with LEDs either. Every successful restaurant has a theme and a mood it creates for its customers, who will return time and again to experience that unique feel. Several factors go into making this possible, and lighting can underpin all of these attributes. An elaborate design layout with bespoke colour schemes can be rendered useless if adequate lighting fails to sufficiently bring out the tones of those colours. The colour rendering of LED lighting is excellent, and the strength of its bright white light is more aesthetically pleasing than the pale yellow hue that can be emitted by older lighting systems, particularly as their lifespan diminishes.

This technical superiority also stretches to external uses, as LED lighting improves the picture clarity on CCTV pictures, meaning that your restaurant is more secure and ensuring that should anyone cause your business any damage you won’t face the frustration of seeing them walk away from punishment due to insufficient proof – a common problem for CCTV systems let down by sub-standard lighting (see our previous blog here for more on this).

Just as important as protecting your business itself can be protecting the name and brand of your restaurant. A flickering lamp over the bar area or seating in a dark corner of the room lessens the appeal to diners, and reflects badly on the professionalism of your establishment. Reliable and low maintenance LED lighting do not suffer from these problems, and with increasing developments in control technologies and dimmer switches, the levels of customisation available for LED lighting are becoming increasingly more effective.

Some of the biggest names in the restaurant industry have switched to LED in recent times, the likes of McDonalds, Nandos and Cafe Nero to name but a few. When LED lighting becomes the norm for all restaurants, do you want your restaurant to be the one left behind, and more importantly – can you afford it to be?

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