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Retail – Large Interior Light Wall, Oxford Street, London

It is the first time that Boots have had a multi-level store and we were asked to provide an illuminated feature for their new flagship store in Oxford Street, London. After several meetings and discussions, we designed a “light” wall consisting of illuminated colour-changing acrylic panels. This wall extends up three storeys inside the store behind the stairway. The wall is made up of 60 panels, each measuring 1200mm x 700mm. Several plasma screens are interspersed between these acrylic panels and these are used for advertising purposes. Each panel was made up of a rectangular piece of Prismex and lit along two edges with red, green and blue LED strips. Each one of these strips (two per panel) is individually addressed by a computer-based control programme, thus allowing an infinitely variable array of colour-changing and movement to be achieved. The computer which controls this wall is in an office nearby. The installation was quite complicated as the panels had to be installed behind the stairway and the installation date had to be scheduled in with other work on the site. A 4-man team carried out the installation and it took 5 days to complete.

Concierge Area, The Filaments, London

The Filaments is a residential development at the centre of a London borough and only a few minutes’ walk from Wandsworth town centre and consists of 340 private apartments, as well as shops, office space and lit gardens and walkways. We were commissioned to provide specialist lighting for the concierge area and were given a specification and asked to provide a more cost effective solution. The project involved the supply of LED strip downlights, lighting around the concierge’s desk, in addition to cove lighting which was to wash downwards over a specially painted wall and internal and external versions of strip lights which were to be installed under the exterior canopy. These were a very slimline profile with surface-mounted LEDs. The lighting around the concierge’s desk consisted of LED strip (with white only LEDs) and extrusion. The wall wash lighting was origninally specified using a high output constant current system, but we decided to use a new constant voltage system which utilises smaller output LEDs. However, the LEDs are columnated with reflectors in order to give a similar visual effect. The LEDs used here were 4000 Kelvin. All the walls in the concierge area were made of MDF but a special finish was applied to these walls to give it a metallic-look effect. Some of the ceiling lights were recessed (some of which had emergency back up systems) and some were suspended – the suspended ones were painted in the same metal finish as the walls. We also designed a system that enabled all the power supply units to be housed in one control room with all of the units being dimmable. The installation of all this lighting was carried out out by a 5 man team and took a week to complete.

Office Reception Area, Finsbury Square, London

We were asked to supply lighting to a wall in the reception area of this central London office building as the client wanted an eye-catching and modern design suitable for this refurbished office block. The illuminated feature wall is made up of 14 floor-to-ceiling panels of laminated glass behind which we installed panels of Prismex and each panel was edgelit with white LEDs. The colour-changing effect was achieved by laminating dichroic film on to the glass panels – dichroic film is a “mirror” film, which gives the appearance of changing colour as one walks past it. Each panel is set at an angle against the next one so that each panel appears slightly different from its neighbour when moving past it. The client also wanted the new reception desk to be illuminated in a single colour. The reception desk was made of slabs of black marble on the top with glass panels across the front of it. Again, we installed Prismex panels behind the glass and edgelit the panels with white LEDs. The whole effect creates a cutting-edge feature in this refurbished office reception area and as the entrance way to this office building is glass, it can be see by passers-by and looks just as stunning at night.

Illuminated Etched Glass, Office Reception Area, London

We were contacted by an architect to see if we could help solve a problem – their client wanted a large illuminated white graphic on a black background installed in the reception area of their new offices. This had been attempted by two other companies but unfortunately they had not been able to achieve what the client required. The design we put forward was to edge-light glass panels with an image sandblasted to the rear of the glass panels and then mount them in front of a black panel. The architect presented our design to their client who was very happy with our proposals and we were given the go-ahead. We had 20mm thick (at the client’s request) low iron, toughened glass panels produced with the image sandblasted to the rear of each panel. We also had bespoke high output white LEDs produced so that they fitted the top and bottom of the glass panels. Whilst this work was progressing, we worked closely with the interiors company on the design of the carcass. The installation was on the ground floor which made access easy and the only logistical issue we had to address was the lifting of each glass panel as each one weighed over 80kgs. We were only allowed one day to carry out the installation (which was done by a 4-man team) but unfortuantely the surround and back panels were not ready (they should have been fitted before we got to site) so we had fit the glass panels without them being fitted. We were given a 6-week lead time for this project, which we met. These photos were taken during the installation (due to security reasons we were not able to return to take photos after installation).

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Illuminated Reception Desks

We are able to produce eye-catching illuminated reception desks suitable for offices, hotels, doctors surgeries, dental surgeries, hospital out-patients etc. These images show a selection of desks that we have illuminated in the past. They range from traditional receptions desks illuminated with just white LEDs, to a contemporary design illuminated with white LEDs to give the effect that it is floating, to reception desks which have colour-changing LEDs in them. If you want to create the right impression for your clients when they visit your premises, an illuminated desk will do just that. If the desk has colour-changing LEDs in it, they can be set to scroll through the company’s corporate colours or the company’s logo can be put on the front of the desk. The illuminated panels are very slim so they do not take up a lot of room in the desk, leaving plenty of space for computers, printers etc.

Refectory Lighting, Prior Park College, Bath

Prior Park College is situated overlooking the beautiful city of Bath. The College has nealry 600 pupils and is one of the largest fully co-educational Catholic Independent boarding and day schools in the UK. Prior Park was formerly the home of Ralph Allen and was built during the Georgian period of Bath stone. During the refurbishment of its refectory, the College approached us as they wanted a lighting feature installed that would become a talking point. Having visited our offices for a LiteTile demonstration, the College asked us to produce a lighting feature for their refectory. We carried out a site survey and we decided a LiteTile unit was the best option. However, we suggested that the LiteTile unit should be surrounded by a purpose-built white frame in order to give the impression of a window in the refectory. Prior Park College agreed with this and we proceeded to manufacture a LiteTile unit. This panel has colour-changing LEDs in it which are controlled by an infra-red remote control unit. The College told us that they “wanted an eye-catching yet practical feature in our servery and we were delighted to find that a local company could provide just that. We are thrilled to be the first educational establishment in the UK to have a LiteTile installed, as well as being the first venue in Bath to have one installed”. The College also said “As well as the feature lighting changing colour, we can set it on one particular colour to suit the occasion or season of the year and we are also going to display pupils’ works of art on it as well”.

 

Apartments, London

This project consisted of the conversion of a grade-II listed hotel near the Royal Albert Hall in London into 18 luxury apartments and two mews houses. The development was formed within the existing seven-storey building façade. The project also included the refurbishment and extension of existing mews houses located behind the hotel into luxury three-bedroom, two-storey mews houses. The architect contacted us as the designer wanted the interiors of these apartments and mews houses to have modern appliances and high-end finishes throughout and the designer thought that illuminated splashbacks met that criteria. All the kitchen cabinetry is white and the designer wanted the splashbacks to be illuminated with white-only LEDs. Following several site meetings and surveys, we produced the splashbacks for this development – some of which had to have additional design work carried out on them as they had to fit into the eaves of the building. As the splashbacks just have white LEDs in them there is no need for a colour control unit and the splashbacks are switched on and off via the main electrical circuit in each apartment or mews house. Installation was carried out by a two-man team over quite a period of time as there were considerable delays with the refurbishment, but the end result is a cool, calm effect in these high-end residences and these images show the splashbacks in both occupied and unoccupied apartments.

Private Residence, London

A London-based construction company contacted us as their client was building a new family home within a conservation area of an award winning 1960’s development in North London. Their client wanted to create an additional bedroom, bathroom, study, guest room and external deck and provide a practical back yard that could be enjoyed with improved access from the house. Their client also wanted something innovative, different and energy-efficient in their new kitchen and originally we were asked to quote for two splashbacks with just white LEDs. However, they then decided they would like to have two large splashbacks illuminated with colour-changing LEDs. We provided a quote and the client placed the order with us. We then produced technical drawings of their order which were signed off and we commenced production of the two splashbacks. The splashbacks run along two walls and meet in a corner and are controlled by an infra-red control unit. Instead of having just brushed stainless steel frames around the splashbacks, the home owners decided to have the frames painted white to match other surfaces in their new kitchen. (Our frames can be painted to match any RAL or Pantone colour if requried). The home owners are delighted with their LiteTile splashbacks and sent us these lovely images. They told us that when the splashbacks are set on green their children call them Shrek and when they are set on blue they are called Tron!

Private Residence, Devon

Devon-based kitchen company, Roomers, were asked to contact us by their client as he wanted a LiteTile splashback to run along the wall behind his range and sink in his new kitchen. Following our visit to Roomers showroom in Exmouth to discuss this project in greater detail, they spoke to the client and explained all about our LiteTile splashbacks. We then provided a quote for two splashbacks as the length involved (over 4m) meant that we had to produce two units (this is because the single longest splashback we can produce is 3m). The images (kindly taken by our client) shows the splashbacks neatly installed in this lovely kitchen with the stainless steel frames fitting in very well with the grey/white cabinetry and the grey worktops and are just the right finishing touch to this kitchen. The splashbacks have colour-changing LEDs in them and are controlled by an infra-red remote colour control unit.

Private Residence, Berkshire

We were asked to assist Berkshire-based kitchen company Maple & Gray whose client wanted an illuminated splashback in their new kitchen. Maple & Gray were not familiar with our product so we explained the product, its design, its funtionality and the ordering process to them. They have told us that they found installation easy and that the end result is exactly what their client envisaged. Maple and Gray kindly shared these photos with us and they show that a LiteTile splashback fits perfectly into a traditional kitchen and the colour of the kitchen units compliment the colours the LiteTile splashback can produce perfectly.

Private Residence, Isle of Wight

We were asked to assist kitchen company Custom, based on the Isle of Wight – they were installing a modern kitchen into their client’s house and told us “With lighting and atmosphere an integral part of our dseign we needed to find something that was both impressive and unique.” We installed one single LiteTile spalshback on the wall behind the hob and worktop – and as can be seen, the lights that are in the extractor fan aren’t really needed as the LiteTile produces such a good light! This splashback has colour-changing LEDs in it and is controlled via an infra-red colour control unit and the infra-red “eye” is installed in the kickstrip. After installation, Custom told us “The effect of the LiteTile splashback has been nothing short of stunning – the splashback’s ability to completely change the mood of the kitchen exceeded both our and our client’s expectations”. Custom’s client is delighted with the LiteTile splashback as they have a very minimalist, contemporary kitchen and feel that the splashback compliments this very well and provides an eye-catching feature which has become a focal point of the ktichen. We were delighted to work with Custom to achieve this effect and are very happy to installed the first LiteTile spalshhback on the Isle of Wight.

Private Residence, Bolton

Our client had seen a striped illuminated splashback in a well known national store but upon enquiry he was told that he was unable to purchase the splashback on its own. He spent some time looking on the internet for a company who could help him and so he approached us to see if we could re-create the same effect. The original design that our client had seen in the store was a piece of glass, stood away from the wall on batons with LED strips pointing up and down to give a certain amount of illumination behind the glass. After several discussions, we explained to our client that we would be able to take this initial concept to the next level. We provided a quote and an order was placed. This splashback was produced by having a piece of glass flood coated in black vinyl and then lasered to remove the strips. This piece of glass was then back illuminated using Prismex and colour-changing LEDs. We worked very closely with the client in order to get the result he wanted and this resulted in him having the glass recessed into a granite splashback. We then supplied the unit as a “kit of parts” which the client was very happy to assemble himself. This splashback has colour-changing LEDs in it and is controlled by an infra-red remote control unit which our client has cleverly hidden in the extractor fan hood and he is more than happy with the overall effect that the LiteTile splashback produces. The striped design on this splashback was the client’s own design, but any design could be put on a LiteTile splashback – just contact us if you have an idea about the design you want.

 

Private Residence, Wiltshire

Our client contacted us directly as they were renovating a farmhouse and associated outbuildings in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and were very interested in our illuminated splashbacks as they thought a LiteTile splashback would provide a cutting-edge feature in their new kitchen. We had a long talk on the telephone about our product and then arranged a site visit as our client was not sure if two or three LiteTile splashbacks would be suitable for their kitchen. Having visited our client (and being introduced to their wonderful rare breed pigs!), we sent our client a quote for just two splashbacks – one along each wall and meeting in a corner. Our client placed an order for the two splashbacks and we sent them three pages of technical drawings to sign off and when we received this sign off, we commenced production of the LiteTiles. This corner of our client’s kitchen is quite dark so our splashbacks really do add excellent illumination to this part of the room. As our client’s new kitchen appliances were all in brushed stainless steel, they decided not to have the splashback frames painted – so everything coordinates beautifully in their new kitchen. These two splashbacks have colour-changing LEDs in them and they are controlled by an infra-red remote control unit.

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Private Residence, Buckinghamshire

Our client contacted us directly – he was refurbishing his house and had been looking for illuminated splashbacks for some time. We had several discussions with our client in order to ascertain the best option for him and we then provided a quote for three LiteTile splashbacks. Our client wanted them to form an inverted “T” shape and we explained that we could not produce this as one single splashback but could produce the same effect with three separate ones – however, we pointed out to the client that as the three of the splashbacks were a different height to the one in the middle, there might be a difference in light output. Our client was happy to accept this and placed his order. We manufacured his splashbacks and he collected them just before Christmas and installed them within a couple of days. The splashbacks have colour-changing LEDs in them and are controlled by an infra-red remote control unit. These photos were kindly supplied by our client who says “Our LiteTile splashback has completed our kitchen. The overall effect is modern contemporary, so easy to clean and looks amazing. The different lighting options really transform the moods in the kitchen from subtle background lighting to party mode – creating much discussions and sense of wow! Definitely recommend the products and the customer service!”.

Private Residence, Surrey

Our client was having a new kitchen extension built at the back of his house and had been looking for something unusual for his kitchen for a while. After a discussion with us about the product, installation, electrical requirements etc we provided a quote and the client placed his order. During conversations with our client, we discovered that he wanted a couple of pieces of stainless steel to fit in between two appliances as his kitchen company were not able to provide this. As we use brushed stainless steel frames for our splashbacks, this was not a problem for us and so we also provided this for our client as it matches the frames of our splashback and all his other appliances. This LiteTile splashback has colour-changing LEDs in it and these are controlled by an infra-red remote colour control unit. The images (taken by our client) show the LiteTile splashback installed behind the hob with ceramic tiles either side of it.

Private Residence, Dorset

Our client found our website and visited our offices for a LiteTile demonstration. He was in the process of having a large, new kitchen installed in his house and was looking for a different type of splashback for this kitchen. Once he had seen our splashback in action he realised straightaway that he had found exactly what he had been looking for and placed an order. As the kitchen was so large we had to produce three splashbacks – two running along one wall and a smaller one running along the adjacent wall. All the splashbacks have colour-changing LEDs in them and are controlled from the same infra-red control unit installed in the kick stripe and change colour or stay on the same colour at the same time. Our client decided to use our installation service and installation took a couple of days. After installation, our client told us that “the LiteTiles add a whole new dimension to the room and not only do they provide excellent task lighting, but they are also a striking feature to have in the kitchen”.

Private Residence, Essex

Having discovered our website, our client contacted us directly to discuss the possibility of having iluminated splashbacks in his new kitchen. He had spent some considerable time looking for a supplier who could design and install the idea he had had for illuminated splashbacks and was very pleased to find that we built bespoke splashbacks to meet people’s exact requiremnets. As our client wanted to make absolutely sure he was getting exactly what he envisaged, we had several discussions with him about light dissipation, heat-sinking, water-proofing, transparency, control options, power requirements and installation. Having had all his queries answered, our client waited until his new kitchen had been installed (with power cables etc. being left in agreed places) and then he measured the dimensions of the splashbacks required and we provided a quote. Our client decided to have thee LiteTile splashbacks in his kitchen – with a different type of splashback behind the hob. As can be seen from these images kindly sent to us by our client, the LiteTiles have been installed on top of the upstand – as our splashbacks measure just 20mm in depth they are ideal to be installed on top of an upstand. All the splashbacks have colour-changing LEDs in them and are controlled from the same infra-red control unit and change colour or stay on the same colour at the same time. All three splashbacks produce a stunning effect in our client’s kitchen and he is thrilled with the result as this was exactly what he had been looking for.

Breakfast Bar, Private Residence, London

A London-based construction and refurbishment company contacted us as their client was interested in having a LiteTile unit. However, their client did not want to use the LiteTile as as a splashback – they wanted it to be installed in the front of a breakfast bar. We provided a quote for a LiteTile unit with single colour LEDs and one also with colour-changing LEDs as the client was not sure, at that time, what they wanted. After several telephone calls and discussions with the construction company, we provided another quote for a larger LiteTile unit measuring nearly 3m long and nearly 1m high. Their client was happy with the quote and we received their order. The LiteTile unit has colour-changing LEDs in it and is controlled by an infra-red remote colour control unit. The client also wanted to have the frames painted black – which is not a problem as our frames can be painted to match any RAL or Pantone colour if required). The LiteTile panel was being installed in a flat so we had to ensure that access did not cause a problem on the day of delivery, but the end result is a wonderful feature in this new kitchen and these photos taken by our client during installation show what a great feature a LiteTile can be in a kitchen.

Office Reception Area, London

We were asked to assist with the refurbishment of an office reception area in central London. In order to provide the eye-catching feature requested in the reception area, we proposed installing floor to ceiling illuminated panels to go behind the reception desk. Our proposals were accepted and we went on to produce a total of nine panels which were 2.9m high. These panels were then mounted behind glass panels (which was supplied by others). We then edge-lit 15mm Prismex panels along the top and bottom edges by using high output colour-changing LEDs. We worked closely with the interiors company to design the carcass in order to make it as easy to possible to fit the panels and LEDs. The whole system is controlled by a touch panel installed underneath the reception desk. Installation was carried out by a three man team and took two days to complete.

Retail – Large Shopfront, Oxford Street, London

This project was at the new Boots flagship store in Oxford Street, London. The client had applied for planning permission for an externally illuminated installation at the front of the store but planning permission was not granted for this. As we were already working on another project at this store, we were asked if we could provide an installation that would be in place for approximately 6 months and which would give a “goal-post effect” at the store’s entrance. Following various site meetings, in order to achieve the effect that our client wanted we used the same Prismex material as on the other project in the store, we manufactured and supplied an array consisting of 600mm wide sections located vertically to each end of the glass entrance façade of the building and horizontally across the top of the first floor to give the full “goalpost” effect. To illuminate these panels we used over 450 super-high output blue LEDs. Although both these features are in a retail environment, they can be easily adapted for use in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, offices etc and even external use. This blue colour matches the company’s corporate colour and the installation provided is highly visible from all aspects of Oxford Street and provides just the right effect for the flagship store of a national chain. This installation was only meant to be in place for 6 months but the client is so happy with it that it is still in situ many years later.