Frequently Asked Questions
What does Ra or CRI mean?
Color rendering, expressed as a rating from 0 to 100 on the Color Rendering Index (CRI), describes how a light source makes the color of an object appear to human eyes and how well subtle variations in color shades are revealed. The higher the CRI rating is, the better its color rendering ability. When the CRI rating is 0, all you can see is grayscale.
Scintalite FAQs No1
Can Scintalite™ be added to existing tracks?
Yes, currently the power supply allows 3 units on one track. This can be increased with a larger power supply.
What are the safety features of the Scintalite™?
Scintalite™ has been UL and CE certified, which covers operational safety as well as EMC, FCC. In addition the Scintalite™ has various other safety features including a heat sensor on the controller PCB that protects the Scintalite™ from overheating.
What is the recommended positioning for the Scintalite™ unit?
As a general rule, the effect of the Scintalite™ unit may be maximised when its beam strikes the merchandise at an angle; this is often best achieved by positioning the Scintalite™ unit so it is not directly overhead (or directly beneath if illuminating from below) the merchandise, when the Scintalite™ unit can then be tilt
Scintalite FAQs No2
What is the recommended distance from the Scintalite™ unit to point of illumination?
The closer the Scintalite™ unit is to the merchandise, the greater the effect; beyond a distance of 1750mm, which is the maximum recommended, the illumination becomes increasingly diluted and may require adjustments to counter.
How long is the warranty on Scintalite™?
A one year warranty, based on 18 hours per day continuous usage.
What types of electrical fittings are needed to power the Scintalite™ lamps / are the lamps supplied with electrical fittings?
The Scintalite™ unit is powered using a 220V-100V AC to 24V DC transformer. The Scintalite™ draws 24Watt .3Amp. The Scintalite™ is supplied with a driver and depending on the model, can drive multiple Scintalite units.
Scintalite FAQs No3
Will Scintalite™ replace all my existing lighting needs?
The Scintalite™ is not designed to replace all existing lighting, but to work in tandem with static illumination to create the most desirable effect. Subject to the environment, each Scintalite™ ideally replaces 2 x 50W halogens. Scintalite™ is primarily to enhance displays versus illumination.
What is the effect of ambient lighting on Scintalite™ illumination?
The brighter the ambient light, the greater the Scintalite™ illumination is 'burnt out': the solution is to counter this by increasing the Scintalite™ effect through adding more Scintalite™ units / moving the Scintalite™ units closer to the merchandise / adjusting the brightness on the Scintalite™ units to maximum / increasing the speed of the Scintalite™ unit.
Scintalite FAQs No4
What is the energy consumption of a Scintalite™ unit?
The low wattage of Scintalite™ LEDS' (9W in total at full power) means that the cost and energy savings over the life of the unit are significant compared to halogen or incandescent units.
Also, LED lighting has a far superior ratio of lumens per watt than traditional lamps, has a dramatically extended lamp life, offers energy saving efficiencies (80-95%) and more accurate and consistent colour rendering, and is much more appropriate for heat-sensitive areas as it emits no infra-red radiation.
At an average electricity cost of £0.135/Kwh, one Scintalite™ replacing three 50W halogens will result in the investment being repaid within 4 years in energy saving alone.
How long will Scintalite™ run/last?
The LEDs are designed to burn for 50 000 hours, and the Scintalite™ is designed to run for 20 000 hours. The Scinta
Scintalite FAQs No5
What surfaces benefit most from the effect of Scintalite™?
It is generally diamonds and gemstones with a high refractive index that derive the most benefit from the effect of the Scintalite™ although certain textured / metal surfaces also benefit. Moreover, gems that are well cut and proportioned create the most sparkle therefore it is jewellers with finer merchandise whose jewellery displays will be optimised by Scintalite™.
How many Scintalite™ units would I require?
In a retail unit, this will depend on the size of the store and the number of shop front displays and interior displays. As a guide, each 500mm line display should have one Scintalite™ unit.
How do I place an order for Display Lighting products?
Paul Breedon, the managing director at Display Lighting is passionate about giving customers first class service and believes that a "wish list" is the most effective way of ensuring customer enquiries are dealt with in the most effective way. The "wish list" enables our team of lighting experts to offer the most competitive prices and also to give the very best advice on choosing the right product for the job.
A wish list can only be created and submitted to one of our sales team once we have received completed registration details. Once a wish list has been compiled, simply click the "submit wish list" button and your enquiry is emailed to the first available member of our sales team, a competitive quotation is then emailed to you within 24 hours (Mon to Fri only).
If you would like to proceed with an order please confirm by email or by telephone. Proforma invoices can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or by BACS transfer.
Why do I need to register?
To benefit from the full functionality of the website you will need to register your details with us. This will allow you to obtain more detailed specifications about Display Lighting products and allow you to create wish lists that can be converted into quotations as described above. Display Lighting will send regular updates on new developments about upcoming product launches and events to people who register their interest.
How do I use the new Display Lighting website?
THE ONLY LIGHTING WEBSITE IN THE UK THAT ENABLES YOU TO CONSTRUCT A DISPLAY LIGHT TO YOUR EXACT SPECIFICATIONS...
The new website has been designed to take the headaches out of creating lighting specifications. The team at Display Lighting have spent the best part of a year updating information about each product and presenting it in such a way that is concise and simple to compile. Bespoke products, such as; Spectrum, Tubelight, Quantum and DisplayLED, can be constructed in such a way that the end result will be an exact fit for your retail, exhibition or museum display. The first step is to register your details and your interest by completing a simple form, once it has been submitted you can begin to compile your wish list. Below the details of each luminaire you can find associated and compatible products that Display Lighting would recommend for use with that fitting such as lamps, transformers, LED drivers and lamp accessories.
What is DisplayLED?
DisplayLED is a very slim, circular aluminium profile (diameter 15mm) that is available with multiple fixing options that allow horizontal or vertical fixing with beam angle adjustment. DisplayLED incorporates a built in very high density SMD LED strip for uniform illumination with 120 high bright LEDs (10W per metre). Each LED outputs 4000mcd. The design consists of an easy to clean dustproof OPAL acrylic diffuser that is available with different opacities and the whole system operates from a 24V DC power supply. The luminaires can be supplied with either cool white, neutral white or warm white LEDs emitting a 60 degree beam. It can be manufactured up to 2000mm in length.
What are LED strips?
LED "strips" can be supplied in either rigid or flexible versions, the latter tending to be the most popular choice recently due to the ease of installation and reliability. A rigid LED strip is a long thin printed circuit board that is populated with a number of LEDs, they are normaly offered in 300mm lengths that can be plugged together end to end to form a constant line of illumination. A flexible LED strip is a flexible PCB ribbon, again, that has differing quantities of LEDs mounted equidistant along its length but the ribbon strips are generally supplied in reels of up to 5m making them much more cost effective.
Why use retrofit LED lamps?
LED lamps are the perfect lighting solution for jewellery, china watches and diamond displays particularly within showcases and display cabinets. All LED lamps generate heat (there is no light source that does not produce heat) but when compared to using 12V dichroic reflector lamps the reduction in heat emitted is dramatic making them the perfect solution for lighting systems installed into display cases and counters to keep the ambient temperature to an absolute minimum.
What are retrofit LED lamps?
The “new” generation of retrofit LED lamps have been available for approximately 24 months and have proven to be both reliable and viable replacements for either MR16 G5.3 12V or PAR16 GU10 240V halogen reflector lamps due to their long life and low heat emissions (compared to halogen reflector lamps). The manufacturers state that when operated correctly the average life can be over 30,000 hours. The beauty of using “retrofit” lamps is that they offer a superb light output at a much reduced energy consumption and can be replaced at the end of their life.
As "a rule of thumb" please see the comparisons below between halogen and LED lamps:
3W high power LED lamp = 20W halogen
5W high power LED lamp = 35W halogen
6W/7W high power LED lamp = 50W halogen
10W high power LED lamp = 75W halogen
What is Track Lighting?
A lighting “Track” is a term used by the lighting industry to best describe a metal (or sometimes plastic) extrusion. The extrusion houses two copper conductive strips that are designed to carry 12V positive + and negative – currents along its length. 12V Tracks are available in varying shapes and sizes and are generally manufactured in 1m or 2m lengths. The beauty of installing a lighting "track" is that the spotlights clip into or around the extrusion and can be repositioned easily in line with changing displays and merchandising.
Why use Track Lighting?
The 12V spotlights that are designed to fit into or clip around the 12V Tracks are generally very easy to move along the length of the track usually requiring only the loosening of a thumb screw or quarter turn of a locking nut. For this reason track lighting offers a great deal of flexibility and is an excellent system for use within applications that are constantly changing.