Lighting Advice

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE 2017

Dec 8, 2017 9:26:25 AM

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LIGHTING YOUR KITCHEN

Nov 13, 2017 3:56:07 PM

Often referred to as ‘the heart of the home’ the kitchen is a place of comfort but also productivity, which often makes the area complex to light. If you take into account all of the activities that happen in the kitchen; family meals, dinner parties with friends and also, perhaps less exciting; cooking and cleaning. There must be plenty of lighting on offer but it needs to be carefully positioned to avoid looking cluttered and over the top. Provide an even and generous spread of light by having sources at different levels of height.

Whether you’re working on a new residential project or refurbishing an existing property, lights can provide the necessary refresh and ensure you are making the most of your kitchen space.

Here are our 5 top tips:

  • Add a large ceiling light to the centre of the kitchen as your first source of ambient lighting. This sets the tone for the area and provides a welcoming and relaxing space.
  • Consider the elements within your kitchen: do you have a breakfast or kitchen island? If so, use a cluster of single pendants above the island or breakfast bar. This provides an even distribution of light and looks stylish. Ensure the pendants are matching to avoid clashing.
  • Recessed ceiling lights look fantastic above a kitchen table. These slot in discreetly to ceilings and can be dotted around to provide a general spread of light.
  • The beauty of LED items is that they are extremely efficient and also good value for money. Searchlight’s LED lights all have a guaranteed 3 years of use; the low labour aspect is appealing.
  • Take into account different finishes and styles and how well they will work within your own kitchen. 

     

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SOMETIMES all you need is an element of eclectic style to liven up your interiors and provided a well needed refresh. Enter the Diablo range: a quirky and contemporary family comprising of table lights, wall lights, floor lights, ceiling lights andspotlight split-bars housing up to six lights – perfect for brightening the whole room.

The Diablo range is a wonderfully modern look on lighting and the family of products can be used in unison or simply as statement pieces.

Designed to be sleek and stylish, the black lamp shades are wide to provide a general projection of light and the slim body is either chrome or gold. This decorative element will ensure the item stands out against your interiors and works perfectly as a centrepiece. 

One of the fantastic things about the Diablo products is that there is an item for every setting of the home. The one light wall spotlights are finished with a pull cord that can be used to turn the light on or off. Using overhead spotlight heads provide a spread of focused light and the sizeable heads are directional, which adds to the versatility of the fittings. With the whole range being fully LED rated, the lights are low maintenance and last up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

 

 

Please contact our sales team on either sales@searchlightelectric.com or 0161 203 3300 if you wish to order a copy of our new catalogue.

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EXHIBITING AT ELEX SHOW, SANDOWN

Oct 26, 2017 9:38:01 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR the third and final time this year Searchlight is returning to exhibit at Elex Show, the UK’s premier electrician trade show. From Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd November, the 2 day exhibition will be held at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey and run from 10am – 4pm each day. This is a brilliant and worthwhile opportunity for electricians to gain vital information regarding new product releases, attend seminars and grab the latest deals.

Following on from the success of the Elex Show in Harrogate back in May, Searchlight are delighted to be attending and showcasing the Project Collection once more. The Project Collection has been designed to meet the needs of anyone specifying on a residential project. It is of particular use to architects, interior designers, lighting designers, contractors, self-builders and property owners. The Project Collection really does provide a one stop shop to all lighting queries.

Visit us at Stand B30 and meet with our experienced sales managers to place orders, collect or request a catalogue. 

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SEARCHLIGHT return for a third year to exhibit at the Independent Hotel Show at Olympia West, London. This year has been incredibly successful for Searchlight, seeing the launch of not only one but two new ranges – the 2018 Decorative catalogue and also the Project Collection. As we celebrate the recent release of our 2018 Decorative edition, items from this catalogue will be on display, alongside well-loved items from previous years. Prior to this, The Project Collection was launched earlier this year and provides a range of functional lights intended for use in a residential setting. Items from both of these catalogues will be displayed at our stand: 92 for the duration of the show from Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th October. Join us and meet with members of our Sales team and collect a catalogue. 

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SEARCHLIGHT EXHIBITING AT 100% DESIGN

Sep 12, 2017 4:37:56 PM

Searchlight is showcasing the Project Collection at 100% Design, Olympia, London from 20th – 23rd September 2017. The exhibition is the flagship show in London Design week, which reinforces London as the design capital of the world. Since beginning in 1995, each year the trade show welcomes 27,000 attendees.

The Project Collection of lighting has been designed specifically to meet the needs of anyone working in residential projects, and specifying, purchasing of installing lighting. Whether you’re an architect, interior designer, lighting designer, contractor, self- builder or property owner the Project Collection is the lighting toolkit you’re looking for. 

 Project Collection includes decorative, technical and amenity lighting. The catalogue teams pages of packed advice guides with the light fittings you need to deliver flexible and functional lighting schemes with a firm eye on design.

We look forward to seeing you at 100% Design

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Autumn Fair Excitement

Aug 30, 2017 2:14:22 PM

With the Autumn Fair commencing later this week, preparations are in full swing and Searchlight have some exciting news to share with you all.

Alongside showcasing items from the brand new 2018 decorative catalogue, we will be offering a generous selection of discounts that are exclusive to the Autumn Fair. 

Here’s a sneak peak of just a few items you can expect to see:

9411BK - Black and Satin Brass Finish Cage Pendant

The uber stylish cage pendant with an on trend black and satin brass finish will be on show on the stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1443-3SI - Antique Silver Finish Pyramid Pendant

Add this geometric inspired Antique Silver Pendant to create a feeling of style for your home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8335-5CC - Elise 5lt Chrome Finish Ceiling Flush/ Pendant with Clear Crystal Droplets

Bring both glitz and glamour with this stunning chrome ceiling flush/pendant.

 

 

 

 

 


3174WH - White Finish Integrated LED Cylinder Head Split Bar Spotlight L77                 

Provide a generous spread of focused light with this sleek and minimal LED split bar spotlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Industrial Trends Are Here To Stay

Aug 21, 2017 9:52:19 AM

 

THE trend in industrial style interiors has seen a massive surge in popularity over the past 10 years. Particularly popular in bars or restaurants, it is now almost uncommon to enter a restaurant or bar without seeing an array of industrial style lighting, especially copper, on display. Stemming from an interior trend inspired by former industrial spaces and weathered buildings; the style is rustic yet modern and aesthetically pleasing. It is safe to say the rustic trend is certainly here to stay and shows no sign of budging.

The 1700s saw the birth of industrial buildings; constructed to be functional and robust, which seems almost ironic considering that nowadays they have since been glamorised to fashionable home accessories.

In terms of lighting, the raw aesthetic turned chic sees an assortment of large metal domes suspending from chunky chains, sleek copper finishes or exposed bulbs suspending from simple black fabric cables. When lit the visible bulbs provide a nostalgic vintage feel, creating a calming and cosy ambience – hence they’re popularity in restaurants. Industrial style is typical of large buildings within cities; coming from abandoned warehouses and factories that have since been converted in to homes.

Add an industrial style light to bring an element of style to your home or desired setting. You should consider blending together a mix of light sources including; table lamps, floor lamps and pendant to cover the whole spread of a room. You could also add a hint of drama to your interiors by using a cage pendant, which will project the light from each cut out section of the shade.

Our top 5 picks: 

 

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DESK LIGHTING

Aug 14, 2017 4:26:45 PM

WITH September just around the corner, perhaps your child’s return to school or university is looming. To coincide with the new academic year it might be time to update their area of study and consider different options with desk lamps. Alternatively, if you work from home you will find yourself spending a great deal of time based at a desk.

Particularly for studying, providing the correct methods of lighting is essential to avoid headaches or straining your eyes when reading in poorly lit areas.

A desk lamp is a functional task method of lighting, they fulfil a purpose and provide an additional source of lighting to brighten the room of your choice. For study purposes, it is useful to have a concentrated light that is both directional and highlighting.  

When purchasing a desk lamp, one thing to take into account is the décor of the chosen location and how it can be complimented. Depending on whether you require a desk lamp with a minimal look or a featuring a traditional design, Searchlight have over 20 options for you to choose between. 

Here’s our pick of the top 5 desk lamps:

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How To Use The Zeus

Aug 11, 2017 4:16:09 PM

IF you were asked to consider times when you have walked into a room and felt impressed with the lighting on offer, you may struggle to recall these instances. This is due to poor, or lack of, blending and use of the different lighting methods: ambient, task and feature. Lighting that is too cool will appear harsh, whereas too bright will create an unwelcoming atmosphere.

In order to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, you need to invest in useful sources of light that complement and enhance the natural light available in your desired setting. If you are seeking to light a residential setting, you will be wanting to replicate the effects of natural daylight.

At Searchlight Electric, with the release of our Project Collection catalogue, we have launched a new product – Zeus. Though simple in appearance, the real beauty of the Zeus collection is that it is fit for use anywhere in a residential setting.

Zeus key elements:

  • Fire rated – Tested in 30, 60 and 90 minute fire rated ceilings.  
  • IP65 – Zeus is splash proof; therefore suitable for use in a bathroom.
  • Anti-glare –Source of light is situated behind the face of the fitting.
  • 20 degree tilt – Fix or adjust the direction of the light dependent on your preference.

The Zeus is available in 3 variations: 3000k universal downlight, sunset universal downlight and GU10 universal downlight.

With a maximum colour temperature of 2800k for task lighting, Zeus Sunset transitions through the CCT spectrum to a romantic 2000k, emitting a glow comparable to warm candlelight. We offer a 3 year warranty, and as the LED module is replaceable you can be assured that your fittings will never become obsolete.

Contact our sales team on sales@searchlightelectric.com or 0161 203 3300.

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OUTDOOR LIGHTING

Aug 11, 2017 1:56:59 PM

AS we head further into August, we want to ensure we are making the most of the summer season. During summer, we look forward to sunny day time BBQs proceeding to evenings spent socialising with friends in the garden. Having already been lucky enough to enjoy several bright and warm days, we are very much hopeful for more. If you want to enjoy any of these al fresco activities then you may wish to invest in several different options of outdoor lighting; also taking into account the size and design of your garden.

Additionally, outdoor lighting is not exclusive just to summer, it is an important to light your outdoor areas to suit the jobs you complete. For example, if you regularly have to walk to the bottom of your garden after dark; you will want to brighten the route.

Consider outdoor settings and any factors you may need to account for; do you need lighting for brightening porches or to insert into your decking?As an example, recessed lighting is great for discretely lighting decking, garden walkways, paths or grass.

The Project Collection is a helpful source of information to guide specifiers through lighting gardens and exteriors.  Within the catalogue you will find a wide variety of outdoor fittings, perfect for a range of settings. Useful lifestyle images and instructive advice guides help to illustrate how best the products can be used.

Of course, lighting outdoor areas is different to indoor but you still need to take into consideration the three methods: ambient, task and feature, and how they can be blended together.

Insert Plot Light into garden patios, decking or walk ways. The recessed LED light has an IP rating of 67, you can fit and forget. It is a round stainless steel item with an aluminium body, light shines through 4 sections of the fitting and then it slots discretely into the location of your choice. Delivering 90 lumens from 3 watts, it is a cost effective way of guiding your guests through your garden.

Add a functional wall light to brighten as the evening draws in to brighten your outdoor spaces. The Sapporo range are discrete downward pointing wall lights providing unobtrusive low level lighting. The simple dark grey designs are 3000k, bathing your walls in warm light. 

Try the in ground lights for picking out specific features. Paddington, Piccadilly and Euston offer a range of beam angles from 15 to 30 degrees with lumen outputs ranging from 90 to 470. With high grade aluminium bodies and Grade 316 Stainless Steel covers. These robust fittings offer versatility and durability.

For more ambient lighting you should refer to the coastal range. Position Tokyo next to either a front or back door and let the two sources of light add brightness. Yokohama is a downlight which has been designed to illuminate signage and for positions. Whilst Kobe and Kyoto offer a range of sizes of clean round and square designs, suitable for multiple applications.

For guidance on how to best combine different fittings that connect to just one mains power supply, see the plug and play advice guide. Information on how to update your lighting throughout the seasons and the various accessories available: drivers, connectors and extension cables.

Please email sales@searchlightelectric.com or alternatively, visit our website: www.searchlightelectric.com where you will be need a trade number in order to make a purchase. 

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AUTUMN FAIR

Aug 2, 2017 4:13:53 PM

SEARCHLIGHT is busy adding the finishing touches to our new catalogue, which will be launching at the Autumn Fair exhibition. You can find us at the NEC Birmingham from Sunday 3rd – Wednesday 6th September where we will be showcasing products from our newly released 2018 catalogue. This is your first chance to view items from the brand new catalogue and alongside this, you will find a variety of exclusive promotional offers and discounts that are not to be missed.

Searchlight form part of ‘The Lighting Show’, and our stunning new stand will be located in Hall 02 Stand 2F21-C20. We have created over 400 items fit for a range of settings, including indoor or outdoor lights. Expect to see a variety of on trend table lamps and stunning crystal embellished chandeliers, plus many more. 

The eagerly anticipated 2018 catalogue features never been seen before decorative items, which will then be available for trade order. A generous selection of stunning lifestyle images will help guide you in product placement and setting.

 We look forward to seeing you at the Autumn Fair!  

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LIGHTING in student accommodation has recently undergone an update; moving away from incandescent and fluorescent fittings in favour of LED lighting, which is evidently a far better option for saving energy and is cost effective. LED lights will last for 30,000 hours, in comparison to the 1000 - 2000 hours guaranteed by incandescent light sources.

With the cost of living in university halls ever rising it is becoming increasingly clear that student satisfaction has to be considered. Lighting needs to be simple but also has to meet a student’s requirements such as; studying, getting sufficient amounts of sleep – severely affected by using the wrong sources of light - and safety. As well as this, maintenance teams and university electrical teams are under pressure to be more energy efficient and cost effective.

Lighting a halls of residence is not just for one room, you need to consider it as providing light for a whole home; including a range of indoor and outdoor features. The light provided needs to be simple in appearance to suit the student halls setting but also highly functional.

You will be hard pushed to find a chandelier in a halls of accommodation kitchen but what you will more than likely see is items like ceiling flush fittings and ceiling bar strip lights, similar to that of our own Project Collection catalogue. For example, items like the Janus 20w (page 37) are surface mounted ceiling fittings with integrated LED technology, and are ideal for brightening hallways or bedroom ceilings.

The amenity range is also another useful option to consider such as the Vulcan 2ft with LED (page 119) which is a slim line ceiling bar light and great for applications with restricted ceiling height. Luna (page 116) can be used either on bedroom walls or bathrooms as they have a rating of IP44, meaning that it is splash proof. Both are great sources of ambient light.

Desk lamps are also an essential part of lighting in a student bedroom. They provide a directional source of lighting, which is incredibly useful for studying. Find detailed information on desk lamps within the Searchlight Decorative Catalogue or on the website: www.searchlightelectric.com.

Aside from desk lights mentioned above, all of the items listed can be found within the Project Collection catalogue. Please contact a member of our sales team on sales@searchlightelectric.com to order a catalogue. 

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SEARCHLIGHT have recently created a Project Collection catalogue with purposeful lighting at the forefront of its mind. With this focus, we have carefully considered the various types of lighting and how we can encompass them into our catalogue. You should think of the Project Collection catalogue as a toolkit for lighting residential areas.

When you consider lighting, you need to think of it as flexible and in need of varying layers. To put it bluntly, you wouldn’t have a room lit by solely task lighting. The catalogue provides detailed explanations of how to best combine and use different lighting methods for particular rooms or areas of your home.

Throughout the Project Collection catalogue, we have focused on the three main lighting types which are: ambient, task and feature. We have also provided detailed lifestyle images exemplifying the different types of lighting and how they can best be blended together in unison.

Ambient lighting provides a general wash of light that will brighten a room without being overpowering or garish, like a flush fitting. Any room can benefit from this type of lighting and we should think of ambient lighting as a starting point for any residential setting.

You could then add task lighting in order to provide a strong source of directional light; ideal for study areas, desks and kitchen work surfaces. This could be a recessed ceiling light or a spotlight.

Make your third addition feature lighting, which is used to light and draw attention to a specific feature within a room. This could be a statement pendant or strip lighting in a kitchen. It is perfect for boasting a particular interior feature.

Once you have chosen each individual item you will need to mix them together as this allows for a variety of moods to be created.

 

Please follow this link for further details and order information: http://www.searchlightelectric.com/project-collection/.

 

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact our sales team on sales@searchlightelectric.com.

 

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THE importance of lighting in care homes can no longer be ignored. Although, it may not be a person’s first thought when considering key elements for a successful care home; lighting actually plays an intrinsic role. Poor lighting can result in patient falls, depression and low staff productivity. However, all of these problems can be avoided using the correct lighting source and temperature.

The ideal lighting is daylight, which contains a natural blue/white light, has not always been correctly mimicked. Harsh lighting from the likes of phones, computers and fluorescent lights can lead to poor sleeping patterns and a host of other problems. Other important aspects to consider are using the appropriate source of lighting and Kelvin temperature. Using an ambient source will provide a gentle wash of brightness which is not harsh or over powering. For a residential setting such as a care home, the optimal lighting temperature is 3000K as it allows for optimum natural daylight imitation.

When it comes to care homes, the lighting used needs to be specifier specific and so any pre-existing medical conditions need to be taken into account. For example, dementia can be severely aggravated and effected by harsh and incorrect lighting. Researchers have found that using the correct lighting in the bedrooms of dementia patients was successful in regulating their sleeping pattern and providing a more calming setting. There has also been recognised and increased interaction from residents with Alzheimer’s who have been exposed to the appropriate blue/white lighting.

 

 

Searchlight have recently developed a Project Collection, which revolves around toolkit lighting; providing users with purposeful sources of light. The lights featured are perfect for placement in a care home as we offer a wide range of energy saving LED fittings, and lights using the optimal Kelvin temperature of 3000K. This catalogue would prove extremely useful for anyone looking to complete a project, particularly Architects, Interior Designers or Electricians. 

Please contact a member of our sales team on sales@searchlightelectric.com to order a catalogue. 

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NEW PROJECT COLLECTION CATALOGUE

May 25, 2017 1:49:45 PM

SEARCHLIGHT'S new Project Collection has launched with a strong focus upon the functionality of each lighting feature. This is the first edition of the Project Collection catalogue. The products featured within the catalogue include a guaranteed three year warranty and are all quality assured. Descriptions and illustrations on how best to install the products have also been included.

The lights are intended to be placed in a residential setting, perhaps hotels, restaurants, student halls of residence and outdoor areas. They are most relevant to those from creative work places, particularly architects, interior and lighting designers.

The catalogue helpfully takes the user through informative lighting techniques so that they can make the most informed choice when purchasing. Considering this, it is no surprise that the entire catalogue has been devised with the specifier at the forefront of our mind.

The Project Collection begins by explaining the three main lighting techniques used and the purpose for them. Ambient, task and feature lighting are considered to be the three most suitable for a residential setting.

To provide a soft and subtle light, similar to natural sunlight, we have used a Kelvin temperature of 3000 throughout all of the products enlisted in the Project Collection. This is the perfect Kelvin for a residential setting as it provides a warm wash of light to any area, be it indoor or external.

We have aimed to take the specifier through each lighting aspect of a residential setting, and have provided lifestyle images to give an indication of the best placement for the lights.

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SEARCHLIGHT is delighted to be attending the Elex Show, the UK’s premier electrician trade show on 24th and 25th May. The exhibit is based at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate and will last from 10am-4pm each day. The trade show is a fantastic opportunity for electricians to gain essential information regarding deals on the latest power tools, trying out new products and also seminars detailing updates on regulations. This is one of several Elex Show events that travel up and down the country.

We are proud to be exhibiting at the Elex Show and to have the opportunity to showcase the range of products from our new catalogue. We will be displaying many items from the new Project Collection and the showcase also coincides with the launch of our latest catalogue. This is a brilliant opportunity for electricians to test out our new products and ask any questions they may have. You will be able to find us in Hall 1 at stand E140.

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Christmas Closure 2016

Dec 5, 2016 12:38:50 PM

Our last working day before Christmas will be Friday, 23rd December. We will be closed until Tuesday, 27th December when we will be back to process your orders on Wednesday, 28th December through to Friday, 30th December (inclusive). 

The main phone line will be closed over Christmas so please call on 0161 203 3333

Normal trading hours will resume from Tuesday, 3rd January.

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Light+Building Show 2016 in Frankfurt

Feb 11, 2016 11:09:30 AM

Light+Building Show 2016 in FrankfurtWith over 70 years of consistent growth under private ownership, Searchlight Electric have become one of the most successful lighting businesses in Europe, supplying decorative lighting to the very best specialist lighting retailers, multi-national chains and distributor partners across the globe.

Searchlight are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Light + Building Show in Frankfurt on 13-18 March 2016. Light + Building is the world’s biggest trade fair for lighting and building services technology, held every two years at the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre in Germany and attracting over 210,000 visitors from all corners of the globe. We are looking forward to showcasing our latest designs and technologically advanced lighting solutions to new and existing customers and increasing the profile of the business worldwide.

Established in 2007, the Searchlight International division has grown rapidly in this relatively short period, operating in over 60 countries and now forms a significant part of the Group's business. A culture of continuous improvement and entrepreneurship ensures that Searchlight’s dedicated International team can respond quickly to customer requirements, providing specialist advice, expertise and unsurpassed customer service.

With a range of over 3,000 stocked products, Searchlight are a one-stop solution for all lighting requirements. Innovative and contemporary lighting designs are supplemented with traditional and modern classics to meet all styles and trends, customer requirements and quality standards.

We would like to invite you to visit our stand number A40 in Hall 6.0, where we will be previewing our 2016-17 lighting collection.

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Searchlight 2016-2017 Catalogue

Dec 10, 2015 11:37:15 AM

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Searchlight Electric – one of Europe’s leading suppliers of decorative lighting – have launched their 2016-2017 lighting collection with an inspirational new product catalogue.

At 385 pages this is the largest Searchlight catalogue to date, containing over 1,500 items in total (including promotion lines) and featuring over 450 new and innovative designs to complement the already proven and best-selling products that have been retained.

What stands out in the new full colour, glossy lighting collection catalogue is the outstanding clarity of images and the simple, easy-to-follow layout for a sophisticated and elegant design. Furthermore, the handy lampholder and lamp type icons, and specification details on the full range of products make the catalogue an indispensable resource for lighting retailers, wholesalers and distributors.

The design of the user-friendly catalogue reflects the new website (which is due for launch imminently) and there are eleven main sections: Decorative, Crystal, Pendants, Flush, Wall, Bathroom, Spotlights, LED Bulbs, Table, Floor and Outdoor. There are new additions to the catalogue across all the sections including cutting-edge, stylish fittings incorporating the latest LED technology, table and floor lamps inspired by modern interior design trends and energy efficient LED bulbs.

Searchlight’s new LED Filament Bulbs are perfect for any light fitting or room setting to create the authentic look and style of a vintage incandescent bulb, but with the superior efficiency and long life of an LED. The old fashioned cage style internal filaments in the light bulbs glow with warm, ambient light, and they are available in a great choice of bulb shapes and filament styles in the new catalogue.

The useful information section details all the things you need to know about lumen output, bulb efficiency, energy efficiency, bathroom lighting regulations and other company information. Product finish information is also printed in five languages in the easy-to follow index: English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch.

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Sleep Hotel Show 2015

Nov 19, 2015 12:56:52 PM

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Searchlight are a leading decorative lighting supplier for the hotel and hospitality market, offering quality on-trend product, competitiveness, and with a focus on energy efficiency.

Searchlight are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Sleep Hotel Show (for the second time) at London's Business Design Centre on the 24-25 November 2015. As Europe's leading event for hotel design, development and architecture, Sleep is unrivalled as the most important sourcing and buying event for the hotel design sector. We are looking forward to showcasing our latest designs and technologically advanced lighting solutions to international hotel professionals and key contacts in the hotel sector. 

With a range of over 3,000 stocked products, Searchlight are a one-stop solution for all your lighting needs for public areas, restaurants and bars through to bedrooms and exterior lighting, supplying products such as pendants lights, table & floor lamps, wall lights, downlights, bathroom fittings, spotlights and outdoor lighting. 

Innovative and contemporary lighting designs are supplemented with traditional and modern classics to meet all styles and trends. A culture of continuous improvement and entrepreneurship ensures that Searchlight can respond quickly to our customer’s requirements, providing specialist advice, expertise and unsurpassed customer service. 

We would like to invite you to visit our stand number M40, where we will be previewing our 2015-16 lighting collection.

About Searchlight 

Founded in 1945, Searchlight Electric remains a privately owned business and is now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of decorative lighting to over 60 countries worldwide. 

Operating from a purpose built head office in Manchester with a state of the art distribution centre and one of the largest product showrooms in Europe, Searchlight are uniquely placed to meet the diverse, ever changing needs of the lighting market and trading partners around the world. 

 

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Searchlight 70th Party Press Release

Sep 23, 2015 10:32:00 AM

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Searchlight Electric celebrates its first 70 years in style

Searchlight Electric celebrated its 70th anniversary in style by holding a dinner party and a night of entertainment at the iconic Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. Held on the 7th September, around 250 customers, suppliers, colleagues and friends mingled, drank champagne, were served tasty food and enjoyed the evening’s attractions.

The entertainment commenced at the start of the evening with a beautiful saxophonist solo welcoming guests into the suite and a gold star magician who amazed everyone with his sleight of hand and magical illusions. During the meal, the Singing Waiters really set the tone for the evening by performing a unique classical music set. The look on guests faces when the waiters stopped what they were doing and started singing was unforgettable!

An after dinner speaker provided plenty of laughs and then the evening’s entertainment was rounded off with the wonderful Sing Out Sisters with their high energy show featuring top vocals, fantastic choreography and lots of audience interaction so everyone could party the night away on the dance floor.

“Seventy years marks a significant milestone for Searchlight. We began as a one man wholesale electric business in Salford, Manchester, and have since grown to a global company working with partners and suppliers from around the world. We were honoured to be able to celebrate and share this occasion with so many of the key people from the lighting industry who have helped make Searchlight the success that it is today” said Herzl Hamburger, Searchlight’s Chairman. 

In this year of celebration, Searchlight is now a key supplier of decorative lighting to many of the household names in the UK and abroad. A big change from a one man band to the company now employing over 150 people in the UK.

From everyone at Searchlight Electric, we would like to say a big thank you to all our friends and colleagues for attending our 70th Anniversary party. We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and entertainment and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Jul 26, 2015 10:45:33 AM

Are Searchlight open to the public and can I buy direct?

Unfortunately not. Searchlight Electric are suppliers to the trade only. We do have a ‘where to buy’ section on our website which will direct you to our nearest stockists.

Searchlight do have a lighting factory shop, specialising in end of line products, samples and clearance products. This is situated next to the product showroom at our Manchester headquarters and open to the public with big savings off retail prices. The factory shop is open Monday to Friday 9.00am-4.30pm.

 

Why are there no buying prices on the Searchlight website?

Searchlight Electric are suppliers to the trade only. Retail selling prices are visible on the website as a guide for consumers. However, buying prices are only visible to existing customers when they are logged in to their account.

 

Should I choose a flush fitting or one with a chain?

When buying a ceiling light it is important to consider the height of your ceilings. Many modern houses have low ceilings and require fittings that are flush or semi-flush. Fittings that require a chain can be adjusted by taking out as many links of chain as necessary. Always measure the maximum height of fitting you can accommodate before purchasing your light.

 

How should I clean my light fittings?

Most light fittings should only require periodic cleaning with a feather duster or a soft, damp cloth. Particular care should be taken to avoid abrasive materials and strong cleaning agents as they will quickly destroy the protective coatings and subject the finish to rapid oxidation and discolouration.

If you are lucky enough to have a large crystal chandelier it may be worth buying some special crystal or chandelier cleaner. With a thorough clean once a year with our Crystal Cleaner spray, together with a light dusting every month, you will maintain the true beauty of the crystal for years to come.

 

How does the brightness of a low energy bulb compare with an incandescent bulb?

The brightness of light bulbs is measured in Lumens, which is a measure of a light's luminous power. Low energy bulbs can be just as bright as standard incandescent bulbs with a fraction of the power/wattage. The lumens value is listed in the product specifications table where applicable.

 

Will Searchlight light fittings take LED lamp or low energy equivalent bulbs?

Yes, the majority of Searchlight products are suitable for LED, low energy or standard incandescent lamps. Searchlight longlife LED lamps can be retro-fit into most lights, so it is at the discretion of the end user which lamp type they have in the light fitting.

 

Can you use a dimmer switch with Searchlight light fittings?

This depends on the type of transformer in the light fitting and the type of light bulb used. It has to specifically be a dimmable transformer to connect to a dimmer and all Searchlight G4 light fittings are dimmable.

You cannot use LEDs with traditional dimmer switches, but you can upgrade to a LED dimmer switch to cope with low electrical loads that is compatible. We would always recommend consulting a qualified electrician if you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a light fitting and the use of a dimmer switch.

Some Searchlight light fittings are supplied with a dimmer switch and these items are identified with a dimmer icon on the individual product pages.

 

Are lamps included with Searchlight light fittings?

Lamps are included with some Searchlight products. Where a light fitting is listed as LED, this contains integrated LED lamps. Halogen lamps are supplied with most spotlights and some flush fittings. Details of whether lamps are included with light fittings can be seen in the product specifications table for each particular product.

 

What is the PIR range on Searchlight outdoor lights?

A PIR motion sensor detects changes in the amount of infrared radiation impacting upon it, which can vary depending on the temperature and surface characteristics of the objects in front of the sensor. The PIR sensor range on Searchlight outdoor lights varies depending on the product and this cannot be overridden. Where applicable, the PIR range for a particular product will be listed in the product specifications table.

 

Are your light fittings double insulated (class 2)?

Searchlight have a great choice of double insulated lights. These are highlighted with a class 2 icon on the product page. Quite a lot of older properties built before or during the 1960's may not have an adequate earth cable so you will need to select what are called double insulated lights, which have two layers of insulation built in to protect the live parts. It is possible to have your house re-wired by your electrician but this can be expensive, so the other solution is to select double insulated light fittings. 

How do I find out the size of the ceiling plate?

The diameter of the ceiling plate can be seen in the product specifications table for each individual product.

 

How do I install Searchlight light fittings?

Searchlight light fittings are supplied with an instruction leaflet. The instruction leaflet can also be viewed or downloaded on the individual product pages. However Searchlight do not offer installation advice and we recommend employing a qualified electrician to undertake any electrical lighting installation.

 

Can you supply replacement parts?

Searchlight Electric are suppliers to the trade only. If you have purchased a Searchlight product and require spare component parts, please contact the original retailer for advice as Searchlight do supply selected replacement parts for our light fittings to existing retailers.

 

Do Searchlight products come with a warranty?

Searchlight offer a warranty for all product to be free from defects in material and workmanship, subject to certain conditions and exclusions, and for a limited time periods from the date the product was shipped to the customer. Searchlight Electric are suppliers to the trade only, so if you have purchased a faulty Searchlight product, please contact the original retailer for advice in the first instance.

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Bathroom lighting regulations

Jul 26, 2015 10:39:55 AM

Bathroom lighting regulations
IP ratings (Ingress Protection Ratings)

All installations must comply to guidelines which are based on a zonal concept similar to that used for the installation of lighting around swimming pools.

Each zone rating (IP) is determined by the degree of risk of electric shock.

Zone 0

This is the area inside the bath or shower basin and is rated at IPx7.

Zone 1

Refers to the area above the bath or shower up to a height of 2.25 metres and carries a minimum rating of IPx4.

Zone 2

Covers an area 0.6 metres wide immediately next to, and all around zone 1, plus the area over 2.5 metres high directly above the bath or shower. Wash basins should also be treated as zone 2. The minimum rating here is IP x 4. Where water jets are likely to be used for cleaning purposes in zones 1 and 2, the rating is a minimum IPx5.

Outside Zone

Covers any area outside Zone 1 and Zone 2, there is no special requirement in this zone. Bathrooms are now allowed to contain a socket outlet, this must be located 3M outside Zone 1. Lighting circuits and any socket outlet circuit in a room containing a bath and/or shower must be provided with 30MA rcd protection.

Areas Around Sinks

Covers up to 60cm. Zone 2 IPx4 luminaires should be installed in this zone.

 

 

It’s all about the Lumens

There seems to be some confusion these days about how to measure the brightness of a bulb. It was relatively simple when we all used incandescent lights. You could choose from a 40, 60, 75 or 100 watt bulb, and we all have a rough idea how bright that will be. With the introduction of CFL and LED technology, this now has got a little bit more complicated.

Nowadays it’s all about the lumens!

A lumen is a standard unit of light as it is perceived to the human eye. Essentially it will tell you how bright something is, unlike a watt, which is actually a measurement of energy consumption or output. The lighting industry has standardised ways that it measures the total emission of light from a product and this information is now included on most product packaging.

Bulb Efficiency
Bulb TypeBulb Efficiency (Lumens per Watt)
Standard Incandescent Lamp Approx. 15 Lumens
Halogen Lamp Approx. 25 Lumens
Compact Flourescent Lamp (CFL) Approx. 50 Lumens
LED Lamp Approx. 80 Lumens

 

Below is our easy to follow traffic light system on how to select your energy saving bulb option.

 

Energy Efficiency

From March 2014, luminaries have had to carry an energy rating label in line with the EU Directive 874/2012

This label displays the energy efficiency range of the luminaire and the compatibility with the lamps on the market. The energy rating A++ (very efficient) through to E (least efficient) is calculated based on the lumen output and the wattage consumption. The more efficient the lamp, the higher the eco rating.

Where luminaires can be fitted with different rated lamps and/or the lamps are non-removable (LEDs) a bracket indicated compatible energy classes. Where some rated lamps are not compatible with a luminaire, these energy classes are marked out with an ‘X’.

A guide to current lamp types and their energy classes are as follows:

LED Lamps CLASS A, A+, A++
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) CLASS A, B
Halogen lamps CLASS C, D
Incandescent lamps CLASS E
 
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Searchlight have launched a new range of energy efficient LED lamps, providing a high level of light output at a very low energy cost.

Available to order now, Searchlight eco-friendly LED lamps are the perfect, cost-effective, direct replacement for existing light bulbs, helping consumers to save money on their energy bills.

Using up to 85% less energy and lasting up to 20 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, Searchlight LED Lamps have been developed to satisfy demand from consumers for more eco-friendly lighting options. With their high-quality design, no warm-up time and beautiful cool white or warm white lighting effect, LED Lamps offer a truly simple way to beautify your home.

Searchlight LED Lamps are supplied in attractive box packaging and are available in a wide combination of caps, sizes, shapes and wattages to meet most popular fittings. Searchlight have also designed a high impact counter display unit to showcase the products, ensuring the range has a premium look that really stands out in-store.

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70th Anniversary Celebrations

Jun 10, 2015 3:07:27 PM

 

Being in business for 70 years is an accomplishment that should be celebrated, so as part of Searchlight’s 70th anniversary celebrations, the company directors organised a night out for employees to thank them for all their hard work helping to make the company what it is today, especially as many people have been with Searchlight for several years.

Searchlight believe that the success of any business is attributable to one main resource - its people. And the employee party was a great opportunity for the directors to look back and share their favourite Searchlight stories and successes from the last 70 years, thank employees for their contributions and also look forward to prosperous years ahead.

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Searchlight are looking to diversify into new lighting markets so Mike Newland joined the business as Contract Sales Manager, which is a new role and division for the company, to focus on the supply of Searchlight product for more commercial markets, such as the hotel, hospitality and care home sectors.

The Initial aim has been to understand and develop the market, concentrating on the end users and commercial interior designers, where Searchlight as a brand is relatively unknown.

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Kath Rush Retirement

Jun 10, 2015 2:58:31 PM

 

It is with mixed emotions that Searchlight announce the retirement of Kath Rush who has provided Searchlight with a remarkable 47 years of devoted service in the sales office.

Kath has been a very knowledgeable and popular figure at Searchlight headquarters and with customers alike and she will be greatly missed. Kath’s positive attitude and abundance of energy have helped make the Searchlight office a pleasant place to work, and her willingness to put in extra time and effort at company exhibitions and trade shows has been invaluable. In addition to her incredible competence and work ethic, she has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and quiet encouragement.

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The supplement to the current Searchlight 2014 lighting catalogue features over 90 new stunning, innovative, trend-setting additions to the range that are sure to inspire any home décor.

From classical crystal chandeliers to modern, contemporary LED fittings, and from IP rated bathroom lights to outdoor ranges, the new styles and collections make themselves at home in Searchlight’s product supplement.

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Searchlight are committed to providing quality, on-trend decorative lighting products and unsurpassed customer service. With a leading investment and strategy to grow the business, Searchlight turned to Slimstock to help further improve our already industry leading service levels.

To improve product availability beyond the current record of 98%, Searchlight required a system which not only allowed the planning team to gain greater control of the top performing 300 product lines but also had the capability to improve visibility across the entire product range. Given the constantly expanding product range and the high turnover of products in the design-led lighting market, it was also important that the system allowed Searchlight to take a more proactive approach to product lifecycle management. Furthermore, the solution had to easily integrate with our existing Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system.

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Searchlight Electric is celebrating its 70th anniversary as an established supplier of decorative lighting to the very best specialist lighting retailers, multi-national chains and distributor partners across the world.

In 1945, Captain Sidney Hamburger started Searchlight immediately after being discharged from the army, as a one man wholesale electric business in a tiny office in the cellar of 1B Cooper Street, Salford. In 2015, Searchlight remains a privately owned business, now in the third generation of the Hamburger family, and operating from a purpose built head office in Manchester, with a state of the art distribution centre and one of the largest product showrooms in Europe.

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Trends Autumn/Winter 2015

Jun 10, 2015 12:59:13 PM

Trends inspire us to design products. So we make sure we take time to analyse what we see in the world around us. Whether it is modern, traditional or somewhere in between we create styles to fit within any interior of the home. Discover our 4 trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 which have inspired our new product development programme …..

 
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What is LED Lighting

Jun 10, 2015 10:51:49 AM

what is led lighting

An LED – or ‘Light Emitting Diode’ – is a semi-conductor device that converts electricity into light, providing an efficient source of lighting. And modern LED Lighting uses the latest cutting-edge technology to add style and brightness to your home. LED lights provide a high level of light output for a very low energy output, which helps to preserve the environment and cut down on your electricity bills.

LED lights have a life of up to 30,000 hours, which is up to 20 times longer than the equivalent incandescent lamps. Saving up to 85% energy and still producing the same lumens output compared to incandescent lights, LED bulbs are an ideal and cost effective, direct replacement for existing lights.

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Children’s Bedroom Lighting

Jun 10, 2015 10:43:06 AM

Childrens bedroom lighting

The appearance and functionality of a child’s bedroom will vary massively depending on the age and sex of the child. For young children the lighting needs to be fun and colourful. And for older children the lighting is often focused more on a study area. Bedroom lighting should illuminate their world in a wonderful way, and a well-designed lighting scheme will grow with the child.

Children's bedroom lighting should be glowing with amazing solutions to suit their sense of style. So we’ve listed some helpful tips and ideas for different lighting options, ranging from the practical to the more decorative and fun.

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How to Light a Room

Jun 10, 2015 10:36:09 AM

how to light a room

Lighting can dramatically affect the appearance of a home, both inside and out, making it look and feel stylish. The right lighting can add drama, set the tone and transform any space. And, with careful planning, light can make a small room look open and airy or a large room appear cosy and inviting. For it to be most effective, lighting should be as carefully planned as any other element of interior design, especially when decorating a new house or apartment.

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How to make the most of garden lighting

Jun 10, 2015 10:31:14 AM

how to make the most of garden lighting

With the correct outdoor lighting to complement the different plants, flowers and landscaping, your garden can be transformed into an ideal area for many purposes, such as garden parties or your own private retreat. However, lighting the exterior of a property often requires more planning and creativity than lighting an inside room.

Searchlight offer everything from decking and pathway lights, to wall lights, bollards, post lights and porch lights, with a versatile range and endless lighting options for around the garden. With an extensive range of lighting choices and so many different styles of gardens, knowing where to start can be a little confusing. So we’ve listed some helpful ideas and tips for you to consider for making the most of your garden lighting

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Selecting The Perfect Chandelier

Jun 10, 2015 10:25:57 AM

selecting the perfect chandelier

For centuries, wooden and wrought iron chandeliers have provided light for all kinds of interior spaces and, in more recent times, chandeliers have provided that special decorative element and bit of sparkle for many home interiors.

Chandeliers can illuminate the entire room and are an excellent way to show off your style. Stunning crystal chandeliers capture and reflect the light and add luxury to any home, providing practical lighting as well as an elegant ambience.

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