The Olympic Games with efficient lighting

Technology has always been closely linked to the development of the Olympic Games. Each new edition have shown of the latest technological advances. Sport is a field in which research is continuous and is always linked to improved technology: The celebration of this sporting event, is a worldwide showcase and an ideal place to show off all the “heavy artillery” in innovation. Some of these important technological milestones were, for example:

– Electronic timers in 1912

– The first live radio broadcast in 1924

– The first televised broadcast in 1936. An exciting historical achievement that enabled us to turn on the TV at home and enjoy any of the competitions

– The first official website of the Olympic Games that was created in 1996 and attracted nearly 200 millions visits (incredible for that time)

– Video replay which greatly helped the judges in making decisions in 2002

– The total global interconnectivity in 2012, which, through servers, computers, tablets, smartphones… everybody could be connected and comment on the Olympic Games in real time

Rio 2016 Olympic Games have kept pace in terms of innovation and are giving ample evidence of this fact . As far as lighting is concerned, they have largely opted for LEDs in offices spaces. They have used some 200.000 lights distributed between the Olympic and Paralympic Village, the Carloca Arenas facilities, Maracaná Stadium, the Brazilian Paralympic Center and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. In all, more than 40 locations covering more than 4 million square meters will beefficiently and intelligently illuminated (equivalent to 1.068 football fields). This will mean energy savings of 50% (the largest so far known in the Olympics) and greater control of light through smart city systems that allow remote scheduling, regulation of the power and intensity, etc.

LED technology provides a great visual comfort, not only to more than 10.000 athletes that are competing, but also for workers, passersby, drivers, etc. without neglecting the importance it also has for good lighting quality in high-resolution and 4k retransmissions. And, the best of all of these changes is, that after the games have finished, the locals will continue to enjoy the benefits of efficient and comfortable lighting.

Projects: Gabbana Beach restaurant

Gabbana Beach restaurant is located on the ground floor of the first themed hotel on Las Arenas beach in Valencia. A hotel that has just celebrated its tenth anniversary and in which each of its rooms is decorated in a different way, creating exclusive and personalised atmospheres. At the time, it was a very motivating challenge for us to illuminate according to each of the existing themes and now it has become an honor for us to illuminate the entire leisure and restaurant area of Gabbana Beach.

Gabbana Beach restaurant is more than a restaurant facing the sea. In addition to its spectacular location, a modern and sophisticated environment and its amazing parties, is one of the restaurants of reference in our city. Its gastronomy is based on fresh market products, both international and traditional dishes of the region, and of course, are experts in exquisite seafood. Also, in the Sunset Gabbana (the hotel pub next to the restaurant) can boast of making the best cocktails in Valencia. This was the first product in which they specialised from the beginning using fresh fruits of the day and in which they never cease to innovate and surprise us.

Good Work contributed to giving this space that special touch that makes all your senses wake up when you set foot there. The project was very ambitious and required great creativity when designing the lighting. You had to draw with the light. The lights, the colours, the textures, the lines… every detail is taken care of with care so that you fall in love with the place. Certain areas were highlighted with more punctual lighting and a fainter and more intimate light was maintained in others. For this we used a variety of products such as LED strips GW Flex Strip Power RGB, GW Ecospot lamps, GW Power Bar and several models of outdoor lighting in RGB for facades.

The result, an enveloping atmosphere in which the customer feels relaxed and captivated by the charm of the place. An extraordinary lighting that illuminates unique moments.

11 Advantages of LED Lighting

LED (Lighting Emitting Diode) is a semiconductor diode capable of emitting light. The first LED was developed in 1927, but it was not until the sixties when it was used for industrial purposes. Since then, research continued in this sector and it is currently considered the most efficient form of lighting, used in countless devices that provide better quality of life to our daily lives.

We give the reasons why moving to LED is the best choice for the future and the best option for your health and wellness and for your pocket.

1. Ecological and Enviromentally friendly

LED technology is the most environmentally friendly because it does not have mercury and it is recyclable. The traditional bulbs contains tungsten. The halogen bulbs contains fluorine, bromine, chlorine, iodine, halogen and tungsten in the gaseous state; and the fluorescent bulbs contains mercury. All of them are very toxic. LED complies with European RoHS regulations, which refers to Directive 2002/95 / EC Restriction of (six in particular) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment, adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.

2. Reduce C02 Emissions

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing since the nineteenth century and the rate of increase accelerated at the end of the twentieth century. CO2 creates an important greenhouse effect. Burning carbon fuels, since the Industrial Revolution, has rapidly increased its concentration in the atmosphere, which has led to global warming.

The extreme efficiency of LED bulbs translates into significant savings in CO2 emissions and sulfur into the atmosphere. A single LED bulb prevents the emission of 10 kilos of CO2 in one year. In short, the LED takes care of our ecosystem.

3. It is healthy

LED bulbs do not contain mercury and do not emit infrared or ultraviolet radiation. This means they are less harmful to your health and reduce eye fatigue and skin problems. With the creation of the LED, the annoying flicker noise produced by traditional bulbs disappeared and it also dissolved the discomfort, headache and anxiety. Furthermore, by not emitting ultraviolet rays, it does not attract unwanted insects.

4. Saving and energy efficiency

There is no doubt that in these times, all we care about is saving our electricity bill. Thanks to the efficient use of energy, LED use 65% less energy than energy-saving light bulbs and 90% less than traditional incandescent bulbs.

LED technology uses 90% of the energy to produce light and 10% produces heat. In the case of conventional incandescent values ​​are reversed: 90% produces heat and only 10% produces light. Given that, contrary to all conventional lights, only a small part of the energy consumed by the LED lamps is wasted by emitting heat, and the energy-saving represents 50% to 80%, which makes that the initial investment is amortized quickly. LED does not need to be pre-heated and therefore you have an immediate ignition. For example, when using the air conditioning, as the LED emits almost no heat, the thermal sensation will not be as warm and save on the expense of using this device.

The low power consumption of LED technology also keeps lighting with a small generator if there is a power failure. They are very practical in installations with ignition systems motion sensor.

From 2013, the European Union’s objective is to reduce the consumption of electricity used for lighting by at least 20% before 2020. This will be achieved through a massive deployment of solutions based on state lighting solid in Europe. In 2015, the European Parliament adopted a law on energy efficiency in member states must renewed a minimum of public buildings annually and imposes energy audits for large companies. This would save 50.000 million euros a year.

5. Long lasting

LED bulbs are not made filament to break or burn, so they have a lifespan of about 50.000 hours compared to 2.000 hours of a standard bulb; this means, between 20 and 30 years in use 10 hours a day for 365 days a year. This translates in a great saving in maintenance costs since they do not have to be constantly replacing lighting and it is perfect for installations where maintenance is very complicated, expensive or with restricted access.

Also, because the power consumption is much lower, the electrical implementation of LED lamps are made with small-gauge cable, directly translated into saving in cabling and installation.

6. Chromatic Variety

LED offers greater color control. There is a wide range of possible colors by combining different LEDs and when additional filters are used, production costs are reduced and the color is purer and brighter than a traditional bulb. They have a very high rate of color reproduction (80 of 100), so that the distortion is reduced in color reproduction and the fidelity of tone is higher. Furthermore, they suit every environment and can reproduce warm light, cold light, natural light…

7. Addressable light

While all other lighting systems rely on reflectors to achieve scatter light (causing a portion of it to be lost), the light from an LED can focus without the need for additional lenses, and so it will not suffer loss or scattering of light and can be directed to the area which must be illuminated with an efficiency of 90%. So that, we can avoid glare and the right amount of light is emitted. No more and no less.

The fact of not having to use reflectors to focus light also means less cost for the same beam.

8. Versatility and innovation

Thanks to the wide range of shapes and colors of the LED, they can replace almost any luminaire. LED technology adapts to the aesthetic needs of each lighting design. It is flexible and it is easy to regulate the intensity, and tone. Unlike fluorescent lights for example, this technology supports low temperatures down to -40°C, making them suitable for installation in places such as cold rooms.

9. Vibration resistance

LED technology has a high resistance to shocks because it is placed in solid state devices and with the absence of filaments and sensitive parts, which are not as fragile as conventional bulbs and resist large variations in vibration and it ensures temperature continuity of correct lighting. LED technology avoids the risk of accidents due to rupture of the bulb and reduce waste production.

10. Safe luminaires

They are extremely durable and stable thanks to its solid state construction and supporting more heat and humidity. What also makes it safer to avoid burns when changing and cuts, if they break. Their ignition is instantaneous and supports most extreme temperatures, so there is no danger in there spaces where the temperature must be tightly controlled.

11. Adjustable

The LEDs are directly compatible and easily controlled through tools to set the% of light you want to emit and the brightness of these. They can operate in any percentage of nominal power as they are regulated.

As you can see, LED technology is not a fad, it is a world full of possibilities. And this is only the beginning. Do not hesitate and move to LED with Good Work.

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