New Opportunities: VAR Network Manager

Dynamic, Entrepreneurial, Collaborative – is that you? Do you have what it takes to add value to one of Europe’s leading luminaire design houses?

As the demand at Nualight continues to grow, we have added several vacancies to our website here.

We are currently recruiting for a VAR Network Manager.

The candidate will support Nualight’s Sales activities in the Commercial & Industrial division and be based in the Crawley, United Kingdom office.
The candidate will work within the Nualight Sales team to support the expansion of the VAR (Value Added Reseller) network for a limited line up of high performance, Nualight designed LED luminaires created for the Industrial lighting segment. Reporting to the C&I Manager, the candidate will play a key role in supporting the VAR network expansion throughout Europe in the first stage and in the Middle East and the US in the second stage, offering commercial and technical support to customers.

The full job description can be accessed here JD_VAR Network Manager.

If you are interested in learning more, then please send a CV together with a covering letter to: info@nualight.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Does it make sense to switch your refrigeration display lighting to LED?

The retail lighting industry was turned upside down with the introduction of LED. Owners were hesitant to adopt at first as prices were high. Now designers have an established lighting tool for creating exciting and enticing retail experiences, one which offers proven cost reductions and not just on the shop floor.

We see many success stories as retailers and warehouse operators take the plunge and swap or refurbish to LED. We all understand the benefits of LED to retail and we have seen the rewards, however, often overlooked is the impact LED can have on refrigerated display cases. Today LED presents a cost-effective alternative to fluorescent lamps in retailer’s hot, chilled and frozen cases. So, does it make sense to switch to LED within the display case?

LEDs perform better at low temperatures and do not produce radiated heat like their T8/T5 counterparts. This absence of radiated heat helps to extend products shelf life and reduces the loss of perishable goods, while cooler colour temperatures create impressive merchandise displays. LEDs are really helping the ‘closed fridge door’ movement which is sweeping across Europe, aiding energy savings and creating delightful displays.

LEDs for creating impactful merchandising
In refrigeration and freezer display cases, lighting can have a huge impact on the overall feel, influencing the buying experience. Display cases should be a place of colour and contrast. With planned and controlled use of the right light in the case, you can enhance the customer’s journey, draw their eye and encourage them to explore and discover produce in new and exciting ways.

LEDs by their nature are slimmer and can be invisible and discreet within the case, leaving the produce centre stage. They cover a wider range of the colour spectrum, offering excellent CRI and a choice of colour temperatures, allowing products and packaging to be displayed in their true colours. Furthermore, information on packaging labels will not fade as there are no IR and UV wavelengths emitted. Ambient contrast and theatre can be created using LED solutions, as they are extremely directional and uniform, eliminating any spill or waste light onto the floor and surrounding areas. When applied properly they remove dark spots with minimal glare.

LEDs offer a win – win
With LEDs in your display cases you can have it all, increased performance with reduced cost of ownership. The energy savings with LED are outstanding. For example, when replacing fluorescents with Orion horizontal and vertical LED solutions we can achieve up to 90% energy savings, whilst directing the light exactly where it is needed.
LED are instant, even at -30C, so the lights are ready as soon as your customers are, ensuring displays are always alive and inviting. Minimal service and maintenance effort is required due to long operating lifetimes of up to 50,000 hours.

In conclusion the answer is yes, there are many benefits to be gained from switching to LED lighting within your display case. Unfortunately, as LED has become the norm, so too have cheap and poorly designed lighting solutions. Despite using LED, the quality of the light output can negatively impact the buying experience and a poor build quality can quickly lead to escalating maintenance costs. Andrew Cronin, Vice President of Product Research & Development at Nualight details “Good lighting will go a long way to encouraging a sale, bad lighting even with LED can have detrimental consequences.”

To discuss the most cost-effective and impactful LED solution for your refrigerated cases contact our customer service team at cservice@nualight.com.

How to apply LED lighting for brighter and safer indoor car parks?

User safety and security are the keywords for car parks.

Location alone will not attract and retain users to a car park, particularly indoor car parks, where there is an element of entering the unknown. If a user perceives a threat to their personal or vehicle safety, they are unlikely to consider leaving their vehicle there.

Car park operators must satisfy a user’s perceived safety expectations and comply with safety requirements to facilitate the movement of both pedestrians and vehicles.

Click here to download our key considerations for planning your indoor car park lighting.

Download also includes and the right questions to ask when selecting your luminaire.

Looking forward to an exciting 2018 

2017 saw Nualight reaffirm its position as a pioneer of the LED lighting industry.

Highlights of the year include helping clients such as international supermarket chain, Pennymarkt, with their chilled display cases (full case study here) and Combilift with their new 46,000 sq. metre, state of the art production site (see video here). Both brands, at the forefront of their industries, demand the same level of performance from their lighting scheme, as they do in their own business’.

CEO, Peter Mazalon, comments on the past year and what the future holds:

At Nualight, we continue to realise our vision by providing our customers with market leading portfolios that enhance the user experience.  2017 has been a wonderful year where Nualight solutions have helped customers and distributors to create their own efficient and inspiring places.

We have maintained relationships with world leading food retail brands, supporting them as they update and roll out new store concepts. Our solutions ensure their objectives, no matter where they are, be it Europe, Australia or the USA, are achieved with a focus on colour and vibrancy.

The start for the year saw the introduction of new and improved  robust, high performance industrial solutions that achieve excellent ROI, creating safe and comfortable spaces like Handyside car park in London and the Total Produce production facilities.

Looking forward, 2018 promises to be a very exciting year for Nualight, with many projects in the pipeline to cement our position in our two distinct LED lighting business units – refrigerated display case and industrial lighting.

With food retailers and commercial refrigeration case manufacturers in mind, we intend to refine our comprehensive refrigerated display case lighting portfolio.

For the industrial sector, 2018 will see more product innovations, with new ranges on the horizon, ensuring customers always have access to the latest technology and design.

We look forward to optimising our current portfolios and applying them to new and exciting projects.

For further information on Nualight LED Lighting solutions or to find out how we can help you on your new build or refurbishment project, contact us on cservice@nualight.com.

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from all at Nualight

Christmas Jumper Day has arrived at the Nualight Cork office, so we thought we would take this opportunity to wish all our customers a jolly festive period and a happy 2018! Its been a great year and we look forward to completing many more projects together.

Today the team in Cork are decked out in their merry Christmas jumpers in aid of the Cork Simon charity.

Cork Simon is a local charity which works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, Ireland offering housing and support in their journey back to independent living.

Please note we will be closed from Friday 22nd December until 2nd January – when normal business hours will resume.

Opening times

Monday – Thursday: 8.30AM – 5:00PM GMT

Friday: 8.30AM – 4:00PM GMT

Nualight predictions for grocery retail lighting in 2018

With the end of 2017 insight we discuss what 2018 holds for the retail industry and the role lighting will play, with Andrew Cronin, Nualight Vice president – Product Research & Development:

This year has been about implementing strong foundations for LED lighting. Unfortunately, we have had more than a few instances where customers have asked us to correct a LED installation.

Customers must be cautious when selecting programmes which, in the short term, look good on the balance sheet but can yield negative long-term consequences. Unintentionally, a poor lighting decision can jeopardise the end user experience, which can be painful from both a financial and brand perspective. Correcting these mistakes can be both costly and time consuming, a good rollout requires a good team, robust data and experience!

Lighting industry trends

The lighting industry continues to recognise that users are becoming ever more receptive to push notifications and information on mobile devices. I would therefore expect to see continued developments in 2018 for IOT, Beacons and Li-fi enabled luminaires as vehicles to create customer engagement touchpoints.

Grocery retail trends

Controversially however, within the grocery retail sector, we believe lighting manufacturers are not best placed to lead these new customer engagement technologies or platforms, in fact we would go so far to say that technology cannot be substituted for innovative store design and exceptional customer service.

Even in this digital age, customers expect a quick, non-personal transaction online but expect quite the opposite in store. Evidence is strong that brick-and-mortar stores will not just survive but continue to grow, this can be seen through the recent investments from European discounters and notable online retailers such as Amazon. Grocery store retail will continue to change into a more intimate and personalised experience, which so far, are impossible to replicate online.

Sensory experiences such as the magnetising smell of freshly baking bread, or the taste of a “try before you buy” fruit or cheese promotions will be the development path for fresh food store formats. Lighting can hugely influence these sensory experiences and therefore we believe grocery retailers will continue to invest in retail display lighting to help promote and accentuate their products.

In summary, for 2018 energy savings will become less of a decisive purchasing factor, whilst luminaire quality, maintenance and robustness will return as higher priorities for lighting buyers.

For information on our refrigeration lighting range visit: https://www.nualight.com/products/refrigeration/

How can Nualight help to make our customers life a little bit easier?

As the end of the calendar year approaches and before we all start to get merry, we reflect on our key successes, but we ask what do you really get when you buy a Nualight solution?

We like to think that great systems, processes and protocols go a long way to make our lives easier but really, it’s the people that deliver. We asked two of our colleagues what they think Nualight does to help make our customers life a little bit easier?

Caroline Frawley, Customer Services, “We keep our customers up to date with weekly calls to ensure that their optimal customer services levels are achieved – building strong business relationships along the way. Our reporting tools allow us to support with forecasting and to maintain our performances and SLA’s. Working across many departments, we ensure customer expectation is always a top priority and we strive to meet demanding requirements in terms of responsiveness, lead time and quality products”

Dan Lemajic, VAR Network Manager, “The fundamental philosophy for the sales team is to grow our business, by helping our customers grow their business. This can only be done by understanding every business is individual and listening to the needs before reacting. We work with our customers to develop our own internal processes that support, rather than hinder; creating true partnerships.”

Communications and partnerships are the cornerstones of our service strategy going forward. We will continue to support with fast lead times, stocked products and performance launches, helping customers to grow their businesses.

Contact us to find our more: cservice@nualight.com or contact our team on 00353 (0) 21 4867 636

Refrigeration & Retail Design News Roundup November 2017

The retail industry must get to grips with the ever-changing technological landscape to harness the true benefits that it has to offer. Savings and efficiency can be gained through clever design both customer facing and behind the scenes.

This month we have seen how smart industrial lighting can help save costs in warehousing, we have launched our new website and we are recruiting. Externally the industry is looking at the future of retail and the effect keeping up with technology can have, so here is our monthly roundup of our favourite and must read “Refrigeration and Retail Design” news and articles for November 2017.

To access the paper click here.

Please note that this link expires on 22nd December 2017, so make sure to look out for the next one at the end of the month!