Philips LED lamps with DimTone (colour temperature dimming)

April 4th, 2016

See the LEDvista Lighting range of PHILIPS DimTone LED lampsColour Temperature Dimming – Lamps that transition from 2700K to 2200K (turning warmer in tone) as they are dimmed down.

Philips LightingMASTER LED lamps with DimTone deliver the warm, defined beam and the shift to warmer colour during dimming that is provided by halogen and GLS, while offering the energy savings, minimised maintenance costs and extended lifetime of LED lamps. Enabling maximum warmth and ambiance at lower dimming levels, they are ideal for hospitality applications requiring heightened customer comfort, such as hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, washrooms and reception areas

Philips LED technologyThe DimTone feature means light colour shifts from regular warm white at maximum light output to warmer white at lowest light under full dimming, same as halogen and GLS. Further efficiency and energy savings are offered under such dimmed conditions. PHILIPS LED GU10 spotlights are also available with the Dimtone feature. These DimTone MVspots fit most existing fixtures with a GU10 socket, and the innovative driver design ensures compatibility with a broad range of dimmer types. The DimTone bulbs are designed for retrofit replacement of dimmable incandescent bulbs.

PHILIPS LED LAMPS DIMTONE
Features & Benefits
  • the light gets warmer when dimmed (colour temperature reduces) to create a pleasant, intimate ambience
  • 80%-90% energy saving (short payback time)
  • dimmable with leading edge dimmers
  • Colour rendering Index CRI >80
  • UV and IR free light

LEDvista Lighting - Range of PHILIPS DimTone LED lamps

See the LEDvista Lighting range of PHILIPS DimTone LED Lamps

 

LED Lighting is Top Priority for Cities in the USA

March 22nd, 2016

LED LightingNEW YORK:  US mayors rank energy efficient LED lighting as the most promising technology for city managers to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions over the coming two years, according to a survey held at the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Washington DC earlier this year.

In the survey, entitled ‘How energy Technologies are Reshaping America’s cities’, LED lighting surpassed 17 other clean technologies and low carbon solutions as the technology of choice for mayors.

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Image from the survey ‘How Energy Technologies are Reshaping America’s Cities‘, courtesy of the United States Conference Of Mayors

Gathering in Washington for their annual meeting, the USCM is an official non-partisan organization of representatives from 1,400 US cities larger than 30,000 inhabitants, which brings mayors together to promote the development of national and urban policy.

Results from the survey build on similar research done in 2014 where LEDs were given priority over other low carbon technologies in US cities, with a 29% consensus. Two years after this first survey, agreement around the benefits of LED lighting has grown dramatically, as the technology is now leading all others with a 41% share of registered polls.

Also scoring highly to make up the top three priorities for mayors were low energy buildings (17%) and solar electricity (18%).

ENERGY EFFICIENT STREET LIGHTING

Many of the US cities polled are already benefitting from energy efficient LED lighting, with more than four in five having deployed it in some form such as public buildings or street lighting. Nearly half of interviewed mayors are also planning on deploying LEDs more broadly in the coming two years. Street lighting in particular is the application of choice, with 81% of surveyed cities planning LED street lighting upgrades over the next 24 months.

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Image from the survey ‘How Energy Technologies are Reshaping America’s Cities‘, courtesy of the United States Conference Of Mayors

A key reason LED lighting scored so highly is the potential it offers to reduce electricity bills by up to 50-70%, increase energy savings and lower maintenance costs. Socio-economic benefits linked to better-lit city environments is another driver for adoption, with enhanced lighting linked to increased public safety and well-being.

When it comes to ‘connected lighting’, a terms that refers to lighting that is monitored and managed remotely using embedded software, 67% of poll respondents are familiar with the terminology and as many as 6 in 10 of those are now actively considering its deployment. Connected lighting is linked to an additional 5-25% energy savings for streetlights.

When asked about remaining barriers to adoption, city majors pointed to a lack of internal resources (56%) and complex ownership of the light poles (39%) as the two main obstacles.

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Image from the survey ‘How Energy Technologies are Reshaping America’s Cities‘, courtesy of the United States Conference Of Mayors

ACCELERATING ADOPTION

Over the past two years, The Climate Group, in partnership with Philips lighting, has been running a global consultation program to identify and address remaining barriers to wide-scale energy efficient lighting adoption.

Street lighting ownership was highlighted as a particular obstacle in US cities. Currently there are an estimated 26 million streetlights in the US, of which up to 60% are part or wholly owned or operated by the private sector.

To address this issue and other barriers to adoption, in December 2014, we held a consultation workshop at the National League of Cities Congress in Austin, Texas. Peter Curley, Program Manager for the LED Scale-up program at The Climate Group said: “The workshop highlighted how city managers now clearly see the monetary and environmental benefits from a transition to energy efficient lighting and want to scale up LEDs.

“Technological barriers have now been overcome but adoption is still being delayed. Particularly in the US, many cities reported that complex ownership of the public lighting is delaying adoption, and asked for assistance in highlighting this barrier and to convene stakeholders to explore mutually beneficial solutions.”

Acknowledging the urgent need for such a dialogue, at Climate Week NYC in September 2015 we held a roundtable with key US stakeholders and city representatives to discuss innovative polices that could encourage the transition, such as incentivizing investor-owned US utilities. During the event, The Climate Group called on US utilities to publish their intention to explore the benefits of LED lighting by the end of 2016.

Through 2016 and beyond, The Climate Group will continue to drive the conversation around accelerating LED adoption by convening round tables with stakeholders, exploring new policy solutions and highlighting best practice and progressive utilities.

About The Climate Group:

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit with offices in Greater China, North America, India and Europe. Their goal is to help leaders transition to a prosperous low carbon economy, driven by the rapid scale-up of clean and renewable energy.

The Climate Group works in partnership with the world’s most influential business, state, regional, finance and civil society leaders. For over a decade the organisation has worked to demonstrate the economic and business case for the low carbon economy, and create the political conditions necessary for a strong global framework that addresses climate risks and maximizes climate opportunities.

The global climate deal which has been struck at the Paris COP represents a new beginning: the chance to accelerate our low carbon future. The Climate Group is working with governments, businesses and investors to implement the Paris Agreement, holding them to account where appropriate through reporting mechanisms, and ensuring we bend the emissions curve downwards to secure a thriving, clean economy for all.

The Climate Group Vision is a prosperous, low carbon future for all.

The Climagte group Mission is to inspire and convince leaders in government, business and society to reduce carbon emissions now and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Article by:  Arianna Tozzi, The Climate Group

LEDVISTA Lighting Limited Recognised at 2015 Construction Awards

November 7th, 2015

United Kingdom, 19th October – LEDVISTA Lighting Limited is selected as ‘Best Energy Saving Lighting Solutions: IRELAND’ at BUILD magazine’s 2015 Construction Awards. 

Best for Energy Saving Lighting Solutions IrelandThe 2015 Construction Awards have been put in place to highlight the amazing work done by the talented designers, artists and visionaries, whether established names or up-and-coming stars of the future, whose breath-taking work brings our cities and towns to life and creates landmarks and talking points that can last a lifetime. LEDVISTA Lighting Limited is an enterprise based in Ireland and dedicated to the supply of market leading LED lighting solutions to business and consumer markets. Peter English explains what it means to the firm to have won this award. “We are particularly proud to have won this title, as it is great to have our efforts acknowledged by an independent source. LEDVISTA Lighting has received awards in the past but this one is particularly prestigious and the recognition means a lot to us.” More about LEDVISTA Lighting and this award.

Peter Rujgev, Awards Co-ordinator at BUILD Magazine, said: “With these awards, we pay tribute to the outstanding firms and individuals who have provided some truly inspiring construction projects, products and innovations for their clients. It really is an honour to put the spotlight on the incredible work done by our winners.” To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit BUILD’s website where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list. To learn more about LEDVISTA Lighting, visit  www.ledvista.ie

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About BUILD   Published quarterly, BUILD endeavours to bring you the latest need-to-know content and updates from across the global construction and property industries. Keeping pace with a vast array of ever-changing sectors thanks to regular contributions from some of the world’s foremost construction, design and real estate experts and firms, BUILD is home to the very best news, features and comment from the people and institutions in the know.

Verbatim broadens LED portfolio with high quality downlight and batten luminaires

August 12th, 2014

LED Downlights and BattensAugust 2014

Verbatim-LogoVerbatim announces the expansion of its LED range with a family of new easy-to-install luminaires for a broad range of professional lighting applications spanning hotels and restaurants to offices, retail stores and warehouses. Ideal for new lighting installations or upgrade projects, Verbatim’s attractive light fixtures offer fast and easy fitting with compact housing dimensions and external power supply. Customers also benefit from improved thermal management and higher lumen output compared to when the lamps and fixtures are separate elements. Suitable for most suspended ceilings, Verbatim’s LED luminaires are far more energy and cost efficient than compact fluorescent or halogen alternatives.

Verbatim’s recessed spotlights, with a choice of 25° or 40° beam angle and an adjustable LED head, are perfectly suited to delivering accent and spot lighting to replace halogen downlights. They are 12W and dimmable and deliver up to 720lm output with a luminous intensity of up to 3150cd. Customers can choose between either a white or chrome finish. Ideal for general lighting thanks to its diffuse light characteristics, Verbatim’s LED recessed downlights serve as perfect replacements for luminaires with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). Available in 11W, 12W, 15W, 21W and 24W power outputs delivering a corresponding luminous flux of 600lm, 680lm, 800lm, 1300lm and 1600lm respectively.

Additionally, Verbatim has introduced LED T8 tubes, particularly suited for car parking, leisure complexes and warehouses. The tubes come with 22W (1200mm) and 28W (1500mm) power outputs, each with a 120° beam angle, and are available in warm (3000K), neutral (4000K) or cold (6500K) white. With a guaranteed 40,000 hours lifetime, the luminous flux ranges from 1900lm to 2600lm. In addition, there are two 1200mm kit solutions for indoor (IP20) as well as outdoor (IP65) batten luminaires including an LED T8 4000K tube.

ledvista-logo-1LEDVISTA Lighting supplies the full range of Verbatim LED Lighting products for both Business and Home use.

Energy Saving Tips for the Hospitality sector

April 15th, 2014
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Long hours of operation, plus the need to keep guests comfortable, can elevate heating and lighting demands. In fact, in typical leisure and hospitality environments, energy costs are second only to labour costs in terms of ongoing expense.

Hot Water

–  Do not overheat hot water. A temperature of 60°C is optimal: it provides comfortable hot water and is hot enough to kill legionella bacteria.
–  Consider fitting spray water taps, as they use less hot water and energy.

–  Make sure that leaking taps are repaired promptly.

–  Ensure that pipework is well insulated.

Air Conditioning

–  Avoid operating the heating and cooling systems simultaneously. This can be a common problem in hotels. Turn off heating when a temperature of 21°C has been reached. In addition, back-of-house temperatures can probably be set lower than those at front of house.

–  Avoid using air conditioning for cooling until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C.

–  Implement a building management system (BEMS). These systems control and monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and can reduce total energy costs by 10% or more.

Heating

–  Avoid overheating bedrooms and corridor areas. This is not only expensive, it can also be uncomfortable for guests; aim for 19-21°C.

–  Ensure good control of your heating system. Use timer switches and thermostatic radiator valves, and check that thermostats are unaffected by draughts, sunlight, radiators and fireplaces.

–  Be aware when replacing inefficient boilers that the latest Building Regulations set minimum efficiency standards for new and replacement boilers. In many cases, even higher efficiency boilers can be specified and you can gain better savings from a more energy efficient heating system.

–  In high ceilinged areas (e.g. reception areas) with warm air heaters, de-stratification fans can reduce energy use by 20% by blowing warm air down to ground level where it’s needed.

–  Service your boiler regularly. This could help you save up to 10% on your annual heating costs.

–  Ensure that pipework to bedrooms and common areas (e.g. reception) is well insulated.

Refrigeration

–  Defrost fridges regularly; check the seals on cold rooms and fridges; and keep condensers and evaporators clean.

–  When replacing or buying new fridges, look for energy efficient units such as those that are A-rated. If possible, buy A++ units, as they have the lowest electrical running costs.

–  Keep fridge doors closed as much as possible

Lighting

–  Install occupancy and daylight sensors so that your lights are only on when required.

–  Use low-energy lighting. Replace tungsten GLS lamps and T12 fluorescent tubes with much more energy efficient items such as T5 tubes or compact fluorescent or LED lamps. These could help you reduce the electricity you consume for lighting by up to 80%. Furthermore, some of the newer bulb types last more than eight times longer than tungsten GLS lamps and, as they produce less heat, they will put less strain on the cooling required from your air conditioning system.

Written by: ResourceKraft – supplier of enterprise energy management systems

New Candle LED lamps that mimic the warmth and atmosphere of a real candle flame

February 23rd, 2014

Verbatim recently launched impressive new LED lamps utilising its unique ‘Natural Vision’ VxRGB™ technology developed by it’s parent company Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Among other products, a new LED CANDLE lamp that can emulate real candlelight will be available from early 2014.

With True Candlelight LED lamps, business customers and homes can benefit from the warmth and atmosphere of candlelight without the risks associated with a real flame and without the hassle of dealing with burning wax.

The white light spectrum, light intensity and colour temperature (1900K) of this LED lamp correspond very closely with those of a real candle flame. This colour temperature of 1900K cannot be achieved by means of traditional LED or incandescent lamps, which is why Verbatim has named this product ‘Natural Vision’.

VxRGB™ deploys unique blends of phorphor coupled with expert knowledge from Mitsubishi Chemical to provide excellent colour illumination and a close match to other light sources such as halogen, incandescent and natural candle light as required

These innovative and elegantly designed LED candle lamps are ideal for use in decorative lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers and wall lamps, lanterns, and for table decorations to create cosy and relaxed atmospheres.

More information on this ‘Natural Vision’ real-candle-like LED lamp

AIB launches €100M Energy Efficiency Fund to the Irish SME sector

December 15th, 2013

Allied Irish Banks (AIB) announced this week the launch of a €100m lending programme to facilitate small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to invest in energy-saving projects to reduce their operating costs and improve competitiveness. AIB stated that it would take account of the projected savings from energy efficiency projects when calculating the borrower’s repayment capacity. Qualifying customers can avail of discounted funding supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

This week’s announcement was made alongside the publication of an AIB sponsored Amarach Research report on the level of energy efficiency in businesses. The survey was conducted among 451 SMEs in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Irish Green Building Council.

The findings revealed that SMEs in the manufacturing area are spending, on average, €114,000 on energy bills each year. Retailers spend €50,000 and other businesses spend €70,000. More than 54% of respondents expect those energy costs to rise over the next three years. Over half of the buildings SMEs are operating out of are between 10 and 50 years old, which generally are not energy efficient.

Asked what would encourage them to adopt more energy efficient solutions, over 80% of businesses said grants and incentives, along with a greater understanding of the potential savings would prompt action in this area.

AIB’s director of personal, business and corporate banking Bernard Byrne said energy efficiency is one of the key lending areas on which AIB will now focus. The bank has also confirmed it is making €1bn available to the energy sector over the next three years. “Our policy is informed by substantial market research which identifies clients’ needs, leading us to design a method of costing projected savings from energy efficiency projects into the borrower’s repayment capacity,” he said.

Mr Byrne also commented “It is clear that the economic downturn has prompted businesses to focus on energy savings as a way of cutting costs when revenue growth is slow. On the broader canvas, that in turn should help Ireland achieve its 2020 targets of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020.”

“Energy efficiency is a great opportunity for businesses to reduce costs and improve competitiveness. Irish firms that have acted have already saved millions of euros,” said SEAI CEO Dr Brian Motherway. “The rewards are substantial and SEAI is there to assist every step of the way. New finance offerings, like those just launched in December 2013, make it even easier to act and are a welcome addition to the market.”

“AIB’s announcement of a €100m energy efficiency fund will be a huge boost to the industry, a great help for businesses that wish to drive down their costs and will help stimulate job creation in this sector,” said Prof Owen Lewis, chairman of the Irish Green Buildings Council. “The Irish Green Building Council aims to help promote energy efficiency uptake within Ireland and ensure that we have the skills in place to safely deliver the potential savings.”

Among the energy saving opportunities for SMEs to invest in to substantially reduce energy cost is lighting, enabled mainly by compelling advances in LED Lighting technology in recent years.

Peter English, Managing Director, LEDVISTA Lighting Limited

Switch to LED and Save

February 4th, 2013

 

Many people are concerned both about saving money and living green, but often it can seem like it is difficult to do both at the same time. There are many things that are more expensive when they are more environmentally friendly, for example, things made from recycled materials. But there are things that seem to be more expensive, such as LED lights that are really a big money saver when you look at the big picture.

For many years, people have been using incandescent light bulbs to light their homes, and as great an idea that the light bulb was in its time, there are now much better alternatives. Not long ago people began to discover that they could save a good deal of money if they switched from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFL bulbs cost more than traditional bulbs, however making the switch significantly cut electric bills, and reduced the need to change out light bulbs as often making the choice better in the long run for both one’s pocketbook, and the earth.

But fluorescent bulbs were not the end of energy efficient lighting. It turns out LED lighting, has the ability to save people even more money. There’s a part of this transition that is similar to the revelation that CFLs were better than traditional bulbs. LED light bulbs use a small fraction of the energy that either CFL bulbs or traditional bulbs use, but cost more initially, putting the newest bulbs one more notch up on the energy efficiency and money saving ladder.

But when we stop to think about it, LED lights are more familiar that we realize. They have been used for a while in holiday lights or as a lighting source for flashlights. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) was once used primarily as single bulbs, but are now being clustered together and attached to different light bulb bases, including those that fit in traditional lamps and other lighting fixtures, yet they are up to 30 times more efficient than traditional bulbs at three times more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. LED bulbs are also sturdier than traditional bulbs, and far less prone to breaking. They also do not contain mercury, and have been known to reduce electric bills for some people as much as 84%.

The savings are achieved for a couple of reasons. One is because LEDs use fewer watts to determine the same degree of brightness. For example, a 16 watt LED bulb produces 1800 Lumens of brightness, CFL bulbs need 30 watts to achieve the same light output, and incandescent bulbs need 100 watts. LED lights and CFLs also do not produce the heat of the other bulbs, which means air conditioning bills are also lower.

About the Author:

Cassandra Allen
Marketing Director of www.IllustraLighting.com
Cassandra is a marketing professional with over 15 years of extensive experience leading corporate marketing and internal communications for multi-national companies in diverse industries.

Audi continues to push the boundaries in car lighting design through use of LED and OLED technology

January 9th, 2013

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs are steadily becoming an integral part of vehicle lighting design as they give more light for less power and do not generate wasted energy in the form of heat. LEDs are already widely used in tail-lights, indicator turning lights as well as DRLs (Daylight Running Lights) by several leading car manufacturers. Audi is a pioneer in bringing LED technology to car lighting design and actually introduced LED Headlights (including main beam) for the R8 as far back as 2008. Several other leading car brands such as Mercedes Benz and BMW are also in the process of introducing LED Headlights in their cars.  On the current A8 luxury saloon model, ten LED modules make up the low beam in a wing-shaped pattern, while an underlying string of 22 white and 22 yellow LEDs constitute the daytime running lights and turn signals. The white LEDs use a colour temperature of 5500K to match daylight and enhance contrast of roadway objects. LED headlights are also offered on the current A6 model and more recently they are options on the smaller A4 and A3 models.

Why is the pursuit LED technology for vehicle lighting inevitable for the automotive industry?  LEDs generate more light than heat and take up less space and are highly reliable with long lifetime. LEDs will not be a drain on the battery and the we will no longer see cars on the roads with bulbs blown – improving safety. Also, LEDs present the key benefit of flexibility in design as they can be arranged into various shapes as required by car designers and engineers—especially important to a style-leading brand such as Audi.

Current state-of-the-art LED luminaire designs incorporates intelligent features such as a high-beam assistant that automatically detects the headlights of oncoming traffic and the rear lights of other road users and responds by varying the position and width of the LED headlights accordingly.

Audi claims that in the first year of sales, cars equipped with LED headlights accounted for a reduction of 25,000 tons of COemissions. LED headlights are four times as efficient as halogen lamps and they require the vehicle’s alternator to replenish less energy to achieve a considerable saving in fuel.

Audi continues to push the boundaries in its radical approach to its lighting design though the use of OLEDs (Organic LEDs) as showcased at the 2013 CES in Las Vegas. Rather than emitting light by sending an electric charge through a crystal like a normal LED light, OLEDs use an organic material – to illuminate a surface. Compared to traditional light bulbs, LEDs are small and OLEDs continue that trend by offering lighting that is only millimeters in thickness. OLEDs move away from point source lighting to light from flat surfaces – offering substantial freedom to be creative.

One intriguing application presented by Audi at this year’s CES is something it calls the “swarm.” Audi’s engineers transformed the rear of a car into a large continuous light surface to let light flow across the car’s tail like a swarm of bees or school of fish. For example, the light could shift to the right when the driver activates the turn signal.

“Laser tail lights” are another feature the brand brought this year. Cars equipped with the technology would project a line on the ground behind the car to prompt following cars to maintain a safe distance.

Enabled by the advancements in LED and OLED, Audi continues to lead the way in developing the lighting technologies of tomorrow. Three central themes are emerging: the lighting on tomorrow’s Audi models will react even more intensively to environmental conditions, it will communicate in various ways with its surroundings and in this way will increase active safety still further. The light of the future will be controlled fully electronically and become an even more compelling proposition thanks to new dynamic functions.

The iconic Tower Bridge of London gets 21st century advanced LED lighting system to enlighten its historic and architectural magnificance for 2012 Olympic Games

June 20th, 2012

Enlightened make-over for the Tower bridge prepares London’s World-Famous Icon for Historic Year 2012 Tower Bridge, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, has been transformed with a new world-class LED (light emitting diode) lighting system in time to mark the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The new state-of-the-art, energy efficient LED lighting system was officially switched on to illuminate the beautiful structure in spectactular diamond white on 30th May to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

The new generation SSL (solid state lighting) system brightens up the bridge, enhances its architectural features and replaces conventional static lights with LED bulbs that can vary in intensity and colour, while at the same time reducing energy consumption substantially. The new lighting technology will take center stage during the 2012 Games when Tower Bridge will be fitted with its giant Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos for the 45 days of the Games. Observers passing by will see the new system being tested over coming weeks ready for spectacular one-off lighting displays during key moments of the Games. Londoners will enjoy benefits from the deal long after the Games, as the new lighting system will be in place for 25 years or more with minimum maintenance thanks to the long life-span and durability of LED lighting. In total 1,800 GE special energy-efficient LED lights have been fitted, along with 2,000 meters of energy-efficient LED linear lights, 5,000 meters of cable and 1,000 junction boxes.  Tower Bridge, already the world’s most recognizable capital landmark, now has a world-class LED lighting system to suit its status.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “Tower Bridge is already a global icon and this much-loved landmark is now even more spectacular thanks to a world-class illumination system. As London gears up for a summer like no other, this fantastic lighting makeover is another example of how the capital is benefiting from the Games. Tower Bridge can now play a starring role in London celebrations. What’s more, thanks to the commitment and generosity of all the partners, including the City of London Corporation, EDF Energy and GE, this is a lasting legacy for decades to come, achieved with a zero price-tag for the taxpayer.” Mark Boleat, the Chairman of Policy & Resources for bridge-owners the City of London Corporation, said, “The new lights will give Tower Bridge an elegant night-time look for the next 25 years, with the capability of creating firework-like displays on occasions of importance for London and the nation.”