With a reputation for producing high-quality luminaires featuring exceptional build and finish, it’s easy to see why Precision Lighting’s products are selected for a wide variety of hospitality projects. From bespoke lighting solutions, which include custom chandelier designs for clients such as the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, to inconspicuous ambiant lighting, found in many bars and restaurant installations, Precision Lighting’s spotlight range offers both choice and flexibility.
Precision Lighting is a family-run, specialist lighting manufacturer based in London. Over the years, the company has become known for offering functional, elegant spotlights that merge style with practicality. The high-specification lighting systems and luminaires on offer are characterised by uninterrupted lines and a design aesthetic that is consistent throughout the range.
Earlier this year, Precision Lighting’s latest product innovation, the Pico Zoom, was a finalist at the Lighting Design Awards in the ‘Interior Luminaires’ category. Bringing variable beam technology to the Pico range, the Zoom optic can be adjusted between 12° and 30° using a linear slide mechanism.
It has been engineered for precise control and the combination of adjustable optics and exceptionally smooth movement makes it possible to position and focus these sophisticated spotlights with pinpoint accuracy, essential for many lighting effects and visual comfort.
Weighing as little as 60g, the Pico series is currently the smallest LED offering from Precision Lighting. Discreet, unobtrusive and without compromise, the Pico spotlight offers flexibility and performance in a product that is incredibly small but still perfectly formed. “Pico has advanced technical features that are traditionally only seen on larger architectural luminaires,” says Peter McClelland, who leads Precision Lighting’s design team.
“Features such as low-friction, bearing-aided rotation and a constant torque tilt mechanism provide smooth and accurate focusing. And as with all our luminaires, they can be locked in pan and tilt to ensure that they remain perfectly aimed on lit surfaces.”
At the opposite end of the scale is the Evo X series, a classically-proportioned luminaire which has been designed to the golden ratio, and combines power and grace with engineering excellence. The result of years of hard work and innovation, the Evo X established the design language now shared by all Precision Lighting products.
The spotlight offers tool-less interchangeable optics, and is compatible with a variety of snoots and accessories, resulting in an extremely versatile product. It has been specified for venues such as Michelin-starred chef Marco Gubbiotti’s Il Milione restaurant, in Hong Kong, where they have been surface mounted between bespoke ceiling halo features.
The lighting at Il Milione is warm and welcoming despite relatively low ceilings and an absence of natural light. The pleasant atmosphere has been achieved by combining direct and indirect lighting in a cleverly layered effect. Finished in black to blend into their surroundings, the spotlights are angled on to the tables, creating subtly highlighted zones that are intimate but also enhance the look of Marco’s elegant Italian cuisine.
Another project saw Evo projectors used to subtly change the ambiance of the establishment throughout the day and night. At La Seine, a buffet restaurant at the Lotte hotel in Korea, high-tech food stations are illuminated from above using spotlights recessed in special troughs with snoots and honeycomb louvres for glare control. The luminaires accentuate the food on show and add to the overall ambiance of the space.
As well as offering a range of spotlights, Precision Lighting also offers a number of track and mounting options. The company’s low profile Basis Track system can be formed into complex shapes using a comprehensive range of standard components, providing designers with a creative lighting package that keeps costs to a minimum.
Its versatility was highlighted at the Hard Rock Café in Florence where Precision Lighting created bespoke chandeliers to the tightest of deadlines. The circular structures were integrated into original 1940s chandeliers, dressed in tubes of translucent, metallic voile fabric. The revamped chandeliers not only provided accent lighting but also incorporate part of the Hard Rock Café’s essential acoustic system, providing both light and sound.
“The Hard Rock Café project is a great example of how Precision Lighting can rise to a challenge,” explains sales director Spence Baxter, “The ability to pair hand-crafted mounting systems with our superb range of luminaires ensures that we can deliver practical solutions whilst exceeding customer expectations.”
In total, Precision Lighting currently offers four LED luminaire ranges – which also include the Discus and Oculus – each with its own distinct set of features and benefits. One trait consistent throughout the company’s LED collection, however, is the method of manufacture. This is considered to be key to the company’s success and sets it apart from competitors.
“Our luminaires are defined by our choice of materials and our process of manufacture,” explains an impassioned Spence, “Only by using aerospace-grade aluminium and by machining, not casting, can we accomplish the level of fit and finish that we desire whilst maintaining the luminous efficiency that we demand.”
And it would seem that this ‘passion for precision’ has led to popularity amongst designers and architects alike, with the company developing a growing base of loyal customers. One client recently remarked: “We only work with the best in the industry, and companies that reflect our brand’s values of quality and design; these are values that Precision Lighting hold.” For the company, which believes that the creation of its products is as much an art as it is a science, it would appear that obsessive attention to detail, and a refusal to compromise, is a winning combination.
As the company approaches its 15th year of business and with several innovative new products on the horizon, Precision Lighting looks set to continue to define high-end lighting both in the UK and abroad.