Organ light emergency

I got a call today from an organist who is to give a recital in an unfamiliar church one week from today. She was panicked as she discovered that the organ has very poor lighting, and could we help her out by providing an Ektralamp organ lamp in time for the recital.

To meet the needs of individual organ consoles, we custom make each lamp to order, and our lead time is normally at least two weeks. However, understanding her predicament, we will fast track a lamp and get it to her in time.

After all, what is more important to us than the customer? We are proud for the constant comments we get on not only our outstanding products, but the way we treat customers.


WIll Limkemann


LED vs Incandescent Picture Lights

I learned today of a large building with several thousand art works all illuminated by incandescent lights. While the initial cost was relatively low, the cost of ownership has proved very expensive for the labor and material of having to constantly replace burned out bulbs. Not to mention the damage to the artwork from the heat and possibly ultraviolet radiation from the lights.

An organization installing our Ektralamp LED-based lamps today would ultimately have a lower cost of ownership while eliminating heat and UV radiation of other types of lighting.

Why we use LEDs in our lamps

When we designed our lights we realized that LED technologies are efficient, consume low power, and dissipate little heat. We realized that producing more light with little power also enabled us to direct the light where it is needed rather than needing to waste the omnidirectional lighting typical of conventional lighting sourced. Just as important, the estimated 50,000 hour (about seven years if you never turn off the light) practical lifetime of LEDs means that users would never be suddenly stranded without light due to a bulb burnout.

When I recently told a customer that a 30″ wide light tube consists of 45 LED light sources, he was concerned that the light would be blindingly bright. It is true that some LED-based lamps use only two or three super-bright LEDs – and that 45 of them would indeed glare.

The technologies of the types of LEDs used in general and task lighting applications are just a few years old, and is changing rapidly. We look forward to implementing appropriate technology improvements in future products as they become cost-effective and generally available.

Will Limkemann
Siqua Group Limited

The approach we took was to use moderately bright LEDs, spacing them less than an inch apart, so as to produce unshadowed even lighting over the entire width of the lamp. User have come to appreciate this glare-free and even illumination approach.

Time to blog

Well, I’ve finally created blog for the Ektralamp web site. It’s been a while coming, as I’ve been really tied up making the highly praised LED lamps for organs, pianos, music stands, lecterns and pictures.

Almost daily I get calls from customers telling me things such as “Everyone who see the light loves it”, or “the lamp not only lights the music beautifully, but makes the organ look better”.

Well, we’ll keep making lamps, and I’ll try to make some interesting and meaningful posts.

Will Limkemann