Well, the national convention of the AGO is in Nashville next week. My wife and I are really looking forward to it. If you will be in attendance, please look us up in booth 130 in the exhibit hall.
We are constantly looking for improvements in LED light sources for our lamps. We’ve recently purchased LEDs from a new source in China which produce a wonderfully warm color (about 2500-3000 K) and are about 20% brighter than our prior LEDs. We’ve gotten great feedback from the customers of the last few lamps we’ve shipped with these LEDs.
Most of the overhead music lights for organs we ship are brass on hardwood (usually oak) bases. Interestingly, during the last month or two we have had an unusual number of people wanting black lamps. It’s OK by us. We’re just happy to provide excellent lighting for any organist.
I received three phone calls of note this week.
The first call was from Lee Stadeles, an Allen Organ dealer in New Jersey who has been including our music lights on new organs that he sells. He was ordering two more lamps and shared with me that not only do the lights enhance organist’s ability to see and read their music, but that the color of the emitted light enhances the appearance of the organs.
The second call was from an organist. He had been helping an organ technician by “holding keys” while the technician tuned pipes, in another church. If you have ever had the pleasure of holding keys you know what a dull job it is. Well, the organist, out of boredom, noticed the overhead light and started turning it on and off and soon realized what a marvel the light was. As soon as he returned to his own church, he called me and ordered a lamp for his organ.
The third call was from a musician who was excited about the organ just installed in her church, and the overhead light that came with it. She saw the name on the light, and told me that she rushed home and called me immediately, as she just had to have a light for her grand piano.
How gratifying to hear these kind of stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.