Lighting seminars held country-wide

August 1st, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Vector

Speaking during the first of a series of seminars to be presented in all the major centres in the country, BEKA-Schréder general manager Wimpie Ludwick said the Lightability Seminars will give attendees an opportunity to “firm up their foundations of lighting principles”, but also to expand their knowledge of LED lighting trends and technologies. The seminar was hosted at Pretoria’s Sheraton Protea Hotel on 23 July.

Although based in South Africa, BEKA-Schréder is part of Schréder, a global, 112 year-old, privately-owned company with some 3000 employees. Schréder, said Ludwick, was founded in 1907 and originally entered the market as a manufacturer of reflector systems.

Today, the company has seven R&D or “design” centres, South Africa being one of them. The company has factories around the world and BEKA-Schréder manufactures most of its products inhouse. The South African design centre is among the top three centres in terms of number of luminaires produced.

Founded in Namibia in 1978, BEKA moved to South Africa in 1981 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Although the company is associated with outdoor urban lighting, it also caters to the indoor lighting market, as well as to industry (notably mining), road and urban lighting, lighting controls and smart city development. 

Seminar attendees were updated on LED technology; current and future trends; thermal management; mid-power versus high-power versus CSP technology LEDs, and tunable white technology, among others. The company also announced a new luminance meter and displayed its latest, locally-designed luminaires (see more images on page 47).

Contact Grant Combrink, BEKA-Schréder, Tel 011 238-0094,

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