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Setting record straight on Reggiani's lighting

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Your news item 'Lights Cause a Splash' (AJ 19.4.01) has recently come to our attention and, due to the inaccuracies it contains, we would like to take the opportunity to set the record straight.

The consultant engineers involved in The Venue project specified luminaires from our ground-recessed downlighter range to be used as a ceiling mounted downlighter. A problem has arisen as a result and, as a matter of public safety, the council has decided to switch the lights off pending the results of independent tests funded by Reggiani Lighting.

No money has been paid to Reggiani to 'fix the lights' and the only wall to be demolished was during 2000, when phases 1 and 2 of the centre were being knocked into one as the development progressed.

Your report implies that the lighting developed a fault. However, the council spokesman states in your article that 'we are waiting a comprehensive report. . . on the possible causes of the failure'. Furthermore, no decision has been made to replace the lights and we are working closely with the client to bring the situation to a satisfactory conclusion.

Franco Minigutti, managing director, Reggiani Lighting, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

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