Phil Ion, MD of CORE Lighting, on what the business has been up to behind the scenes in Lockdown.


Like many in the events industry, CORE Lighting has been significantly affected by the current lockdown in the UK and around the globe.


It’s tempting to have a pessimistic view of the months ahead, with large gatherings looking increasingly unlikely in 2020 and many businesses facing an uphill struggle to resume normal service.


But, no matter the long term impact of the coronavirus pandemic, at the moment we’ve made the decision to remain positive, productive and proactive as a business and as a lighting manufacturer.

Modified CORE floodlights have made their way to the North Pole to act as a temporary runway, two years after they were created for a similar role in Antarctica.


CORE Lighting MD Phil Ion was approached four years ago by specialist aviation consultancy NAS Corporation to create bespoke floodlights to act as a temporary runway, guiding planes to land equipment and people in Antarctica. One year later a second set was purchased for a larger runway for the largest aircraft.


The battery-powered lights were required to be sturdy, weatherproof and able to withstand extremes in temperature and winds up to 185mph for short periods of time. Ion and the CORE team, in the company’s UK factory, adapted the existing floodlight product to meet these specific requirements.

Event production and hire specialist 10 Out Of 10 has become an official distributor of CORE Lighting, making an initial investment in 12 CORE battery powered lights for its in-house stock.

Paul Need, founder of 10 Out Of 10, commented: “CORE Lighting products are a fantastic addition to our stock, a high quality product offering flexibility, freedom and a wide range of potential applications.”

Phil Ion, CORE Lighting MD, added: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with 10 Out Of 10 and further expanding the UK distribution network for the CORE Lighting products. CORE’s range of products are robust, weatherproof and have a choice of control through Wireless DMX, Bluetooth and direct control.”

Phil Ion, Founder of CORE Lighting,  believes battery-powered stands are coming, but asks if the industry is ready?: “It’s long been a fairly contentious issue; it’s no secret that many exhibitors find the cost of electricity prohibitive on top of the initial stand cost, plus more businesses than ever need that electricity to exhibit effectively.

“I’ve run my business for over ten years, and in that time I’ve exhibited personally at numerous trade shows in the events and hospitality industries. We manufacture a range of battery-powered lights, which I’ve always used for my own stands. During that time, I’ve frequently heard fellow exhibitors, often small, independent businesses for whom a trade show is a big investment, complain about the prohibitively high electricity prices….


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