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Ceravision High Efficiency Plasma Lamps Outperform LEDs & Legacy Lamps in Scientific Trials

The testing of Ceravision’s High Efficiency Plasma (HEP) lamps in Rothamsted has been underway now for four months. The testing compares Ceravision’s HEP lamps with legacy metal halide lamps and new LED systems and their impact upon the growth of wheat.

Ceravision’s HEP lamps are outperforming both the metal halide lamps and the LED systems in Embryo Development, a key performance metric in respect of plant development.

Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, England is the oldest agricultural research station in the world.  Rothamsted’s aim is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. 

Mr Julian Franklin, Head of Horticulture and Controlled Environments at Rothamsted said that observations in the wheat crop under trial proves that the Ceravision luminaires are producing the best results compared to metal halide lamps and LEDs in respect of embryo development - one of the major factors in plant growth and plant development.

The embryo of a plant is key to its reproduction and growth.  The ‘wheat germ’ is the embryo of the wheat kernel which is separated in milling and used especially as a source of vitamins and protein in a variety of food products.

The 430W HEP lamp light quality was better and the impact of having light available in the blue / UV region within the broad spectrum is a significant factor.  The current development programme to produce an 860W luminaire and thereafter a 1000W luminaire will further enhance Ceravision’s position in the world’s horticulture lighting market.

Mr Stuart Stoddart, Commercial Director at Ceravision, said “This is fantastic news; and this is with our standard ‘white light’ spectrum.  We are excited about the combination of higher output and spectra tailored for plant growth and the benefits that will be delivered.  This confirmation of Ceravision’s HEP technology suggests an exciting future for Ceravision against a background of the challenges faced by mankind in operating efficient food production systems to feed more people, and the huge medicinal benefits that can be obtained from plants.”

To find out more about Ceravision® HEP lamps for horticulture please contact Mr. Stuart Stoddart: stuart.stoddart@ceravision.com - +44 1908 379444;  Ceravision Ltd, Sherbourne Drive, Tilbrook, Milton Keynes, England MK7 8HX.

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infoAgro Exhibition

Ceravision are delighted to announce the much anticipated debut of ionGROW, the world's first High Efficiency Plasma grow light, at the upcoming infoAgro exhibition taking place from the 10th - 12th May in Almeria, Spain.

infoAgro is a professional agriculture exhibition targeted at those interested in the latest market trends.

For more information about infoAgro, or to book tickets please click here.

If you would like more information about the benefits of ionGROW but are not able to attend, please email Stuart Stoddart at info@iongrow.com

We look forward to welcoming all exhibition attendees to our stand.

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ionGROW™ Trials to Commence


Following on from a successful conference and exhibition at Rothamsted Research in January, Ceravision are delighted to confirm that a collaboration has been formed with Rothamsted Research which will see intensive trials of the ionGROW™ horticultural light commence. 

More news to follow shortly.

For more information about Rothamsted Research, please click here.

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Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum Report

Ceravision were recently invited to exhibit and present at the first annual Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum, a new initiative designed to accelerate collaboration for the development of game-changing innovations addressing global food and nutrition security challenges.

Dr. Graeme Lister's presentation was extrememly well recieved and the level of interest in Ceravision's plasma lighting technology was overwhelming.

Representatives from huge 'game-players' in the horticulture market were invited to attend the conference and exhibition with a variety of very excitng contacts made.

The Rt Hon. George Freeman MP was also on hand to lend his support to new technologies in the horticulture market .

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Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum 2017

Ceravision are delighted to have been invited to contribute at the first Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum between the 18th and 20th of January.

Dr. Graeme Lister (Ceravision CEO) will be presenting a paper on Wednesday 18th January at 14.10. We will also be exhibiting on stands 5/6 to discuss the benefits of plasma lighting within the horticulture market.

The Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum is a new initiative designed to accelerate collaboration for the development of game-changing innovations addressing global food and nutrition security challenges.

High-level industry experts will come together at Rothamsted Research in January 2017 to work collaboratively on cutting-edge solutions to issues spanning the entire agricultural ecosystem.

For more information about this event, please click here.

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High Power Plasma is Coming…

At Ceravision, we have no need to purloin bright fire from Mount Olympus. Through a purposeful application of plasma physics, high temperature materials science, and microwave power electronics, we create our own brilliant, white-light, plasma source operating at up to 750 socket watts (pictured below). 

Proof-of-principle, non-rotating lamps have been operated in our laboratories and are being developed as high-output products. 

Take that Prometheus!

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Ceravision Among Manufacturers Featured in UK Parliamentary Review

Ceravision and its Patented High Efficiency Plasma Lighting Technology is featured in this years UK Parliamentary Review, Manufacturing Edition.

The Parliamentary Review is an annual initiative released to coincide with the beginning of the Parliamentary year.

Each of its twelve separate editions focuses on a key governmental policy area, with leading organisations and executives sharing personal insight and discussing good practice alongside Cabinet and senior ministers.

The Manufacturing Edition draws attention to the richness of British Manufacturing. Philip Hammond is joined by Terry Scuoler and a host of outstanding organisations of which Ceravision is included, to look back on a challenging but successful year.

Ceravision representatives Dr. Graeme Lister, John Stocks and Stuart Mucklejohn were invited to a Parliamentary Review reception, held in the House of Commons Members Dining Room on 19th September. Due to business commitments at the Street & Area Lighting Conference, Dr. Lister was unable to attend.

The reception was attended by many influential people from the world of manufacturing and beyond and ended with an entertaining speech by the former Conservative MP, Esther McVey.

The Manufacturing Edition of The Parliamentary Review in which Ceravision is featured on pages 46-48 is available here.

For more information about The Parliamentary Review, please click here.

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2016 IES Street and Area Lighting Conference

Ceravision are delighted to announce that we will be showcasing our patented High Efficiency Plasma lighting technology, Booth #4, at the upcoming IES Street and Area Lighting Conference in Hollywood, California from the 19th to 20th of September.

For more information, please click here.

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ionLUX™ High Bay Installation Shortlisted for Award

The shortlist for the 2016 Lux Awards has been announced and this year the list features a whole host of impressive projects and inventive new technology, including a nomination for the ionLUX High Bay installation by Ceravision at contact lens manufacturer CooperVision in the Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year category.

CooperVision is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The company is dedicated  to  continually  bringing  a fresh perspective to the contact lens experience for practitioners and their patients.

After a complete survey, Ceravision’s in-house lighting design team created a scheme using ionLUX™ high bay luminaires together with the company’s ionCOM™ / ionSMART™ lighting control system.

Lighting levels have significantly increased from the 250 lux achieved previously in open areas (and much lower in aisles). 450 lux is now achieved in open areas and 300 lux in aisles. Whilst not the overriding objective of the reinstallation, a significant energy saving is now being achieved of 39%.

The full list of nominations can be found here.

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ionLUX™ High Bay installation by Ceravision among top ten inspirational warehouse designs

When it comes to lighting a warehouse, low energy schemes are always key. This can be achieved through different means such as installing control systems and by utilizing daylight.

Among the top ten inspirational lighting designs for warehouses that put limiting energy consumption at their centre, is the ionLUX™ High Bay installation by Ceravision at the warehouse of contact lens manufacturers CooperVision.

For more information on the lighting system installed at CooperVision, please click here.

To read the full article from the independent lighting gurus at LUX, please click here.

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MKEX Technology Exhibition Report

The MKEX Technology Exhibition was held in Milton Keynes at stadiumMK on Wednesday 22nd June 2016.

It was a national exhibition, which showcased technology from Education to Industry and attracted exhibitors and visitors from all around the country.  MKEX was honoured to have the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes opening the exhibition.

Ceravision’s table top exhibit showcased the ionLUX™ High Bay Gen 2 luminaire along with a sample of our ionCORE™ Light Engine and lamp configuration.

This gave our visitors to the stand the opportunity to see how High Efficiency Plasma is created and to demonstrate how we are able to produce 26000 lumens from such a small light source.

We also had a video playing which describes the physics of ionCORE™, helping to simply explain our ionCORE™ Plasma technology.  If you would like to view the video to learn more about Plasma lighting please click here: http://www.ceravision.com/technology/how-it-works

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MKEX Technology Exhibition

The business event of the year in Milton Keynes is tantalisingly close and we’re exhibiting!


MKEX Technology Exhibition at Stadium:MK is on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 9am to 4pm.

Feel free to come along for an hour or two, we will be manning our stand B15 and will be delighted to see you there!


Book tickets now to avoid the queues here: http://www.mkex.co.uk/visitor-booking-page/


  • Busiest B2B event in the MK calendar
  • FREE mega networking event at midday, book your spot here
  • Meet new contacts on 60 exhibition stands
  • Network with an anticipated 1000+ Technology buyers and consumers
  • Key Speakers & Workshops
  • Access to Finance & Grants
  • IP & Business Advice
  • The Biztech BrightSparc Awards
  • Piranha Pit


Other key benefits:


  • There is plenty of parking, so no hassle there!
  • Close to a range of restaurants and shops
  • Stadium:mk is here: Stadium Way, Grafton Street, Milton Keynes. The postcode for your SatNav is MK1 1ST
  • More information here: http://www.mkex.co.uk/visitor-information/


See you there!

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LS15 Kyoto, Japan

LS15, the International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting was held in Kyoto Japan from the 22nd to the 27th of May. Ceravision generated lots of interest in their novel plasma lighting technology.

Three papers were presented demonstrating the companies developments in the study of Plasma technology, light quality and light source interaction with interior surfaces and also the potential for lighting to be part of a cities management.

The Symposium had 208 delegates from around the globe with 150 technical papers being presented over the 6 days.

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LUX Review Article - ionLUX™ High Bay Warehouse Lighting Solution

LUX Review have published an article regarding an ionLUX™ High Bay warehouse lighting solution which was installed at contact lens manufacturer CooperVision. The article titled 'Radical plasma lighting installed at warehouse' can be seen online here.

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Ceravision to Attend 2016 IOP Plasma Conference & LS15

Ceravision are delighted to announce that we will be represented at 2 major technology conferences in May.


Mónica Santos - Ceravision Lamp Development Engineer, will be presenting a poster at the 43rd Institute of Physics Plasma Conference on the Isle of Skye in the UK.

The poster titled 'Power Balance in Microwave Powered HID Lamps' was written by Mónica and her co-workers Barry Preston and Dr. Graeme Lister.



John Stocks - Ceravision Production Manager, will be presenting 2 posters at LS15 in Kyoto, Japan.

1. Power Balance in Electrodeless HID (“Plasma”) Lamps, written by Mónica Santos, Michael Whiting, Barry Preston, Dr. Graeme Lister and John Stocks.

2. Predicting the colour appearance of Munsell colour chips under various illuminants from their reflectance spectra, written by Barry Preston, John Stocks and Dr. Stuart Mucklejohn.

He will also be presenting one poster in collaboration with Forum for the Future and Open Energi.

The poster titled 'Exploring opportunities for lighting in electricity Demand Side Response and Storage' was written by Kelly Cooper of Forum for the Future, Dr. Stuart Mucklejohn, John Stocks, Julie Gore, along with Lucy Symons & David Hill of Open Energi.

For further information on either of these events, please click below.



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Successful Exhibition Held at LightFair 2016

From April 26th to 28th 2016, Ceravision proudly exhibited at the LightFair International 2016 in San Diego.

With an expected 28,000 attendees and over 650 lighting and control companies exhibiting, the show was set to be the largest lighting exhibition in America.

It didn’t disappoint, the show was a huge success for Ceravision, with ionCORE™ technology having an overwhelmingly positive reception.

There was a lot of interest from attendees with a wide variety of backgrounds, from specifiers to manufacturers, OEMs to independent lighting designers, all interested in our ground breaking technology, specifically how we manage to achieve 26,000 lumens from such a small capsule.

The stand design focused on the benefits of ionCORE™ technology, highlighting its use within the commercial market for high bay applications, high mounted applications such as sport stadia and high mast and the horticulture and UV treatment markets.

We would like to thank all our visitors who took the time to visit our stand and look forward to updating you on the benefits of our ionCORE™ technology. 


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CEO & CTO Announcement

Ceravision are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Graeme Lister as Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer.

Graeme commented;

I am delighted to join the staff of Ceravision as CEO & CTO after more than four years interaction with the company as a consultant. Ceravision have developed an exciting new lighting technology, which we are introducing into the market to compete with and improve on existing technologies. The full potential of the technology has yet to be exploited, and I believe we are only at the beginning of a road to develop lighting products for such varying applications as general lighting, horticulture and water and air purification. It is an honour for me to be given the chance to help guide the development of these products to fruition, together with Ceravision’s team of skilled and innovative lighting professionals.

I joined Thorn Lighting in 1987, where my specialist knowledge of plasma physics played an important role in the development of Genura, the first “electrodeless” incandescent lamp replacement. Later, at Osram Sylvania, I was actively involved in the research and development of both fluorescent and metal halide electrodeless lamps. Although electrodeless fluorescent lamps now have an established place in the market, the introduction of electrodeless metal halide technology was limited by the cost and complexity of the electronics. Ceravision’s innovative technology has provided  cost effective and energy efficient lighting solutions which will finally enable electrodeless metal halide lamps to find a place in the market.

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Light Fair International 2016

Light and Technology in a New Language.


San Diego Convention Center April 26 – 28 2016


The new language of light and technology is here: LIGHTFAIR International 2016, where light, technology and design converge to reveal new solutions, new knowledge and new discoveries. 

Ceravision will proudly be exhibiting at Booth 6931 at the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.

For show updates, follow us on Twitter twitter.com/Ceravision

LIGHTFAIR International 2016 will be held at the San Diego Conference Center and will take place on April 24th to 25th for the pre-conference and April 26th to 28th for the trade show and conference.

LIGHTFAIR International 2016 is expected to attract over 28,000 design, lighting, architectural, design, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from around the world. 


Highlights include:

  • The global stage for innovation on the LFI trade show floor
  • 6 pavilions showcase product-specific manufacturers
  • Conference offers 200+ hours of world-class accredited education
  • Accredited courses range from 30 minutes to 2-day immersion sessions at every level, from Foundational to Advanced as well as General
  • Courses on retrofitting buildings, managing LED costs, sources updates and more
  • The LFI Innovation Awards® honors the industry’s newest product designs
  • Networking & special events bring together lighting industry professionals


To register your interest in receiving complimentary tickets from Ceravision for the show, please email info@ceravision.com

For more information on the show, please visit http://www.lightfair.com/lightfair/V40/

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EEF National Manufacturing Conference 2016


On Wednesday 24th February 2016 senior business and political leaders gathered at Britain's premier manufacturing event for thought-provoking keynote addresses and lively discussions.

Ceravision were proud to be exhibiting amongst the most prestigious UK manufacturers and attracted a lot of interest from the delegates at the show, proudly showcasing our High Efficiency Plasma lighting technology.

With the referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU approaching, key themes up for debate included the UK’s future in the EU, unlocking the global trade challenge, cracking Britain’s productivity puzzle and the Apprenticeship Levy.


Speakers included:

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MO, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills   











Baroness (Karen) Brady CBE, Vice Chair of West Ham FC and Apprentice Aide


Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party



To read more please click here.
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The Biggest Names. The Hottest Topics. The Manufacturing Event Of The Year.

Come and visit our stand at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference 2016, 24th February 2016, QEII Centre, London SWIP 3EE.

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that the next National Manufacturing Conference will be taking place in London on Wednesday 24 February 2016. The flagship annual event – sponsored by the UK’s largest asset finance providers Lombard – will bring leading politicians, senior industrialists and manufacturing companies from across the UK together to discuss the critical challenges ahead for industry.

With a forthcoming referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU, key themes up for debate include the UK’s future in the EU, unlocking the global trade challenge and cracking Britain’s productivity puzzle.

A number of high-profile speakers have been lined up, including Baroness Karren Brady CBE, Vice Chair of West Ham Football Club and a familiar face from The Apprentice, and Martin Wolf CBE, chief economics commentator at The Financial Times. The conference will be chaired by broadcaster Steph McGovern, a former engineer herself.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “Manufacturers are currently facing significant challenges, including uncertainty over the future of the Eurozone, the slowdown in China, ongoing concerns about Greece, and the continuing slump in the oil and gas sector.

“Against this backdrop, confidence is faltering and UK manufacturers are feeling less optimistic about growth prospects next year. Our conference comes at a critical time for industry - by facilitating debate about how industry and Government can continue to work closely together, we can help offset these risks and further encourage investment, innovation and increased productivity in this important industry.”

Ian Isaac, Head of Lombard Sales, says: “We are delighted to be headline sponsor of EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference once again. Manufacturing is key to the UK’s productivity and growth. It is manufacturers’ inventiveness and ambition that boosts jobs and growth and also the UK’s international competitiveness. However, there are challenges ahead and we look forward to welcoming manufacturers and thought leaders from across the UK to start identifying what these are and the potential solutions.”

The conference will be followed by EEF’s annual Manufacturers’ Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, where the after dinner speaker will be the journalist and broadcaster, Andrew Neil.

For more information or to register your place at the conference, visit http://www.manufacturingconference.co.uk.

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Ceravision Limited leads evening event to mark UNESCO International Year of Light

A rare opportunity to hear about the ‘Science of Light’ is taking place at a special event at the Open University on Tuesday 31st March.

The evening will be of interest to anyone seeking a career in engineering, physics, electronics and lighting, or simply fascinated by cutting-edge science.

The free-to-attend event is being sponsored by Ceravision Limited, one of the UK’s most innovative companies, Ceravision is the creator of a ground-breaking high output lamp technology called ‘High Efficiency Plasma’, which is able to produce applicational solutions in areas such as stadium lighting, high-bay lighting and floodlighting.

The event is being held to mark the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light, a year-long celebration of the impact and achievements of lighting ‘to energy, education, agriculture and health’.  In fact, few technologies have contributed as much to mankind’s progress since the late 19th Century as electric lighting.

The evening will begin with a recorded introduction by the renowned environmentalist campaigner Jonathan Porritt CBE, who is also an advisor to Ceravision.  Today, as Mr Porritt will point out, a significant number of people in the developing world still have no access to lighting.

Following Mr Porritt’s introduction, Ceravision Engineering Manager John Stocks will describe the ‘Non-Visual Impacts of Light’.  Whilst light allows us to see, it also has many other, little-known effects on our bodies and biological systems. 

“From circadian rhythms to Seasonal Affective Disorder, light has a far greater impact on our everyday lives than we ever imagined,” explains Mr Stocks.  It’s exciting to take part in the Year of Light and explore this rapidly developing field.”

Two further talks by Open University Researchers will follow: 

Lucia Marchetti, on ‘Cosmic Light: the story of everything’, and

Calum MacCormick, ‘How to slow atoms with light: how to slow light with atoms’.

Event Details:

Venue: Berrill Lecture Theatre, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Doors open: 18:00, presentations start at 19:30. 

Free to attend: No booking is required.

For more information, please see:


UNESCO International Year of Light in 2015: 



About Ceravision Limited

Formed in 1998 the Company’s Headquarters and state of the art manufacturing facility is based in Milton Keynes.  Ceravision is in the process of commercialising its ‘High Efficiency Plasma’ Technology, which is a flexible platform providing solutions across a wide range of lighting applications.  Protected by a substantial IP portfolio the Technology is capable of delivering lighting systems from 300W – 5KW.

In 2014, Ceravision was one of a handful of UK manufacturing companies awarded a significant grant – totalling £6.2 million – under the UK Government’s ‘Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Initiative’.

Ceravision Director-Tim Reynolds, remarked “It signifies a huge endorsement of our Technology.  It is a realisation within both Government and the Lighting Community that our Technology represents a real breakthrough which is now ready for International Commercialisation”.

Further Information

Future Applications

Energy efficiency is a global driver within many markets and Ceravision’s core technology has the ability to address these markets. Due to the flexible nature of the technology we are able to facilitate a variety of power levels (400 W to 5 kW) and spectra ranging from visible to UV light.


Ceravision’s High Efficiency Plasma (HEP) light is particularly suited to medium and high power applications. The light is emitted from a very small source, which enables Ceravision to accurately focus and distribute the light. This in turn facilitates significantly greater optical performance.

Intellectual Property

Ceravision maintains an extensive Intellectual Property (“IP”) portfolio comprising Patents, Trade Marks and Design Rights.

Featured News

The testing of Ceravision’s High Efficiency Plasma (HEP) lamps in Rothamsted has been underway now for four months. The testing compares Ceravision’s HEP lamps with legacy metal halide lamps and new LED systems and their impact upon the growth of wheat.


Ceravision are delighted to announce the much anticipated debut of ionGROW, the world's first High Efficiency Plasma grow light, at the upcoming infoAgro exhibition taking place from the 10th - 12th May in Almeria, Spain.


Ceravision's Horticultural Growth Light Solution ionGROW™ is set to begin trials at Rothamsted Research.