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To the lighthouse...

Lights for many are mere run-of-the-mill shades of different shapes bought keeping in mind only one's wall colour. But the ongoing Lights India International Expo at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi is quite an education on the development of technology. Also, have a look at the Society Interiors Expo happening next door, suggests SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY... .

ASK ANY professional what role does lighting play in interior designing and you will be enlightened about many a thing which you usually do not think of while doing up your house or business premises. Besides brightening up the interiors, there are lights, which will make your tiny room look big, help you save cost, match your upholstery, change according to your mood, highlight the interiors or become showpieces themselves. Much to the excitement of the visitors, the ongoing three-day Light India International 2002 in Delhi's Pragati Maidan showcases all these and lot more.

Stretching in four halls, the exhibition displays an interesting array of wares. Gurgaon-based Osram flaunts a frosted outer bulb with 12 years longevity! The company spokesman says the bulb called Dulux Classic, provides a particularly soft light, which is suitable for both domestic and commercial purposes.

"They are also apt for use in enclosed and ventilated outdoor luminaries, even in low ambient temperatures", he adds.

If that is not exciting enough, then this surely is. Bangalore-stationed Toyama Electric Limited has developed a remote control technology to program lights at your home or business premises according to specific needs. Pay Rs. 3,700 and one can own a system which will enable you to control lighting of four switchboards in your house according to the situation, like, a dim light for a romantic feel, a bright illumination during dinner time, etc. "If you programme it accordingly, the lights will automatically become brighter during your dinner time, or go dim at your time of sleep," says Toyama's Managing Director S. M. M. Azeez. Their other system for big halls, convention halls and hotels etc can also be programmed similarly, but with the help of a PC. "Such a system with eight circuits would cost approximately Rs. 7500", he informs.

Electromag Devices Private Limited, a Mumbai-based company promises heavy cost cutting in your electricity bill by introducing light settings with reflectors. Pointing out at one of their products, the company's Senior Manager Narendra Kumar says, "Instead of using two tube lights, the company has fitted aluminium sheets in the light cases in such a manner that it would reflect not only the light of one bulb but double up the effect. This will save money yet give you the same service."

Apart from light shades in various eye-catching shapes, sizes, colours and makes, big player Jaguar is putting on show an exquisite range of Swarovski crystal light shades. Expensive they are without doubt but all are dazzling pieces of beauty ready to adorn your surroundings. However, the most interesting product of the company is its ceiling lighting. Patterned in the shape of little flowers, small crystals fitted with tiny lights are fixed on ceilings and illuminated with the help of a projector. The concept is a little hard to understand for a layman but the effect is just superb.

A company official says the product would cost Rs. 24,000 approximately.

However, a definite crowd-puller is the Phillips stall. No, not for products, but for games. Following the pattern of "Kaun Banega Crorepati", a person from amongst the crowd is asked to come on to the stage and asked 10 questions. If the person succeeds, he wins a bumper prize.

The Bajaj Electricals Limited stall too has an impressive display, highlighting their indoor, outdoor and hazardous area lighting.

Seeing the exhibition array, one wonders as to what one can do these days with a bit of imagination.

Though crowd in the light exhibition can be called considerable, the ongoing three-day-long - drawing to a close this Monday -- "Society Interiors Expo" in the opposite hall is definitely an attraction. With furniture in myriad designs and textures, carpets, artificial flowers, show pieces, beanbags, crockery, kitchen fittings and appliances, upholstery, onyx wares etc, it is no doubt a housewife's delight.

Among others, Delhi-based Furncraft has interesting cabinets, desks, sofas, chairs, consoles, stained glass etc. Durian furniture is giving away a 12-piece apartment furniture package for Rs. 99,990. Monalisa, a manufacturer of modular kitchens, is selling their kitchen accessories from Rs. 450. Mumbai-based Roomtec Enterprises is offering beanbags with 15 per cent discounts.

To buy or not to buy is purely a question of individual desire and requirements, but journeying though the stalls at both the expos is quite an education. One realises the range of availability of things these days.

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