2021 in Lighting Projects: Yearly Roundup with Mark Kemp

Wednesday, December 22, 2021



The past year has seen its fair share of ups and downs. But throughout this, our team and the lighting industry more widely has continued to keep projects moving.


As the year comes to an end, we wanted to reflect on some of the positives from the past year and look ahead to what 2022 might have in store. Here is Mark Kemp, Managing Director at Kemps sharing his experiences during the ever-changing landscape of 2021 and looking ahead to next year.

 Mark Kemp

How has 2021 been for Kemps?


The past year has been a long, tough one with many challenges. The continuing pandemic has been exacerbated by supply chain issues, but we have come through it in pretty good shape all things considered. We have a lot to be thankful for and we remain very positive for the year ahead.


What has been your project highlight this year?


The World Duty Free in Doha Airport was an exciting project for us. We supplied over 200mtrs of our new Mersus 2 product to the curved floor details throughout this new world class shopping zone.


Please tell us about some other notable moments from 2021


We have been kept busy with plenty of exciting projects in the Middle East this year. The Ritz Carlton Hotel Amman has come along well. We are still in the final stages of this mega project where we have supplied over 20km of linear lighting for the interior and exterior.





We recently delivered 68 Alphaeus 3 2700K fittings using Tridonic DALI drivers to Lusail Hotel, Qatar. For another order, we supplied 280 Alphaeus 3 3000K fittings to a canopy feature in the Madinat Al Irfan Experience Centre, within the new city in Oman.


Over in the UK, for Abbotts Lane, we designed and supplied a number of exterior suspended illuminated rings, the largest being 6m in diameter. We supplied our third ship for the Virgin Cruise Ships fleet – a repeat order for over 300mtr of Proteus R in 2700K with anti-glare shield.

Back in June, we were excited to share the finished results of a project we had been working on the previous year, ICEPS at the University of Leeds


Please tell us about any projects upcoming next year that you’re excited about


Nova East London is a major project for us in 2022. We have various products in manufacture for this huge commercial development. We have a major roll out in 2022 for a series of car dealerships using our new Mersus 2 RGBW product which we are really excited about. Wood Wharfe is another large mixed use development in London where a number of our products are going to be ordered.


What product developments have taken place this year?


We have developed the new in-ground Mersus 2 which can be curved, and this product is creating great interest among lighting designers. Our Figaro 60 range for commercial environments continues to evolve and is proving a great hit with our clients as an efficient and competitive product.


Fortis 3 is our new linear IP66 product, available in varying beam angles. Spanning only 25mm x 25mm in physical size, but available in 16 lengths up to 2552mm, it is compact and versatile. Fortis 3 is available in various colour temperatures and finishes.



Kemps introduced a luminaire reuse scheme this year. Can you tell us about your reasons for setting this up?


The service is still in its infancy, but we launched it intending to refurbish older light fittings wherever it’s commercially viable. Our plan is to use LED technology to upgrade old fittings, saving on power consumption and improving light output. Improved light output impacts our wellbeing within interiors, improving our performance and increasing the safety of a space.


What else is Kemps considering in terms of managing environmental impact?


We are attempting to design waste out of the manufacturing process. Our products are designed with as many standard parts as possible, so that certain parts can be used across many products. This requires less tooling and reduces the demand on natural resources.


Clients and contractors need to know that installation can be quick and efficient to reduce costs and time spent on site. We are designing products to be easily repairable on-site, with standard spare parts to save on travelling times, to jointly reduce our carbon footprints.


What have been the main challenges this past year?


The uncertainty from one month to the next was difficult. We found projects were often delayed due to supply chain issues that filtered down to us. Projects we expected to be ordered were up to six months late, which made managing our pipeline tricky and unpredictable.



What are your hopes and ambitions for Kemps in the next year?


I’m hoping to see a return to a good level of business and new projects to support our ambitions for growth. We have built a fantastic team here at Kemps and we are looking to add another experienced salesperson for the south very soon – watch this space!


Next year will see us continue to supply and develop our product range, with many exciting new fixtures in development. Reuse is going to be important for the new products we launch as we move towards using more circular principles in our lighting manufacturing.


We wish you the best for the year ahead. If you would like to talk to us about our reuse scheme or upcoming projects for the new year, please get in touch with our team.

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