Claudia van der Werf, director, Desert River tells Hotel & Catering News ME about their new website for table lighting.
How long has Desert River been in the lighting business?
We have been selling lighting products to the GCC hospitality sector for over 10 years now. This ranges from large statement lamps for outdoor use by Italian brand Slide to a huge selection of rechargeable table lamps. Battery operated lamps have almost taken over from traditional candle products, as they are safer, cost effective, and practical for F&B & spa professionals. We have sold our products to most of the 4-star and 5-star hotels in the region.
Tell us about your new website for table lights.
The industry is evolving and restaurants and cafés are moving away from the traditional candles on tables. F&B operators are looking for unique designs, quality lamps, and the newest innovations that match the style of their venue. The UAE dining scene is very dynamic and constantly changing, and we noticed an increase in last minute demands for table lighting. With our new concept tableLights.me we keep a large stock here in Dubai and deliver the next day. We offer plenty of choice for every budget, a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee. We also offer our customers the option to sign up for a trade account, request an online quote, and pay online.
What can customers find on the new website?
We offer the best selection of cordless table lamps in the Middle East, ranging from our economy range Yallah! lights, to high-end customised elegant lamps made out of metal by Imagilights. Other brands include our own brand Filini and European imported brands like Fermob, Qult, Sirius, and Fatboy.
What is trending in the hospitality table lighting industry?
High end designs in gold, copper, and dark lava brushed metals for fine dining and high-end bars, which is covered by the Moments by Imagilights range, is very much in demand. Lamps with facetted glass that look almost like jewels and have structure and glitter effects, like our Filini Classic range, are favoured by the more glamorous venues.
What is your latest product launch under table lighting.
We are very proud to introduce the addition of Qult candle holders from Germany to our portfolio. A Qult candle holder looks like a real candle and feels like one, too. But this one will last forever. Qult candles don’t melt in the sun, turn yellow or burn down too quickly. Every candle is hand made in Germany from a premium wax-like material that stays in the same shape and size as it is manufactured. The interchangeable maxi tealights sit neatly inside the candle and create a zen glow from inside out, radiating warmth while giving a realistic ambiance of a flickering flame.