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Energy savings are a brighter idea

Nov 2017 Lighting | Comments Off on Energy savings are a brighter idea
Energy savings are a brighter idea

The desire to improve overall standards of illumination and reduce energy consumption has long underpinned the growing number of lighting system upgrades taking place at UK schools, colleges and universities. Increasingly, given the advent of highly sophisticated and user-friendly control systems, enhanced adjustment of lighting conditions and output can also be added

All of these elements came into play when Frampton Cotterell Church of England Primary School in South Gloucestershire decided to undertake a site-wide lighting upgrade earlier this year.

The project covered multiple areas, from classrooms to general meeting spaces, and reflected the overwhelming feeling that “the lighting in the premises was in a very poor condition,” recalls school business manager Mandy Turner. “It had become increasingly difficult to procure replacement parts, and we were also aware of the energy savings we could make by converting to LED technology.”

Having established that South Gloucestershire Council would be able to part-fund the upgrade, Ms Turner and her team initiated a tender process. The contract went to Connected Light – with whom it had a personal connection thanks to Connected Light director Matt Holway being an alumnus of the school, and now having his own child as a pupil there.

The emphasis throughout the project was on ensuring minimum disruption to the normal running of the school, so all work was carried out in just seven days over the summer 2017 holidays. Drawing on LED lighting from across the current Connected Light portfolio, the new fixtures and fittings replaced ageing fluorescent lighting, which had been the subject of failures and was also yielding a very poor standard of illumination.

To ensure easy access to staff and support personnel to the control of the systems, simple controllers were integrated into a number of key areas, including the toilets, storerooms and cupboard areas. Personnel were given an overview of the new lighting and its capabilities, as and when requested.

A few months on from the completion of the project and the school is continuing to report an across-the-board improvement in lighting conditions. Matt Holway says: “The general standard of the lighting had been below-par for some time, so I think everyone has noticed how much brighter and more appealing the conditions now are thanks to the new installation.

“The simple controllers mean that staff can easily take charge of what lighting is required and when, and in the longer-term it is evident that the replacement of those inefficient fluorescents is going to deliver some very welcome reductions to the school’s energy bills.”