Lighting Services long standing relationship with the University of the West of England (UWE) continues to flourish across the university estate. In February 2016 they won the Go Green Business award for ‘Most Improved Energy & Efficiency’ which included the new lighting in the Centre for Sport.
The existing sports hall lighting was inefficient and lacked control. The 300 lux fixed output was not sufficient for official competitions in badminton, volleyball and basketball etc. It also fell far short of the standards required for International Hockey for the England’s Women’s Team who use the sports hall for winter training.
The squash court lighting also required higher light levels for the use of elite athletes, including world champion Mohammed El Shorbagy who also trains at the centre.
“Lighting Services have continued to deliver us with high quality solutions” said Stephen Carter, project engineer at UWE. “They have been instrumental in helping the University to improve efficiency and lighting aesthetics across the estate.”
A Digital Lumens LED solution was proposed that could provide a substantial 70% increase in light levels. The facility also required flexible zonal control, occupancy detection and of course a reduction in energy and maintenance costs against the old outdated system, despite the higher output.
Installation on the new lighting was completed by Concab Electrical early in 2016. With the University’s ability to now use light as and when it is required, their early performance suggests an annual energy saving of £24,000. This is a saving against the old system well in excess of 80%.
“We are thrilled with the results that the new lighting delivers.” Steve Carter continued. “We have the flexibility to light single courts and vary the light levels depending on sport and it’s requirements”.