Trust New Art

In a new and exciting project, the National Trust has teamed up with the Arts Council England to create Trust New Art. A project designed to connect more people to them through contemporary art and craft. They both believe that placing innovative and quality contemporary art within historic settings can inspire artists and audiences and encourage new ways of looking at the work and the world.

The Proposal & Solution

Connected Light were asked to bring the same balance of a modern and efficient lighting solution to an historic context. This was for the first of a new style of Trust Art shops at the Glove Factory Studios in Holt.

Being no stranger to achieving this balance of contemporary lighting in historic settings, especially within National Trust, Connected Light combined the sleek and elegant look of Illuma Lighting’s Lumapar, a track mounted spotlight fitting, with the powerful and hugely efficient Philips Master LED PAR30 lamp.

The Energy Saving

Before the availability of these exciting new products we would have had to use halogen technology to create the same visual effects. By using LED instead of halogen in the right fittings we were able to make an equivalent reduction in wattage of over 65 watts per lamp.

With 36 lamps and fittings installed this equates to an annual energy saving over £4200 and a payback period on the cost to purchase all the lighting equipment, not just the lamps, of less than 10 months.

With each lamp forecast a lifetime of 45,000 hours it is no surprise that LED is starting to be used in numerous installations throughout the National Trust including Dunster Castle, Fox Talbot and Quarry Bank Mill.