When spaces are used by many different users – all with their own distinct requirements – it can be a challenge to source lighting that meets everybody’s needs. In Thetford, Norfolk, the Town Council asked Earlsmann to help design and install new lighting for its Carnegie Room, a town centre venue for public and private functions that provides a vital hub for the local community.
Older lighting creates ever-increasing running costs
The Council was having serious problems with lighting reliability and running costs at the Carnegie Room. This facility is used for general functions including wedding receptions, dance classes, and fashion shows. The original lighting comprised 24 300-watt tungsten lamps, which were failing regularly – leading to complaints from hirers.
The lamp fittings had become obsolete due to new European legislation, and were increasingly difficult to source (could only be supplied from manufacturers in the Far East). Recently, five of the lamps had been replaced and two of them stopped working immediately. Added to this, the fittings were located five metres above floor level, meaning access scaffolding had to be erected at least once a month to replace lamps.
Designing lighting solutions to suit multiple users
A member of Thetford Town Council contacted Earlsmann after seeing its lighting installed at the Dereham Memorial Hall. Earlsmann worked with the Council to develop the new lighting at the Carnegie Room, and supplied 12 Brighton low bay LED replacement units for the space; eight 90 watt with 120 degree beam, and four 60 watt with 20 degree beam. This combination of lighting ensures different areas can be lit according to usage. All units include Active Thermal feedback control to prevent overheating. They are extremely reliable and long-lasting, requiring minimal maintenance.
Earlsmann installed the 12 units in three rows of four lights, providing a central row above the catwalk to ensure adequate illumination of this area. The average light level is now 300 lux, with up to 700 lux directly above the catwalk. The LED units use just 1kW – compared to a consumption of 7kW with the old lighting. Earlsmann provided the complete solution for the function room; from modelling lighting requirements and providing the units to working with the contractor, Polaris Power and Data Ltd, to complete the installation.
Creating a better space for all users
The Blood Donor Service is a frequent user of the space, and had been requesting improved lighting for years – even bringing its own additional desk lamps to boost the light level. David Brooks, the Guildhall complex coordinator for the Council, said “the Blood Donor Service immediately noticed [the difference] and commented on the improvement in light level to the function room”.
Five-year warranty for total peace of mind
Earlsmann manufactures its LED lighting units at its factory in the UK, ensuring a high-quality, reliable product underpinned by a full five-year warranty. The company provides a comprehensive range of lighting solutions to suit every interior and exterior application.
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