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Right: Havells Sylvania’s Oliver Wiess introduces the company’s brand new range of outdoor LED luminaires. Below: MHA Lighting provides a safe solution for illuminating the Grand Arcade Annex car park for Cambridge City Council.

The use of LEDs in the exterior market has allowed for a wide range of street lighting products to join the market. David Neale, Marketing Manager of UK Fixtures at Havells Sylvania believes that this is leading to an increase in the quality of exterior LED products; “Aspirations of what an exterior scheme can achieve are growing, and thanks to this new generation of technology, new materials and innovative designs are increasing the aesthetic appeal of products.” Havells Sylvania has a lot of experience in the exterior lighting market thanks to the work of Concord as a distributor of SIMES architectural outdoor lighting products. This high- end brand has an extensive range of high-quality outdoor lighting fixtures for specification, and Havells Sylvania’s new Sylvania Outdoor Range has therefore been able to embrace these qualities whilst being primarily targeted at the electrical contractor. “Each product is manufactured to a high standard and offers an easy-to- install design combined with the ‘fit and forget’ reliability that is essential for exterior lighting products,” explains


Neale. The move to LED in street lighting applications has the potential to save councils much-needed funds, and if they will make residents feel safer, as Verhaar suggests, then this can only be a positive step.

Cambridge City Council have made a commitment to make Cambridge a more sustainable city, and council officers asked lighting specialists MHA Lighting to provide a solution for illuminating the Grand Arcade Annex car park that would reduce energy bills without affecting the existing light quality. Manchester-based MHA Lighting

replaced the 220 existing light fittings with 220 of their award-winning LB 36 fittings, which use just 45 watts including ballast. This is expected to achieve energy savings of up to 75% and cut carbon emissions by the equivalent amount. The new LB light fittings run maintenance free for the duration of their 60,000-hour lifetime, which equates to seven years if they are switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This will provide Cambridge City Council with additional saving, as no maintenance costs will be incurred.

Parking Services Operations Manager

Sean Cleary said: “The Grand Arcade town centre car park is one of the city’s busiest car parks, so high levels of light and light uniformity are crucial to ensure customers feel safe and secure, particularly as the car park is underground.” The team worked closely with MHA Lighting’s installers to ensure that all necessary work was completed during quieter periods to ensure minimum disruption whilst still completing the project on schedule. The development has created a safer and more comfortable space for visitors, as Cleary explains; “The quality of light provided not only improves safety and security throughout, but also reduces the volume of shadows in the car park. The new lighting is more like being in natural daylight, which is much more pleasant for our car park users.” MHA Lighting Managing Director Tom Harrison said: “We are delighted to have been able to help Cambridge City Council fulfill a small part of their environmental objectives and have really enjoyed working alongside such a proactive and enthusiastic car parking team on this particular project.” It’s no surprise that the appeal of LEDs

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