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Out and About Tamlite Lighting Bloomsbury Theatre London, UK


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‘OH NO YOU DIDN’T…’


London Theatre slashes maintenance burden with LED lighting upgrade.


New LED lighting has been installed at the Bloomsbury Theatre by Bradbrook Electrical Services. “The installation was very quick and easy,” comments Syd Funnell the Technical manager of the Theatre “It took four electricians working for couple of days, and then the new lighting was up and running.” “New auditorium lighting was long


overdue for the theatre,” comments Mr Funnell, “The long-lifespan and low-energy burden of LED lighting really appealed to us. But maintaining the same light quality in the auditorium was just as important. Essentially, we wanted lighting that was as close as possible to incandescent in terms of colour temperature – but without the maintenance issues.” This Theatre in London has now driven down its energy use and made significant savings in terms of maintenance and replacement lamps now they have had the Firestar Mini LED downlights from Tamlite Lighting installed in the auditorium. The lighting scheme dated back to its opening in 1968 and the incandescent lamps often ‘popped’ and the maintenance staff spent on average four man-hours a week up in the roof changing dead lamps and the on- going costs of replacing these lamps began to mount up. The EU ban on incandescent lamps had also made them more expensive and harder to source. Fire-rated and IP65-rated, the Firestar


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Mini LED downlights are highly robust. Each downlight is supplied with 3 × 3W warm-white LED lamps, which have an average lifespan of approximatey 30,000 hours.


“With some of the LEDs, we found that as they were dimmed down to the final 10- 15% of the dimming curve, the light simply cut out altogether,” says Mr Funnell. “This created a jarring effect that we wanted to avoid. However, the Firestar Mini LED downlights from Tamlite were smoothest in terms of dimming. The warm-white LED option from Tamlite also offered light colour temperature comparable with the old incandescent lamps.” “We’re really pleased with the appearance of the Tamlite LED lighting,” says Mr Funnell. “Before, the ceiling lights often looked patchy – inevitably, two or three of the old incandescent lamps would pop on performance night, giving an uneven spread of light. Now, with the LEDs, we never have any problems with dead lamps. The lighting always has an even, consistent appearance.”


“Since the installation, we haven’t even had to think about the house lights,” continues Mr Funnell. “We’ve gone from spending an average of four hours a week maintaining the lights in auditorium, to having no lighting maintenance needs at all. What’s more, the cost savings – the reduction in electricity bills and outlay on replacement lamps – mean that we expect the LED lighting to pay for itself in just 3-4 years.”


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