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Tomorrow’s FM goes behind the scenes at the UK’s newest and most sustainable arena to see the bespoke lighting solution which is helping the world’s biggest stars shine.

Leeds is a stylish and vibrant city boasting a lively entertainment scene. At the heart of the city is a new venue, the first direct Arena, which since officially opening its doors last October has already played host to some of the biggest international stars, from Sir Elton John to the Stereophonics. Visitors to the venue have high expectations, and they are not disappointed. As with every aspect of the building, the lighting has to be of the highest standard. High Technology Lighting, suppliers of energy- efficient lighting solutions, delivered the very best in lighting design to create a dynamic atmosphere.

With extensive expertise in supplying lighting applications for prestigious applications, the team at High Technology Lighting was able to deliver a bespoke lighting solution. Using over 300 fixed and adjustable downlights and track spotlights from the company’s Quartet range, which incorporates its Xicato LED technology, the lights were matched to the exact colour palette of the arena’s executive boxes, lounge and bar areas.

These modern lights combine style with considerable cost benefits. The fixtures have an efficacy of 70lm/W and an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, meaning they are energy efficient with minimal maintenance required and nominal bulb replacement costs. The low operating temperature of the lights also reduces air conditioning requirements.

Energy consumption can be reduced further and an ambience created by


utilising the DALI drivers installed in the fittings to control and dim the light levels. With the reduction in energy consumption, there is also a reduction in the building’s carbon footprint, helping to boost its green credentials.

In addition to the significant reductions in energy consumption, amounting to savings of approximately 80% when compared to a conventional lighting solution, all High Technology Lighting products are designed and manufactured to achieve the highest levels of sustainability. All parts and products are sourced responsibly and are designed for their optimum recyclability. The whole supply chain is taken into account and the company places great value on locally made lighting modules as part of its commitment to the Circular Economy. This ethical stance has enabled it to contribute toward the first direct Arena’s Very Good BREEAM rating, which makes it the most sustainable arena in the UK.

These significant savings don’t represent a compromise in quality. The Xicato LEDs used in Quartet light fittings give a great performance across the widest spectrum of tests and measures, including reliability, colour rendering, control, light output and overall performance. In fact, Xicato quote an impressive figure of only 20% fall-off in light output over 50,000 hours and no fall-off in colour consistency. This makes the combination of Xicato LEDs in the stylish Quartet fittings ideal for a range of settings that require high quality light for years to come. High Technology Lighting

has installed fittings in numerous applications from art galleries and museums to car showrooms, public sector buildings, and commercial and industrial facilities.

Every aspect of the new first direct Arena venue has been built to the highest standard to ensure the discerning visitor, whether attending a music concert or a corporate function, is impressed and delighted with their experience. The bespoke lighting solution designed, manufactured and installed by Leeds-based High Technology Lighting, is one essential element in providing that memorable ambience to ensure visitors come back again and again.

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