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WRTL, has been chosen for the LED upgrade. The luminaire incorporates CREE LEDs, and it will help in reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption. The streetlights feature a dimming function, which will help reduce Birmingham’s electricity consumption of streetlights by a maximum of 40 per cent. There are many exterior spaces that make use of HID lighting, ensuring good visibility in car parks, entrance and exit routes and pedestrian walkways between car parks and buildings. ‘Until now these have tended to lack controllability and can potentially waste energy,’ says David Barnwell, marketing manager at Holophane Europe. ‘As a result, facilities that have introduced measures to increase the efficiency of lighting, particularly schools, may have restricted those measures to fluorescent lighting and not addressed the HID lighting.’

The potential for wasting energy has

Lighting makes the world go round. Without amenity lighting, the world would be severely limited once the sun goes down. But too much artificial light at night can be a glare-fest, not to mention costly.

LED technology is now creeping into this sector of the market. Whilst some are still sceptical, Woodhouse feels it has proved this technology worthy of use. The recently completed town centre regeneration project in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, has benefited from the installation of Woodhouse’s Aubrilam lighting and street furniture, and LEC Lyon architectural LED lighting that enhances the appearance of the revitalised town centre area. To establish a Civic Space, linking the town centre to the main parking area, a partnership of lighting solutions was employed. Seven Aubrilam Sumu XL LED lightstacks were installed to effectively illuminate the area whilst adding a distinctive visual element. Standing five-metres high, the cylindrical timber lightstacks feature a blue LED LEC Lyon insert, designed by The Paul Hogarth Company.

Sue Lohan, Landscape Architect from The Paul Hogarth Company, comments:

‘The lighting columns needed to be eye catching both by day and night, which is why we opted for the bespoke LED element. We designed the recessed LEC Lyon Brunei Bar into the timber column to produce clean lines that would not interfere with the Cookstown District Council promotional banners, which are attached to four of the poles.’ Due to the location of the Civic Space, flanked by the Burnavon Theatre and the Local Cinema, the high levels of pedestrian movement through this area of Cookstown required the installation of robust materials that would be able to withstand such pressures. The timber and steel elements of the Aubrilam Orlam family of street furniture were presented as a robust solution, as the materials are understood to be easily maintained under heavy use or vandalism.

The city of Birmingham has begun to install more than 41,000 LED streetlights. The role out will see lighting in all residential regions upgraded to LED. Initially, traffic routes will be upgraded to SON, and then will be upgraded to LED fixtures subsequently. All of the tunnel lighting will also be changed to LED. The Stela luminaire, developed by Indal


increased in schools as they have become more closely integrated with their local communities. With school facilities being made available in the evenings for local people, both exterior and interior lighting are left on for longer periods, thus exacerbating the problem. Fortunately, new control technologies combined with HID electronic dimming ballasts have opened the door to optimising the use of HID lighting in a wide range of situations. Clearly, the ability to dim HID lighting can also be applied to exterior lighting so that, again, the lighting is controlled in relation to demand.

At a new high school in North Tyneside, during winter when pupils are leaving the

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