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integrated into the system to provide variable lighting and light colours depending on the environment required. The system features a single control panel, with 16 scenes that have been easily programmed, including a fibre optic starry sky and soothing lilac tone to promote a calm classroom atmosphere. Designed by Sotsass Associati, the Lightfields luminaires are ideal for the task as the micro prism optic ensures only the light is seen, and not the actual lamp. This also reduces direct and reflected glare, whilst enabling clear light to radiate down into the classroom. The system has made a real difference for the pupils of Yeoman Park School; “It's inspired more confidence in the students who find verbal communication difficult” explains Joan Morris, who works at the school. The changes in the light settings allow them to be more aware of their surroundings and what is required of them without the need for speech. “Zumtobel have been able to create a system that makes life comfortable for pupils, and also improves the ease with which teachers can help encourage the right atmosphere. In an attempt to get the next generation interested in sustainable lighting, Abacus Lighting has recently joined forces with well-known environmental campaigner and commentator Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, to launch a sustainable lighting competition for schools in his London constituency. In order to educate children in the area on the importance of sustainability, and what this might look like, students were asked to design a sustainable lighting solution.


Goldsmith said, “When Abacus Lighting approached our constituency with this opportunity, we recognised that it would be of great benefit to one of our local schools if they were to win. I was thrilled to see the quality of entries that came in and the pupils grasping the importance of what a sustainable future was and what it might look like.”


The winning entry came from Elsa Haughton, aged 12, from Tiffin Girls school in Kingston-upon-Thames. Elsa created her own scheme for a sustainable future, and the design won her school a free sustainable lighting scheme from Abacus Lighting, worth thousands of pounds.


Abacus Lighting’s Andrew Morris- Richardson said, “We’re delighted that Elsa and her school have won this competition. At Abacus Lighting, sustainable, environmentally friendly lighting is at the heart of our product offer and what better way to demonstrate this, than by offering a free scheme to this school that will not only protect the environment, but our children’s futures too.”


This is a truly exceptional opportunity for the school, as Darren Pearce, Regional Sales Manager for Abacus Lighting explains; “The school was actually burnt down eight years ago, so they have very little in the way of site plans etc, so we are offering visuals of their proposed lighting scheme using some in-house technology which can map the scheme using the Google Earth application.” What a happy ending!


Contact


Philips Lighting UK T: +44 (0)845 601 1283 W: www.lighting.philips.com


Zumtobel T: +44 (0) 20 8589 1800 W: www.zumtobel.com


Abacus Lighting T: +44 (0)1623 511 111 W: www.abacuslighting.com


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