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Bright Idea’s in Birmingham


Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre saves energy and reduces carbon emissions with the help of MHA Lighting.


The NEC in Birmingham has completely refitted its Skywalk with award-winning LED lighting to improve the visitor experience whilst saving energy and lowering carbon emissions. The NEC asked lighting specialists MHA Lighting to devise a bespoke solution for the Skywalk that would reduce energy bills and improve light quality. As well as refitting the Skywalk, MHA Lighting were also selected to replace the traditional fluorescent lighting in the Concourse and Gallery suites with their unique LED lighting. The lighting uses wave guide technology to achieve energy savings of up to 80% with the help of intelligent controls. MHA Lighting installed 144


TiLites in the Concourse and


Gallery Suites and 260 bespoke RodLites above the 400m long Skywalk that were designed to match the NEC’s corporate branding and to be in-keeping with lighting finishes in other areas. The 30watt RodLites


replaced 54watt T8 Tubes – immediately creating energy savings of 50%. As the lights are on continuously, software was installed that uses sensors to detect when the Skywalk area is empty and dims the RodLites to just 10%. With the help of these intelligent controls more than 70% energy savings have been achieved.


In the Concourse and Gallery Suites, MHA Lighting replaced T8 fluorescents with the TiLite 30 and TiLite 30/120 fittings that were engineered to dim down to just 7% and to work seamlessly with RGB LED down lights. Andrew Cope, project engineer at the NEC, said: “As an organisation, the NEC has committed to a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Lighting is a massive part of us achieving this target. We have around 70,000 lights throughout the site - that equates to a fifth of our energy usage. This is a huge cost and finding solutions that improve light quality while reducing energy consumption is key. We definitely found the best solution for us in terms of budget, energy reduction targets and overall


lighting effect with MHA Lighting.” MHA Lighting MD Tom Harrison was happy to see the project completed; “When I first saw the completed installation in the NEC’s Concourse and Gallery Suites I felt extremely proud of the truly impressive lighting scheme we helped create. The


combination of the colour changing LEDs and the white light from the TiLite working in harmony under DMX control is sensational and creates a unique environment for events and conferences.”


Contact:


MHA Lighting T: +44 (0)1942 887 400


www.mhalighting.co.uk


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