Hastings High School, Hinckley, is an 11-16 academy, with over 800 students. As a prominent school in the local community, Hastings knows the importance of providing the best education environment possible for its pupils.
This means that the school strives to provide the best facilities possible, which included the refurbishment of the lighting system, to provide improved illumination and reduce school running costs.
The previous system used halogen fittings, some of which had been in place for over 60 years. Heath Huddlestone, Facilities Manager at Hastings, said, “Many of the old light fittings had been here since the school was first built, so naturally we looked to upgrade the lighting system.”
To update the lighting system, Tamlite Lighting were chosen to supply an LED luminaire and control solution for the school. As well as the expected and immediate energy saving they would gain by moving from halogen to LED, up to 50% of an energy bill is related to non-energy costs e.g. when and where the lights come on.
The initial energy savings for Hastings was an impressive 65% reduction in energy consumption. However, Hastings needed a solution that continued to deliver a reduction in energy consumption beyond the initial switch to LED. This has been achieved by installing a variety of Tamlite VISION controls throughout the school. From occupancy sensors alone, Hastings can expect energy savings of £10,950 per annum.
The project was funded by the Salix Scheme that works to reduce energy usage in the public sector. In partnership with CEF Hinckley, Hastings High School installed Tamlite luminaires in classrooms, corridors and main halls.
Lighting for Education
Ideal light levels without glare is crucial in classrooms. Glare leads to uneven light distribution, eye strain and headaches. To ensure that staff and students can maintain focus and concentration within a productive environment, the MODLED LG panels, designed with an I-Tech diffuser, were specified. A quality lighting system can reduce stress among students and staff in a school, so it was important that the new lighting system reduced glare and created a comfortable working and learning environment.
The communal areas benefited from a lighting solution with integrated Tamlite VISION controls. Lighting the space when and where it is needed, which leads to ongoing energy savings.
EXPO fittings were installed in the main hall and gymnasium. These high-output luminaires are ideal for sports environments and assemblies. In the gym, used for sports such as basketball and football, the EXPO fittings are covered with a wire guard, giving extra protection to the fittings.
Emergency lighting in schools is usually specified in areas not lit by daylight. In the event of a mains failure the emergency lighting system, including signage, should provide adequate lighting levels and directional indications to allow staff and pupils to move safely around the school and exit if necessary without accident or injury. For peace of mind, EMLED recessed emergency downlights were installed throughout the site.
Mr Huddlestone said, “Maintenance costs were a major problem with the previous system. Particularly in Autumn, when the lights had not been used for a number of months, they would be liable to break or flicker, which doesn’t happen with the new fixtures.”
As Tamlite’s LED solutions are easier to maintain, this saves Hastings time and money post-installation. Another bonus for the school is that Tamlite offers a favourable warranty on its products, so Hastings have assurance that the fittings will last, long-term.
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