Holiday Inn Express® Portsmouth increases car park security with LED lighting from Tamlite Lighting. Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth North, part of the global chain IHG, is a modern 150-bedroom hotel situated close to the A27 in Portsmouth. Popular with business, leisure and conference guests, the hotel’s facilities include a large car park.
The lighting system used at the site previously did not light the space evenly with illumination poor in some areas. Providing even light distribution across a car park, avoiding light and dark patches, is one of the key requirements of urban lighting. Dave Wycherley, Regional Property Manager at Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth North, commented “We felt that the original lighting was insufficient for the size of the car park, and there was an opportunity to improve the security and the comfort of guests by making upgrades.”
Urban lighting also has another important responsibility, which is managing light pollution. It is vital that exterior luminaires direct light downwards, illuminating only the spaces required. It was crucial that the solutions used in the lighting upgrade complied with light pollution guidelines. Lighting levels in suburban areas are to be no more than 5 lux and avoid light spill. This spill can cause disruption to sleep or wildlife, so it is important that the car park lighting is as unobtrusive as possible.
Tamlite were commissioned to supply a range of urban lighting solutions to Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth North to improve energy efficiency and security in the car park. PLAZA and EXPLORER RL fittings were supplied, along with TC Lighting Columns. These LED products are ideal for car parks and pedestrian areas. They are both weatherproof, IP65, which makes them ideal for external environments. The EXPLORER RL has an IK10 impact rating, ensuring that it is also vandal resistant.
LED lighting solutions are low maintenance in comparison to fluorescent or discharge fittings. Specialist equipment was required to access the maintenance gear of the previous fittings, whereas LED products can be maintained much more easily, should it be required. Both fixtures can be supplied in a range of colour temperatures. Neutral White (4000K), Daylight (6500K) or Warm White (3000K).
The EXPLORER RL was supplied in Neutral White, whereas the PLAZA was Daylight. This provides different colour temperatures in different parts of the car park, adding to the aesthetic of the space. The EXPLORER RL has an efficacy of up to 111 lumens per Watt, ensuring that it is energy efficient. This was important to Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth North, who strive to introduce energy saving measures. “LED is always a priority when upgrading or replacing equipment going forward,” said Dave Wycherley.
Improved Lighting System
The completed lighting scheme was described as “A vast improvement” by Dave Wycherley, as the light levels have now improved significantly. The car park is now sufficiently illuminated, providing security to visitors and staff members during the darker hours. The installation is attractive and in keeping with the professional character that Holiday Inn Express maintains. It was important that the project was carried out quickly to avoid disruption to customers, and Holiday Inn Express® Portsmouth North were pleased with the results.