Tamlite Lighting enhances illumination at Hoo Junction rail yard, while delivering 75% energy savings and payback within 2 years.
Hoo Junction is a rail yard in Kent, and has been in place since the 19th Century as a junction for freight trains and aggregate wagons.
As part of a recent refurbishment to the internal and external areas of Hoo Junction, the lighting was given a significant overhaul, in order to create a safer working environment, reduce maintenance costs and provide substantial energy savings.
Tamlite Lighting were specified to deliver the upgraded lighting solution, replacing the external SON fittings and fluorescent indoor battens with high performance LED luminaires and lighting controls. These were specified in order to achieve longer lasting energy savings, beyond the switch to LED lighting, as well as removing reliance on staff turning off lights when exiting a room, dramatically reducing energy consumption. These automated control options reduce the time of use of each luminaire, providing substantial energy savings for Hoo Junction.
Exterior Lighting Solution
In order to illuminate the entire rail yard and ensure that drivers and workers could see clearly, the previous exterior lighting system (SON floodlights) needed to be 1000W each.
Aaron Cummings, Operations Manager at Hargreaves Industrial Services, commented, “The external SON luminaires were seriously showing their age, and were incurring increasingly expensive maintenance and energy costs. Furthermore, the gear was failing, and was becoming increasingly hard to source and replace.”
Tamlite delivered a selection of IP65 external solutions, designed to withstand a range of weather conditions. High output, low-energy STADIA floodlights were installed on top of the existing columns, providing enhanced and uniformed illumination across the yard. With the narrow beam asymmetric lenses, floodlights could be installed horizontally, minimising glare for train drivers and reducing the risk of accidents.
While the aim of the project was to enhance illumination and reduce maintenance costs, the STADIA floodlights, at only 300W – a power consumption of less than a third of the SON floodlights – has led to exceptional energy savings for Hoo Junction.
In addition, LED bulkheads were installed around the site, providing illumination between wagons and walls, removing shadows and delivering consistent, uniform lighting.
Aaron Cummings commented, “As a result of the install, we are producing energy savings of 75%, with an expected return on investment of around 2 years, which is incredibly quick.”
The previous lighting system in the offices at Hoo Junction used fluorescent batten fittings, which provided an intensity and colour temperature that was less than desirable for the working environment.
In order to significantly enhance the quality of light, Tamlite specified a range of luminaires designed for office environments. These provided more consistent levels of illumination throughout, creating a more comfortable environment for staff and visitors, enhancing worker performance.
A range of lighting controls were installed to ensure that the light is only used when required, enhancing energy savings. Sensors and photocell receptors were fitted, reducing the time of use and reducing energy consumption.
Internal luminaires were also fitted with additional emergency lighting variants. Integrated emergency versions were preferred, ensuring that escape routes and exits are illuminated at all times, allowing occupants to be aware of their escape routes and prepared in the event of an emergency.
These maintained emergency luminaires switch to emergency mode in the event of a loss of mains power, providing sufficient illumination for occupants to evacuate the building quickly and safely.