Illuminating education

An education in lighting — Ridi luminaires have met a range of requirements in the new learning resource centre of Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow.
Luminaires from Ridi Lighting’s AIDA and ALE ranges have been installed in three separate zones of the new learning resource centre of Sir George Monoux College at Walthamstow. The centre comprises a library, central IT area and seminar and learning spaces. The high-performance lighting system was designed by Michael Jones & Associates and Ridi to deliver the correct light levels and quality of illumination for all zones. The main library is fitted with suspended AIDA-RP direct/indirect 3-lamp luminaires to provide a useful combination of separately switched upward and downward light to effectively illuminate this large open space and its bookcases. Classroom areas have ALE-HI suspended direct/indirect luminaires with different types of louvres to suite the various learning applications specified in the brief. For example, to aid IT tasks, luminaires with parabolic louvres are combined with wallwashers to highlight the whiteboards. In art rooms, colour-corrected lamps with less-intense output louvres create a more diffused effect. Corridors have a robust sports-style louvre to prevent deliberate damage. Colin Maddox of Michael Jones & Associates says, ‘All the lighting fittings supplied more than fulfilled their design requirements, and the contractor also found that the fittings and their suspensions went up quickly and easily — an important consideration on this type of large project.’
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