Alight here for Crossrail

Tridonic LEDs have been selected for use in London’s Crossrail project. Lighting specialist Future Designs is working with Tridonic to create a suitable bespoke lighting solution for this major infrastructure project.

Paul Kerrigan, Crossrail MEP engineer (lead electrical) says: "The decision to go LED on Crossrail was based on industry evidence that the benefits of reduced energy consumption and maintenance requirements would deliver a reduction in whole-life costs for the project."

The decision to use LEDs exclusively will significantly reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs that will ultimately lead to a reduction in whole-life cost of the project. Future Design's concept uses the light-grey, matt-textured, glass-reinforced concrete lining of the station and escalator tunnels to reflect light onto the passenger areas, to create a sense of spaciousness within the underground environment.

Crossrail is the £14.8 billion new railway for London, which has 42km of new tunnels and once completed the new rail service will reduce journey times across the capital, increase central London’s passenger capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London.

Tridonic has designed a range of products for the Crossrail project, and they address the technological difficulties posed by this project. The products include the Ikon uplighter; Ikon Emergency luminaires; and Plinth uplighters.

Leon Ellis, technical director of Future Designs, says: "We have worked with Tridonic on numerous projects but the technical challenges we faced with these designs were very specific. We were extremely grateful for the support they provided and we all learnt something from the process that we will be able to apply on future projects."

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