New lighting makes light work of maintenance and energy
The cost of new lighting for this sports hall in Carlisle will be recovered in just three years by lower energy and maintenance costs.
Both energy and maintenance costs in the mains sports hall of the Sands Centre in Carlisle have been reduced following the installation of long-life, high-output Brilliance light fittings from Chalmor. The savings are expected to achieve a payback of three years on initial capital cost. The Sands Centre was built in 1984 for Carlisle Council and is operated as a leisure trust by Carlisle Leisure Ltd. In recent years, it has greatly expanded the range of activities available and continues to plan new activities. The recreation manager Mike James explains, ‘One of the areas we wanted to develop was to attract international sporting events to the centre. However, the existing lighting in the main sports hall wasn’t adequate for sports at this level, so we explored alternatives and opted for Chalmor’s Brilliance luminaires.’ These light fittings have a life of 24 000 hours before the four 54 W T5 fluorescent lamps need to be replaced — three times longer than the previous lighting in the main hall. In addition, electricity consumption has been reduced by over 108 000 kWh a year to give a 74% energy saving. 56 Brilliance fittings have been installed, arranged in two groups to achieve different lighting levels. For routine activities, only half the fittings are on, alternating to achieve even burning hours and deliver 400 lux. For major events, all fittings are on to deliver over 820 lux. Mike James summarises, ‘The improved lighting levels have been warmly received by our customers, and the fast payback we will achieve from the Brilliance fittings has made this a very worthwhile investment.’
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