Osram helps the British Army to cut costs
Energy consumption for lighting has been nearly halved at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst following the installation of Osram’s Lumilux fluorescent tubes in the east and west corridors of the Old College. Lighting levels have increased from 180 to 340 lx.
The Old College is the most recognisable building at Sandhurst and dates back to 1812. It is the backdrop for the Sovereign’s Parade as cadets make the transition to fully fledged officers of the British Army.
The project involved 184 T5 high-efficiency 21 W fluorescent tubes in 92 luminaires. They are operated on Quicktronic Professional electronic control gear. The system replaced old switch-start magnetic ballasts that were starting to fail and create dark patches across the ceiling. The Lumilux tubes have a light colour of 840, which simulates daylight and ensures that art works in these areas appear as they would in natural daylight. Energy consumption in these corridors has been reduced from 55 MWh a year to 30 MWh. The saving is nearly £4000 a year with a payback of just over 40 weeks.