Scottish Government makes dramatic energy savings with Fagerhult
Replacing the lighting at the Scottish Government’s Victoria Quay building in Edinburgh with new Fagerhult fittings has slashed 25 per cent of the energy usage on a like-for-like comparison of the luminaires alone. Further savings were gained by cutting the number of fittings needed by 40 per cent because of the improved light distribution. As a result maintenance was also dramatically reduced.
More than 3200 Fagerhult suspended direct/indirect Ten Line Beta luminaires were installed in the phased two-year refurbishment project. The Fagerhult linear 2 x 28W T5 fittings were selected after an initial analysis of products from 12 different manufacturers, followed by a full installed mock-up featuring the Ten Line and two models from a competitor company. A total of 60 fittings were trialled.
“The Fagerhult luminaires won it on light distribution, providing a very uniform illumination, as well as their appearance. They’re nice-looking fittings” said Colin Lawrence of building services specialist Wallace Whittle, which was responsible for specifying the lighting.
The Dali-controlled fittings in conjunction with a control system allow daylight linking and presence detection for further energy savings. More than 1000 of Fagerhult’s Como Wide T5 recessed fittings were also installed in the scheme that replaced a 15-year-old recessed Category 2 installation.
‘It was quite a drastic change from what they had which created a very dark, cave-like atmosphere.’ said Lawrence. ‘It’s been well received by the 2000-plus people who work in the building.’