Flagship branch gets LEDs

Royal Philips Electronics has provided an LED lighting system as an alternative to the conventional halogen scheme proposed for a new branch of the Newcastle Building Society, the largest building society in the North East of the UK.

The alternative scheme was part of a larger project by Newcastle Building Society to design a brand new flagship branch office in Newcastle city centre using cutting-edge modern technology and thus making Newcastle Building Society one of the first organisations in the city to use all LED technology to illuminate the entire retail premises. The fully integrated lighting scheme from Philips used the Luxspace, Spot LED III, and eW Cove to offer

Newcastle Building Society a cost effective LED alternative combined with beauty and design.

Energy efficiency

At the heart of the installation was the highly energy efficient LuxSpace, a product that makes it possible to achieve extremely low power consumption without sacrificing on light quality. LuxSpace offers a compact look and feel making it perfect for hospitality, office and retail lighting settings. Philips also introduced the Spot LED III, an innovative, stylish downlight that is able to add a touch of sparkle to retail and hospitality settings. Spot LED III features Philips’ advanced high-power LED technology, maximising light output and efficiency and eliminating the need for relamping. With the eW Cove the new lighting system brought tuneable white lighting effects to alcoves, accent areas and other tight spaces. Its high-intensity LED lighting fixtures afford virtually limitless options for filling indoor alcoves and accent spaces with vibrant light.

The new LED lighting system means Newcastle Building Society is now able to increase its overall energy efficiency at the branch, and therefore lower overall energy costs. The Spot LED III alone consumes only 10W, allowing for up to 80% energy savings compared with traditional halogen solutions. This scheme offers Newcastle Building Society a total energy consumption of 2028W, compared to 6736W under the traditional halogen system, that’s a total energy saving of 4708W an hour.

Philips’ LED technology is an outstanding alternative to halogen solutions. The advanced high-power LED technology maximises light output and efficiency and eliminates the need for regular relamping. This translates into very substantial energy and maintenance savings for Newcastle Building Society compared with traditional halogen fixtures. LED’s long lifetime makes it a true ‘fit and forget’ solution and further lowers operating costs – making LED a truly sustainable solution.

The highly energy efficient LED technology makes it possible to achieve extremely low power consumption without sacrificing on light quality. This gives Newcastle Building Society significant energy savings, compared with traditional CFL downlights, and consequently reduced CO2 consumption. Newcastle Building Society has estimated that as a result of the new lighting system they will reduce their CO2 emissions by 6073kg or six tonnes per year which is equivalent to six hot air balloons!

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