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Shine a light on wayfinding

Shine a light on wayfinding

Architectural consultancy firm Michael Hall Associates, selected Zeta Specialist Lighting’s ECOLUX SOLAR, a LED trough lighting system that’s entirely powered by solar energy, to illuminate a newly designed wayfinding system at Lynfield Mount Hospital in Bradford, part of the community and mental health Trust covering Bradford, Craven and Airedale.

Michael Hall Associates was commissioned to re-design the legacy wayfinding signage across the four-acre site, which fell somewhat short of the Department of Health’s best practice guidelines for effective wayfinding systems that clearly stipulate that optimum levels of illumination be maintained at all times of day.

The legacy signs were unlit and, as there was no mains power, a traditional lighting solution would necessitate the laying of cabling, a cost- and time-intensive process. The new system comprised two metre x two and a half metre signs at both of the NHS hospital’s entrances, as well as a further six wayfinding signs incorporating key information for visitors, strategically placed across the site.

When Michael Hall Associates approached Zeta for advice on a suitable lighting source, the company recommended the use of its ECOLUX SOLAR, the industry’s first solar LED trough lighting system. Developed in partnership with Portland Lighting, this flexible solution boasts a new Super Lens that provides even illumination on signs up to three metres deep.

The ECOLUX SOLAR incorporates discreet and flexible PV solar panels that harness the sun’s energy throughout the day, long life batteries and Zeta’s innovative Energy Management System (EMS), which releases the stored energy and uses it to power the high intensity LED trough light to provide optimum, efficient LED illumination.

This was a key requirement since, as it is the largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions, the NHS has a duty to contribute to the 2008 Climate Change Act, which seeks to ensure that the UK cuts its carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

As an added benefit ECOLUX SOLAR is also easy to fit, which kept install costs low and also helped to minimise disruption to patients and staff using the site.

The new wayfinding system also meets best practice guidelines for illumination, with the ECOLUX SOLAR boasting an impressive 120° beam angle and available in a wide range of colour temperatures from 3000 to 6000K.

Best of all, it is also virtually maintenance free. LEDs have an average rated life of 50,000 hours, and when solar powered there is zero energy consumption and negligible on-going running costs, thus making it a truly sustainable solution.


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