Award-winning ‘green’ zoo conserves energy by installing LED lighting
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, an award-winning, family-owned Zoo and education centre, set on a working farm in the beautiful countryside of North Somerset, has completed another phase in its programme to upgrade its inefficient T8 fluorescent and halogen light fittings to long-life, energy-efficient Goodlight LED lighting. G5 LED Battens from the Goodlight range were specified and installed into multiple Zoo buildings across the 100-acre site, delivering up to 50% energy savings and significantly reducing carbon emissions.
Committed to sustainability and conservation, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has been recognised with numerous awards at a regional and national level for sustainability and green tourism. Commenting, Chris Moulding, Electrical Engineer at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm said “The Zoo has a strong green ethos and drive to become as sustainable as possible. Improving our energy efficiency is viewed as a key part of this.”
The Zoo first opened as a farm visitor centre in 1999 and has quickly grown to become a popular visitor attraction, welcoming nearly 200,000 visitors per year. The Zoo has a large animal collection of over 100 species, including African elephants, lions, tigers, birds of prey, gibbons, giraffes, ostriches, spectacled bears, wallabies, zebras and farm animals. Goodlight was commissioned to supply their energy-efficient G5 LED Battens, which are drop-in replacements to the Zoo’s existing T8 fluorescent lighting, into nine main areas within the Zoo. These high-performance LED Battens have been sleekly installed alongside the rafters in the UK’s largest elephant habitat called ‘Elephant Eden’, a walk-in enclosure with a two-storey viewing area, home to three African elephants – the largest walking animal on Earth.
Chris Moulding continued, “Goodlight offered us a solution that not only reduces our energy and maintenance costs but creates a calm and comforting environment for animals, whilst improving the quality of light for visitors and staff. We specifically chose the G5 LED Battens for their sleek appearance, anti-corrosion protection, ease of installation and extended guarantee. We now have significantly better light levels in the animal and bird enclosures, play areas and main arena where Goodlight LED luminaires have been fitted.”
Goodlight G5 LED Battens deliver high levels of brightness, achieving 110Lm/W efficacy from its wide beam angle, making them perfect replacements to the Zoo’s fluorescent tube and halogen lighting. The G5 is a weatherproof LED fixture, providing protection against water (IP65 protected), dust, heat, ice and corrosion – ensuring performance and durability within both indoor and outdoor environments. With a polycarbonate lens that is shatterproof and most importantly, glass-free, the G5 LED Battens proved particularly suited to the Zoo’s animal enclosures, play areas and food preparation areas. The new lighting is guaranteed for five years and has a performance lifespan of 50,000 hours.
Saima Shafi. Sales & Marketing Director at Goodlight comments; “We are thrilled that Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has slashed its energy consumption and that their main attractions are brightly lit with our high-performance LED Battens. We are working closely with the Zoo throughout their LED lighting programme to meet their environmental and sustainability ethos.
Introducing the latest IP65 rated LED High Bay solution from Goodlight, the Curvo is a high output replacement to metal halide and sodium high bays, drawing 120W and 150W. Curvo delivers an incredible 130Lm/W efficacy, offering 14,820 Lumens to a whopping 19,500 Lumens – making it suitable for illuminating large areas including; warehouses, arenas, sports halls, distribution centres and other busy areas. With a 50,000 hour lifespan over 5 years, Curvo offers impressive energy savings of up to 75%, plus maintenance savings of up to 95%. Curvo is compatible with Light Boss Wireless Lighting Control – monitor, automate and control your lighting in the palm of your hand!
The Moderno LED Downlight is a stylish, versatile architectural downlighter that features an adjustable body, which is flexible once installed, allowing the light to be directed by up to 350°. This anti-glare LED Downlight meets UGR<16, providing gentle glow of light. Featuring sturdy spring clips for tool-free installation, the Moderno can be recessed into existing fittings, making it perfect for new builds, refits, refurbs and into design-driven retail environments. It has a 50,000 hour lifespan with various lens and aperture options to choose from. Optional DALI dimming also available.
Automate your lighting, triggered by occupancy or daylight via a single interface (App) with Light Boss Wireless Lighting Control – without business disruption and an upfront cost of a hard-wired installation. Light Boss reports on your building’s energy consumption, monitors LED and emergency lighting health and connects to other building services wirelessly (e.g. boilers and vending machines), for the ultimate energy-efficient lighting control. Suitable for installing into existing buildings (retrofit) as well as new builds. Compatible luminaires include Goodlight LED High Bays, Low Bays, Battens, Floodlights, Ceiling Panels and 2D Bulkheads, which are backed by a 50,000 hour lifespan over a 5 year guarantee.
FWB, an established supply chain partner, have replaced their outdated fluorescent lighting across its three strategic sites in Stoke-on-Tren, Wrexham and Truro with Linear LED High Bays, LED Battens and Eco LED Ceiling Panels. A total of 8,200 sq m of warehousing, trade counters and offices are now illuminated with long life, energy efficient Goodlight LED lighting. FWB chose Goodlight for the quality and value of the products as a distributor and made the switch to save costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve the workplace environment.
Established since 1963, FWB provides a diverse range of products including pipeline and fittings, fasteners, tools and workwear to the industrial, infrastructure, construction and public sector markets. FWB were looking to replace all of the inefficient lighting in its three trade counters and offices to save on energy and maintenance overheads. FWB selected Goodlight Eco LED Ceiling Panels which have been designed to slot into existing ceiling grids with ease, making them the thinnest and most lightweight panel on the market. The Eco is a modular LED Ceiling Panel that delivers up to 95Lm/W, providing reliable, colour consistency that transmits over 95% light efficiency. The Eco is compliant with LG7, providing a good luminaire balance between task areas, walls and ceilings.
Lighting for the warehouses included G5 LED Battens and GX2 Linear LED High Bays, both of which deliver very high levels of light output offering 110Lm/W and 130Lm/W respectively. The G5s and GX2s are rated to IP65 (waterproof) and provide further protection from dust, ice, heat and corrosion ingress. Both LED fixtures are completely glass-free and shatterproof, making tehm suitable for busy, working warehouse environments. All Goodlight products are guaranteed for five years and rated at 50,000 hours.
Sarah Lee, Marketing Manager at FWB commented, “As a business with multiple branches, our energy costs were significant. After seeing the successful installation of Goodlight LED lighting at a number of our customers’ premises we made the decision to replace the old lighting in all our sites. The installation was straightforward and completed within two months. The service from Goodlight has been first class from start to finish.”
She continued, “We decided to upgrade to LED lighting not only for the substantial reduction in energy costs and carbon emissions, but also for the improved light quality, and the added health and safety benefits. The high ceilings in our warehouses are difficult to access and we were changing light bulbs constantly. These long life LED lamps will reduce maintenance drastically. We now have consistent light levels and can see everything easily. The results are outstanding and everyone is happy.”
Utilising the latest LED technology, Goodlight have expanded its LED Panel range with the release of Arc, a sophisticated, surface-mounted Up and Down LED Ceiling Panel. With its polished curves, sleek lines and flawless body, Arc is a direct replacement to modular luminares, delivering a beautiful, soft balance of light thrown above and beneath it, or ideal for new builds. Delivering a bright 100Lm/W efficacy, the Arc meets UGR<19 for comfortable, workplace lighting.
Commenting, Saima Shafi, Sales and Markerting Director at Goodlight said, “Our new Up and Down LED Ceiling Panel with its stunning curved lines achieves cutting-edge lighting performance where you need it, with softer highlights across the ceiling. One-directional LED Panels are too commonplace, our customers love the look and performance of our Arc range plus it is very easy to installed with simple fixtures that twist and lock into place.
The stylish Arc LED Ceiling Panel is unique in design and performance, seamlessly blending into offices, boardrooms, receptions and high-end spaces that require a combination of natural bright light for task areas, with a soft glow of light across the ceiling. This ultra-efficient luminaire draws 10W upward light and 50W downward lighting and is suitable for a wide range of applications including commercial, retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, accent and special project lighting. The new Goodlight Arc LED Panel features an aesthetically stylish body and is designed to enhance any space. Offering beautiful illumination across the fitting, the luminaire is available in three colour temperatures, 6,000K (Daylight), 4,000K (Natural) and 3,000K (Warm) and in 610 x 610mm and 260 x 1200mm models. The fixture is flicker free, with the option of battery pack-up emergency and DALI dimming. It is rated for 50,000 hours and supported by five year guarantee.
The Arc Up and Down LED Ceiling Panel is compatible with Goodlight’s Light Boss Wireless Lighting Control, an innovative, networked wireless lighting control system that significantly reduces energy and maintenance costs and monitors usage. Light Boss is triggered by occupancy or daylight and delivers the correct amount of light only where and when it is needed, delivering up to 95% energy savings. Additionally, it reports on energy consumption, monitors LED and emergency light health and connects to other building services wirelessly.
Emergency lighting is integral to evacuation plans for any building, whether it’s an office, factory or warehouse, retail or leisure facility, multi-occupancy residence or education place. Indeed, it is also a legal requirement for most premises as the BS 5266 Emergency Lighting standard states:
Every workplace shall have suitable and sufficient emergency lighting and that suitable and sufficient emergency lighting shall be provided and maintained in any room in which persons at work are specifically exposed to danger in the event of failure of artificial lighting.
With any loss of power, an effective emergency lighting system ensures the safety and peace-of-mind of everyone on the premises. Evacuating people out of a building in darkness can be difficult and dangerous, but emergency lighting systems ensure that the path to safety will be well-lit and easy to navigate. And, while safety of building users, owners and occupiers is the main priority, it will also help emergency services perform their task more effectively.
The basic approach to emergency lighting changed fundamentally in 2016, with the extensive revision of BS 5266 Emergency Lighting – Part 1: Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises. This is founded on strategies of switching to batteries or backup power when the main power source is lost. Further details of the requirements are set in system standards such as BS EN 838:2016 for emergency lighting and BS EN 50175 covering emergency escape lighting. Typical guidelines recommend that emergency batteries should test and operate to deliver minimum lux levels of 0.5m+ lx in open areas or more for any escape routes for a 3-hour duration in emergency mode.
Summary of standards covering Emergency Lighting
Such guidelines present a top-down approach, but if existing lighting systems already fulfil the base requirements and system standards, there is still ample opportunity to gain cost and operational benefits by upgrading emergency lighting luminaires, lamps and illuminated signage with LED technology. LED technology represents the ideal emergency light source. It is more robust that conventional lighting and low energy consumption makes the most of the back-up battery energy source. Moreover, it can withstand a greater degree of heat and other stress before failing than other light sources.
Not all LEDs are equal
The benefits of such a retrofit approach are exemplified by a 2016 project to replace nearly 1,000 fluorescent lights in car parks, walkways and stairwells of the eco-friendly Bristol Lakeshore apartment complex. Goodlight LED lighting was selected to reduce operational costs and ensure compliance. The choice came down to the quality of the lighting products, as Etienne Cadestin, managing director of consultants Longevity Partners explained: “Whilst many vendors claim long lives for their LED lights, Goodlight LED lamps and luminaires stood out because they support their products with a five-year guarantee. This gave us confidence that the specified 50,000 hour lifespan would be achieved, effectively eliminating the need for staff to replace lights on the site on a regular basis. We were also looking for a retrofit technology, which means we were able to use the existing fittings to achieve high cost efficiency and reduce the project’s carbon footprint.”
A rolling programme replaced each of the lights on the complex with suitable LED alternatives from the Goodlight range including 3W Emergency LED Downlights and Emergency LED Bulkheads. Many lights are battery backed up, ensuring continued operation in the event of a power failure or other emergency.
London’s Liverpool Street is another example of how LED Emergency Lighting is the ideal choice for retrofits. Station operators Network Rail has fitted Goodlight LED lighting into all 18 platforms and the concourse at London’s Liverpool Street Station, providing notable advantages on top of lower carbon output and power consumption, improved lighting levels and quality. According to Works Delivery Manager, Adam Thackeray: “LED lighting will also increase the efficiency of emergency lighting, reducing the load on the battery/generators and reduce the temperature signatures of lighting and heat related failures.”
Extending the benefit still more, a further advantage of LED light is the possibility to control and monitor a building’s complete lighting system.
Smart lighting enhances safety and compliance
Smart LED lighting systems have the potential to transform the implementation of emergency lighting in buildings. manual testing is tedious, time-consuming, costly and may be prone to human error. An emergency lighting monitoring system enables building managers to automate routine and periodic testing of emergency lighting, also the regulatory reporting and recording of test results.
Areas where automation of the emergency lighting process should be strongly considered are in multiple occupancy dwellings, such as social housing, care homes, healthcare, education, hotels and leisure. In the wake of recent events like the Grenfell Tower disaster, the spotlight has fallen on preventing emergency lighting failures that contributed to these tragedies.
Smart LED lights, connected to building services, create new opportunities. For example, lighting can be connected to the building’s alarm system. In the event of a fire alarm, all lighting can be triggered to 100% on to assist the evacuation. Battery back-up mode can be activated only when the mains power to an area actually fails.
Implementation of these solutions is simplified by the recent introduction of simple, scalable, lighting control systems such as Light Boss.
Light Boss creates a wireless lighting network, controlled by Android App or web interface, with simple software to set and adjust the building’s lighting. The control system connects wirelessly to individual light fixtures creating a network of tens or even thousands of lights. Right out of the box, Light Boss provides self-test emergency light monitoring, allowing operators to check for faults remotely without testing individual light fittings; also eradicating the need for manual reporting. In addition, it provides live reporting on energy consumption of all connected lighting fixtures, allowing energy management of a single site or a group of sites, making it the ideal tool for complete energy performance of multi-site installations.
Unlike alternative smart networks, Light Boss lighting control is universal and retrofittable. This enables lighting to be readily upgraded to a fully controllable LED scheme based on new wireless-enabled luminaires. Even non-LED luminaires can be converted to join the smart network.
The Emergency Light Monitoring Dashboard continuously displays the status of emergency lighting units’ health and pre-alerts operators to check emergency fittings for faults. Email alerts can be set up to support maintenance teams with their routine emergency programme management.
Lights can also be programmed specifically to respond to an emergency event – for example, ensuring that people inside the premises have all the illumination they need. Lights can follow the escape route through the building, assisting the response team. They can also light the response team’s path towards the people in the danger zone.
It is everyone’s hope that emergency lighting systems are never used, but the use of LED fixtures keeps the cost of this ‘insurance’ to the minimum, and compliance to the full. Implementation with easy-to-use, cost-effective solutions for smart monitoring and control increases confidence that the systems will work when they are needed most. It’s all about safety and peace-of-mind.
Short for Unified Glare Rating (UGR) is the measurement of calculating glare from luminaires. It is important to achieve the correct level of lighting for your environment to ensure employees and/or visitors have clear visibility. UGR values are based on regular patterns and fittings according to European indoor lighting recommendations EN 12464-1 standard. A lower UGR rating means low glare.
For office lighting, we recommend a UGR level of 16 to 19, ensuring comfortable workplace illumination. For industrial environments, UGR levels of 22 to 25 are ideal. For the guidance on UGR levels, please see the table below. Anything higher than UGR>28 is considered bad practice.
What determines UGR?
There are a number of factors that determine UGR value including shape and size of space, surface brightness of the walls, ceiling, floor and large areas. It is important to choose the correct luminaire for your environment to avoid discomfort.
Goodlight LED lighting and UGR Levels
Our range of Goodlight LED Ceiling Panels offer incredible UGR levels of <19. To see the full range, visit here.
LED lighting for railways, train stations, platforms, depots and more.
A quiet but highly visible revolution is taking place in railway lighting. LED lights are slowly but surely displacing fluorescent and other antiquated technologies in stations, maintenance depots and other railway buildings.
As pioneers in LED lighting and wireless controls since 2006, Goodlight provides a comprehensive range of LED solutions for commercial, industrial, amenity, leisure and hospitality environments. Goodlight LED lights switch on instantly at full brightness with no warm-up required. They use much less power than traditional lighting technologies and are maintenance-free. Their 50,000 hour lifespan equates to 11 years if switched on for 12 hours per day and are guaranteed for 5 years against failures.
The Goodlight range has proved popular with design, engineering and sustainability professionals. Rail clients include; Network Rail, HS1, Siemens Mobility, Cleashar, Arriva Rail and Transport for London, who have added Goodlight to its Approved Product Register.
Adam Thackeray, Works Delivery Manager for Network Rail, commented, “We decided to move to LED lighting ton reduce our carbon footprint, reduce costs in terms of power consumption and to improve the lighting level and quality in public areas of the station. The opportunity to reduce costs for lamp replacement by moving from a two year to a five year cycle was also a significant consideration. LED lighting will also increase the efficiency of emergency lighting, reducing the load on the battery/generators and reduce the temperature signatures of lighting and heat related failures.”
Rail organisations looking for a quick-win on their energy usage can achieve incredible savings of up to 85% simply by upgrading to LED lighting. Instantly, maintenance overheads are eliminated, with return on investment achieved from as little as six months, which can be funded from energy savings alone.
Retrofitting Is Economical
In a new building or one that is being refitted, it is a simple matter to install suitable LED light fittings from scratch – buy many of the current projects involve re-equipping existing stations and buildings. Ripping out entire light fittings is costly, but the Goodlight range of lighting and control solutions can be installed directly into existing light fittings which has transformed the economics. Products from this range have now been approved for use across Transport for London’s network in both Section 12 (underground facilities) and non-Section 12 areas, such as the tube, rail and bus stations, depots and bus shelters.
Safety and Security
Passenger safety and security is a high priority at any railway station and lighting has a crucial role to play. A smart lighting system can mirror natural daylight during hours of darkness to fit with the 24/7 nature of many busy station terminals and on platforms. It can also illuminate accessed areas, for example walkways and car parks. Eliminating pockets of darkness with a robust LED lighting system will give passengers greater peace of mind and a better overall customer journey.
To maximise energy savings, owners can install a smart lighting control system which connects to luminaires wirelessly from a single interface, allowing any organisation to monitor, automate, control and report on all connected lighting. Optimal energy savings can be achieved through occupancy and daylight detection and presence detectors will ensure that an y area is only lit when it is in use. Equally, a lighting control system can also dim lights when there is plenty of daylight. Some smart lighting control systems, such as Light Boss, report of energy consumption, provide self-test emergency light monitoring, ideal for maintenance facilitators and providers, allowing operators to check for faults remotely.
By operating lighting only where it is needed, rather than at 100% continually, rail and transportation organisations can minimise energy consumption by up to 95%, extend lighting lifecycles and lower maintenance costs. Payback from as little as 1.5 years.
Upgrading to LED lighting has seen many railway stations reap the rewards of immediate energy savings of up to 85% and eliminate maintenance overheads. Working conditions are improved and passengers enjoy a safer environment whilst travelling. With the emergence of smart wireless lighting control systems, achieving energy savings of up to 95%, there has never been a better time to maximise on energy consumption.
Over the last two decades, the hotel industry has seen an increased awareness of sustainability issues amongst both customers and management, including the environmental, economic and social impact. Hoteliers are promoting “green” initiatives to make their hotels more sustainable, thus enhancing their reputation and increasing levels of customer satisfaction. As energy costs continue to rise, many hotels have adopted eco-friendly policies, implementing energy efficient technologies and practices to save money and gain a reputation as a “green” hotel.
Lighting accounts for a significant percentage of energy use and the most obvious benefit of upgrading to LED lighting is the improvement in energy efficiency. This has an immediate impact on the monthly electricity spend (from lighting), with a corresponding reduction in carbon footprint. As well as demonstrated energy savings of 85% or more, maintenance savings of up to 100% can be made. Typical return on investment calculations show full payback from as little as 3 months.
Few need convincing of the financial advantages of LED lighting, but there is still a perception they may be efficient and long lasting, but do little to enhance the ambience of the premises. Great for offices, warehouses, production floors, but atmosphere-killers in the hospitality industry. Nothing could be further from the truth. The colour temperature of LED lighting is highly controllable, and manufacturers are introducing character lighting ranges specifically designed for environments where the warm glow of an incandescent bulb is a valued feature.
Reap the rewards – and save as you go
As well as an immediate improvement in energy and other costs, existing ballasts and control gear (which can utilise a further 20% energy) are eliminated. Moreover, LED lamps from reputable manufacturers come with lengthy guarantees and there are further cost savings from a reduced burden on maintenance. All this makes a very strong case for moving to LED technology. Fortunately, this can be achieved without throwing away the existing infrastructure – and past investment. LED lamps and luminaires are readily retrofitted within the current lighting scheme.
In addition, retrofitting is the least business-disruptive way to upgrade existing lighting. Installation is quick and work can be scheduled around downtimes, so that operation can continue as normal. For offices, warehouses and industrial buildings, LEDs provide qualitatively better lighting, on top of an overwhelming quantitative benefit. For example, LED technology provides a directional form of light, so it can be focused where it is needed. LEDs are flicker-free, combatting the common problem with fluorescent lighting. High performance LED lighting is highly consistent, contributing to a good even spread of light, without any colour shifting or contrast imbalances. Good quality LED lighting is well suited to building automation and control, since there are no issues with being turned on and off.
LED filament bulbs – savings with style
The Bright Goods range of retrofit LED filament light bulbs have been designed to replace incandescent and filament-based lighting technologies which give all of these benefits in lights that create a warm and welcoming ambience. Such traditional filament light bulbs are going through something of a resurgence in popularity. From industrial style enamel pendants, to just being hung bare, with coloured flex, the appeal lies in the classic shapes, the glass, the brass and the filament. However, traditional ‘filament’ bulbs remain unreliable, short-lived and power-hungry.
The solution is a range of antique-style filament LED lamps, carefully hand-crafted to look exactly like traditional bulbs in an array of classic, well-loved vintage shapes. These innovative LED filament lamps simply plug into existing fittings to highlight and improve almost every kind of interior space. Where a traditional filament bulb consistently in use over 10 hours a day would require replacing in less than a year, these lamps are fully dimmable and provide a high-performance lifespan of 30,000 hours – around ten times that of a conventional filament bulb. Savings are up to 90% on energy savings and running costs.
Satisfied customers include DoubleTree by Hilton and the first Premier Inn in Germany, who replaced their old lighting with long life, energy efficient LED filament lamps. A more individual example of a Bright Goods installation is at the world’s tallest Novotel in London’s Canary Wharf. The LED filament lighting was specified as part of the AccorHotel Group’s PLANET21 sustainability programme to increase its energy efficiency and environmental performance.
Louisa Daxer-Robbins, Operations Manager at Novotel, commented “The LED filament lamps are aesthetically beautiful and have helped to achieve the coveted ambience we were looking for, complementing the bespoke design of each individual area within the hotel. Furthermore, they offer an impressive energy saving of up to 75% which fulfils our criteria for sustainability.”
Whilst the financial gains and environmental reasons for making the switch to energy efficient LED lighting are clear, good lighting can visibly transform the hospitality experience and leave a lasting, positive impression for the visiting guest which is key to ensuring customer loyalty. This in turn will enhance a hotel’s reputation and boost brand awareness. Hotel owners now look to create an environment that will make their hotel stand out in terms of elegance and sustainability.