Gloucestershire School Saves Energy With Connected Light

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Connected Light has completed a comprehensive lighting upgrade initiative at Frampton Cotterell Church of England Primary School. The work took place in seven days over the summer 2017 holiday period.

The school in South Gloucestershire recently decided to undertake a site-wide lighting upgrade, after identifying that the lighting in the premises was in a very poor condition.

“It had become increasingly difficult to procure replacement parts, and we were also aware of the energy savings we could make by converting to LED technology,” says school business manager Mandy Turner.

Having established that South Gloucestershire Council would be able to part-fund the upgrade, Ms Turner and her team initiated a tender process. The contract went to Connected Light, which had a personal connection to the school thanks through the company’s director Matt Holway status as an alumnus, and having his own child as a pupil there.

The emphasis throughout the project was on ensuring minimum disruption to the normal running of the school, so all work was carried out in seven days over the summer 2017 holidays. Drawing on LED lighting from across the current Connected Light portfolio, the new fixtures and fittings replaced ageing fluorescent lighting which had been the subject of failures and which was also yielding a very poor standard of illumination.

To ensure easy access to staff and support personnel to the control of the systems, simple controllers were integrated into a number of key areas, including the toilets, storerooms and cupboard areas. Personnel were given an overview of the new lighting and its capabilities, as and when requested.

As well as delivering the advantages of transitioning from traditional fluorescents to the latest LED lighting – notably, reduced energy consumption and costs, improved illumination, less call for maintenance, and so on – there was one very immediate benefit in terms of peace of mind. “We once had an incident with one of the old units overheating and burning, which was obviously very concerning, so the new system has brought us a great deal of reassurance with regard to health and safety,” says Mandy Turner.

Several weeks on from the completion of the project and the school is continuing to report an across-the-board improvement in lighting conditions.

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