Circular Lighting Report

London Centre reuses luminaires in lighting upgrade

London Centre has reused the original fluorescent lights

The London Centre, the new home for New London Architecture (NLA), has opened and features an LED lighting system reusing the original fluorescent fittings.

The project – part of FUTURE Designs’ carbon careful™ initiative –  involved repurposing the light fixtures it previously supplied a decade previously and adapting these from their end of life fluorescent to LED luminaires.

NLA is the centre of the capital’s built environment community, providing a hub for events, education, and cultural activities. The London Centre, which can be found in the West Wing of Guildhall features a permanent exhibition entitled Change, Opportunity, Vision which explores the transformation of London in the last two decades.

FUTURE Designs also supplied its latest Naro track system and associated spot heads to illuminate the popular models of London that adorn the new premises.

Directional light from the Naro system spotlights can be directed at specific elements, highlighting features, exhibits and areas across all three London architectural models: the New London Model which shows a 200 square kilometre portion of central London plus the City of London Model, and the Royal Docks Model, which are shown together for the first time.

The carbon careful™adapted Stern luminaires provide general illuminance across the space via a Bluetooth controlled tuneable white dimmable system to allow for altering the ambience according to the type of event being held in this exceptional space.

The complete lighting system has reduced the carbon used via the lighting by circa 53 per cent on the original installation and the reuse of the Stern carcasses saves around 0.5 ton of steel being mined and fabricated into usable mild steel showing huge carbon savings.

‘The carbon careful initiative could be described as our best kept secret’, chief executive David Clements told the Circular Lighting Report.  ’As a hugely efficient design and manufacturing business we have always endeavoured to keep waste to a minimum, and now as the world is faced with a growing necessity to refurbish, reuse and restore wherever feasible, we are sharing our story and expertise to encourage more organisations to follow suit.’

The London Centre will provide an accessible space for everyone interested in how the city continues to develop.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.