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Stoke Civic Centre, Staffordshire


  • Stoke Civic Centre
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Spectacular show puts the spotlight on Stoke

Stoke’s Civic Centre, located in the heart of the UK, has become a nightly attraction thanks to a splash of colour under a EUR 700,000 Living Lights project funded by the government. The colorful designs – created by city students of all ages, some as young as five – will change daily and can include stripes, cascades of colour, fades and many other variations.

There are more than 150 luminaires in the scheme including 1m long RGB LED Bands (at balcony and low level) and Contrast Spectra C2 250W colour changing floodlights 'washing’ the façade. The 16 surrounding street lanterns also feature banners lit by custom LED strips.

Schools, colleges and universities that are chosen to take part can access special software via the internet to design their light displays on-line and send them direct to the lights via a combination of web GUI and wireless (W-DMX) transmission.