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Loretto Golf Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland


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  • 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.


Founded in 1827, Loretto School is one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools. Set in 85 acres, the campus is just outside Edinburgh and also hosts the stunning Loretto Golf Academy - The Scottish Golf National Training Facility. A successful fund raising campaign financed the project to convert the schools swimming complex into the Golf Academy. Officially opened by Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance, the Loretto Golf Academy now proudly offers world class services including an indoor driving range, short game facility, putting analysis, teaching studio with video analysis and Trackman technology. Additionally, further rooms were refurbished into a golf shop, offices and meeting rooms. As part of this a new lighting scheme was implemented to fit the Academy.

Lighting objective

The key lighting objective for the new golf academy was to create a stimulating environment, using energy efficient and low maintenance products.

Lighting Solution

Thorn was chosen as the preferred supplier and worked with JGM Contractors supporting lighting calculations to help demonstrate thecapabilities of the potential lighting design. The design included HiPak Pro LED with wide optics and dimmable capabilities for the main golfing area, chosen for its efficient high light output, raising the lux levels on the playing surface.

Cetus LED downlights present an energy saving IP44 solution for restrooms and kitchens. 44 Cetus LED downlights were installed in addition in the boardroom. Omega LED offers a low energy solution for the offices, providing excellent Illumination of the vertical surfaces. Outside Olsys LED floodlights were used and wall mounted in the small adjoining car park.

Result and Benefits

Graeme Gibson, JGM, Engineering Services Manager, commented, “The lighting installation was designed and installed to CIBSE guidelines. The requirements were glare control, good colour rendering, dimming control and technical lighting/illumination criteria. These necessities are essential for the teaching, coaching and demonstration requirements within the centre. All these criteria were successfully and fully met by the Thorn scheme, which was successfully designed and installed by JGM Contractors. The products meet the clients brief to the satisfaction of the school and system users.”