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Highly efficient lighting for University of Wales


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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.

Thorn Lighting and Zumtobel Lighting have created a solution for the state-of-the-art University of Wales Trinity Saint David development as part of the new SA1 Swansea Waterfront Development. The client’s brief called for modern and highly efficient lighting with high performance and excellent aesthetics both internally and externally, in order to promote the building as a sustainable higher education facility and a perfect environment for learning.

The possibility to choose the best solutions from multiple brands
all from one hand – for indoor and outdoor.

Thorn and Zumtobel were chosen for the project for their ability to supply ‘fit for purpose’ luminaires for every area of the building that would achieve all of the requirements for the project. Zumtobel’s SLOTLIGHT was incorporated into the design for classrooms and the library to provide an aesthetic, efficient, consistent, uniformly illuminated line. For University of Wales Trinity Saint David, a single run of SLOTLIGHT INFINITY has been installed to provide a virtually infinite light line without interruption or dark spots, high precision and uniform illumination. Using prefabricated frames and spacers ensures a uniform appearance, resulting in a high-grade lighting solution meticulously integrated into the interior design, which appears as a consistent light line.

Thorn’s Chalice Surface has been chosen for the corridors and breakout spaces for its high efficacy of 106lm/W and resulting low energy consumption. Chalice has an overall height of less than 100mm making it ideal for low ceiling depth. Omega LED has also been utilised in the breakout areas for good uniformity and adjustable mounting options for through-life flexibility. For the Atrium Glacier, a modern and efficient decorative LED pendant luminaire, has been installed to provide a high performance (91-124lm/W), efficient solution that suits the surrounding décor. To compliment Glacier, Zumtobel’s ONDARIA, round wide-area luminaire with sound absorption has also been used. The elegant ONDARIA is optimised to meet the demands of contemporary spaces that have an ‘open’ look and feel, offering an homogeneous light surface and excellent sound absorption.

The IP65 rated Alumet Stage from Thorn has been used to illuminate the exterior of the building to provide exceptional visual comfort during the night and decorative urban furniture during the day. This stylish column features a cylindrical diffuser containing up to six light modules with output reaching 6,600 lm and an impressive efficacy of 80 lm/W. Alumet Stage is capable of illuminating both horizontal and vertical surfaces, delivering maximum flexibility.

Zumtobel’s LITENET lighting management system is being used in conjunction with a 360° Skyscanner on the roof of the building to deliver optimised visual comfort and energy efficiency. The Skyscanner sends environmental information to the LITENET software enabling the setting of specifically designed brightness scenes by room or area to create defined atmospheres based on the purpose of that space. Central to the concept is the ability to allow daylight to form a fundamental part of the lighting strategy and be supplemented with exactly the right amount of artificial light to create the perfect environments needed for learning, communicating and growth.

The result of integrating efficient, attractive luminaires along with cutting edge lighting controls is a building which allows its architectural merit to shine hand in hand with exceeding the energy efficiency needed in a modern development.

We are very excited about the new purpose built SA1 Swansea Waterfront development and the opportunities it brings to the faculty. At SA1, the faculty will co-exist and co-create with industrial partners around the development. We will build further on this opportunity to create a Higher Education model that specialises in developing world-class industrial partnerships, excellence in STEM education and facilitates commercialisation and enterprise activities.
— Professor Michael FernandoDean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering