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Roads all over the county of Lancashire now benefit from better, more efficient lighting


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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.

The challenge

Lancashire County Council wanted to reduce the cost of energy and maintenance for its street lighting by upgrading lighting across the county. The project included  everything from small residential roads to major traffic routes, seeing existing HID, SOX and SON fittings replaced.

The project had to achieve the appropriate light levels, while increasing energy-efficiency and reducing operating costs and carbon emissions, with the ability to save even more energy by part-night dimming of the light fittings.

The council issued an invitation to tender, which sought a lighting solution with the best whole-life cost over a period of 25 years, taking into account unit cost, energy consumption and replacement cost.

The design requirements were also very specific and subject to British and European standards, which meant that the quality of light had to meet the required levels without exceeding them.

Thorn Lighting won the bid against various other manufacturers and became the sole supplier for the entire scheme.

The lighting solution

Thousands of Thorn’s CiviTEQ, FleXity and R2L2 road lanterns have been installed across Lancashire. Thorn’s engineers were able to provide efficient solutions for the various lighting design scenarios, whilst also meeting all of the stringent requirements for the project, including warranty, lead times and after sales support. In addition to replacing existing fittings, Thorn’s luminaires have also been used in some of the new installations.

Thorn’s CiviTEQ is a cost-effective LED road lighting solution that balances cost of ownership and performance. The luminaire is fitted with Thorn’s innovative R-PEC® optic to bring safe and efficient light to residential streets and high traffic roads, with two size options up to 17klm and 12 precise light distributions, CiviTEQ adapts to any installation layout. It is available with a comprehensive range of controls including programmable bi-power functionality to activate or deactivate dimming on site.

FleXity is a versatile and modern post-top LED lantern that offers a fast return on investment for city space and amenity lighting, with a 100,000-hour maintenance free life and low cost of ownership. FleXity has dedicated optics, integrated bi-power dimming and a choice of protectors, clear for optimised performance and diffused for greater visual comfort.

R2L2 is an attractively proportioned LED road lantern at the forefront of LED technology. It delivers class-leading performance with outstanding uniformity which provides an even distribution of light on the ground.

Thorn’s factory in County Durham has manufactured and delivered more than 49,000 lanterns for this contract, all on time and in accordance with the customer’s requirements. More than 20,000 more are due to be delivered over the coming months.

The result

The new lighting from Thorn has reduced maintenance and created a distinctive urban lighting design for Lancashire. Thorn achieved this through the deployment of high-quality, low-energy, low-maintenance luminaires that use the very latest LED technology.