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on December 7, 2016 8:40 am EST
UK Church Gets LED Energy Boost
Rector of All Saints Church in Ascot, Berkshire, UK, urges church board to divert from fossil fuel and enlist cleaner, cost-effective, carbon-conscious energy solutions, including LED lighting.
CGA Integration, specialists in AV design and installation, was chosen to replace the incandescent sources in All Saints’ two halls with Penn Elcom's retrofit LED package.
Penn Elcom with offices in the UK and in Garden Grove, Calif., supplied a fully retro-fittable LED lighting package to the UK's CGA Integration. CGA installed the package into two church halls operated by All Saints Church in Ascot, Berkshire, UK, resulting in an approximately 50% reduction in running costs.
The Church’s rector, Reverend Dr Darrell Hannah, is an enthusiastic supporter of sustainable energy and moved a private members' motion in 2014 urging the Church of England’s National Investing Bodies to divest from fossil fuel companies and explore cleaner and more carbon-conscious energy sources, which gave rise to a switch to Opus Energy as a supplier to All Saints.
“The Comus LED tube range was [an ideal] solution to replace the old fluorescent tubes, and Penn had several options on LED substitutes or equivalents for all the other lighting fixtures that needed upgrading."
—Dave Bearman, AV Consultant, CGA Integration, UK
Following on from that, Hannah was also a driving force in the decision to replace the incandescent sources in All Saints’ two halls, appointing local CGA Integration, specialists in AV design and installation.
“CGA Integration has enjoyed a long and good working relationship with Penn Elcom,” explains CGA AV Consultant Dave Bearman, “so with a wide range of premium LED products to select from, it was a natural choice to source replacement fixtures from them.”
Bearman adds, “The Comus LED tube range was [an ideal] solution to replace the old fluorescent tubes, and Penn had several options on LED substitutes or equivalents for all the other lighting fixtures that needed upgrading. We also knew we’d get the same superlative service as always.”
All Saints Church Hall is on the same site at the Victorian church itself, and the King Edward Hall is two miles away. Both are in constant use year round for a variety of community-based activities from yoga and tai chi to jumble sales, as well as hosting a heterogeneity of society meetings from camera club to the organ society.A solution in the works
Eighteen 5 foot and 6 foot daylight white LED replacement tubes were installed in the main hall, plus four more in the lobby area and two in the stores, together with a range of Osram and Integral LED replacement lamps for spot and pendant lights positioned around the peripheral areas.
All Saints Church in Ascot, Berkshire, UK, expects an approximately 50% reduction in running costs of its well-used halls due to the LED package installation.
Apart from making the environment hugely brighter and more usable with its CRI of 80+, lamp-changing and accessing the tubes via ladders is a thing of the past.
The lamps inside the spot lights around the hall have been replaced with a warmer white LED which is reportedly perfect for creating the more ambient vibes for events like yoga classes. They also offer the choice of two color temperatures or using a combination.
In King Edwards Hall, 48-foot by 4-foot fluorescent tubes in a suspended ceiling have been replaced with the equivalent LED tubes from Penn Elcom.
The installation process was reported to be quick and simple; the Comus tubes come complete with an LED "starter" that is simple to install in place of the fluorescent device. That and the lamps were simply inserted into the existing fittings … and were ready to go.Measurable results
With the two halls now consuming about half the energy of the previous lighting installation, church representatives report that it’s freeing up valuable money to go towards charitable causes supported by All Saints. Apart from this tangible cost saving, everyone using the facilities benefits from a better quality of light in which to work, engage and run their activities.
Razvan Vasiliu, from Penn Elcom’s LED team that suppported the project reports, “It is always a pleasure to work with CGA. The level of details and the accurate information they supplied helped us to produce an energy assessment that clearly highlighted the benefits of switching to LED lighting.”