Henry Charnock lecture theatre at Southampton University required energy saving, reduced maintenance dimmable lamps for a 5m high ceiling for their lecture theatre.
The lecture theatre had been built with traditional large compact fluorescent dimmable lights, which were extremely difficult to replace due to the height of the ceiling. Regular maintenance and lamp changing was not a simple routine operation. The University’s maintenance team had to use scissor lifts to gain access to change the lamps. The additional cost and significant disruption each time a lamp needed changing (the scissor lifts had to overcome various obstacles in order to gain access to the lecture room) resulted in the University looking for an alternative solution.
Spurlite were asked for an alternative to this maintenance issue. The University wanted a reliable a long lasting “maintenance free” luminaire, which would at least maintain, but ideally provide better light levels. Any new lighting solution would need to fit into the existing down light cut out, as the ceilings were plasterboard and due to budgetary constraints re-plastering was not an option. Finally, as with most large companies and Universities, Southampton wanted to reduce energy bills and saw the replacement of the old lights as an opportunity to improve their energy usage.