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Connected Light Delivers Improved Illumination
and Energy Savings for Frampton Cotterell
Primary School
A comprehensive lighting upgrade initiative at the South Gloucestershire school was completed in
just seven days over the summer 2017 holiday period
T
he desire to improve overall
standards of illumination and
reduce energy consumption
has long underpinned the growing
number of lighting system upgrades
taking place at UK schools, colleges
and universities. Increasingly, given
the advent of highly sophisticated
and user-friendly control systems,
enhanced adjustment of lighting
conditions and output can be added
to the mix.
All of these elements came into play
when Frampton Cotterell Church of
England Primary School in South
Gloucestershire decided to undertake
a site-wide lighting upgrade earlier this
year. The project covered multiple
areas, from classrooms to general
meeting spaces, and reflected the
overwhelming feeling that “the lighting
in the premises was in a very poor
condition,” recalls school business
manager Mandy Turner. “It had
become increasingly difficult to procure
replacement parts, and we were also
aware of the energy savings we could
make by converting to LED
technology.”
Having established that South
Gloucestershire Council would be able
to part-fund the upgrade, Ms Turner
and her team initiated a tender
process. The contract went to
Connected Light – through whom it
actually had a personal connection
thanks to Connected Light director
Matt Holway being an alumnus of the
school, and now having his own child
as a pupil there.
“Matt had assisted us with advice in the
past, which was very useful, but we
had also engaged Connected Light for
repair issues and were aware that their
products and services were of a very
high and reliable standard. Hence we
specifically requested that they be
included in the tender process,” says
Ms Turner.
‘Much brighter and more appealing’
Not surprisingly, the emphasis
throughout the project was on ensuring
minimum disruption to the normal
running of the school, so all work was
carried out in just seven days over the
summer 2017 holidays. Drawing on
LED lighting from across the current
Connected Light portfolio, the new
fixtures and fittings replaced ageing
fluorescent lighting which had been the
subject of failures and which was also
yielding a very poor standard of
illumination.
To ensure easy access to staff and
support personnel to the control of the
systems, simple controllers were
integrated into a number of key areas,
including the toilets, storerooms and
cupboard areas. Personnel were given
an overview of the new lighting and its
capabilities, as and when requested.
As well as delivering all the expected
advantages of transitioning from
traditional fluorescents to the latest
LED lighting – notably, reduced energy
consumption and costs, improved
illumination, less call for maintenance,
and so on – there was one very
immediate benefit in terms of peace of
mind. “We once had an incident with
one of the old units overheating and
burning, which was obviously very
concerning, so the new system has
brought us a great deal of reassurance
with regard to health and safety,” says
Mandy Turner.
Several weeks on from the completion
of the project and the school is
continuing to report an across-theboard improvement in lighting
conditions, as Matt Holway observes:
“The general standard of the lighting
had been below-par for some time, so I
think everyone has noticed how much
brighter and more appealing the
conditions now are thanks to the new
installation. The simple controllers
mean that staff can easily take charge
of what lighting is required, and when,
and in the longer-term it is evident that
the replacement of those inefficient
fluorescents is going to deliver some
very welcome reductions to the
school’s energy bills.”
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