Built in 1906, India House is a longstanding and iconic building in Manchester’s cityscape. Initially utilised for storage in the tea industry, Harry S. Fairhurst’s design has stood the test of time becoming a grade ll listed building in the mid-seventies.
India House now belongs to The Guinness Partnership, a socially responsible provider of affordable accommodation who have been managing the property as a residential enterprise since 1989.
Previously, the communal areas and underground car park were serviced by a variety of compact fluorescent and linear fluorescent T8 light sources. The likes of which would now be considered dated technology.
Advances in technology have presented The Guinness Partnership with an opportunity to make substantial energy and maintenance savings by having a lighting overhaul. To this end, Steon Lighting were approached to collaborate with their professional and experienced maintenance and improvement team, Guinness Property Ltd.
Many of the T8 linear luminaires in communal areas were replaced by Orbit LEDs, reception areas were fitted with decorative trims for an enhanced aesthetic, not only did these products have lesser operating and maintenance costs, they were also supplied with intelligent lighting controls.
Utilising microwave sensing technology the product manages output by detection of presence and absence, dimming down to 10% output when an area is unoccupied.
The underground car park also received a lighting upgrade, with Steon Lighting’s Challenger 66 LED replacing the existing T8 non-corrosives. Again these employed intelligent lighting controls only switching to 100% output upon detection of a presence. These were installed in a master-slave arrangement to improve light distribution.
Guinness Property Ltd. monitored the lighting installation both before and after the upgrade, at comparable times of day. The results were very preferable with India House having proven…
‘energy savings in excess of
50% following installation’
Furthermore, in addition to this increased efficiency, lux levels throughout the building were measured; the new lighting scheme delivered ambient lux levels twice that of the original installation at 150 lux as opposed to 75. Light level when testing the emergency provisions were almost 7 times greater than they were previously.