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Article Date: 17th March 2016

Eaton Creates Unique Lighting Scheme for London’s New Ludgate Development

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Eaton Electric - New Ludgate

Power management company Eaton was selected by the UK’s largest commercial property company to create a unique lighting solution for a landmark office development in the City of London. Land Securities chose Eaton to supply its two New Ludgate buildings on the strength of its ability to design and manufacture a bespoke lighting solution that precisely met the client’s specifications.

The Priam LED was developed exclusively for this project by Eaton at its UK manufacturing facility. It provides Land Securities with a lighting solution that blends seamlessly into the contemporary interior of the two buildings as well as meeting the rigorous technical requirements relating to output, glare, efficiency and luminosity.

The prestigious development, which was formally completed and opened this year, comprises two buildings. One New Ludgate and Two New Ludgate jointly offer 349,512sq ft of prime office space and 26,713sq ft of retail and restaurant space. Eaton’s challenge was to create a linear LED solution that could be incorporated uniformly into ceiling tiles throughout the office areas to provide a consistently high quality of light.

In response, Eaton designed the Priam LED family of fittings, based on an innovative ‘cassette-style’ concept that would enable simple installation options in harmony with the sweeping curves that characterised the layout of the buildings. By integrating the luminaires into the ceiling tiles, they become almost unnoticeable when switched off. Incorporating the latest LED technology and micro-polymer materials, the Priam LED offers even distribution of light while eliminating the need for traditional louvred fittings that could detract from the sleek appearance of the interior.

Andy Gallacher, lighting product manager at Eaton, said: “We were among a number of manufacturers who bid for this project and were able to differentiate ourselves by offering a bespoke final fitting that would be competitively priced and produced here in the UK at our own design manufacturing plant. As such, we were the only company that could adhere to the technical specifications outlined by the client within the required timeframe and budget. We worked closely with our partners at Land Security throughout the process and are proud to have delivered on our promise of a high-quality lighting solution befitting of such a prestigious development as this.”

Energy efficiency was another key requirement of the brief and the Priam LED was designed to deliver more than 100 luminaire lumens per circuit watt, which is around 30 per cent better than a typical fluorescent alternative.

Thanks to a strong partnership between Land Securities and Eaton, there was close collaboration at every stage and trials were conducted at a similar property elsewhere in London to ensure a successful outcome. By the end of the 18-month project, more than 5,000 Priam LED luminaires had been installed in the two buildings, as well as the provision for additional lighting in ancillary areas including corridors and toilets.

Mark Ponzini, Senior Project Engineer at Land Securities, added: “The New Ludgate development is an extremely important project for us, offering outstanding office facilities in an excellent central location. Testament to its appeal is the fact that it is now more than 90 per cent let. The lighting was always a crucial component of our vision for the building, not only in terms of aesthetics but also its performance and energy efficiency. Eaton has displayed an impressive degree of dynamism and creative thinking to deliver a solution that is unique to us and we are very pleased with the results.”

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