The large atrium at the Art Gallery has many functions:
as an entrance to the gallery,
a meeting place,
an entertainment area,
a display opportunity and
a showcase for the interior of the sculpture wall.
As such, it is important that the lighting in the area is clear, high in intensity, neutral in colour and able to operate for long periods with minimal maintenance.
The lighting initially installed in the atrium was 300 and 500 Watt halogen lamps, with a rated life of 4000 hours. The lights functioned well, but the relatively short life span of the lamps was problematic as a cherry picker is required to access the high ceiling areas. The lights also added approximately 45 kilowatts of heat to the area, the equivalent of three large log burners.
The power demand of these lamps was also a consideration, with power requirements of:
X 500 Watts
X 500 Watts
X 300 Watts
Power requirement for previous atrium lighting
45,100 Watts (45.1 kW)
(There was some additional power required for the ballasts)
Technology has moved on quickly since the first commissioning of the Art Gallery in 2002, so that in November 2008 light fittings were installed that improve many of the operating parameters of the previous lighting, including:
The power demand of the new lamps is as follows:
X 150 Watts
X 84 Watts
=4 452 Watts
X 8 Watts
Power requirement for present atrium lighting
5768 Watts (5.768 kW)
(There is some additional power required for the ballasts)
The upgrading of the lighting has reduced the energy requirement of the lighting by 39 kilowatts or approximately 140,000 kilowatts or $15,000 a year.
There are additional benefits to the change, including:
The lamps installed have a lifespan of 12,000 to 15,000 hours, reducing the maintenance costs by at least a third.
The air conditioning costs in summer will likewise be reduced.
The benefits of the project
The benefits of the project include:
a reduction in the energy required to operate the lighting
a reduction in the electricity costs
a reduction in the heat produced by the lighting
a reduction in air chilling costs in the atrium area
a reduction in maintenance costs.
Things to consider for your business or home
- Is there lighting that could be changed to energy efficient lighting that will reduce our energy use?
- Are there areas that become over heated that a change in lighting might benefit?