Concord LED Beacon luminaires bring energy and maintenance savings to Discovery Museum

Sept. 10, 2014

A new and improved lighting scheme at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, demonstrates the enduring benefits of Concord luminaires in the museum environment. Driven by the advantages of energy efficiency and reduced maintenance achievable with LED, the new lighting installation incorporates several key areas of the museum and features Beacon and the multi award-winning Beacon Muse luminaires from Concord.

The Discovery Museum is a science and local history museum with many exhibits of local history, including examples of Joseph Swan's early light bulbs which were invented on Tyneside. A programme of on-going refurbishment has delivered improvements to many of the galleries at the museum, including the Entrance Gallery which houses the impressive Turbinia, the world’s first turbine-powered steam ship. For many years the museum has used Concord track lighting, and continues to do so for its compatibility with both new and existing luminaires – a tremendous cost-saving benefit for the museum, as Phil Robinson, Customer Service and Facilities Manager at the museum relates: “We have on occasions used other manufacturers but in some cases it became impossible to source compatible replacement fittings. This resulted in us having to replace track to accommodate new fittings, which comes with associated installation costs. Concord has provided us with a solution that was simple to install, cost effective and provides us with an aesthetically pleasing fitting design that was fully compatible with our existing lighting track. They were also able to provide us with support and advice for the whole project and continued after sales support and advice.” The new Concord lighting scheme has lowered energy consumption and on-going maintenance by eliminating the need to replace failed lamps and therefore reducing the incidences of museum displays being unlit. The new luminaires feature in various galleries in the museum including the Entrance Gallery, Story of the Tyne Gallery, Ballroom Gallery, Soldiers Life Gallery and the Destination Tyneside Gallery which has recently been redesigned by Redman Design. Showcased throughout the museum are several products from Concord’s Beacon spotlight range, from Beacon 26w High Output in the high ceiling entrance gallery, through to the flexible award winning Beacon Muse in the smaller gallery spaces such as Destination Tyneside and Soldiers Life gallery. Products used as below: • Beacon 26w High Output – offering clean, crisp light levels in the larger gallery spaces • Beacon Muse – providing flexibility between Spot and Flood depending on the exhibits requiring illumination • Beacon Recessed Adjustable, for suspended ceiling auditorium spaces About Discovery Museum Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. Opening hours Monday to Friday: 10am - 5pm (Summer Holidays) Saturday and Sunday: 11am - 4pm Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am - 4pm Admission to the Museum is free Discovery Museum is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on behalf of Newcastle City Council. About Concord from Havells Sylvania Concord is part of the Havells Sylvania Group and is one of Europe’s most respected Architectural lighting brands. With a strong manufacturing base in the UK, Concord is renowned for its strong design ethos, high technical performance and aesthetic form. Concord focuses on bringing lighting solutions to meet the needs of architects and lighting designers. Concord’s innovative portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market, encompassing track and spot, downlights, ambient lighting, recessed and linear solutions for a variety of application segments. The company provides segment specific lighting application advice; and the entire product range is underpinned by in-house technical expertise, from optical system design through to photometric measurement and testing. Concord’s best in class range of LED luminaires have won many prestigious design awards and industry accolades in recent years. During 2013, Concord Glace has won the Best Interior Luminaire at the Lighting Design Awards and been a finalist at the Lux Awards and the FX Awards. Concord Lytelab received a five-star review in Lux magazine’s tests, Concord Beacon Minor was a finalist at the FX Awards and Concord Officelyte incorporating Organic Response won the 2014 Lighting Design Award in the Control Category. Formed in April 2007, Havells Sylvania is owned by Havells India Ltd, a US$ Billion plus company. With 94 branches and representative offices worldwide, and over 8000 employees working in more than 50 countries; Havells has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings in Delhi in 1958. Havells has eighteen manufacturing plants in India, Europe, Latin America and Africa; producing globally acclaimed products, including: switchgear, cables, wires, luminaires and lamps. Havells Sylvania is a leading, full-spectrum provider of professional and architectural lighting solutions. Built on over a century of expertise in lamps and luminaires, Havells Sylvania supplies state-of-the art products and systems to the public, commercial and private sectors, worldwide. Havells Sylvania strives to deliver the finest products, service and consulting possible. All over the world, people rely on group companies: Concord, Lumiance and Sylvania, for top quality, energy-efficient solutions to suit their individual lighting needs.


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