Featured on Grand Designs (a Channel 4 TV program in the UK) in February 2009, the Marlborough Farmhouse sits in the rolling chalk hills of Wiltshire, UK, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.
The New Farmhouse is part of a second generation dairy and arable farm owned by Andrew and Meryl Ainslie. The design of the build was developed to blend with existing farm buildings and the surrounding countryside, with a curved metal roof – made of zinc – overarching the whole building
With only a few windows on the north facing wall, the entire south side of the building was triple glazed to trap solar energy and connect Andrew and Meryl to the land.
When it came to lighting the building, the electrician was originally planning to install 50W GU10 Main Voltage Halogen lamps, but lighting engineers at Design 360 suggested there was an alternative, more energy efficient and sustainable option.
Using GE Lighting’s Vio LEDs, Design 360 developed their G4 3.6W LED luminaire with a total circuit wattage of just 4.5W, considerably less than the 50W GU10 lamps which were to have been used originally. Design 360 installed a total of 98 LED luminaires throughout the entire house.
Praising the results of the installation, Meryl and Andrew Ainslie said; “Design 360 created the perfect level of lighting for each area of our home. Jon Baker was innovative and responded brilliantly to our brief, using GE’s LED down-lighters and taking care to install different coloured reflectors and diffusion glasses to meet our needs.”
GE Lighting’s Product Manager for Solid State Lighting, Andy Davies says; “Although LEDs require greater initial investment than other lighting options, we are starting to see more and more domestic LED installations. Andrew and Meryl will benefit from the longer term energy and maintenance savings that make LEDs one of the most environmentally sustainable lighting solutions available today. It is testament to the quality of the product that GE’s LEDs were selected for this Grand Designs build, and even more so that this has since inspired other customers to install LED lighting. Over the next few years we expect to see considerable growth in the number of householders switching to LEDs.”
About Design 360: design360 design and develop energy efficient modern lighting products incorporating state of the art light sources. They pride themselves on their innovative approach to sustainable luminaire design. Employing computer analysis they develop fittings that deliver high quality efficient long life light for all applications.