WEB EXCLUSIVE: Future refits European HQ with LEDs
Future Lighting Solutions has orchestrated an LED makeover at its parent’s European HQ, yielding 90% energy savings.
“Our extensive use of LED fixtures shows that we practice what our Future Lighting Solutions division preaches: LED lighting can be used as functional lighting,” said Danny Miller, Managing Director at Future Electronics EMEA. LEDs are also slashing lighting-related energy use in the building by as much as 92% per fixture, advancing energy conservation initiatives.
Perched on the busy M25 corridor encircling the London metropolitan area, the 64,000-square-foot home of Future Electronics EMEA is as architecturally striking as the lighting inside. Three five-story cylindrical towers are connected by two glass-enclosed wings stretching from the central tower structure at 30-degree angles. The building in Egham, Surrey, was completed in 2000 and became the European nerve center of Montreal-based electronic components distributor Future Electronics in July 2008.
In remodeling the building to suit the company’s needs, Future Electronics executives decided to use solid-state lighting products to create a new lighting ambience and to replace many of the existing halogen and CFL fixtures. The goal was to promote the mission of Future Lighting Solutions - the exclusive distributor of Philips Lumileds’ LUXEON® power LEDs as well as a source of LED knowledge, resources, programs, partners, components and logistics support for luminaire manufacturers – by turning the building into a billboard for LUXEON-based lighting applications.
LED accents in the atrium
Around the perimeter of the atrium, 31 existing 50W halogen MR16 accent lights were retrofitted with 4W Dialight Lumidrives HL16 light engines containing three warm-white LUXEON® K2 LEDs simply by changing the transformer and replacing it with a constant current driver. Each LED retrofit uses only 5W of power when used with a constant current drive compared to 63W for the halogen bulb – typical of the energy savings for each solid-state luminaire in the building.
All-LED meeting rooms
The company went even further in the four executive meeting rooms on the first and second floors, eliminating conventional lighting completely. In each 14-square-meter meeting room, the four existing twin 26W CFL downlights were replaced with an equal number of LUXEON Rebel-based IST DL090 downlights from Integrated Systems Technologies (IST). The solid-state fixtures provide light output comparable to the CFL versions, fit in the same space, and deliver a performance of 45 lumens per watt that complies with the UK’s Part L regulations for fuel and power conservation.
In addition, all eight 50W halogen MR16 lamps installed around the edges of each room were retrofitted with the same three-LED Dialight Lumidrives HL16 light engines as the perimeter fixtures in the atrium. The LED lamps provide the same wall-washing effect and can be used for sole illumination when the downlights are turned off . The same HL16 light engines were also in the building’s two informal groundfloor meeting rooms. The original GU10 halogen fixtures were replaced with an equal number of HL16s, providing the same level of illumination on the meeting tables.
Boardroom & cafeteria color
Elsewhere in the building, Future Electronics used LED lighting to create special color effects that add visual interest to some of the main spaces visible from the atrium. In the second-floor boardroom, for example, each of the three drum-shaped fixtures hanging above the conference table is fitted with six warm-white Dialight Lumidrives MR16-compatible light engines for task lighting and topped with 18 blue LUXEON® I LEDs embedded in a custom light engine that bathes the ceiling in blue. Also, the 19 perimeter MR11 fixtures were retrofitted with blue LED lamps to create a blue wash on the walls. Independent switches make it possible to turn on only the blue lights when the room is not in use.
A true “Future house”
All told, the initial LED installations at Future Electronics EMEA yielded a dramatic 86% reduction in lighting-related energy usage, replacing 213 fixtures consuming 12.198kW with an equal number of luminaires plus a few new decorative lighting fixtures drawing just 1.691kW. That includes halogen lamps in the flower beds that were removed in favor of LED landscape lighting from Clarity Lighting, reducing energy usage from 125W to 7W per luminaire.
And there are more savings to come. Over time, the EMEA headquarters plans to add more LED downlights, decorative LEDs on the building’s three towers and signage, and other solid-state illumination as new LED products hit the market.
With this ongoing transition to LED lighting, Future House is living up to the promise of its Future Lighting Solutions division: advancing the use of solid-state technology in general lighting. One look at Future Electronics’ Egham building, and anyone can tell that the future of lighting has arrived.