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Energy Saving Lighting & Electrical

Bath Academy, Bath


A recently established academy school in Bath has completed the construction of a new wing of classrooms to add a further 10 modern teaching spaces to its facilities. During the specification process, it was decided that the lighting scheme needed to be energy efficient, and as a result, the school opted for a RIDI system of Arktik-LED luminaires combined with absence/presence detection and daylight sensors for further savings.

Consultants at Chippenham based TDP worked alongside ES Electrical in Corsham to install a series of RIDI luminaires to the classrooms, corridors, toilets and external entrance canopy. The team also installed a number of sensors combining absence/presence detection and daylight linking functionality. This all links to DALI control gear which has a number of pre-set scenes available at the touch of a button.

“The Arktik-LED is the luminaire that heralds the arrival of LED in a standard modular lighting format and has found a natural home on this academy project,” comments Mike Attard, Managing Director of RIDI UK. “Arktik-LED combines stylish looks with exceptional performance. With the addition of absence/presence detection, daylight sensors and lighting controls, the scheme delivers the ultimate in energy saving potential.”

The Arktik-LED luminaire is a 600×600 recessed fitting with a diffuser specially produced to optimise LED technology. With production at its German facility recently having been expanded to bring LED production in-house, new versions in the Arktik range now include a reduced wattage of 45w and are compliant with the LG7 standard. With an output of 5200 lumens, the project only required 8 luminaires per classroom offering a saving on installation costs and reducing the impact of the LED cost premium.

“With the influx of cheap LED products to the market we wanted to be sure we could guarantee our products’ performance, efficiency and longevity,” adds Mike. “For these reasons we took measures to produce our own LED boards in house; we now have a product that we can confidently supply to installations such as this one that comes complete with a 50,000hr projected lifespan underpinned by our 5 year warranty. It also means we can easily modify boards for special requirements.”

RIDI’s Class Control lighting management system contributed significant energy saving benefits to the academy. Combining LED’s suitability as an energy efficient light source with daylight linking and absence/presence sensors means artificial light is used only when necessary. This minimises any wasted light and also keeps light levels in the classrooms at the optimum level to maintain concentration and improve comfort. The DALI setup will reduce the luminous flux of artificial light depending on the intensity of natural light picked up in each classroom.

Arktik is one of RIDI’s first luminaire to benefit from an LED upgrade and with the ultra-efficient 45w variation, provides an affordable potential LED upgrade for schools, colleges, universities and corporate installations.