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Lighten the Load

05 June 2014

BEG helps deliver high energy efficiency at an independent boarding school with a lighting control solution

German manufacturer, BEG, which describes itself as a building information specialist, says it’s helped deliver high energy efficiency at an independent boarding school with a lighting control solution.

It has provided The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, established by a Royal Charter in 1715 to educate the sons of seafarers, with lighting occupancy sensors that have the potential to offer energy savings up to 80%.

With about 700 pupils between the ages of 11-18 in the largest boarding school in East Anglia, the school’s board of directors was keen to find a solution to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions. After an extensive lighting site survey by BEG, the Royal Hospital School has replaced its conventional switches with more than 50 of the company's Luxomat two channel occupancy sensors.

Installing the Luxomat means the occupancy detector switches on light, heating, and ventilation only when required. The sensor is a motion detector designed for ceiling mounting and its optical system has a coverage angle of 360°. It is high resolution and suitable for a school environment where most activity in a classroom, for example, occurs when pupils are sitting down.

In addition to movement, the presence detector also senses daylight and artificial light and controls the overall brightness. If this is higher than the required luminous intensity, the artificial lighting is turned off again even though movement is present. It is switched on if not enough daylight is available.

The artificial light can also be readjusted to the amount needed to meet the pre-determined brightness level. The school will also save money on maintenance costs as the Luxomat is remote controllable.

BEG supplied the Royal Hospital School with the sensors via Ipswich-based MDE Electrical Supplies -- one of the German’s company’s stockist partners in the UK. The Luxomat was installed in the school’s classrooms, changing rooms, corridors and several other circulation areas.

The school expects to see a return on its investment within just one year. The occupancy sensors will be further rolled out to other areas of the school including the pupils’ dormitories this summer.
Located in the village of Holbrook near Ipswich on the banks of the River Stour in the Suffolk countryside, the Royal Hospital School has strong naval traditions and connections with the British royal family. The then future king George VI laid the foundation stone at Holbrook when he was the Duke of York in 1928 and HRH Prince Andrew has been a regular visitor to the school since 1992.
Paul Jones, BEG UK Director, said: “BEG is delighted to have met the lighting control requirements of such a prestigious school as the Royal Hospital School that is steeped in history with a long association with both the Royal Navy and the British royal family.

“The school stands to make significant savings in energy consumption thanks to the installation of the Luxomat in key circulation areas of the school. The occupancy sensors will enable the Royal Hospital School to become a more energy efficient school, while allowing it to simultaneously reduce its carbon footprint.”

Bruck Electronic (BEG) says it’s focused on providing solutions for energy saving, comfort and security. “We’re a German-owned family business with more than 35 years in developing, manufacturing and distributing innovative solutions for intelligent building automation,” it says. “Our product offering includes motion and presence detectors from standalone through to KNX solutions.

“We have an unrivalled range of PIR solutions with more than 150 different products and can cover all applications, from cold storage to warehouses. If we don’t have a specific solution then we’ll look to develop, which is why last year we introduced three new product ranges.”


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