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CORK CITY HALL LIT UP

14 July 2008

Designers have specified Sill Lighting projectors for the architectural lighting scheme at Cork City Hall.
The series of projectors used in this lighting scheme pushed an even spead of light across the whole building to spectacular effect. The projectors give maximum optical and glare control to ensure with optimum energy efficiencies.

Sill Lighting at Cork City Hall

Designers have specified Sill Lighting projectors for the architectural lighting scheme at Cork City Hall.
The area around Cork City Hall has recently been renovated and rejuvenated. In comparison to the redevelopment of this part of the city, the building’s existing sodium lighting scheme, although functional, seemed tired and dated. As a result Cork City Council appointed lighting designers Pritchard Themis to refresh the design.

Commenting on the design concept, Peter Pritchard, lighting designer at Pritchard Themis said, “We wanted to illuminate the city hall with a cool, crisp, white light to emphasise the strong architectural lines of the building. The lighting effect needed to be clean and even across the face of the building, powerful enough to create a striking effect, but with a maximum of optical and glare control to ensure optimum energy efficiencies”.
On choosing Sill’s projectors for the scheme, Peter continued, “The Sill Lighting projectors have superior quality optics and control gear. As a result, they are highly efficient at projecting light. Bob Bohannon of Sill Lighting was very helpful in calculating the capacity of the projectors and how many were needed to create an even wash against the building, so we were confident the lighting scheme would be effective.”
The final design incorporated 28 Sill 494 asymmetric wide beam projectors with 250w lamps, two 490 asymmetric wide beam projectors with 150w lamps, and two 491 narrow beam projectors with 150w lamps. The 490 series of external projectors from Sill are powerful, so suitable for washing light across larger buildings, yet compact, and so discreet and unobtrusive.
The series of projectors used in this lighting scheme pushed an even spread of light across the whole building to spectacular effect, and specifiers are delighted with the end result. “The power load of the new design is the same as the original lighting scheme but with greater projection of light. Cork City Hall is a limestone building based on the classical style of architecture, and the new lighting makes it stand out like a jewel amongst the city’s other buildings. We are very pleased with the final design, and it has been widely commented on in Cork.”


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