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North Wiltshire community hall saves energy and boosts security with LED floodlights

19 December 2014

A village community hall in North Wiltshire is benefiting from energy-efficient LED XLed floodlights from Steinel (UK), bringing ultra-bright illumination to the charity events held on its grounds

Sutton Benger Village Hall draws hundreds of people to its popular wintertime events, with firework displays and Christmas celebrations forming a big part of the local calendar. However, providing good light levels on the grounds of the village hall at these events was increasingly becoming a problem. Diesel-powered portable lights had been in use for some years, but they were heavy and cumbersome to move. Worst of all, for a community hall with a limited budget, the energy-hungry lights cost a fortune in terms of fuel.

To combat this expensive energy waste, the hall’s trustees made the decision to invest in the latest LED floodlights. A combination of XLed Home 3 and XLed 10 floodlights from Steinel were selected for their bright light, low energy consumption and long lifespans.

Crisp, white light
Installed on the southern and eastern elevations of the village hall, the fully-adjustable XLed floodlights have light panels that can be turned and tilted for maximum flexibility, bringing illumination to areas that had previously proved difficult to light. The electrician who fitted the IP44-rated XLed floodlights found them “very easy to install” and praised their high quality.

The XLeds have a 12–14m reach, which means that crisp, white light now floods the exterior of the building. The patio area, which is frequently used for events, is now brightly-lit, and the entrances to the recreation field, where ticket desks are typically positioned, are easy for visitors to see.

Steinel’s team of experts was able to give detailed advice on achieving excellent light levels at optimum efficiency, using RELUX software to design the most effective lighting scheme.

Energy savings
The energy savings resulting from the LED floodlights have been substantial: the XLeds use between 70% and 90% less energy than a halogen lamp of comparable output. What’s more, with typical lifespans of 50,000 hours, the long-lasting XLeds are expected to be maintenance-free for the foreseeable future, reducing pressure on the village hall’s finances and alleviating fears about dead lamps.

Ian Dony FCABE MRICS Chair of Trustees, comments: “The Steinel floodlights have been a huge improvement on the previous light sources, giving us excellent light quality at events, and ensuring good safety and security for all our visitors. The energy savings will also be very welcome, and we’re always glad to reduce our carbon footprint, too. We can highly recommend XLed floodlights to any budget-conscious charities or community groups which have a need for high-quality exterior lighting at regular public events.”

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