Student-LED library project secures funding

Posted by ep273 at Aug 07, 2018 01:40 PM |
The David Wilson Library is switching to LED lighting following a student project that identified an opportunity for energy and cost saving.

The David Wilson Library was fitted out with fluorescent lighting during the remodelling and extension work that took place between 2004 and 2008. Since that time, LED technology has become much more efficient and affordable, giving us a huge opportunity to make more energy savings at a reduced cost. The case for the switch was originally made by students in 2016 as part of their Go Green Week project and received support from over 300 students.

The main benefits will include:

  • Increased life and decreased maintenance of lamps
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Increased control with new ambient lighting sensors
  • Minimised light pollution and lower heat output

In order to inform a funding bid a trial was conducted with staff who used to work on the second floor of the library in the Careers Office. LEDs were installed and found to generate a more comfortable environment due to the minimal amount of heat emitted and the more natural quality of the light they gave out. New customisable sensors were also installed to detect daylight and movement, which provided a simple method of control so the lights automatically switched off when not in use.

The results of this were so promising that funding has now been allocated to outfit the entire building. The project will take 6-7 years to complete, with contractors working out of term-time and overnight to ensure minimal disruption to library users.

When the project is finally complete, it will have successfully paid for itself using only 30% of the energy required than before. Staff and students will also have a more comfortable working environment that is better illuminated, lower maintenance and has a lower carbon footprint.

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