Energy Efficient Lamps

Megaman has supplied a variety of its energy efficient lamps for the refurbishment of the lighting at Cardiff Castle. Megaman was chosen for this gargantuan task by Cardiff Council following assurances that the lighting would maintain the brightness required within the Castle interiors, whilst retaining the aesthetic charm of the building and providing massive energy savings.

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. During 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a gothic fairytale fantasy. The Castle’s ongoing conservation project is valued at about £8 million and has been supported by a £5.7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, whilst additional financial support has been received from CADW and Visit Wales. It is a very diverse project with conservation work ranging from the consolidation of Roman masonry to the repairs of the lavish decoration within the House.

Picking up the gauntlet to be more energy efficient and sustainable, Castle staff together with the Council’s energy management team, came up with a plan to replace all the light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs. Unlike previous energy saving lamps, the new lamps have been specifically designed to fit in with the wonderful historic interiors and show its architectural features and artworks in the best possible light.

Of the 415 light bulbs in the house alone, 117 are contained within the chandeliers in the Banqueting Hall, making the change over to energy efficient lamps quite a daunting task. Megaman supplied a combination of 5W LED Clear Candle lamps, 8W GU10 LEDs, 15W AR111 LED’s, GU10s and 18W CFL GLS lamps for use throughout the project.

The LED lamps are guaranteed to last at least 3 years, offer the added benefits of low heat emission, and negligible ultraviolet and infrared output, which can be harmful to the Castle’s delicate interiors. The LED lamps run at 5W each, rather than the 25W filament lamps, and are expected to last around 50 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Annual energy costs have been reduced, with a calculated energy saving of 45.6 tons CO² and this is in addition to the cost reductions in maintenance and downtime. Everyone involved in the project is really impressed with the results at Cardiff Castle – so much so, in fact, that Cardiff Council are considering repeating the exercise with more historic buildings, of which they have quite a few!

LED Replacement for the MR16 Halogen

Sylvania is pleased to announce another industry first; the launch of the new ‘made in Europe’ MR16 LED, a direct replacement for the popular MR16 halogen lamp.

Yet again first-to-market with such a product innovation, the Sylvania MR16 LED is the first retrofit MR16 LED replacement lamp to achieve 450lm without the use of an active cooling fan. Manufactured at Sylvania’s state-of-the-art facility in Tienen, Belgium, the lamp benefits from European build quality, performance and reliability – and because, unlike other similar lamps, it does not incorporate a cooling fan, the MR16 LED is quiet in operation. The new lamp can be used in any existing MR16 luminaire – even IP rated ones with a protective lens – which other products are unable to do due to the cooling fan protruding too far.

“The take up of our GU10 retrofit LED lamp has been phenomenal and we anticipate the same reaction to our MR16 LED replacement,” says Peter Dillen, Strategic Business Unit Director LED. “Both products are the work of our Tienen facility; and the lighting trade, stockists and consumers all recognise that European manufacture is a badge of quality. We have worked hard to get these products right so that consumers can safely replace their lamps, not their fixtures. The two new MR16 LED lamps (350lm and 450lm) can replace both 35W and 50W halogens, yet also deliver the lower energy costs and reduced maintenance benefits associated with LED technology.”

Over recent months Sylvania has invested significantly in R&D and the MR16 LED is another first for the company when it comes to LED retrofit lamp technology. This innovation follows the successful launch of the HI-SPOT RefLED ES50; a direct retrofit replacement for a GU10 50W halogen. The lamp was recently highly commended at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards, recognising Sylvania’s innovative strengths in LED reflector development.

Due to its European R&D and manufacturing base, Sylvania is well placed to react quickly to market demands and is constantly developing new products. For example, Sylvania is currently working on a 65W GU10 equivalent with a 450lm output.

Perfect for directional lighting in residential, retail and office applications, the new MR16 LED lamps offer energy savings and a longer lamp life of 25,000 hours with 80% energy savings compared to the standard halogen counterpart. The new MR16 350lm and 450lm lamps will produce 300lm and 400lm of useful light from a 90˚ cone respectively.