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Degrees of Light

RIDI Lighting has provided a comprehensive lighting solution at the Open University’s new Jennie Lee Building – a £13 million, 5,000m2, cutting edge research department.

The effect created by RIDI is apparent as soon as you enter the building into the striking atrium. A continuous waved strip of LF Opal luminaires, a simple angular fixture delivering a crisp and wide light distribution, follows the recessed contours of the central upper walkway and is flanked by a line of RIDI’s latest recessed spotlight, the 20w compact metal halide Tango R, providing an eye-catching centrepiece to the public area.

With its high-reflect aluminium matt parabolic louvre providing an even, glare free spread of downlighting, Venice was the choice in the all important study areas of the building, where the light channels were fitted with optional dummy covers to create the effect of dark intersections along the run.

As Hakeem Makanju, consultant at Buro Happold explains, it was RIDI’s broad range of versatile products, a number of which are particularly suited to the education sector, that was key to the project:

“With a wide choice of both suspended and recessed luminaires, coupled with RIDI’s intelligent control systems, we were able to specify products that matched precisely the educational and study requirements of this flagship university building. The control element, specifically designed for The Open University project, also meant that we could meet the client’s need for lighting control flexibility and the architect’s desire to provide a contemporary building design with a highly sustainable rating.”

Walking between study rooms, you see the use of Tango spotlights in their surface mounted form – making an attractive feature of the columns throughout. Tango is perfectly suited to public areas where decorative yet energy efficient lighting is required. Primarily a track mounted luminaire and with a number of angle distributions taking light spread from a close range 12 degrees to a flood effect at 36 degrees, Tango is available in a variety of versions from the high intensity, low energy 12W LED, through the miniature 20W Philips Metal halide and 20, 35 and 70W discharge versions.

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