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Venture Lighting Europe has supplied lamps and dimming ballasts for interior lighting at Ambleside-based Hayes Garden World.

Venture Lighting Europe has supplied lamps and dimming ballasts for interior lighting at Ambleside-based Hayes Garden World

Supplied and specified by Hacel Lighting, the metal halide lighting scheme was chosen to ensure excellent colour rendering, whilst dramatically reducing the overall energy consumption on site.

Hayes Garden World receives annual visitor numbers of over 1.25 million and the centre covers an area of 16 acres, and has 228,000 square feet of indoor display space. Hacel were contacted to review the existing scheme and suggest a more efficient, energy saving light source that would improve the interior plant displays and general retail areas.

Hacel’s Aspen Prismatic high bay luminaires were used throughout with Venture’s Uni-Form 150w ceramic lamps. The precise optics of the Aspen Prismatic luminaire ensures effective light distribution with no glare, whilst the design of the ceramic lamp eliminates cold spots for a more uniform light source. Operating with an electronic control gear, they are designed to achieve the best possible performance, including longer life and better lumen maintenance.

As part of the retail section is contained under a bespoke curved glass vaulted ceiling, Hacel suggested using Venture’s Ventronic dimming ballasts specifically for this area. This allowed the system to automatically assess the amount of natural light available and dim down accordingly, thus saving energy and keeping the light at a constant, even level.

Venture’s Low Wattage Ventronic has universal lamp compatibility and can be used with 20W to 150W lamps. Silent in operation, the system is ‘kind’ to electrodes which means that switching frequency will not affect lamp life. The system is also unaffected by unstable voltage because, by regulating the power to the lamp, it achieves optimum lamp performance whilst, in the event of an interruption to the mains supply, the lamp remains fully stable.

The use of a metal halide lighting solution has helped to reduce the overall energy consumption on the Hayes Garden World site by 45% and has addressed the problem faced by many garden centres; how to show the plants and produce at their best.

General Manager Richard Hayes commented: “We are extremely pleased with the quality of the new lighting scheme and the advice and support given by Hacel, as well as the energy savings they have helped us to achieve. Staff and customers have commented on the enhanced general ambience that the new lighting has created.”

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