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Important Grade 1 listed Abbey in the grounds of a public school.  The lighting in this project was designed and installed before LED lighting 'came of age'. 

Involvement: We were initially commissioned to produce a report into the existing lighting and how it might be improved.  We were subsequently asked to draw up a scheme to re-light the ‘nave’ (strictly speaking the ‘choir’, as the planned nave was never built), the chancel and sanctuary, and the aisles and Lady Chapel.

The new lighting is largely based on the use of adjustable spotlights fitted with anti‑glare louvres and the 4,000 hour 60W ‘ECO’ version of the older 2,500 hour 100W dimmable low voltage AR111 tungsten halogen reflector lamps.  In the main body of the church the spotlights have integral transformers and are fitted to sections of vertical lighting track mounted on the clerestory window reveals, allowing them to be removed for maintenance.  In the same locations, similar spotlights using 35W switch‑only metal halide reflector lamps are also provided for use by cleaners.

On the clerestory window sills, dimmable fluorescent battens with rotating reflectors are hidden behind timber upstands and focused to illuminate the Abbey’s splendid roof.  Some of these have integral batteries to provide emergency lighting in a power cut.  Further battens are mounted behind the reredos to illuminate the roof at the far east end of the Abbey.

The aisles, aisle monuments and Lady Chapel are lit using similar low voltage spotlights to those in the nave, although here the transformers are located remotely in the roof void above each aisle.

The new lighting, and what remains of the previous lighting at the west end of the church, are wired through remote switches and dimmers operated by a series of wireless control panels.  Some of these are operated through timers for the use of visitors. There is also a hand-held control unit for use during services and concerts.

Photos © Paul Covell Consultants