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Ancient Grade 1 listed Minster church with Saxon origins and substantial Victorian modifications.

Involvement: We were commissioned by the church’s Inspecting Architect to devise a scheme to re-light the nave, aisles, chancel and entrance area below the west tower of this large parish church.

The previous nave lighting was provided by large mains voltage spotlights mounted at high level, making maintenance access difficult.  These and the smaller tungsten halogen floodlights in the aisles were replaced with far more efficient small LED spotlights with a predicted life of 50,000 hours, mounted in pairs on the columns to provide ‘task’ lighting.  The unit selected has good colour rendering and a colour temperature to match that of tungsten halogen lamps.  The electronic ‘drivers’ for these were installed remotely in the vestries at the back of the nave.

Up-lighting to the roof of the nave was added by the use of fluorescent battens with rotatable reflectors mounted on the clerestory window sills.

The chancel and area in front of the chancel steps was lit with a mixture of dimmable low voltage spotlights and switched metal halide spotlights to provide a higher level of illumination in these areas.  This was especially important as the church has a large choir and is also regularly used for concerts.  The low voltage spotlights were fitted with anti‑glare louvres and 4,000 hour 60W AR111 tungsten halogen reflector lamps, and the metal halide spotlights were fitted with 12,000 hour 70W lamps with a matching colour temperature.

The area beneath the tower was lit with a pair of wall mounted metal halide up/down lights, and a pair of 150W metal halide spotlights illuminate the great west window.

A wireless control system was installed to provide operational flexibility.

Photos © Paul Covell Consultants