Millfield Co-Education Independent School, located in Somerset and founded in 1935, is one of the leading independent schools in the whole of the UK. Founded by Jack Meyer and six Indian Princes, the school has transformed itself from a mid-sized prep-school into the largest co-educational boarding school in the UK. Millfield has a vast sum of around 1700 pupils and over 600 teaching staff & employees.
Millfield’s diverse and well-stocked library was built in the late 1970s, which in turn explains the original and somewhat outdated design features, such as the old-style surface mounted, sunken in lighting fixtures, which were in drastic need of renovation and re-styling to suit the facilities current needs.
The initial school trial of LED lighting proved very successful, whereby 123 fluorescent fittings in the library having been replaced with 70x (300×1200) Phillips CoreLine LED luminaires. Light level readings before and after the upgrade show that light levels have improved considerably. For example, illuminance levels on the middle floor computer area have increased from 124 lux to 724 lux, with similar results on the lower floor.
The installed electrical load has been significantly reduced from over 27kW to just 2.94kW.
Ongoing maintenance costs will also be reduced now that the lighting is up to par, and the fact that Millfield Electrical Department were able to carry out the installation work themselves, reduced the project costs considerably giving an even faster return on investment.
Andy Ellis, Head of Electrical Millfield School
“The light quality is much better and the improved colour rendering has enhanced the décor of the spaces.
Given that the lighting is on for at least 12 hours a day, we will also save a considerable amount of energy – around 700,000kWh over the next 10 years ”
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