The SolutionSalmond Reed Architects proposed adding external lighting as part of their engagement to undertake general maintenance work on the building, and the idea was supported by the building’s owners, Auckland City Council, Heart of the City and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Because of the classical nature of the building, the preference was for white light rather than colour. Night time renderings of the proposed lighting convinced all parties that the lighting would provide considerable enhancement to the building. The outcome fully reinforces that view.
Philips Lighting provided all aspects of the LED lighting project, including services such as design consultation, managing the installation with local contractors, the programming, commissioning and overall project management. “The entire project has been completely seamless, from the supply of the light fittings, to the ultimate performance of the lights. The design and position has been perfect and has complemented our designs effortlessly,” adds Peter Reed from Salmond Reed Architects.
Detailed drawings of the light fittings positions were critical to the success of the installation especially where the building’s exterior fabric was to be penetrated or fixed to. On site commissioning was a collaborative effort by all parties involved in the project.
Benefits The Philips Color Kinetics luminaires and control systems allow for full programming and adjustability. The light can vary from warm, soft white through to a crisp, more vibrant white. They can also be programmed to be dimmed to the most appropriate level, and switched according to time and season. As well as the aesthetic value of the new lighting, it is significantly more energy efficient (LED lighting is up to 80% more energy efficient than conventional lighting) and there are additional benefits from a better-lit public space. The highly focused light distribution from the new lighting also ensures minimal light spilling away from the building.