Enhancing feelings of safety and security through quality lighting

The challenge

Ageing heritage lanterns may look authentic and complementary to surrounding architecture but all too often they no longer stack up to modern day performance requirements.

This was the case for the University of Glasgow. The fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and more recently named Scottish University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. Founded in 1451, it moved in to its main campus in 1870, at Gilmorehill in the West End of the city, which was designed in a gothic revival style by architect George Gilbert Scott.

After identifying that the ageing lighting was beginning to affect students’ campus experience, the University approached DW Windsor, the original manufacturer of the discharge SON lamped luminaires.

Clients and partners

  • Client

    University of Glasgow

Key project requirements

  • To improve light levels and visual comfort on the main university campus
  • Maintain the appearance of the period luminaires
  • Save energy
  • 'Smart' functionality

The solution

The specified lighting product for the university campus was DW Windsor’s flagship Windsor Street with LED. A 24W LX3 light engine was used with an A1 optic to deliver the required distribution across both pedestrian footpaths and access roads, as well as wall mounted perimeter lighting around the building. The sixty installed lanterns were pre-fitted with Smart City urbancontrol nodes, allowing additional lighting control benefits and delivering additional energy savings as well as the option to scale the system in the future by expanding the Smart Campus network.

The final installation at the University of Glasgow delivered a saving of approximately 76% compared to the prior lighting installation.

“The lighting has improved the visual comfort of the main campus, with campus users finding it easier to get around after dark, enhancing feelings of safety and security through quality lighting.”

Stuart Russell, Electrical Engineer, Estates and Commercial Services University of Glasgow

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