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A.C. Lighting Supply Lighting System for Romsey Abbey

13th July 2007

A.C. Lighting's Special Projects division has recently supplied and installed a new architectural lighting system for Romsey Abbey utilising more than 300 individual fixtures.

The Abbey can trace its origins back to 907 AD and remains the largest parish church in Hampshire, sharing more resemblance to a cathedral than a church when viewed from a distance.

Recently named as one of the 100 best loved places of worship in Britain in a national newspaper survey, the Abbey also hosts several high profile concerts a year and various community activities. Regular visitors include the Romsey singers, Romsey Choral Society, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the City of Southampton Orchestra.

The Abbey approached A.C. Lighting to provide a complete turn-key solution to address the poor general lighting and expensive running costs of the Church's existing system.

As the project's primary lighting contractor, A.C. employed David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) to design and specify a new lighting system, then supplied, installed, commissioned, and programed the system.

The new lighting concept was conceived after extensive trials with the Romsey PCC Fabric committee to address all functional and environmental considerations of the system.

To increase the general lighting levels along the Nave, Crossing, North & South Transepts, Chancel & Sanctuary, ETC Source 4 Pars have been re-positioned from the Triforium level to the Clerestory level. The fixtures are now fitted with anti glare louvres to help minimise the off access glare, which previously had been a major issue with the Abbey.

With sustainability, maintenance and energy efficiency key considerations, the project team wanted to minimise the use of the incandescent ETC Source Pars. It was therefore agreed to position 150W long life metal halide PAR fixtures from the Triforium level, which are used as general lighting throughout the day when there are no services and events.

With the Abbey having such an abundance of outstanding architectural detail, the approach was to pick out key features with the lighting. From the Triforium and mid level, each of the archways and window reveals are up-lit by Iguzzini 'Woody' narrow beam fixtures fitted with a spreader lens, which produce an elliptical wash of light.

Conservation issues (UV & LUX levels) have been taken into consideration with the lighting of fresco wall paintings and carved wooden panels by employing UV filters and controlled lighting levels.

On the ground floor discreet custom designed, stainless steel low voltage fittings are positioned on the capitals of the various columns to up-light the vaulting and down-light the side aisles and Chapels.

Long life lamps have been used throughout the Abbey with the added advantage of pre-setting the entire Mode Evolution dimming system not to exceed 80%, which further helps extend the life of the incandescent lamps.

The Mode dimming system is controlled by four LCD touch panels which provide access to numerous custom scheme presets for the Abbey's different services and events.

Through this sensitive lighting design the scheme has not only enhanced the architectural splendour of the Abbey but also given the spaces practical illumination levels.