How Retailite & Studio Grayscale Tackled Limited Retail Space Challenge

A Case Study On Thurley's New Store

Thurley is a well-known brand in Australian luxury wear which presents a contemporary range of wardrobe essentials, luxurious daywear and other accessories. Retailite and Studio Grayscale were recently engaged to provide an innovative concept design and retail lighting scheme for the new Thurley store.

Thurley had secured a lease on The Strand Arcade in Pitt Street Sydney with a space of approximately 30m2. The challenge for Studio Grayscale was to create a new store concept that could showcase their product in the best possible light, within an elegant and considered space. The store included two fitting rooms, garment rails, a sales counter, and smart storage solutions.

Another challenge was to maximise product display within the space, but still maintain an uncluttered and elegant aesthetic.

The product display and storage requirements also provided a challenge – to produce clever and innovative ways of creating storage and display solutions that appeared seamless.

For this purpose, a subtle LED wall up-lighting behind the product bays and track-lighting for highlighting the merchandise was required.

CILINDRO 65
Retailite worked closely with Studio Grayscale and Thurley to supply the retail lighting solutions including track lighting (Cilindro 65mm) and LED wall lighting. Retailite also advised on the best lighting solutions for the space to ensure all lighting worked together in unison, where the same colour temperature highlighted the product and created a sophisticated ambience.


Kit And Ace Launches Chadstone Statement Store

Luxury streetwear label Kit and Ace have partnered with Retailite to deliver their newest fashion boutique located at Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne.

Kit and Ace Chadstone makes a bold statement with its modern design and industrial edge. The store embodies sophisticated simplicity with a neutral colour pallet; natural timber flooring; signature artwork; and rose gold detailing.

It was important that Retailite’s lighting solution considered Kit and Ace’s contemporary look and feel and complimented their asthectic features, in keeping with the spacious and relaxed feeling of the store.

Lighting fixtures used in the store include Retailites Aka Mini downlight to accent island displays and Vaso 108 track spot lights with high colour index rendering (CRI) to accenturate true colours within the merchandise.

For further information or to discuss your lighting project, contact Retailite on 1300 743 780.


Forever New Perth: How to Light A Giant Glass Cube

A store designed as a glass cube which needs to be viewed from all angles during the day and night.

Sounds challenging right? This is the brief Forever New put to Retailite, and we eagerly undertook. Forever New’s glamorous flagship store in Western Australia certainly has the wow factor. Sitting amongst heritage listed buildings, the injection of modern architecture in the form of this light filled glass cube creates a beautiful contemporary addition to William Street, Perth.

The Retailite team were asked to create a spectacular and functional lighting solution that would allow for seasonal décor changes and relocation of floor displays. The outcome is an energy efficient LED solution which uses innovative retail lighting products including the Rotos Spot and Track system.

The store presented a number of challenging features – including double storey high glazed windows, cavernous ceilings and low window displays. While this meant there was nowhere to mount light fittings, with a little creative thinking the team engineered a suspended lighting system which fulfilled the brief beautifully.

The completed design includes contextual lighting illuminating the ceiling and enhancing the transparency of the cube when viewed from the outside. We also employed an up down track system with spotlights mounted 8 metres off the ground. This track illuminates both the ceiling and display fixtures, and achieves vertical light levels. The ambient light created by this also spills onto the street, further accentuating the striking cubed architecture. For this feature we used the Concord Lytebeam Track with Rotos Pro Spotlights.

The transparency of the cube also presented challenges as this meant that the window displays were to be viewed from both the interior and exterior. To overcome this, we employed an integrated lighting system into the cabinetry featuring an LED magnetic strip beautifully concealed into the structure of the racking. The Diva LED Strip was used here as it provides maximum output to illuminate the displays.

The design also incorporated visual merchandising lighting to light the mannequins, and up lighting for the displays. The product used for this was the Concord Stadium Evo.

The end result of this bespoke lighting design was a unique and striking aesthetic that carries Forever New Perth seamlessly from day to night, and can be viewed from all angles.

Lighting design by Patty Tartaglia

For further information or to discuss your lighting project, contact Retailite on 1300 743 780.


Retailite Beds Down With Snooze Frankston

Snooze has been giving Australians a better night’s sleep for more than 40 years, and when we were approached to design the lighting for their Frankston store, we jumped at the chance to work with such an iconic brand.

Frankston’s Snooze is a large open plan retail space, and exudes a cozy atmosphere throughout its different display areas. With natural light only spilling in from the front windows of the store, there was quite a controlled environment within which to design the lighting. Illuminated upholstered chocolate panels are positioned on the ceiling, drawing the customer’s eye down through the space and reinforcing the brand colours.

The average person spends over 30% of their life asleep, and with customers making the very important decision of choosing their bed at Snooze, we knew that replicating the comfortable and relaxed environment of the bedroom was very important. Relaxed customers have also been proven to spend longer in store, which of course is a boon to any business owner!

Our lighting plan also worked to complement the carefully tailored visual merchandising of this space. Wall-washing was used to illuminate both the large graphics and imagery behind each bed, as well as high accent narrow lighting to ensure the contrast between the bed displays and the general ambience of the store. Products used were the Aka Major and Jax Eye.

As a distributer of beds, mattresses, kids’ beds, bedroom furniture and more, it is no surprise that Snooze customers are encouraged to make themselves at home, and often lie down on each bed when considering their purchase. To prevent blinding these unsuspecting customers with overbearing bright lights, extra consideration was required for the mattress area of the store and low-glare Jax Flat downlights were used.

We were very happy with the final outcome of the lighting design and overall aesthetic for the store. The combination of the different beam angles and low glare features of the fixtures complemented Snooze Frankston’s well designed floorplan, and ensured the customers were met with the comfortable and cozy shopping experience they have learned to expect from every Snooze store.

For further information or to discuss your next lighting project, contact Retailite on enquiries@retailite.com.au OR 1300 743 780.


The Community Benefits From Our Ritchies Supermarket Lighting Solution

When Retailite was asked to provide a complete lighting solution for Ritchies fine food and wine outlet in Dromana, we saw it as an exciting challenge to showcase the best of innovative LED lighting technology.

In recent years Ritchies has overhauled its traditional community supermarket aesthetic to include more of a ‘farmer’s market’ feel, with a fantastic emphasis on fresh produce, and this new approach is clearly evident in the Dromana branch. The challenge of this Mornington Peninsula store involved considering a very unique supermarket space, featuring an artisan bakery island, butchers, cheese shop, fresh produce section and delicatessen.

When considering our solution, our in-house team of lighting designers and engineers knew that the quality of light and colour rendering is particularly important across the fresh produce, deli and butcher. In these sections, higher CRI levels were employed to enhance natural colours more accurately. The visual experience for customers was also enhanced by improving the contrast ratios between the produce and their surrounds, to make sure eyes are drawn to the products.

We used a selection of Pierlite products to bring our lighting design to life, including:

• The low profile and high performance C350 in black

• DOT recessed and surface architectural downlights

• The energy efficient SlenderLED

Overall, Retailite’s design achieved a dramatic upgrade for this Ritchies outlet, both in optical performance and consumer comfort, together with a reduction in energy and maintenance tasks. As their slogan suggests – the Dromana community really will benefit from such a well resourced and well designed supermarket space!


Coles Fresh Designer Lighting Solution

Coles approached Retailite for a new lighting strategy that could be trialled in their Port Melbourne supermarket, with potential to be rolled out elsewhere.

We were asked to create a lighting solution that would enhance the customers’ experience in the store while bringing out the best in the products – a fantastic challenge from an iconic brand.

The pre-existing lighting conditions in the Port Melbourne store included an outdated design with poor lux uniformity and contrast ratio, with no accenting light strategy in place.

Retailite’s Senior Lighting Designer Liam Petrie-Allbutt explains:

“For Coles, it’s all about the visual experience, creating contrast, and making the colour pop.”

This approach was especially important in the fresh produce sections, where bringing out the true colours and enhancing the natural beauty of the fruit and vegetables was a key consideration.

In recent years, Coles supermarkets have placed a much greater emphasis on fresh produce and creating a ‘farmer’s market feel,’ in their stores, and we took this new style of merchandising into careful consideration during the design process.

So, how did we achieve a lighting design that paid respect to the products? By using a careful selection of new design enhancements and lighting technologies.

Specifically, we lit the fresh produce directly from above, and used a higher CRI so that their natural colours and textures were enhanced. In addition, we redesigned the location of the lights to get a higher light level on the products, which improved contrast ratios between the fresh produce and surrounding areas (ie: floors/walls).

We also set a new target for lux levels (was 700 and increased to 1200) and implemented new beam angle distributions incorporating a duel light layering strategy. This strategy meant employing a combination of an accent lighting effect (narrow beams over merchandise) and an ambient lighting effect (wider beams, evenly spaced in aisles and darker areas where accent lighting was not required).

This innovative new lighting trial has resulted in a modern look and feel for a fantastic space, as well as drastically improved lux levels on produce.

Check out the photos below for an in depth look at this beautifully designed store.

Lighting design by Liam Petrie-Allbut

For further information or to discuss your lighting project, contact Retailite on 1300 743 780.


Kathmandu Chadstone’s Adventurous New Lighting Design

The Kathmandu brand is synonymous with adventure, travel, and the outdoors. While designing a tailored lighting solution for their Chadstone store, this brand ethos was an important consideration for Retailite.

Kathmandu’s active and adventure based product range is experienced outside, thereby achieving high colour rendering index as close to ‘true colour’ was a priority for this lighting. Kathmandu’s colourful merchandise was artificially saturated to render as close to ‘daylight’ (100% CRI) as possible. We developed a unique Quadretto Light fixture which was similarly matched in CRI, ensuring that colours were rendered consistently across the store.

The general illumination was achieved using a dual lighting layering approach, using our newly released Mura wall wash track spot, to evenly lift the base line lighting levels of the merchandise to 400LUX. This approach distributes 30W of lighting energy in a soft wide distribution. Such lighting effects are traditionally applied in art galleries where large oil paintings require soft and even distributions of light.

We then additionally overlaid an accent lighting strategy with our Cilindro track spot to hero merchandise and lift areas of the merchandise displays to 800LUX where our design team considered ‘appropriate’. This created a dynamic contrast ratio between the 400LUX base merchandise lighting layer to the bright hero elements. The intent of a dual layered lighting strategy is to efficiently light the merchandise with less fixtures, whilst employing a visual hierarchy (the theatre of lighting design) and reduce any harsh scollops often caused by a singular lighting strategy.

We deliberately isolated the floor plane and set it backward from the general merchandise to approximately 160LUX, thereby creating a considered retail lighting strategy which considers the floor as the least important element in the space.

To accentuate the interior architecture of the space, we integrated LED into the decorative timber slat feature which creates a central zone within the store and isolates the point of sale from the entry and perimeter hiking zone (place-making). The timber LED detail emphasises the height of the suspended ceiling, creating open space, perfect for a brand where the sky’s the limit!

The aesthetic of the Chadstone Kathmandu space is vibrant, clean and bright with seamless and considered integration of interior architecture with lighting design – a fantastic result for this iconic lifestyle brand.

Lighting design by Patty Tartaglia

“We have been very impressed with the Retailite team during the planning and implementation of their lighting design for our Chadstone store. They were wonderful at listening to and anticipating our needs, and their expertise in the retail industry was evident throughout the whole design process, which ran very smoothly. We are delighted with the finished results, and feel that Retailite’s lighting design reflects the vibrant nature of the Kathmandu brand, and complements the store interior style perfectly. Given the success of this project, we are working with Retailite on the rollout of additional stores and are eagerly anticipating some more beautiful results.” Abigail Wasmer


Carla Zampatti Lighting Design Enhances Brand And Customer Experience

As one of Australia’s most recognised Fashion Designers, Carla Zampatti knows her brand all too well – elegant and sleek. It was this same look that was required for her new signature store in Sydney’s CBD.

GLG was recently engaged to deliver a lighting design plan that would complement the high-end brand. The Sydney store is located in the Westfield shopping centre in the heart of the CBD where myriad premium stores vie for the attention of eager shoppers and passersby.

However, the main challenge was to develop effective lighting solutions, which would comply with the upcoming, more restrictive Building Code of Australia J6 power density requirements of 16W/m2 – due to be implemented in 2019. This essentially means reducing the energy consumption of lighting.

“Overall our design entailed a combination of elegant black track spots around the store perimeter and store windows,” says Ms Galbraith. “This in turn created a distinctive modern feel for the brand along with discrete purposefully placed pairs of accenting downlights within a clean clutter-free ceiling.”

GLG strategically placed lighting to illuminate the desired elements, these being the merchandise and store feature wall. The black track lights also accentuate the black shopfront pillar with Carla Zampatti’s white luminescent logo.

“Using luminaires with high CRI allowed us to design to lower miniLUX levels while maintaining and improving the perceived quality of light and the merchandise being illuminated,” says Ms Galbraith.

“This analogy enabled a more energy efficient design for compliance whilst maintaining a highly effective end result.”

Meanwhile, the feedback has been very positive from both the store staff as well as the customers.

“The idea behind the lighting redesign was to ensure customers enjoyed the shopping experience and the clothes were highlighted to showcase the beautiful designs,” says Carla Zampatti’s General Manager, Elena Notte.

“In particular the lighting in the fitting rooms has been noted as very complimentary and flattering, which obviously will again enhance the shopping experience for our customers.”

Products used included:

Cilindro 80
Cardan Wall Washer
Mini Perfetto 18W


The Three Sisters

CHALLENGED BY TREACHEROUS, INACCESSIBLE TERRAIN

An iconic landmark in the Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Towering over 900 metres high amongst the breathtaking cliffs of the Jamison Valley, this series of weathered sandstone peaks, formed over thousands of years, is a ‘must see’ for any visitor to New South Wales.

MUST BE LED

The Blue Mountains City Council presented GLG with a stringent set of criteria, the main being that any solution was to be LED based in order to provide both an energy reduction and minimise maintenance requirements. Oh, and let’s not forget it had to have the ability to project light 600m across a valley of difficult terrain.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

GLG rose to the challenge of designing a solution that was robust, stable and easy to complete under dynamic conditions. A series of sample testing nights were scheduled to ensure the solution’s overall efficiency and dependability.

Installing the Tethys400 fitting with a narrow beam of 15 degrees, the benefits included a reduction in energy usage from 6000w to 1200w. By using the 15 degree beam angle, this directed a more focused beam of light, illuminating less of the surrounding bush and more of The Three Sisters themselves.

4000 Kelvin was chosen as the preferred colour temperature as the traditional 3000 Kelvin used to highlight sandstone did not showcase the finer features of the monument.

The maintenance of the lighting has always been of concern to Council, with the existing solution too hard to maintain and risky in terms of changing lamps, as this involved the need to abseil off the edge of the cliff to do so. The chosen lamps provide 50,000 hours life time, significantly reducing maintenance requirements.

Overall, not only has the look of this hugely popular tourist destination dramatically improved but the associated maintenance requirements have been improved upon.


Poliform Australia – New Flagship Melbourne Showroom

The Poliform Australia Melbourne flagship showroom has recently undergone a complete architectural and interior transformation, with lighting by Retailite.

Watch this space to learn more about this iconic Italian brand’s new retail space. Full case study coming soon…

For further information or to discuss your next lighting project, contact Retailite on enquiries@retailite.com.au OR 1300 743 780.


KIKKI.K Illumiates Store Redesign with Lighting Upgrade

When the kikki.K store in Doncaster, Victoria, had a redesign, including new floor layout and joinery, they also needed an upgrade of their lighting to suit the new space.

Retailite was commissioned to carry out the brief and started work on upgrading the store’s lighting to LED technology to enhance and work with the fixtures and new displays.

“kikki.K stores are designed to enhance a shoppers experience by creating a beautiful Swedish-style store , so the new lighting would need to complement the company’s strategy,” says Retailite Senior Lighting Design Specialist Patty Tartaglia, who worked on the project.

kikki.K Head of Store Development Natasha Adams says the aim of upgrading the lighting within the Doncaster store was really to lift and brighten the store.

“Although the store is near a large atrium with a lot of daylight streaming through the mall skylight, we could see the existing store lighting was looking dull and the natural daylight was competing with our in-store lighting, instead of adding to the ambience,” says Ms Adams.

“The new lighting needed to make the store fresh and bright and to work in with the brightness of the natural daylight location. It’s important for us to avoid shadows or dark spots, and the ambience to be achieved should be fresh and clean.”

Ms Tartaglia says working with the existing locations of fittings and cut outs, with minimal work on the ceiling, was the main challenge.


Retailite worked closely with Ms Adams, on the lighting design and selection of fittings to achieve the desired effect.

The light fitting selected were the right LUX and wattage for the high ceiling and open layout, with a wide beam angle to avoid shadowing and provide a well lit, fresh and clean light level and ambience.

“The fixtures selected provided flexibility to illuminate displays at high and lower levels with different beam angles strategically selected for the visual hierarchy of the space,” says Tartaglia.

Naturally a high CRI complemented the vibrant colours of the store merchandise.

Ms Adams says the window lights needed to be really punchy in order to not get lost in the brightness of the natural daylight coming from the mall sky light.

“We wanted to utilise much of the same cutouts as the original lighting design, and it was very useful that we could use additional base plates to enable the use of the same fitting into two different cutouts in the ceiling, which meant that we didn’t have to patch old holes,” says Ms Adams.

“We changed the existing recessed window lights to a track and track spots, which enabled more flexibility for our window display illumination, and moved the positioning closer to the shop front and ceiling junction to get more front angle and light on to the front of the displays.

The result was a beautiful clean store with an uncluttered feel to the space.


Ms Adams says kikki.K is delighted with the result.

“The store is fresh, the ambience is clean and bright and the product really pops. Both shop fronts are really well lit, working really well with both a highly drenched natural daylight shop front, as well as the internal mall shop front that has historically been very dark and dull,” says Ms Adams.

“We’ve been working with Retailite over the last twelve months and implemented designs into several new stores with very different criteria, still achieving the same clean, fresh ambience.“

“It’s great to have the ongoing support and relationship with the team at Retailite who are always ready for a new brief and new projects. The quality of the fittings and the constant development and innovation in the range to deliver better and better solutions to the ever-changing needs of our retail environments is imperative to the process and end result. We are also very proud to support Australian manufacturing and product development and see this as an additional benefit to working with Retailite supporting local talent, R&D and manufacturing.”

Lighting design by Patty Tartaglia

For further information or to discuss your lighting project, contact Retailite on 1300 743 78

 


Retailite Lights Up Sportspower Rebrand

The lighting for Sportspower’s sleek flagship store, Docklands District, Melbourne has been integral to the overhaul of the brand.

Sportspower re-launched last year after being acquired by Associated Retailers Limited (ARL), implementing a dynamic new store layout to help refresh the brand and bring some much-needed light to Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.

The rebirth of the store is a platform to showcase both to members and consumers what a modern sports retail store can look and feel like, according to Retail Operations Manager Scott Bradley.

“The store has been designed with the customer experience in the forefront of our minds and we wanted to ensure each store is easy to shop, clean, and accessible.

“Whilst there are obvious key elements in each store for consistency there is also the flexibility to maintain a local flavour.”

To support the re-brand, Retailite sought to design a lighting layout which complemented the new store format and offered flexibility to change the lighting conditions where necessary.

“While we were excited by the prospect of designing for the iconic brand, the large open plan project space also brought a few challenges to the table,” says Retailite’s Head of Design, Liam Petrie-Allbutt.

“Our design needed to navigate across plasterboard and open ceiling sections, including dynamic fixture locations which could be moved from season to season, all within a tight budget.”

While the store layout was vast, the ceiling detail enabled Retailite to create specific zones where two types of lighting strategy was applied: Gridded fixed downlights maximized light distribution over more permanent fixtures, while a track/spot strategy in the open ceiling provided the flexibly to accent products and displays that would change from season to season.

“The Docklands store represents re-birth of the Sportspower brand and the Retailite team have done a fantastic job complementing the new store design with their lighting design range of products,” says Mr Bradley.

“We have been working with Retailite for 12 months and are very pleased with the level of service and expertise they provided. We’re happy to be partnering with a lighting supplier that considers all aspects of our business.”

“We are currently in the process of rolling out this new look across the country and the uptake and feedback from members has been fantastic. Each and every store that has implemented the new store fitout has seen an uplift in sales.”

Retailite are proud of the work with ARL, and look forward to seeing this new chapter for Sportspower take the brand to even greater heights.

For further information or to discuss your lighting project, contact Retailite on 1300 743 780.


Kingsway Netball Courts

LED SPORTS LIGHTING FOR A COMMUNITY SPORTING COMPLEX

The multi-million-dollar Kingsway Sporting Complex in Western Australia has undergone a redevelopment of their facilities. The aim is to encourage more people to engage in local sports, leading to healthier and happier individuals and safer communities to live in.

With a steady increase of Netball teams in the past few years and the need for quality and performance in lighting, GLG was tasked to illuminate 30 netball courts with the latest LED technology, part of a 43,000m² area.

GLG has previously contributed to other sporting areas at the Kingsway Sporting Complex including five soccer, two rugby and one AFL field and a few training zones.

CONTROLLING SPILL LIGHT WITH SYLVANIA BRITLINE™ LED RAPTOR
The challenge of illuminating the Kingsway Netball Courts was to sufficiently provide light without interfering with the adjacent sporting fields. GLG were also required to meet the requirements of AS2560 2.4 – 1986 recreation and training level, which meant an average of 100 LUX at 0.5 uniformity ratio.

The Sylvania Briteline LED Raptor was chosen for the project, as the level of control of the luminaire was a head above the competitors who pitched for the job.

“Two luminaires were specified and we had the Sylvania Briteline LED Raptor approved, as we knew this would hands down get the best results through the product’s control capabilities, while also meeting the Netball AS2560.2.4 training and competition standards requirements,” says GLG Western Australia Regional General Manager Dino Panebianco.

The Sylvania Briteline LED Raptor’s optical reflector system delivers exceptional performance and precision. The floodlight distributes light exactly where it’s needed, providing better control, lower glare and less spill light, to increase efficiency and reduce impact on neighbouring courts or residents.

HANDS ON APPROACH TO DELIVER RESULTS
The GLG team is capable of aiming luminaires. “We are on-site and in the cherry picker during the aiming process to make sure it’s done correctly, working with the contractors to provide real-time solutions to any issues that arise. We survey our aiming points rather than manually marking or relying on the contractor to get orientation and the tilt angle aiming correct.”

This unique mounting system design of the Sylvania Briteline LED Raptor allows for over and under slinging on the pole cross arm allowing the installer to correctly aim the floodlight to avoid obstructions and maximise light delivery.

The GLG team also assisted the contractor with light level testing, which led to providing accurate data to the councils and consultants involved.

“If we receive a poor result we jump straight back in to fix it rather than distance ourselves from issues – even if the issues have nothing to do with us,” says Mr Panebianco.

The Sylvania Briteline Raptor LED Floodlight will not only reduce energy and maintenance costs but also provide the capability of turning the LED lights on and off when needed without any cooling down or warming up period, this will support the increasing use of the community fields.

For further information on GLG’s success in sports fields and stadiums, read the case studies on South Belgrave Oval and The Gabba Training Nets.


City of Melbourne Gets Smart

City of Melbourne Gets Smart

The City of Melbourne is undertaking a multi -million dollar program of clean energy initiatives to not only become a “Smart City”, but help it reach a goal of zero net emissions by 2020. These objectives will be met by the integration of the latest technologies built into our LED streetlights. The resulting benefits will include reduced energy costs, improved safety for vehicles and pedestrians, increased citizen engagement and greater economic control.

The program commenced in 2015 and is financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
An estimated $14.8 million is being spent on replacing & upgrading around 16,000 light fixtures with energy efficient LED Street Lights.

The Melbourne City Council region includes 16 inner city suburbs covering 37.7 square kilometres and is the central precinct for Greater Melbourne. The Council is working collaboratively to reduce carbon emissions across the municipality by focusing on Council operations, commercial buildings and industry, residential buildings, stationary energy supply, transport, freight and waste management.

As public lighting accounts for nearly half of the City of Melbourne’s energy usage, the City is expecting to save about $1 million annually on its electricity bills following the staged roll out.

As a partner of the City of Melbourne over many years; the Roadway & Infrastructure team at GLG is working with all stakeholders as the supplier of Sylvania RoadLED smart LED Luminaires.

With an ongoing partnership of stakeholders including Citipower, Silver Springs and ETS Electrical Services; Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities will be maintained with this group of proven performers


City Chic Fountain Gate Gets Red Carpet Treatment

Retailite were recently engaged by City Chic to produce an innovative concept lighting scheme for their Westfield Fountain Gate store. Fashion retailer City Chic (Specialty Fashion Group) is well known for their bold, glamourous and vibrant sense of style, and we sought to complement this aesthetic when considering the lighting requirements.

With any retail lighting solution, the objective is to enhance the retail environment to be eye-catching and engaging to customers. Retailite worked closely with the SFG during the re-design process of City Chic to most effectively integrate lighting with all interior design elements of the store while complementing the merchandising strategy and display items.

Feature elements included:
• Matte gold and black finishes used on the custom lighting decorative luminaires created uniquely by Coelho & Co.
• A clean ceiling aesthetic achieved with minimal deep recessed downlights (to reduce glare).
• Integrated linear lighting to feature wall panels.
• Linear LED lights in ceiling coves with careful detailing to achieve a soft glow.
• Dedicated downlights for artwork/brand poster locations.
• Accent spot lighting to merchandise and display areas.
• Integrated mirror lighting within fitting rooms, to achieve effective vertical light levels.

Exercising focused consideration to the stores visual hierarchy, the general sales floor offers a vibrant yet theatrical surrounding, which contrasts the intimate and subtle lighting strategy of the fitting rooms.

We installed a lighting control system with pre-set scenes to balance all lighting effects during the commission phase. The system provides flexibility to replicate environments such as day, night, Californian sunset and of course cleaning mode (100% lighting output).

We were thrilled with the now completed look and feel of Fountain Gate City Chic. In combination with the confident clothing style and store design, the retail space effortlessly achieves city sophistication in a suburban shopping centre setting.


Emerging LED Technology for Community football clubs

South Belgrave Oval

EMERGING LED TECHNOLOGY FOR COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUBS

South Belgrave Oval is one of the pioneering community football clubs to take up the LED Technology at its emergence by installing LED floodlighting on an AFL oval, one of 2,700 sporting ovals across Australia. This LED installation will be used throughout the entire oval which is home to AFL players ranging from four to ten in the Auskick group, juniors, seniors, all the way up to the veteran players who are 35 years old and above. The South Belgrave Cricket Club component of the oval caters for three senior, veteran and junior sides, and with the introduction of AFL Women’s competitions, there is a high demand on access to more sporting ovals. The quality and performance of Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlights, allows South Belgrave and the overall community to reap the benefits of the additional access to this oval.

Using optical technology developed by GLG, the LED floodlights distribute light exactly where needed, providing better control, lower glare and less spill light. The Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlight saves more than 40 percent of the energy used in traditional 2KW Metal Halide floodlights and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SYLVANIA BRITLINE™ LED RAPTOR – PRECISION, PERFORMANCE, AND PERFECTION

“The new Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlights will more than pay for themselves in a concise period with the reduced energy and maintenance costs,” says Ian Bakens, Development Coordinator, Belgrave South Sporting Precinct. “What excites us most is that we can now provide our players, their supporters and everyone who enjoys the South Belgrave Oval a state-of-the-art playing field.”

The installation of Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlights has met a total saving of 70 percent on power bills and even more significant savings in the repairs and maintenance component. This has reduced the demand for lamp replacements on traditional floodlights, which not only have financial commitments but also require the volunteers of the club to manage and facilitate the logistics to undertake the works.

Taking only one week to install fully, the Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlights with 50 lux and 100 lux lighting level options, have enhanced player performance and spectator experience. With a precision aiming capability and minimised glare, players, officials, and spectators can comfortably follow the action to the designed level of play.

“The uniformity of the light around the whole oval surface, both at the 100 lux level and the reduced 50 lux level has been incredible,” continues Bakens. “The pure white colour of the LED light compared with the more yellow type of light you get from metal halide light technology has made for a much more enjoyable and efficient experience for players on the field.”

ADDED BENEFITS FOR SOUTH BELGRAVE OVAL

Operationally, the Sylvania Briteline™ LED Raptor floodlights have the capability to turn the LED lights on and off at will, whenever needed with no cooling down or warming up period. Research also suggests sports people perform better playing under whiter rather than yellow light.

“It’s exciting for us at GLG to help pioneer LED Lighting adoption in sports venues across Australia. Australians love their sport, and it is especially gratifying for the entire GLG team to enhance the sporting experience for both Australian athletes and spectators alike,” said Andrew Smyth, Victorian Professional Sales Manager, GLG.

The installation of the LED lighting increased desirability and raised the ovals profile in the sporting community. The South Belgrave Oval has become a leader among sports clubs, and the LED floodlights highlight their progression toward exceptionalism.

“South Belgrave have always been a pretty progressive club and this is another indication of what they’re trying to do there. They make their facility the best it can be,” said Phil Murton CEO of the Eastern Football League.

All eyes are on the South Belgrave Oval this year and the LED floodlights with the AFL and other clubs sending representatives to witness firsthand the effectiveness of the innovative LED lighting in sports.

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Anzac Parade LED Upgrade

Anzac Parade Gets The Light It Deserves

PRESERVING SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE

In time for ANZAC Day 2017, one of Australia’s most iconic stretches of road, Anzac Parade in the nation’s capital, underwent a major facelift. Installation of LED modules in all 116 of the road’s existing 150W induction fittings was completed providing the Parade with impressive, even illumination befitting the importance of this national monument.

Stretching from the Australian War Memorial and looking down to Capital Hill and the Australian Federal Parliament House, Anzac Parade hosts memorials to those who served in each of the major international theatres of conflict in which Australian and Imperial Armed Forces have served.

SHINING THE LIGHT ON SOME CHALLENGING REQUIREMENTS

Some of the challenges of the project were that the LED upgrade could not significantly change the appearance of the luminaire. The luminaire design was inspired by the distinctive helmets worn by ANZAC forces during World War I.

Illumination to V2 category lighting standard (AS/NZS 1158.1.1) required the light output to be increased by 30% while power consumption was to be reduced by 40%. The fitting also needed to be capable of being dimmed to V4 category lighting after midnight.

To create the desired balance between driver safety, comfort and visual aesthetic to accompany the unique combination of gardens, displays and monuments along the Parade, each luminaire had to provide total maintained output greater than 5,300 lumens, with a maximum intensity of 3700 cd required at 45o vertical and 67.5o horizontal. Optics needed to meet the IES specification for Type II full cut off performance. Similarly, to control light pollution into surrounding streets and residences, the luminaire had to avoid leaking any upward light from the main optics. All light technical parameters had to be equivalent to or better than the original 150W lamps.

The light fittings are large and difficult to manoeuvre with each weighing in at 95kg. Each fitting is sealed to ensure that they will retain their IP65 rating for at least 15 years, as the fitting’s combination of metal, glass and silastic makes their maintenance difficult and time consuming to remove.

DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TO BE PROUD OF

GLG’s solution involved 6 STLED modules with a custom reflector system. The dimpled reflector provides the appearance of a large luminous opening to reduce the glare impact of the LED modules. A large internal heatsink was designed to dissipate the 80W of power and dimmable driver was used, allowing power to be adjusted to suit the V2 to V4 category levels.

These LED sources provide many advantages over the original induction lamps, including a longer rated life of >88,000 versus 60,000 hours and a higher lumen maintenance over life (0.8 versus 0.7). They also consume less power, <85W versus 165W.

LEDs are dimmable as well, saving even more power. Each pole is fitted with a 2 channel C-BUS controller, allowing the LEDs to be programmed to dim after peak operating hours.

ANZAC Parade’s LED upgrade meets all of the many light technical parameters required, as well as providing considerable energy and maintenance savings. The successful outcome of this project was a true team effort involving close collaboration between GLG’s sales, engineering and manufacturing personnel with partners in Ecowise and ACT local government.


Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)

Premium lighting brand takes centre stage in the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley, DesignInc and McBride Charles Ryan and located in Melbourne’s Parkville Biomedical Precinct, the state-of-the-art facility is the first comprehensive cancer centre in Australia and represents a collaboration that aims to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care to create a leading centre of excellence.

The $1 billion purpose-built VCCC was designed to maximise functionality and sustainability, all whilst boasting cutting-edge design and technology to reflect the superior minds working within the centre.

GLG alongside Downer Group was tasked with developing and delivering a range of suitable lighting products, as specified by the project’s engineers and architects. Required to match the architecture and aesthetics of the advanced hospital and research facility, as well as to meet the strict requirements of the building’s AS1680 Interior Lighting Standard.

GLG, together with one of their architectural lighting specialist Inlite, offered a blend of fluorescent and LED lighting products for the project and supplied a variety of bespoke commercial, architectural and medical luminaires – customised according to the specific requirements of the project and each individual application.

All of the downlights installed utilised energy efficient LED solutions to maximise performance and service life whilst minimising power consumption, outages and maintenance expense. The benefits of using DOT downlights included high quality aluminium reflectors and high performance CREE LEDs to maximise output and distribution. Many of the luminaires including the cleanroom luminaires and extruded forms were redesigned to incorporate monitored emergency lighting modules to improve efficiencies in installation and minimise ceiling perforations particularly in a sealed and clean hospital and laboratory environment.

Lighting control systems have also been beneficial for healthcare facilities, allowing staff to adjust lighting to cater for individual needs, such as dimmable lighting for recovery and bright lighting for patient care activities and monitoring.

Over 38,000 luminaires were used in patient wards and treatment areas, research laboratories, circulation and breakout spaces, car parks and exterior zones. These luminaires were designed and chosen specifically to suit each individual application and environment. In each respect it was critical that the light fittings could be easily cleaned, were robust in build and incorporated DALI dimmable control gear, LED lamps or light engines to maximise service life and minimise power consumption and maintenance.

Installation and customisation in sensitive areas such as the research facility was a challenging aspect of the project. GLG also provided light fittings in MRI rooms bunkered several stories underground. To protect the MRI scanning equipment, physicians and patients and to align with the requirement of a ‘metal free product zone’, non-magnetic luminaires were built and installed in these rooms.

GLG was involved very early in the selection of luminaires for the project with the electrical services engineer and Downer Group to ensure a compliant and sustainable solution was delivered that met the expectations and stringent requirements of the client. Taking into consideration all elements, aspects and requirements of the project, the project team assisted in the design, build and supply of 250 different models and variations of luminaires to site whereby 75 per cent of these fittings were manufactured here in Australia.

Once all fittings were installed, GLG, Downer Group and Grocon engineers spent two weeks overseeing a detailed light level survey of the hospital to ensure its compliance with the respective lighting standards and levels required by the hospital.

A now iconic piece of Melbourne architecture, the VCCC is both a world-class facility for the education and treatment of cancer patients, as well as a design masterpiece.


The Gabba Training Nets

DESIGN TEAM HITS A SIX - THE GABBA, QLD

ANSWERING THE DEMAND FOR WORLD-CLASS LIGHTING

There are few instances where installing LED lighting makes a more powerful difference than in the sporting arena. The GABBA in Brisbane has become the first stadium to install LED lights for its external cricket practice nets, which is a breakthrough as it allows players to prepare for the big games under the same intense lighting conditions as a night time test match.

In finding a solution for lighting up the GABBA practice nets, Norman Disney & Young (NDY) Engineering Consultants considered multiple options and arrangements and ultimately an LED light solution was chosen for its use of optical technology. The Sylvania BritelineTM LED Raptor floodlights were their definitive choice. Developed by GLG to distribute light exactly where it’s needed, the Raptor provides better control, lower glare and less spill light. These floodlights also use less than 40% of the energy used in traditional 2KW Metal Halide floodlights and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE BALL

The site size and its location within the Gabba precinct, placed some significant constraints on pole location and heights, being critical for the optimal delivery of vertical illumination essential for batsmen in following the flight of the ball.

To ensure the vertical illumination requirements in the design of the lighting scheme – the biggest challenge, computer modelling of the floodlight aiming was completed, with real life results ultimately superseding that of the computer modelling predictions in all aspects.

“As more and more sports venues are converting to GLG’s Sylvania BritelineTM LED Raptor floodlights, it’s exciting to see how the adoption of this Australian designed product is having such a positive impact on the industry,” said Ben Mills, Executive General Manager, GLG Pty Ltd.

DELIVERY WITH A ‘TESTING’ DEADLINE

All parties involved were under very tight procurement and construction schedules, with the construction only starting in early November and installation completed and operational by the first week of December in time for the first Brisbane test match of summer 2016/17.

A flexible lighting scheme, dimmable for general illumination for promotional events out of cricket season periods was achieved, while complementing the main oval lighting augmentation recently completed, also a collaboration between GLG Pty Ltd and NDY.


Lighting Up Western Sydney

WSROC – Bringing energy efficient lighting to Sydney

LIGHT YEARS AHEAD

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd (WSROC) represents the interests of Western Sydney Councils – Blacktown, Blue Mountains, The New City of Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield City, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

Street lighting accounts for around 55% of WSROC’s energy bills, making it an important infrastructure area to review and find efficient solutions for. Mercury vapour lights, many of which have been in place in Western Sydney since the 1970’s, are costly to run and maintain. The target of The Light Years Ahead Project was to replace approximately 15,000 Mercury Vapour street lights across 136 suburbs of Sydney with low emission LED lights.

THE CHALLENGES OF LARGE-SCALE REPLACEMENT

Upon being chosen to carry out this large-scale replacement, GLG identified one key challenge – ramping up production levels in order to meet the strict deadlines of product supply.

Additionally, there was the need to ensure the new lights met performance standards of the existing fittings at the lowest price, as well as custom variations to the StreetLED model to allow for faster installation. Facilitating stakeholder negotiations and reaching agreement to the proposed solution, GLG rapidly modified the existing LED street lights to manufacture the StreetLED 22W.

The development of the StreetLED 22W was crucial in meeting the strict deadlines of the project, with GLG modifying existing fittings to suit WSROC’s requirement for a faster installation time.

Not only did the modified design allow for easier and quicker install, but the energy performance sees rate payers experience better light for less power consumption. There are projected estimated savings in energy costs of around $1.08m a year for councils and an estimated saving in energy efficiency of up to 60%.

ONE TEAM ONE VISION

The Light Years Ahead Project had councils, energy providers and GLG working together to find a cost effective and environmentally viable solution that would benefit the community for years to come. This project proved that a measurable benefit can be achieved from a sustainability project.


City of Ryde – Smarter Lighting Achieving Energy Savings

City of Ryde LED Lighting Retrofit Program

THE CHALLENGE

As part of the City of Ryde’s overall vision of adopting a ‘smart cities’ strategy for the Ryde Town Centre, the City’s lighting needed to be upgraded from high wattage metal halide lighting to energy efficient, long life LED lighting. The LED lighting needed to meet the required lighting standards of Category P2 (pedestrian lighting standards) & V3, (applied for highways and major arterial roads) levels and achieve energy efficiency gains of at least 40% over the existing lighting. Pivotal to the project was the provision of a smart controls system. This feature would provide the Council with the ability to control the lighting remotely and allow for dimming, scheduling, fault and network infrastructure monitoring. The City also wanted a solution that not only supported their near-term lighting needs, but also provide the bandwidth, reliability, and partner ecosystem to allow them to expand into other smart city applications. It was important to the City that the solution be based on open standards, allowing them to have their choice of vendors.

Installation on Ryde Road, one of Sydney’s busiest main roads, was the most challenging aspect of this installment for GLG . A major arterial road surrounding the busy Top Ryde Shopping complex and transport hub, restricted change-over to low shopper and commuter traffic hours.

THE SOLUTION

GLG was tasked to cre­­ate a contemporary lighting solution which incorporated a LED luminaire that had a 7-pin NEMA base and included radio frequency control node. GLG worked with Silver Spring Networks, a global leader in networking and IT solutions for critical infrastructure to provide the City of Ryde with a network that enables each luminaire to be controlled remotely, via a leading edge wireless access point (WAP). This single WAP is able to service 5000 luminaries within a ten kilometre radius, thus future-proofing the installation by enabling capabilities to service several of the town centres for later stages.

“The outdoor lighting control system is imperative to our Council’s vision of creating a livable, smart city environment. We envisage City of Ryde as being an early adopter in this space and we’ve invested in and implemented the new lighting to allow our council to take advantage of the latest technologies to achieve efficiency and cost savings,” said Vimal Vinodan, Street Infrastructure Engineer – Asset Systems, City of Ryde.

The adoption of the outdoor lighting control system is one of the first in NSW, which delivers a world class Smart City technology platform. Additional features can be added in the future such as; motion, light and rain sensors, with the potential to also trigger external devices such as VMS and emergency response alarms. This was also one of the first installations in public lighting which will claim the NSW Energy Saving certificates. With changes implemented in April 2016, the NSW Energy Saving certificate was put in place to reduce electricity consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy saving projects.

GLG supplied a total of 68 Sylvania Arterial luminaires at two separate locations – Meadowbank Station and Top Ryde. The contemporary design of the luminaire, its highly efficient performance and functionality ensured that the luminaire met all the urban design, energy efficiency and asset management criteria of the Council.

The smart outdoor lighting control system from Silver Spring were easily commissioned during the original installation. The nodes automatically register with the network, and are managed within Streetlight Vision, Silver Spring’s Central Management System. This tool allows for configurable asset management, real time control and alerting on the status of the light, and scheduling management to allow for advanced dimming schemes. Additional sensors, such as traffic cameras or environmental sensors, can be connected to the Streetlight Vision application, allowing the City to tie various sources of data together when making decisions.

Exceeding the council requirements, GLG were able to achieve greater than a 50% reduction in energy converting the conventional metal halide luminaires to networked LEDs. As part of its longer term objective, the council plan to convert 50 lights per annum to LED as part of their plan to modernize the city’s infrastructure.

FOR THE FUTURE

This project has set the path for the future and GLG was able to support the Council in achieving its vision. We took a very transparent and collaborative approach with this project. It’s been an important partnership for us,” said General Manager, Roadway & Infrastructure, Kaushal Kapadia, GLG .

The installation of this new lighting system ensures long-term maintenance savings due to long life LED luminaires whilst maintaining lighting standards. The installation is further enhanced via the outdoor lighting control system which provides the Council with transparency of asset performance, flexibility to optimize lighting, better decision making ability and the overall capacity by Council to provide residents with quality infrastructure services. “We are excited to partner with the City of Ryde and with GLG to deliver a smart lighting solution that improves citizen’s lives,” said Alex Beveridge, Head of Sales for ANZ. The new system delivers the ability to provide cost savings through lower operational expenses and energy consumption and the flexibility to scale the installation as necessary to meet the needs of this ever growing ‘city of innovation’.

ABOUT SILVER SPRING NETWORKS

Silver Spring Networks enables the Internet of Important Things™ by reliably and securely connecting things that matter. Cities, utilities, and companies on five continents use the company’s cost-effective, high-performance IoT network and data platform to operate more efficiently, get greener, and enable innovative services that can improve the lives of millions of people. With more than 24.9 million devices delivered, Silver Spring provides a proven standards-based platform safeguarded with military grade security. Silver Spring Networks’ customers include Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, ComEd, Consolidated Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, and Singapore Power. Silver Spring has also deployed networks in Smart Cities including Copenhagen, Glasgow, Paris, Providence, and Stockholm.


Refitting a 70’s Gem with LED Technology

61 Mary St LED Refit

BALANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH COMMERCIAL EXPECTATIONS

For 61 Mary St, Brisbane, GLG was asked to design a full LED solution for net lettable and core building areas, including office areas, meeting rooms, communications rooms, foyers, lunch breakout rooms, toilets and basement.

This existing office tower owned by QIC had remained unchanged since its construction in the 1970’s. The brief was to refit the entire building including supplying energy efficient lighting. Although not strictly a ‘Greenstar Project’, it was designed with that intent, whilst meeting the client’s commercial expectations.

THE FLEXIBILITY TO MEET AN INDUSTRIAL BRIEF

In each breakout lunch room, GLG supplied DOT9700 Surface cans. The architect envisaged an industrial style area with exposed vents, concrete ceilings, cable trays etc. GLG presented the DOT can with a powder coated rod which was initially seen by the client as being ‘too modern’. At this point, GLG was able to engage directly with our supplier Nimbus Lighting to supply the can with a customised back plate so the electrical contractor could install using threaded rod. This change brought the lighting solution into line with the industrial theme.

With a few delivery challenges along the way there could have been significant delays on this project, however with constant communication between our Brisbane office and Sydney headquarters, any issues were resolved quickly and efficiently to ensure efficient delivery. The entire project was completed within a 5-month period.

PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

This project was released as a full Design and Construct project with all risk and ownership falling onto Fredon QLD. This tier one contractor in the QLD market is one of GLG’s largest contractors, whom we’ve worked with for several years. They know they can partner with GLG to deliver a successful result.

GLG also have a close relationship with WSP, who worked for the builder and had the responsibility of signing off all lighting, reticulation, mechanical and switchboard plans. Our established relationship with them helped ensure the lines of communication remained open, streamlining the approval process.


Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre

Illuminating Our Emergency Services

A CITY WITHIN

Located in Melbourne’s north, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s $109m specialised emergency services learning and training college at Craigieburn is a world class training facility, with a fundamental focus on practical training, flexibility, innovation and technology.

The academic building combines classroom based learning with simulated scenarios, comprising structures and props laid out in an urban streetscape environment, including laneways, rail tunnels and tram stops. The facility is also available as a resource for other emergency service organisations to supplement their training programs.

ON-SITE TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Award-winning architects Woods Bagot led the design team, with engineering consultants Umow Lai & Associates and Leighton Contractors to construct the facility. The Electrical Contractor was Eascom Electrical.

GLG was appointed to supply internal and external luminaires, as well as provide lighting design services and on-site support. Part of our role was to ensure all lighting met the strict efficiency and functional requirements of the project. This involved considerable presence on-site as well as liaising with design services.

Our recommendations included both GLG specified fittings and an alternative package to meet energy efficiency targets that were an important design constraint. The light levels needed to be deemed suitable for purpose as outlined in the construction brief.

ASK AND GLG DELIVERS

Sample review meetings were conducted with architects, engineers and builders as part of the process towards recommendation approval. GLG also provided design support with detailed light level and power efficiency calculations.

All internal lights were controlled by a DALI network to maximise efficiency. These areas included hazardous zones, offices, teaching areas and live external props where students conduct simmulated drills from a working fire station on site. GLG solved installation challenges as they arose, offering solutions to specific lighting problems.

Externally, Disano Olympic floodlights were installed for the parade ground. Disano Stelvio and Brera illuminate the carparks and internal roads, and Pierlite Trace LED and Floor Uplighters help to illuminate the building facade.

Internally, DOT LED downlights, IRIS architectural battens, Futcha 5 and Fusion troffers, CSC HAZ luminaires, LEO LED highbays and Austube linear lights were selected and installed.

WE ALSO MET THE NEIGHBOURS

Alongside the work produced for the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, GLG was commissioned to design the specialised lighting for the indoor Police Training Range right next door, in partnership with Safe-Shot.


Sydney Harbour Bridge

SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE HERITAGE PROJECT – GLG LIGHTING CASE STUDY

GLG Lighting Group has been operating in Australia for over 100 years. Headquartered in Sydney, GLG Lighting is well known for providing its clients with sustainable and innovative solutions for lighting, from industrial, commercial, residential and infrastructure. With an extensive footprint across Australia and New Zealand, GLG Lighting has a portfolio that incorporates the electrical industry’s leading brands.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge attracts millions of tourists every year to the famed Sydney Harbour, and the architectural and design detail contains significant heritage value. GLG Lighting has been instrumental in helping to sustain the heritage aspect of some of the more intricate lighting aspects of the bridge.

The iconic Bridge was originally designed to create a sense of arrival or entry to a special place. When completed in 1932, the Bridge’s roadways were lined with distinctive bronze lantern fittings. Unfortunately, the lights produced a glow that was deemed to be of detriment to drivers as traffic volumes increased. The lanterns were removed in the 1960s and replaced with modern fittings for the time. Without much foresight into their historical significance, most of the lanterns were also unfortunately destroyed.

As the 21st century progresses, there has been an increased focus on preserving Australia’s national heritage and historical structures. Owned by the RMS (Road and Maritime Services) the Bridge’s heritage value is proudly being upheld with the RMS ensuring that any changes or modifications required to service contemporary requirements are done in a manner that are respectful to the original architecture. In 2013, the decision was made to resurrect the original bronze lanterns in an effort to both provide effective lighting whilst also restoring the original aesthetic of the Bridge’s unique adornments.

First and foremost GLG’s goal was to create a lighting solution that was both functional and aesthetic while maintaining existing light levels. The new lighting for the roadway, walkway and traffic had to be unobtrusive and hidden from view whilst the heritage lanterns needed to produce a soft glow to recreate the heritage feel of the original bridge, all without being a hindrance to traffic.

The lantern frame was a new replica. This was used to create the moulds for the new lanterns at a foundry in Western Sydney. Bronze was chosen as the preferred metal for its durability and because it does not require painting. As with the original lanterns, parts were sourced from local producers where possible.

Borosilicate was chosen as the glassware because of its high durability as well as its resistance to expanding and contracting with temperature changes. The Heritage fitting is designed to glow, rather than to contribute to the road lighting. The glass manufacturers asked GLG to nominate the type of glass and the amount of frosting that would be required to achieve the desired effect. The interior of the top dome is sand-blasted to produce this frosted diffusing light effect. Borosilicate flat glass panels were held in place with highly durable silicon gaskets and pourable silicon to allow the lanterns to remain water tight. GLG incorporated an additional visor over the module to counter any internal condensation. They also recommended that the RMS include two bronze breathers to ensure pressure equilibrium, which is very important to maintain a dry internal environment in the fitting. The units are sealed to IP67.

NOW FOR THE LIGHTING!

GLG was given a Heritage fitting frame that was used to create a mock-up version, made of acrylic panels and an LED module in order to determine the desired lighting effect. GLG then customized a double sided 15Watt LED fitting to be seated inside each lantern, producing a soft glow that is rated as maintenance free for 20 years with over 100,000 hours at a very low power consumption resulting in reduced energy and costs. The modules are 3000k, chosen due to its ability to reproduce a warmer light that has a similar ambience and effect to the original Heritage lantern. This warmth was chosen due to its urban design with a heritage input, demonstrating a combination of modern technology with old world charm.

The LED lights were chosen in part because of how long they last, minimizing the risk of smashing the fragile glass top domes when changing lights. Two standard 37 Watt Sylvania StreetLED streetlights provide roadway illumination in order to address the original issue of in-effective illumination. These are concealed within the light arm structures to reduce glare whilst delivering drivers with a necessarily compliant level of illumination to ensure road safety. The reduced glare allows the general public to simply focus on the Heritage fitting while furthering the photogenic quality of the bridge. The new lanterns will hang off 132 original outreaches, all located in the exact place as they were when the Bridge was constructed.

The Bridge is always a work in progress requiring constant maintenance and enhancement. The array of experts, in technical, design and engineering who contributed to the project was considerable. Upon completion of the Heritage fitting, each unit weighed 120kg, resulting in structural engineers having to sign off on each outreach. These outreaches had to be checked for structural integrity before the new installations could begin and installation is restricted to times of road closures, which are very limited.

Once completed, this restoration project will result in substantial dollar savings in energy costs alone as well as ensuring that the RMS can reduce maintenance and servicing costs. In addition, GLG has produced a lighting solution that meets today’s lighting standards while also restoring a heritage look and feel to the bridge. The new lighting solution provide all users of the bridge with safe and efficient lighting, while preserving all the ambience of yesteryear.


Australis & Nathan Buildings

AN ICONIC HERITAGE

In downtown Auckland’s Britomart business district stand the Australis and Nathan buildings – two 200 year old iconic, heritage listed buildings. Recently refurbished to offer luxury office and retail spaces, they now house iconic retail stores Tiffany & Co. and Chanel on their ground floor retail areas. In the floors above, the 4000m2 office levels aim to enhance the natural building character, while delivering sleek, modern design to attract prestigious commercial tenants.

LIGHTING UP HISTORY

GLG was asked to deliver the required quality of office lighting to highlight the architectural features of this historic building, while ensuring it was in line with today’s best practice standards. The solution needed to combine functionality and energy saving features while emphasising the building’s many aesthetic qualities, such as exposed timber rafters, beams, original ceiling and brickwork.

Two office space areas featured a totally exposed ceiling on one side, while a special suspended ceiling of custom black perforated tiles adorned the opposite space. Stairwells had limited areas to mount lighting, which called for a practical solution.

DELIVERING ON THE CHALLENGE

GLG answered the challenge with not one, but two, different lighting solutions to achieve the required result. Within Aesthetics Lighting’s* stable of products, two products were chosen that delivered the luxury character of the project as well as the optimum lighting levels for a workspace.

The Futcha LED recessed module was customised into a perforated black tile, seamlessly matching it with its surrounds. An Austube 60 Greenstar LED beam product was also suspended in the exposed timber area, powder coated in black to blend with the rest of the design palette. The stairwells were also required to have practical lighting with minimum impact on the architecture. This was achieved with wall mount Austube 50 Slot Greenstar units.

Using the vast resources at the disposal of the Gerard group, it was possible to match the brief – exactly.

BEST PRACTICE LEVELS

The outcome was successful from both aesthetic and functional viewpoints. The energy consumption was at best practice levels for 2016. These centuries old buildings have not only been restored to their former glory, they also now boast better light levels and lower power consumption than most of their surrounding downtown counterparts.

 

* GLG professional/specification division in NZ


The Quarter

AN URBAN OASIS IN THE HEART OF KARRATHA

Karratha, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good country’, is located 1,557 kilometres north of Perth on Nickol Bay. In the heart of Karratha city, The Quarter is a new destination for residents, businesses, shopping and community events.

A WA State Government project through Landcorp, The Quarter is an urban oasis characterised by a bustling city square, cool, shady streets, contemporary architecture and a rich street culture unique to the Pilbara.

A COMPLETE LIGHTING SCHEME

GLG was appointed to provide a complete lighting scheme for The Quarter, including 46 apartments used to accommodate the service workers of Karratha, as well as commercial and retail spaces.

As a State Government project, the brief was to deliver a comprehensive and contemporary lighting design within an assigned budget.

With the wide variety of brands and options we have available at GLG, we were able to provide a cost effective solution and a lighting design approach that both delivered a quality result and met Australan Standards and Compliance.

EXISTING SOLUTIONS

Using a combination of Crompton, Pierlite & DOT LED fittings, GLG delivered in reducing the maintenance factor for this remote location.

The end result was that GLG devised a sustainable lighting solution utilising current LED technology to deliver capital city quality now and for the future, to an isolated community located some 16 hours drive north of Perth.

Thanks to the strength of our R&D team, GLG took a complex lighting puzzle and came up with the best, most efficient and impactful lighting solution.

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

In recognition of the the delivered solution, The Quarter project was a finalist in the Commercial Medium Project Category at the 2016 WA NECA Excellence Awards, receiving a commendation on the night.

Image credit: Landcorp, WA


Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC)

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY MEETS MAXIMUM SECURITY

The Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) is the ACT’s prison for persons who are sentenced to full-time imprisonment and remand. The facility is located in Hume, south-east of Canberra.

Designed with Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) in mind, the centre incorporates sustainable initiatives such as: 2.1 million litres of below ground fresh water storage, grey water recycling for toilet flushing and irrigation, solar hot water and high grade building insulation^.

Continuing the focus on energy saving measures, a recent requirement for the ACT Government Justice and Community Safety (JACS) Directorate was to decrease energy usage by 50% across the AMC facility.

LESS WASTE WITH LED RETROFIT

Having supplied the existing Pierlite Vandalux and Vandaguard T8 fittings to the facility some years ago, GLG was well placed to develop an LED replacement program that would guarantee the required energy savings.

Harnessing the power of LED, our approach was to replace the old 80W T8 Vandaguards with a 42W LED retrofit, 40W T8’s with the 22W LED retrofit, and 12W LED retrofit was used to replace the existing 20W T8 Vandaguard. The upgrade also included the emergency monitored version of the Vandalux LED – which has now become a standard product for the prison in its current expansion upgrade. We also retrofitted the exterior carpark and area lighting using the Sylvania SL10, a luminaire that ensures a constant light level while providing maximum energy savings.

The development by GLG of a complete retrofit kit allowed the facility to re-use the current Vandaguard base, meaning less wastage of materials. This also meant that the work was able to be completed quickly, significantly reducing install costs and minimizing disruptions to the operations of the prison.

Accurate scheduling of deliveries was another critical consideration for this project, with the installing contractor only being able to install lighting with the supervision of prison officers, and in areas of the prison that were isolated by a strict schedule.

A SECURE, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Our ability at GLG to design custom luminaires, as well as in-house engineering & support and flexible, dedicated project management expertise all came together to deliver the ACT Government JACS requirements of a 50% energy saving for the AMC facility.

The LED retrofit solution provided will mean reduced energy usage and maintenance costs for years to come, helping to secure this correctional facility’s sustainable reputation for the future.

^Source: ACT Government Justice and Community Safety http://www.cs.act.gov.au


200 George Street

SMART OFFICE GONE FULL LED

EMBODYING INDUSTRY-LEADING DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES

Home to Mirvac and Ernst & Young’s new Sydney headquarters, 200 George Street by Mirvac consists of 37 storeys with 33 office floors. Designed by architecture practice Francis-Jones Morehen Thorm (FJMT), embodying industry-leading design, technology and sustainability features, 200 George St embraces innovation and high technology.

6 STAR GREEN RATING

On behalf of Mirvac, ARUP Consulting asked GLG to assist in producing a luminaire to achieve specific lighting parameters, ensuring the lighting component aligned with the design, technology and sustainability features of the project.

These included National Construction Code (NCC) mandatory compliance, as well as a 6 star Green rating, a rating not widely seen in mainstream construction but broadly desired for its implicit value.

All based on a non-standard ceiling grid.

OUR PROVEN HERITAGE IN LIGHTING SOLUTIONS SHINES

With a design team who went full LED on the project, ARUP Consulting focused on selecting the right supplier who not only had a record of reliability, technical capability and a willingness to customise, but one who could deliver a product that balances technical parameters with aesthetics, quality and affordability.

Thanks to the strength of their R&D team, GLG took a complex lighting puzzle and came up with the best, most efficient and impactful lighting solution.

For a project with unique floor plates, a customised LED solution was the only viable option. Utilising their latest model Pierlite F-LED louvre troffer with Samsung chipsets, stringent LTP’s (as required by Green Star and BCA) were achieved. A significant energy saving of 20% resulted, with LED delivering a massive 50% saving in maintenance overheads due to their self-efficiency.

THE WORLD’S BENCHMARK

200 George Street is one of Australia’s most environmentally advanced and sustainable buildings, and the first in Australia to be fully lit with LED lights. Representing “World Leadership” in environmental sustainability practices, a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design (v3) rating has been attained, together with a 5 Star NABERS Energy Rating (Excellent Performance).


The International Towers, Barangaroo

THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL OFFICE INSTALLATION OF LED LIGHTING IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

Embodying world-class design excellence and sustainability. One of the world’s foremost waterfront renewal projects. An ambitious urban renewal project. Barangaroo showcases Sydney as Australia’s gateway to the world.

FUNCTIONALITY & SUSTAINABILITY

Barangaroo delivers Australia’s most sustainable high rise office building, with the latest technology. Currently unrivalled, ITSB defines Sydney as the leading 21st century world city in the Asia Pacific region. Having changed the landscape of Sydney, GLG contributed to a project that leaves a positive and lasting impact on this great city.

GLG’s goal was to provide a highly energy efficient luminaire that was not only functional and sustainable, but aesthetically designed to complement its environment, whilst meeting the client’s brief:

“… a distinctive luminaire solution that required lighting design of lumen efficiency, lumen maintenance and glare control… had to create a better working environment, require minimum maintenance and attain a Green Star sustainability rating.”

CONCEPT & DESIGN

The PIERLITE® GenLED One luminaire did not exist prior to the meeting between LendLease and GLG. A project of this scale called for a uniquely designed luminaire that was not yet available in the market. Initial conception started as a basic diffused style luminaire. Following photometric testing and design validation, this evolved to include a stylized louvre to share the intensity distribution for glare control and output efficiency.

From concept to completion a research and development process that can take up to 18 months was completed (to supply level) in just 8 months. This challenge was met with a focused collaboration between the engineering, procurement, production, sales and logistics departments within GLG.

TWO FORMS OF LIGHTING CONTROL WITH DIFFERENT PURPOSES

The central module was designed to provide the right amount of light in the space to meet AS1680 and also provide a difference in appearance from traditional linear solutions.

The side panel is illuminated at a lower wattage and is designed to soften the overall intensity of the luminaire. The side panel also pushes light back onto the ceiling and helps to give the appearance of an open, bright environment whilst giving a sense of warmth to its surroundings.

A uniquely aesthetic recessed office luminaire that complies with Green Star, UGR and best in class energy efficiency, the PierLite GenLED One has turned traditional lighting methods upside down and sets a new benchmark for form and function in the 21st century.