Ensuring the safety of staff, pupils and visitors and improving security on site was a priority for The Cooper School. The school had identified a number of areas on its campus which would benefit from illumination, however installing traditional lighting solutions that required mains connection was not an option due to the cost and time associated with laying cabling.
In addition the school is committed to minimising its environmental impact, preferring to adopt eco-friendly solutions that will help to further reduce its carbon footprint.
“There were several dark areas on site and we needed to find a way to light these up for visitors attending parents’ evenings or open evenings which happen after normal school hours, but it was cost-prohibitive to install traditional hard wired lights,” explained Strategic Finance & Business Manager Steve Cook.
Executive Head Teacher Ben Baxter visited Zeta’s UK-based manufacturing and production facility where he was able to see first-hand the full range of advanced LED and solar lighting solutions on offer. After seeing the products in use, he recognised that Zeta’s cost and carbon saving solutions exactly met the school’s requirements.
Zeta’s Solar Head Units mounted onto poles along pathways were selected to light up a number of previously unlit areas within the school’s grounds. These standalone lighting systems are waterproof, vandal resistant and simple to install; they come with brackets that are adjustable to any angle and pole fixings and are virtually maintenance free.
In addition, the school has chosen Zeta’s LED Flood Light as a powerful solution to light a large internal area within the campus. The LED Flood Light provides a low power alternative to traditional energy-intensive flood lighting and is long lasting, with 40,000 hours lifetime.
The quality of build, energy and carbon saving properties of Zeta’s LED and solar lighting means that the school will be able to leverage its investment. Zeta’s solutions are easy to install which meant that Facilities Manager, Arthur Kennedy was able to handle the project in-house. In addition ongoing running costs are ultra-low and as both products are long lasting and require little or no maintenance, the school will be able to focus time and resources on ongoing refurbishment projects.
Both the LED Flood Light and Solar Head Unit have a Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensor that detects movement, switching to on mode when detecting movement and back to off mode automatically when no movement is detected; conserving energy and minimising light pollution.
The Cooper School also intends to replace lighting in its classrooms, installing Zeta’s Ultra Slim Ceiling Panels which provide high performance, attractive LED lighting. The ultra slim ceiling panels which come in a variety of sizes, give off more light and run at 60% of the power of florescent tubes; which will provide the school with a further opportunity to benefit from substantial energy and cost savings.
Executive Head Teacher Ben Baxter said: “The new lighting offers increased safeguarding levels for our students whilst at the same time improving security of the school site. The lights, which were fitted during the school holidays, are both carbon friendly and aesthetically pleasing on the eye. We would hope to introduce similar lighting at our partner site, Glory Farm Primary School.”