Michael Hall Associates was commissioned to re-design the legacy wayfinding signage across the four acre site.
The existing signage fell short of the Department of Health’s best practice guidelines for effective wayfinding systems for healthcare facilities which also stipulate the requirement to ensure optimum levels of illumination at all times of day.
The guidelines recommend that lighting should be used to highlight site entrances, define key pathways and direct people to key decision points where wayfinding information is located. The legacy signs were unlit and as there was no mains power, a traditional lighting solution would require laying cabling, a cost- and time-intensive process.
Michael Hall Associates approached LED and solar lighting specialist Zeta about its solar-powered solutions. The new system comprised two metre x two and a half metre signs at both of the NHS hospital’s entrances, as well as a further six wayfinding signs incorporating key information for visitors, strategically placed across the site.
Zeta recommended the ECOLUX SOLAR, the industry’s first solar LED trough lighting system. Developed in partnership with Portland Lighting, this flexible solution boasts a new Super Lens which enables even illumination on signs up to three metres deep.
The ECOLUX SOLAR incorporates discreet and flexible PV solar panels which harness the sun’s energy throughout the day, long life batteries and Zeta’s innovative Energy Management System (EMS) which releases the stored energy and uses it to power the high intensity LED trough light to provide optimum, efficient LED illumination.
The eco-savings of Zeta’s solar-powered systems are significant, as are the monetary savings.
As the largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions, the NHS has a duty to contribute to the Climate Change Act which was introduced in 2008 to ensure the UK cuts its carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.
With this front of mind, delivering a solution that would help the hospital meet its carbon reduction targets and limit the effects of climate change, was of paramount importance.
Zeta’s solar LED lighting solutions deliver superior lighting performance and importantly, the new wayfinding system meets best practice guidelines for illumination. The ECOLUX SOLAR boasts an impressive 120° beam angle and is available in a wide range of colour temperatures from 3000 to 6000K.
The solar-powered system removed the requirement to lay cabling to link in to a mains connection, which saved time, money and notably also minimised any disruption to visitors and staff. Zeta’s solution is also virtually maintenance free – LEDs have an average rated life of 50,000 hours, and an additional benefit of solar-powered lighting is that there is no energy consumption and no ongoing running costs, making it a truly sustainable solution.
The ECOLUX SOLAR is also easy to fit, which kept install costs low, it includes two different pre-set positions and bracket projections which enables the electrician to achieve the optimum beam angle without having to wait for darkness to make any adjustment.