Megaman has supplied its 7W LED GU10 lamps for use throughout the main public areas of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Devon. Following installation, the estimated savings are already being calculated as 35,724kWh annually, which amounts to 15.4 tonnes of CO2.
The Aquarium had been looking to change its existing halogen lamps situated in all public areas for some time and approached local wholesaler Western Electrical for advice. “The original halogen lamps had a very short shelf life so we were constantly replacing them, plus the heat generation was a problem over some of the smaller chilled water tanks” commented Jim Farley, Senior Engineer. “Having trialled various leading brands, none actually came anywhere near to the lux performance of the existing 35W and 50W halogens until Megaman’s 7W LED GU10’s were put to the test”.
Providing a crisp cool white light, Megaman’s GU10’s offer a life of up to 25 times longer than their halogen dichroic equivalent, three times less heat output and can be retrofitted into existing fittings, thus providing a fast return on investment.
The Aquarium’s original electrical system included 240v, 12v and track fittings so it was agreed that changing some of the fittings would allow for a uniform GU10 mains powered system throughout. This, in turn, would result in an easier option for the maintenance team to keep one standard lamp type in operation throughout the building.
“We are extremely happy with the new LEDs as they have provided a much more modern appearance with a brighter, lighter feel throughout the aquarium. We are now in the process of reviewing other areas of the building.”