Lighting the way for confectionery research

Cirrus luminaires from Riegens Lighting have been used to help reduce energy consumption while ensuring a high quality lit environment at Nestlé’s newly extended Product Technology Centre (PTC) in York. Riegens Illusion luminaires have also been used in refurbished offices.

Opened by Environment Minister David Heath, the extended research and development facility further enhances the York facility’s role as a global centre of excellence in confectionery research. The expanded centre will provide opportunities for Nestlé to accommodate more staff, including apprentices and PhD graduates.

A key criterion of the brief to consulting engineers Silcock Leedham was to minimise environmental impact through the use of energy efficient building services systems. The specification of the lighting and controls played a significant role in achieving this.

The suspended Cirrus luminaires have been supplied in two configurations – stand-alone using 2 x 28W T5 fluorescent lamps or in continuous rows of two to six fittings, each fitted with 2 x 54W T5 lamps. Cirrus luminaires have been specially developed for office and other commercial interiors, using an advanced optical system utilising micro prism panels, dedicated back reflectors and diffuser films to ensure a uniformly lit and dynamic environment.

In the refurbished office areas Riegens Illusion recessed louvre luminaires with air handling functionality (40 litres/sec) have been used to create soft and uniform direct illumination. As with the Cirrus fittings, the Illusion luminaires have been supplied with DALI control gear, ensuring that Nestlé has a highly flexible and responsive system throughout the building.

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