New lamps for old
A luxury Victorian hotel situated in Newquay, Cornwall is moving with the times by relamping all of the lighting fixtures with Megaman’s energy saving lamps. By introducing Megaman’s candle lamps into the existing traditional light fittings, the hotel has managed to maintain its Victorian charm whilst saving energy and running costs.
The four-star, family run Headland Hotel is situated on the edge of Newquay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Fistral Beach – a well known spot for surfers. The hotel was built in 1897 by a famous local architect, Sylvanus Travail, who was also the mayor of Truro. The Grade II listed building was one of the first grand hotels in the UK to have electric light, which was supplied by a DC generator situated in a pit 100 yards from the hotel and only converted to AC in 1923. Steeped in history, the first floor rooms were regularly occupied by the Royal family in the years before World War 1. During World War 2 the hotel was used as an RAF hospital. Its stunning location, looking out over the rugged Cornish coastline has also made the hotel an ideal setting for films, one being The Witches in 1987.
With hotels costs running high, John Armstrong, owner at The Headland for the last 30 years, was aware that his electricity bills could be drastically reduced and called upon the expertise of local wholesaler Electrical Services, Newquay, for advice. Following a survey of all lighting within the building, it was agreed that a simple change of lamps would be the best option, thus providing no disruption to the day-to-day running of the hotel.
Megaman’s Candle lamps and R80 reflectors have been utilised in the main public areas of the hotel. The Candle lamps are incorporated in a silicone sleeve so in the unlikely event of shattering, the glass remains contained. The R80 reflectors are ideal for highlighting/spotlighting features, producing less heat and UV than conventional halogen lamps. Both the R80 and Candle lamps contain Megaman’s unique Ingenium technology and can provide over 15,000 hours of running time plus a flicker free instant start. The last part of the project, changing over of all bedroom lighting has now been undertaken.
Following the installations, John Armstrong commented: “The new lamps fit in perfectly with our décor and we are looking at approximately 80% reduction in our electricity costs”.