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04 December 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Hampton Steel, manufacturer of steel wire fencing and associated products recently undertook a comprehensive upgrade of its newly acquired factory building in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK which resulted in the installation of LED battens from Tamlite.

The change of location necessitated a thorough review of the new premises which among other things, featured an outdated electrical infrastructure. Lighting an item high up on the priority list as the 700 old-style T12 batten fittings delivered poor output throughout the high-ceilinged building.

Consequently, a complete renewal of the lighting was essential before the new facility could be made operational. Expectations of the system were considerable not only because of the need to guarantee robust illumination 24 hours per day, five days per week, but also to satisfy the company’s focus on sustainability and minimal environmental impact – something that is perhaps manifested most obviously in its ISO 14001 certification.

Tamlite won the contract and got to work specifying the most appropriate option for the factory and quickly realised that it would be best to base the design around its MICRO LED battens. A relatively new addition to the Tamlite range, the MICRO LED was developed with the specific objective of bringing the traditional batten into the modern age.

A variety of capabilities recommended its specification for the Hampton Steel project, including efficiency of greater than 90lm/W, a 50,000-hour lifespan, a cool-white light (400K) without glare and an extruded aluminium body for efficient thermal control. The product also benefits from Tamlite’s work on bespoke optics in both narrow (35º) and wide (80º) beams – ensuring the light is directed precisely where it is needed.

“The lighting needed to be extremely reliable over extended periods of operation as well as offering a standard of illumination that was complementary to activity levels and the good health of our employees,” explained Andy Hutchings, buyer at Hampton Steel. “Minimising the environmental impact and expense of our lighting installation was also crucial and so after a period of market research, we were led to Tamlite systems which it quickly became clear, were able to tick all of the boxes.”

Picture: Hampton Steel opted for Tamlite lighting for its relocation

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 04 December 2015


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