The Ecolight Solutions Australia team has recently undertaken some challenging lighting upgrade jobs that required careful planning and a high level of organisation between all the stakeholders.
1. Kew Recreation Centre (KRC).
Together with the Project Manager, G-Store, we had acquired a tender with Boroondara Council to replace the outdated mercury vapour high bay light fittings at KRC managed by YMCA. The work had to be completed over several nights using a combination of a very small cherry picker to fit through narrow passages and scaffolding that was set up in the water. This aquatic centre posed a great deal of challenge due to limited access, high ceilings, narrow edges around the pools with low bearing capacity, fixtures located above the water and a slide to manoeuvre around.
The new LED light fittings had to have the right qualities to be installed in a pool environment as well as be aesthetically suited. Daylight and occupancy sensors were also added to the new high bay fittings for better control. The outcome is much better lighting at KRC with more than 50% savings on electricity running cost and an improved look of the pool.
2. Pronto e Fresco, Broadmeadows.
Ecolight Solutions Australia was approached by Genesis Now to undertake the high bay lighting upgrade at the reputable P e F food manufacturing firm. After the initial site visit the lighting layout was reviewed and redesigned together with Genesis Now and Maser (who supplied the new lights) to get the most out of the new sensor-enabled LED high bay fittings that best-suited the warehouse isles and loading dock. Most of the work had to be undertaken outside the busiest times at the Broadmeadows warehouse.
Using a mixture of knuckle booms and a forklift we accessed all the difficult to reach areas. Many of the new fittings needed new wiring with power outlets and were suspended by jack chain. Challenges were encountered by the uneven ceiling and ware hose racking locations but with the help of laser levels for both height and layout we achieved an excellent uniformity. The overall outcome is great functionality, better light distribution and well over 50% savings in running cost.
3. SCOPE Victoria.
This project was supervised by CarbonetiX and it consisted of various Melbourne-based sites from St Albans and Maribyrnong to Oakleigh and all the way to Bendigo. The lighting upgrades included different types of measures such as T5 adapters, adding of occupancy sensors, replacement of office troffer light fittings and halogen down lights as well as the retrofitting of low bay fittings with induction light components. Induction high bay lights and flood lights were also used to upgrade metal halide fittings in a warehouse.
Most of these lighting upgrades had to be undertaken after hours and mainly on the weekends due to the nature of the sites where people with disabilities work or are cared for. Substantial energy savings are expected at all these SCOPE sites. This project also involved the implementation of the VEET scheme together with Carbonetix.
4. City of Casey (Cranbourne Leisure Complex).
Ecolight Solutions Australia had won the tender to deliver major LED lighting upgrades at various Cranbourne sites. Around 1000 LED tubes were installed in the library, leisure centre hallways and toilets, the performing arts centre, cafes, child care centre and the indoor skate park. For better green-house savings all the ballasts have been by-passed in the light fittings. In addition a high number of halogen down lights were replaced with LED fittings, CFL lights were changed over to LED lamps and several metal halide flood lights were upgraded to LED flood lights.
Indoor beach volleyball:
One of the most challenging projects was posed by the replacement of the metal halide high bay fittings above the indoor beach volleyball courts. The unstable surface of the sand and the presence of netting all around the courts needed a well-thought out approach. Liaising between the council, YMCA, the site managers for the best time for access and the employment of a net specialist required careful planning.
The finding of reliable and safe scaffolding contractors proved more difficult than expected. In the end all the participants managed to work together efficiently and flawlessly to have this part of the project completed above expectations. Excellent energy and maintenance savings have been realised at the beach volleyball courts and once again much better lighting has been achieved.
Indoor skate, scooter and BMX centre:
The Cranbourne Leisure Centre also hosts The Shed, which is one of the largest indoor skate centres in Australia. As part of the lighting upgrades this site was also selected to have its old-fashioned and energy intensive high bay lights replaced with LED fittings.
Initially the skate park seemed to be the most complex site yet to have its high bays replaced. The fittings are located up to 10 metres high above a myriad of ramps of various shapes and sizes not allowing any access in between them for any cherry pickers. The lack of flat surfaces also made the erection of scaffolding challenging. However, breaking down the site into task areas made the project easier to manage. Therefore we decided to have three different approaches.
The employment of a very narrow machine that fit through the front and emergency doors enabled us to reach all the fittings around the perimeter, while our expert scaffolding contractors erected high towers above the ramps to get to the rest. Finally an absailer was asked to come on board to get to the last few fittings into position that could not be accessed any other way.
The old fittings were replaced with efficient and great looking LED high bay fittings for maximum savings and for better distribution of light. In this case the maintenance savings is a huge advantage due to the difficulty of the site.
All the old light fittings and fluorescent tubes were recycled at Lamp Recyclers as part of the above projects.