Hershel Car Park Slough

Energy Saving Lighting Solutions

Replacing Sodium Light Fittings with New Energy Efficient LED & Installing Dimmed System Motion Detection

Duration: 8 Weeks

Slough Borough Council`s Car Park Management Team chose Polyteck to strip and replace sodium light fittings with energy efficient LED units at Herschel Car Park, Slough. The Polyteck team also installed an advanced dimmer system controlled by motion detection enabling the lights to dim when there is no car moving inside the car park, therefore saving costs for the council.

Herschel Car Park is the largest public car park in Slough town centre. The car park has eleven levels; seven providing 450 public spaces, the remaining four are managed by Slough Borough Council for the businesses based in Observatory House, one of which is the famous Yellow Pages head office.

The car park was built in the mid 1980s and has had very little refurbishment other than reactive maintenance. The original lighting was replaced between 1997 and 2003 to a combination of 100W SON light fittings and fluorescent units. The lighting had no control other than a single on/off switch for the whole car park. The lights therefore remained on 24 hours a day. The installation provided for three areas within the car park:

-The main driveway
– The parking bays
-The pedestrian access (stairwells etc)

Polyteck installed a new LED lighting system which allowed for full control of lighting on each level. Levels could be placed on a timer to match use, a facility of particular important for the privately let areas. The LED lighting units were further controlled by motion detectors to enable the lighting to be dim to 50% when dormant. The combination of controls and the reduced wattage LEDs provided an 80% saving in the car parks electricity consumption.

The work was undertaken as a phased programme, which meant the car park could remain open with minor disruption to half of each floor as work was being carried. Polyteck`s  flexible deliveries also saw out of hours work further reduce the disruption enabling Slough Borough Council and local residents to continue using the car park during the busy run up to Christmas.