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Thorn Lighting Triumphs at Voltimum’s Smart Solutions Awards 2018


Part of the Zumtobel Group of companies, Thorn Lighting took home Best Project – Commercial at Voltimum’s Smart Solutions Awards 2018, held at UK Construction Week. The judges were looking for entries that demonstrated originality, ingenuity and creativity in their integration of smart technology into a project and Thorn’s entry Wincanton Trax project definitely met all the criteria.

Logistics specialists Wincanton plc implemented Thorn Lighting’s HiPak Pro LED, Corrosion Force and ForceLED luminaires for the refurbishment of Wincanton Trax Park 2 in Doncaster. The aim was to reduce energy consumption and maintenance, whilst increasing sustainability and providing a well-lit working environment. The entire 10,933 m2 warehouse area has been updated, including above and under the mezzanine floor which runs along one side of the building above the loading bays, plus the open plan marshalling areas and racking aisles. A switchlite PIR sensor was also installed for on/off switching in response to occupancy and daylight to increase energy savings.

Site electricity consumption has dropped 60% since the installation of Thorn’s LED luminaires and Wincanton plc is very pleased with the results. Tom Crossland, site manager at Trax Park 2, commented “We find the “whiter” quality of the LED lighting is favoured by our colleagues, and it is a visible sign that Wincanton is investing in the site, and also committed to its environmental programme. We’ve had a good response from colleagues as a result and the feedback is that the upgraded site is ultimately a brighter and more pleasant place to work”.

Thorn’s insistence on quality and its dedication to making effective, energy efficient lighting simple has helped to establish its reputation as a dependable performance brand. The philosophy: offering the right product and service at the right price for the right application.

Matthew Boucher, managing director of Zumtobel Group commented “We’re thrilled to have won the Best commercial Project Award against stiff competition. Thorn is committed to managing the lit environment in the most effective way, optimising user experience and maximising the opportunities that lie ahead in a connected world and this award recognises our achievements”.

“The Smart Solutions Awards have always been our chance to say thank you to manufacturer’s hard work and to recognise their commitment to developing high calibre, highly skilled electrical professionals of the future,” says Rodney Jack, Editor at Voltimum UK & Ireland Ltd. “I’m amazed at how the standard of excellence continues to rise,” he added. “Product innovation is especially strong this year, with design, quality, and environmental credentials at the heart of this pioneering sector. We are proud to recognise those who are trailblazing within their categories.”