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Avtrade, UK

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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn Lighting has helped Avtrade to build a contemporary, sustainable, exciting new global headquarters incorporating transport and warehousing facilities, in rural Sussex on the site of a former egg farm. Thorn was able to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all areas of the project, providing luminaires for both internal and external zones.

Specialist providers of aircraft component services including trading, pooling and the repair management of spare parts, Avtrade is committed to sustainability and wanted an environmentally-friendly design that would meet budget constraints. The project features a range of green technologies including ground source heat pumps, CHP and natural ventilation strategies and, of course, the very latest, energy efficient LED lighting technology. The rural location also meant that the planning authority was concerned at the possibility of light pollution caused by the road and car park lighting so in-depth calculations and modelling was carried out to allay the planning authority’s fears.

Thorn had provided a well-lit working environment for the new distribution and storage warehouse linked to a Logistics Centre office hub where 250 multilingual and multicultural employees deliver a range of global solutions to over 800 airlines including inventory management, repairs, pooling, leasing, sale, loan and exchange, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Thorn’s Specline, a recessed LED modular with a choice of optics, has been installed to provide optimum lighting for the offices. The combination of high-efficacy LED module and high performance optics delivers up to 3700 luminaire lumens whilst achieving 79 Llm/W with a connected load per fitting of 47W.

132 Chalice luminaires have been used for the illumination of corridors and the reception area to provide a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours, which will significantly reduce maintenance demands and costs. Thorn’s high output, energy saving, fluorescent Hi-Rack was chosen for the warehouse to provide a longer life than HID alternatives, thus reducing maintenance. A range of fluorescent luminaires with 'area' or 'rack' reflectors for interior spaces with high ceilings, Hi-Rack incorporates dimming and sensor capabilities to reduce lighting and power consumption to as little as 10%.

For the exterior of the building, 40 Thorn Piazza’s have been used to provide a high degree of advanced performance with modern styling. Wall mounted Piazza is tough and durable, precision crafted in tough polycarbonate with a prismatic lens that gives a particularly wide distribution that spreads light downwards and sideways over a considerable distance, allowing the luminaires to be spaced further apart without glare or shadowy areas.  The cut-off optical system provides the fine control that is needed to meet the environmental demands when seeking to reduce obtrusive light.

Avtrade now benefits from a robust and well-designed facility that meets the company’s specific needs, complies with stringent planning requirements and delivers a high degree of sustainability. The completed development comprises two separate office buildings totalling 52,000 sq. ft. and a warehouse building of 90,000 sq. ft. Outside, the project has enhanced the rural landscape with new tree planting, wild flower meadows and attenuation ponds.