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MB Décor’s new development will see it into the next generation – with a little help from Thorn


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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 supplied a variety of energy efficient luminaires for MB Décor in Middlesbrough, that include the popular PopPack, which has been updated and relaunched with the very latest LED technology to provide an affordable, energy saving luminaire designed with the installer in mind. Thorn’s Steven Gleghorn worked closely with Eugene Tulley from Contractor Litestream Electrical, Darlington to specify the right combination of luminaires to provide the welcoming ambience required by the retail establishment, whilst showing off the merchandise to its best advantage.

The new branch replaces MB Décor’s previous premises that was 30 years old with several units on the same site that were ‘too disjointed”. MB Decor is the UK’s leading independent supplier of PVC panelling for walls, ceilings and flooring and manufactures its own ranges of high quality wall and ceiling panelling under our Decorwall and Decorceil brands, which is sold both directly and throughout the UK via distributors. “The new unit will make the whole system run a lot smoother both for trade and retail, it will be a nice environment with ample parking and an 8,000 sq. ft. retail space and more products” commented Managing Director,  Mike Greenup.

Working on a brief to supply a good quality cost effective solution that promotes products to their best advantage, Thorn came up with a design giving good colour rendition and excellent light levels whilst meeting the requirements. PopPack and Glacier luminaires were chosen for the sales areas. PopPack provides an easy patented installation method and simple mounting plates for surface mounting and a high efficiency (>110Llm/W) that exceeds the current building regulations. Other benefits include up to 67% reduction in energy consumption, when compared to the traditional fluorescent alternatives and lumen packages from 3000 to 6500lm. The 4000K colour temperature and high colour rendering index of more than 80 makes the fitting perfect for use in retail applications where merchandise has to be illuminated in the best way possible. To compliment these, modern and efficient Glacier LED pendant luminaires with high lumen packages have been installed as an efficient alternative to traditional HID pendants.

The distribution area required daylight dimming, presence control and good quality levels of illumination. HiPak Pro LED was selected as the ideal luminaire for this space. HiPak Pro LED is up to 45% more efficient than 250W/400W alternatives, combining high efficiency (93Llm/W), 50,000-hour lamp life, low maintenance, dedicated individual that optics provide precise light control for high level mounting applications and a robust design.

IQ Wave recessed provides excellent uniformity and glare control with direct/indirect illumination in the dispatch area to create a comfortable working environment.

Thorn’s Omega LED, Cetus and IQ Wave have been installed in the toilets, Accounts Department and the canteen.

Voyager Star LED provides the emergency lighting throughout. Thanks to its specialised optics, Voyager Star sends light exactly where it is needed in the event of an emergency and, due to wide spacing values, the number of luminaires required can therefore be reduced when compared to other solutions, thus the overall project costs are reduced.

Mike Greenup was pleased with the functional and aesthetically pleasing result, plus the energy savings with instant and controlled illumination, commenting “This development will see us into the next generation.”