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  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
  • 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

    The use of three adjustable lamp positions allows the light to be shaped, providing the optimal light distribution for the target area.

  • 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

    The use of a flat glass asymmetric floodlight mounted at roof height minimises light spill by directing all light downwards onto the target area.

  • 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 revitalises the landscape at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre with outdoor lighting

The award-winning Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is the largest exhibition venue in the Middle East. Located in the UAE’s capital city, it was opened in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. With 73,000 sqm of indoor event space, ADNEC has a diverse yearly calendar, accommodating nearly two million visitors every year.

Landscape architecture firm, Shankland Cox, was recently commissioned to update ADNEC’s landscape to improve the space in terms of usability, appearance and security. As a returning customer, Shankland Cox once again approached Thorn for support to design a lighting scheme.

As well as providing functional outdoor lighting, the installation needed to work aesthetically with the exhibition centre's unique structure and façade. The key aims were to provide ADNEC with improved lighting quality and increased light levels with the best uniformity.

Improving aesthetics and light quality

With high importance attached to the aesthetics of the installation, Thorn suggested aligning the lighting columns with the height of the architectural building. As well as achieving better coordination between the colomns and the building, the arrangement would avoid potential conflicts associated with large exhibition items, machinery or vehicles. The architects agreed this would be a better solution than the previous column installation, which was much lower.

The exhibition centre's 5,000 sqm landscape is now illuminated to the specified 20 lux with two-part lighting columns. Each column carries Thorn's Champion 1KW floodlight and 12 unique 18m conical leaning and curved poles. The columns are also supplied with two banner arms to support a 5x1m triangular banner, as well as being pre-drilled to support loudspeakers and wireless network devices.

Thorn also supplied several other outdoor luminaires for the new landscaping scheme, including: D-CO LED, Corniche, MICA, Oracle, E/Fact, Via, Band plus Chalice was used for the security guards office.