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Eberle Street: Lighting the Yellow Brick Road – LED Lighting Refurbishment Project

Eberle Street: Lighting the Yellow Brick Road – LED Lighting Refurbishment Project

Candela Light have played a part in The Wizard of Oz inspired transformation of Eberle Street, at the heart of Liverpool’s LGBT community in the city’s Commercial District.

Candela have designed and manufactured two bespoke LED Eberle Street signs along with bespoke LED lighting across the street, complementing the hexagonal shape and structure of the paving below.Bespoke exterior lighting

Nigel Astley, Managing Director at Candela commented “Candela have a diverse experience of working on both public and private sector projects, we have always taken pride in creating bespoke designs and we are really pleased with final result.”

The works are part of a £1.6m scheme, which have improved the pedestrian connection linking the Commercial District to the city’s retail core, and have been jointly funded by the Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool City Council.

Jim Gill, chairman of the Commercial District BID, said: “The completion of Eberle Street is truly the jewel in the crown of the district’s public realm renovation project.

“Eberle street is key to the night time economy so it’s fantastic to see it gain a new lease of life following its redesign.”

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The transformation of Eberle Street has been a great success story between the public and private sector and has created a beacon for the community that everyone can take pride in. Hopefully it will help drive more footfall to this unique and diverse part of the city centre.’’

Candela Light celebrates its 30th Birthday!

Candela Light celebrates its 30th Birthday!

British lighting manufacturing company Candela Light Ltd of Birmingham is Celebrating 30yrs in Business.

As we celebrate our 30th year in business, we would like to think that our continued success can be attributed to our core values: our service commitment to our customers and our commitment to our employees.

Nigel Astley Managing Director commented “Candela Light is a great place to work and will continue to be as we produce great quality lighting.  I would like to thank everybody involved over the last 30 years in creating the business we see today.”

He continued “This milestone provides us an opportunity to both reflect on our past and to look forward to our future. As we celebrate, we say “Thank You” to all of our customers and co-workers, both past and present”.

In the last three decades, Candela has become one of the leading British lighting manufacturers in the UK, recently investing over £250k in new machinery to increase it’s production capacity in order to supply both lighting parts and complete lighting solutions for interior and exterior works.

Candela Light, based in Birmingham is an ISO 9001-2000/AS 9100 accredited manufacturer, providing contemporary and heritage style British manufactured street lighting, bollards and interior lighting throughout the UK and internationally.

Candela Light have a positive outlook together with international expansion plans in 2017 and beyond.

Candela invests in new machinery to increase production capacity

Candela invests in new machinery to increase production capacity

British lighting manufacturing company Candela Light Ltd of Birmingham is bucking the trend of a flat market for UK manufacturing and increasing it’s production capacity in order to supply both lighting parts and complete lighting solutions for interior and exterior works. The new TRUMPF technologies at Candela Light are helping meet increasing demand for the company’s range of street, architectural, LED and heritage lighting.

Having experienced strong growth in the past 12 months (Candela now employs 28 people), the company decided to reinvest some of its profits back into the business. Thanks to its investment in the latest TruPunch 1000 CNC punching machine from TRUMPF, Birmingham-based lighting manufacturer Candela Light is enjoying a 50% increase in production speed (and hence throughput) over its two previous turret punch presses. The machine was purchased alongside a TRUMPF TruBend 3066 CNC press brake and the latest TRUMPF TruTops Boost software that allows the company to generate programs at the touch of a button.

 

Since its installation in 2016, the machine has been set to work producing the metalwork for Candela’s extensive range of contemporary and heritage lighting products, lanterns, columns and brackets. Although the TruPunch 1000 can process sheets up to 6.4 mm thick, Candela typically processes aluminium up to 4 mm and copper and brass up to 1.2 mm. The company also manufactures parts from stainless steel. Candela makes to order, rather than for stock, and batch sizes can range from 20 to 300-off.

Nigel Astley Managing Director comments “Candela Light has just celebrated it’s 30th year supplying British made lighting for the public and private sectors. We have gone from strength to strength by providing a top-class service that has allowed us to make this latest investment in new machinery and increase our capacity in order to satisfy demand”.

This new sheet metal punching tool is extremely efficient and has a low use of compressed air and low power consumption contributing to the all-around conservation of resources. With the common cut, the material is used even more efficiently and scrap is reduced.

Candela Light is an ISO 9001-2000/AS 9100 accredited manufacturer, providing contemporary and heritage style British manufactured street lighting, bollards and interior lighting throughout the UK and internationally. For over 30 years Candela Light has played a key role in numerous major decorative lighting schemes in both the private and public sector. The company, which is one of the few truly independent lighting manufacturers in the UK, supports projects from early proposals and lighting designs, right through to commissioning and production.

Candela Light have a positive outlook together with international expansion plans in 2017 and beyond.

Edgbaston Canal Tunnel LED Lighting Refurbishment Project

Edgbaston Canal Tunnel LED Lighting Refurbishment Project

Candela Light has been working with Birmingham City Council to refurbish an outdated lighting system in the Edgbaston Canal Tunnel under the supervision of Highways Electrical Asset Team as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project. This project aims to get more people cycling and increase the proportion of cycle trips across Birmingham from less than 2% to 5% by 2023 and 10% by 2033, through the development of a high quality city-wide cycle route network.

The unreliable nature of the lighting assets in the tunnel had been highlighted to Birmingham City Council by a group of stakeholders;  their main concern being that the lack of lighting in the tunnel was causing a safety issue. The tunnel is located on a heavily used canal towpath linking the City Centre and the University of Birmingham residential campus at The Vale, and was considered as a priority for replacement by both Birmingham City Council and the Canal and River Trust (CRT).

The main goals of the lighting replacement project were to upgrade the inefficient and unmaintainable existing tunnel lighting assets, and to replace them with energy efficient units capable of providing a lighting output to create a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The work was carried out by a local Birmingham based business Candela Light Ltd, who by replacing old, damaged lighting units and replacing existing cabling, have reduced maintenance costs and improved the reliability of the lighting in the tunnel. The works have resulted in a reduction in energy consumption associated with lighting the Edgbaston tunnel and tunnel towpath and have created an environment with lighting that can now be applied to other tunnels and towpaths on Birmingham’s Canal Network

With input from the CRT a solution was developed using 30w LED floodlighting units, supplied by local lighting company Candela. 16No existing 70w lighting units were replaced with 16No 30w LED units.

Gareth Hennessy of Candela Light Ltd said: “Being a local business we are delighted to have worked with Birmingham City Council installing the LED Tunnel Lighting, improving not only safety and security for the residents but making our City more usable for both pedestrians and cyclists.”

Since the completion of the lighting upgrade works in the Edgbaston Canal Tunnel Birmingham City Council has received positive feedback from users of the canal network. The following is a sample of the comments received by Birmingham City Council to date:

“This is an example of how the funding of the Birmingham Cycling Revolution can improve safety not only for cyclists but for walkers and all local residents”

“…..the lighting installation is an intelligently designed, modern system.   As you can see the light is directed to illuminate as far as possible just the path (boats have powerful, engine-driven headlamps), and without causing glare. The previous system wasted power by shining light from the remaining functional luminaires in every direction, including straight into one’s eyes and along the length of the canal beyond the portals.   I understand the new system is LED based, in which case it should have a long, maintenance-free lifespan”

“…..excellent refurbishment works in Edgbaston Tunnel!”

“I was very impressed by the lack of light spill.   When I first approached the tunnel I thought the lights were off!  I also like the way they are in a vandal-proof position but don’t waste energy illuminating the entire tunnel”

Aston Luminaire LED, Edgbaston Priory  Club

Aston Luminaire LED, Edgbaston Priory Club

Candela Light was initially approached by the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham which had expressed an interest in the company’s LED technology, in particular the efficiency and energy savings the system could offer.The Aston Luminaire heritage lantern was chosen by the club.

Following consultation with sales engineers Candela were asked to supply the Aston heritage lantern, fitted with a 60W LED light source to illuminate part of the grounds.

The Aston Luminaire lantern was chosen because it provided continuity with fittings supplied previously by Candela on other areas of the site. The fittings, built at the company’s factory in Birmingham, were deemed a great success once installed. Candela was therefore asked to replace the existing 150W metal halide Aston fittings with the same LED light source.

Following further consultation it was suggested that rather than build and supply new lanterns, the LED unit could be retrofitted into the old luminaires. This would be carried out in the factory, but still offered the customer a cost saving compared with purchasing new units.

Following completion of the site, both staff and members associated with the club have complimented the new installation, making particular reference to the improved light levels compared with the previous installation.

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