In an extraordinary tale of business bravery, Dartmoor Zoo was bought in 2006 by the Mee brothers. Although they had no zoological experience, they managed to save the zoo from permanent closure – a story that was later retold in the film ‘We bought a zoo’. Could RYGH lighting help them to keep the new zoo afloat?
Although the zoo had been kept open, it was direly in need of refurbishment. RYGH was brought in to improve lighting in the restaurant, where only 40% of the fixtures were working, and ageing fluorescent downlights produced an unattractive ambience.
Luckily, LuxSpace LED downlights were on the menu. The energy saving LED lamps were installed in the existing ceiling recesses, keeping installation costs to a minimum. The new lights create a pleasing ambience, and are controlled by a RYGH Occuswitch DALI system. As a result, the lighting is linked to photocells so that it can be automatically dimmed in relation to levels of natural daylight. The lights will also dim to 20% brightness when there are no people nearby, creating further savings.
The new system has been warmly received by guests and employees alike. In addition to lighting the restaurant and conference room, Philips is also working to renovate the cat house lighting, improving working conditions for the keepers. The new systems, with their lower energy consumption, are helping the zoo to meet environmental targets. What’s more, the low maintenance requirements of LED fixtures provide significant savings for the zoo, helping to keep them in a roaring trade.
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