Sustainable Lighting for the River Club

Sustainable Lighting for the River Club

About This Project

External lighting is critical to the comfort and appeal of the River Club, one of Cape Town’s most celebrated golf and conference venues. When Pam Shaw, lead designer of Shaw & Becker Interiors, approached Eurolux to assist in the design and installation of additional exterior lighting, Eurolux elected to partner with lighting design specialists Blair Hammond & Associates. The result is a sustainable lighting design that delivers the aesthetics and security the River Club required.

The club wanted to illuminate certain building features, such as the main entrance, while the practice putting green and chipping green also needed additional lighting. “Being a golf and conference venue, these greens are often used at night so required sufficient lighting with just the right amount of lumens so as to enhance and not hinder visibility,” explains Daniel Hammond, lighting design at Blair Hammond & Associates. “The River Club also asked us to illuminate the deck, which is frequently used for entertaining before and after sunset.”

Choosing the right design

Two lighting designs were completed and presented to the client, with the owners, architect and interior designers all weighing in on the final selection. “We believe,” says Hammond, “in presenting our client with options. In the lifecycle analysis report we provide initial lamp costs, fitting and component replacement costs according to the lamp/fittings lifespan, as well as the eventual return on investment of each of the options, enabling clients to see where and when it would be best to spend money.”

The lifecycle analysis conducted by Blair Hammond & Associates showed that the first lighting design, which included high specification products, like Eurolux’s ALT 92W floodlights (FS157), would have a total cost of ownership of R635275.97, over a period of 15 years. The second lighting design, on the other hand, would have a total cost of ownership of R772798.90 over a 15 year period. However, the first design would have an initial procurement cost of R151072.18, while the second design only required R87559.28.

“To see these initial procurement costs in perspective you also have to consider the relamping cost, which in the case of the first design came to R35760.43, while the second design came in at R84099.53. The first design would also only require 157222.30 kWh over a 15 year period, while the second would demand 211843.21 kWh,” explains Hammond. ” By not investing in the best product upfront, clients inevitably spend more money in maintenance, replacement and electricity costs. It is up to them to decide which option works best for them.”

The River Club selected the first design, which featured the highest specification products. A range of Eurolux products were used to create the right levels and ambience aorund the club, including some Aeon Lighting Technology (ALT) products of which Eurolux is the sole local importer. The ALT 92W floodlights (FS157) was used to illuminate the entrance, surrounding parking areas, as well as the putting and chipping greens. “The River Club required powerful, bright lighting in robust designs in these areas, which is exactly what the ALT 92W LED floodlight gives them.” says Shaun Bouchier, director at Eurolux. He adds that effective heat dissipation, colour stability and long lifespan made the Eurolux 25W ALT LED floodlights (FS154) the ideal choice for creating focus points around the building.

Hammond says that sustainability is an important objective in all his company’s designs. “In the case of LED products, clients want merchandise that lives up to its claimed lifespan and is backed by a good product warranty. Aeon Lighting Technology products have a 3 year warranty and many cases a five year warranty, which is also backed by an international US $2 million product liability insurance cover. In addition, Eurolux offers its own product liability insurance cover which is valued at R100 million. Such guarantees help to reassure customers and add confidence – an important factor in a large scale installation such as the River Club – in the product.”

The project was recently completed and Shaw said that working with the Eurolux team had resulted in the correct lighting being installed with all products delivering the promised functionality.


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