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Concord Brings History To Life At The Ashmolean

Ashmolean Museum of Art and ArchaeologyThe Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is the world’s oldest public museum and one of Europe’s most popular cultural tourist destinations.

It is home to Oxford University’s collection of art and archaeology and more than 850,000 people visit each year. The building needs constant care and attention to ensure it delivers the welcoming atmosphere upon which the Ashmolean prides itself and keeps up with the demands of visitors. As part of this continuous maintenance, a collaborative group was formed between the University of Oxford’s Estates Services team and the operational team at the museum in order to find an innovative and sustainable lighting solution for the gallery spaces that provided a better experience for the visitors and the behind the scenes maintenance teams.

Over 1900 halogen light fittings were replaced with dimmable Concord Beacon Muse LEDs. Due to the longer lifespan of these lamps the museum will now save two man days a week, which were previously used to replace broken halogen lamps. The lamps are also easily moved along a track, dimmed and refocused to allow museum teams to change displays with ease. An added bonus is that the museum will now save £45k a year in reduced energy usage.

When it came to redesigning the lighting scheme the aesthetics and performance of the lighting was paramount as Harry Phythian-Adams, Executive Officer, Director’s Office at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, explains, “We required a solution that provided the same lit effect as halogen but also delivered a better uniformity of light whilst bringing the vibrant colours in the galleries to life. Concord was able to adapt the Beacon Muse to meet our needs perfectly: it changed the colour temperature of the spotlight to 2700K warm white with colour rendering index of typical 97 and also provided us with a customised white bezel to better suit our interior décor. We are also impressed with the energy savings we have seen. Due to the unique design of the product, in addition to the LED energy savings compared to the previous Halogen lights, less heat is emitted and we have been able to reduce our air conditioning usage and save on our energy costs”  

Ashmolean Museum of Art and ArchaeologyThe project was funded jointly by the museum and by the Carbon Reduction Programme run by the Environmental Sustainability team at the university. As such, an important factor in the project was the carbon reduction potential. The new LEDs use less energy and produce less heat allowing the museum to reduce their mechanical air cooling. 236 tonnes of carbon will be saved every year and will count towards the university’s overall carbon reduction target of 33% by 2020/21 on a 2005 baseline.

The project was instigated by Robert Gregg, Deputy Electrical Engineer, Estates Services for the University of Oxford, whilst the Ashmolean team worked with Concord to design the fittings, which were installed by Monard Electrical Oxford and commissioned by Ben Acton at Hoare Lea, Oxford. Concord Beacon Muse spotlights are installed at a high level within the space and are positioned in such a way as to reveal the forms and details of the diverse collections. The spotlights use warm, high colour rendering LEDs, with the beam angle adjusted according to lit effect required by each exhibit.

Ashmolean Museum of Art and ArchaeologyConcord Beacon Muse features an adjustable optic system which can deliver a wide flood 65˚ beam angle which can be adjusted down to a 10˚ spot without the need for additional lenses or reflectors. The 10˚ tight spot is ideal for accent lighting for accentuating the texture, colour and shape of exhibits. Its 65˚ wide flood distribution can be optimised for uniform vertical and horizontal illuminance and wall washing effects. Also, when used with an elongation lens accessory it can create narrow beam angles for highlighting sculptures, mannequins, logos and shelving.

Available in 2700K, 3000K & 4000K CCT with a high colour rendering index, Beacon Muse incorporates a discrete on board dimmer that provides control from 100% right down to 0%. There are also track dimming options and a choice of standard and high output models to suit any display or retail lighting application.


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About Concord from Havells Sylvania
The Concord brand is part of the Havells Sylvania Group and is one of Europe’s most respected Architectural lighting brands for Retail & Museum Lighting.  With a strong manufacturing base in the UK, Concord is renowned for its strong design ethos, high technical performance and aesthetic form. Concord focuses on bringing lighting solutions to meet the needs of architects and lighting designers.  
Concord’s innovative portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market, encompassing track and spot, downlights, ambient lighting, recessed and linear solutions for a variety of application segments. Concord provides segment specific lighting application advice; and the entire product range is underpinned by in-house technical expertise, from optical system design through to photometric measurement and testing.

Concord’s best in class range of LED luminaires have won many prestigious design awards and industry accolades in recent years. During 2013, Concord Glace has won the Best Interior Luminaire at the Lighting Design Awards and been a finalist at the Lux Awards and the FX Awards. Concord Lytelab received a five-star review in Lux magazine’s tests, Concord Beacon Minor was a finalist at the FX Awards and Concord Officelyte incorporating Organic Response has won the 2014 Lighting Design Awards.

Formed in April 2007, Havells Sylvania is owned by Havells India Ltd, a US$ Billion plus company. With 94 branches and representative offices worldwide, and over 8000 employees working in more than 50 countries; Havells has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings in Delhi in 1958.  Havells has eighteen manufacturing plants in India, Europe, Latin America and Africa; producing globally acclaimed products, including: switchgear, cables, wires, luminaires and lamps.

Havells Sylvania is a leading, full-spectrum provider of professional and architectural lighting solutions. Built on over a century of expertise in lamps and luminaires, Havells Sylvania supplies state-of-the art products and systems to the public, commercial and private sectors, worldwide.  Havells Sylvania strives to deliver the finest products, service and consulting possible. All over the world, people rely on group companies: Concord, Lumiance and Sylvania, for top quality, energy-efficient solutions to suit their individual lighting needs.