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Collingwood Lighting was recently called on to supply its LED solutions to the historic Castle Howard, near York. The setting for popular period dramas such as Brideshead Revisited, the stately home required lighting that would help to emphasise much of the beautiful architecture and artwork on offer.

Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Collingwood Lighting’s LEDs were specified throughout the house; in the Great Hall, China landing, gift shop and Castle Howard’s impressive chapel. Being primarily specified to illuminate many of the displays on offer, Collingwood was also required to provide a lighting solution that was both energy efficient and environmentally sound – something that was pivotal to the vision of the owner – the Hon. Simon Howard – who had wanted to update his home’s lighting to LED for some time.

In the Great Hall and China landing, 20 of Collingwood’s LEDLINE 400 light bars were installed, perfectly highlighting certain aspects of the rooms whilst also providing bright, wall-washing light. In the gift shop, Collingwood’s Starstrip LEDs were used since they can be concealed in cornices and wall cavities, providing clear illumination wherever it is needed.

With the chapel at Castle Howard housing some of its most impressive artwork, including the stained glass and gilt detailing by Edward Burne-Jones, Mr Howard had been keen to illuminate it for some time. Having remained untouched for over 160 years, it was more important then ever to ensure that the lighting solution was sympathetic and remained largely unobtrusive. As such, Collingwood Lighting supplied 22 of its FL200 floodlights; the universal fitting bathing the chapel in clear, natural light, showcasing the impressive designs on display.

Commenting on Collingwood’s work, the Hon. Simon Howard said: “It had long been an ambition to light the chapel so that visitors could see it in all its glory and Collingwood Lighting’s LED solutions have allowed us to do that, with many visitors coming especially to see the space and the details that have been highlighted. Due to Collingwood’s work in other areas of the house, we knew they would deliver excellent results and be successful in making sure that all fixtures and fittings were as unobtrusive as possible while achieving maximum effect.”