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Creating 21st Century lighting in an 18th Century setting

Installing modern day lighting in a Grade II listed building is always going to be a challenge.

This was the task that Matt Kelsing from Surrey based Lime Electrics faced when he won the contract to install external lighting at the 18th Century Old House, in the ancient Hampshire village of Crondall.

As Crondall is within a conservation area, one of the biggest challenges facing Matt was supplying products that were sympathetic to the heritage of the area while responding to the needs of the 21st Century.

As the ‘Old House’ retains much of its classical period features and mix of formal and informal gardens it was imperative that the external lighting scheme was both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Matt turned to major UK LED manufacturer, Collingwood Lighting, to enable him to achieve this. As Matt says, “Once we had the design plan in place it was essential we were able to supply products that not only fulfilled the specification but also exceeded them. This is where Collingwood came in”

He continued, “We knew we had to ensure total consistency in light output, longevity and most importantly, ease of installation and Collingwood ticked all the boxes. To start with the owners wanted clearly lit pathways but without obtrusive lighting columns”

Collingwood’s Iroko bollard lights fitted the bill perfectly. At just 1m high, the three wide angle high powered 1W LEDs throw out a bright 110° pool of low level light and being ‘straight to mains’ are easy to install.

Another consideration was to reinforce the tranquillity of the area, despite being less than 35 miles from London. To emphasise this, Matt installed a number of Collingwood LED ground and wall lights, to highlight the many attractive exterior features. These included the GL038A ground light and GL034A hooded wall / ground lights – all direct to mains and all manufactured with a stainless steel facia for easy maintenance and longevity.  

Also, with such an array of garden features to be lit, flexibility is the name of the game; the reason for choosing Collingwood’s linear FL200 LED flood light. With a beam angle of 50° and 9 high powered LEDs the light is thrown over long distances, ideal for lighting trees.  The FL200 has an anodised aluminium body and waterproof mains connector making it weatherproof no matter where it’s positioned.

Collingwood Lighting (www.collingwoodlighting.com) supplied all the products for the lighting scheme through CDR Electrical (www.cdrelectrical.co.uk) with installation by Lime Electrics (www.limeelectrics.co.uk)