The Museum Of Lincolnshire Life is a grade II listed building, this gave us many obstacles to overcome such as not being able to drill any holes into any surfaces, the need to use existing fittings (some of which were pretty old themselves), reduced disruption to the running of the museum life, all while maintaining the correct ambience in each section, cabinet and display. We were asked to look at all areas of the museum from the reception area, display cabinets, room settings, back of house and workshops, but especially target areas where the greatest energy savings could be achieved. Lighting had to be improved to give the visitors a better experience, but budgets had to be adhered to.

Key Targets:
• Reduction of energy usage
• Improvement of light quality
• Comply with English Heritage Grade II requirements
• Reduced disruption to museum life
• Deliver within budget constraints
First we had to carry out a site survey and establish what we were really looking at. This required a site visit by a qualified electrician who checked fittings and wiring. We then submitted our proposal to English Heritage who approved our solutions. In the workshops and main large viewing areas the existing light fittings were relatively new and in good condition. This enabled use of our new retrofit LED T8 tubes installed into the existing fittings. Therefore we did not need to drill any holes in any surface. This reduced the overall project cost and significantly reduced implementation time and disruption. Many of the displays and room settings were using 50-watt halogen spot lights, this presented us with a real problem in that we had to use exiting fittings while working with lamps that required special drivers to work with LED. We were able to source micro LED drivers that were fitted into the light fittings in place of the old styles. Again this meant that no holes were drilled and all current light fittings were used.

Many visitor areas were also fitted with our New Intelligent Sensor lights to replace the existing 2D fittings. These maximise efficiency by only using the power needed to boost ambient light levels, or to illuminate when occupancy is detected. The improvement in light quality was significant throughout the whole museum. In fact it was mentioned to us that visitor numbers had not only increased, but the time that visitors now spent at the museum had increased as they could now clearly see the displays.
Annual energy savings: £10,455
Annual maintenance savings £1,000
Payback period: 2.4 years
Annual CO2 savings: 61 tonnes
Total savings over 15 year lifespan: £156,825
We found the installation carried out by Procure Direct Ltd very professional and extremely helpful. They worked with us and our requirements as the museum was open and running during the installation. The results have been far greater than we anticipated, excellent and visitors can now see our displays far better. The new LED lights have been installed throughout the Grade II museum in accordance with listed building requirements.

Nicola Rogers, District Manager