Zeta’s Heritage selected to retrofit historic street lighting in Bath

Sydney Buildings in Bath is now benefitting from historic style street lighting with the benefit of modern, energy-efficient LEDs, thanks to Zeta’s Heritage LED retrofit solution. Heritage was the first LED module that fulfilled both the residents’ and Bath and North East Somerset Council’s (BANES) requirements for this heritage environment.

Zeta’s Heritage selected to retrofit historic street lighting in Bath

The City of Bath is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and replacing its existing sodium heritage lighting with a suitable LED solution, that met the needs of the heritage bodies, residents and the council, was key. Over a six-year period, BANES has modernised the majority (around 15,000) of its residential and highway street lighting network, installing new, energy-efficient LEDs. However, up until this point had been unable to secure an LED solution that delivered the correct colour temperature for lanterns sited within the city centre.

The Sydney Buildings Householders’ Association applied for funding from the World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund (WHSEF), which combined with a contribution from the residents of Sydney Buildings, would cover the one-off cost of reproducing pattern casting moulds for the circa 1910 Bath Cast Crown Electric Street Lantern.

With funding in place, the Householders’ Association in partnership with the BANES street lighting team conducted a number of trials utilising LED lighting modules in the street, each of which were deemed unacceptable due to issues around light output, directional capability and reflective light glare.

Over a three and a half year period, multiple combinations of heritage lanterns (ten in total) using a wide range of LED modules, were trialled in Sydney Buildings, but not one LED module met all of the desired features for this heritage environment.

Manchester-based heritage lighting manufacturer, Metcraft Lighting, recommended a fresh trial utilising the replica Bath Cast Crown Lantern, which it had produced, equipped with Zeta Heritage, a bespoke solution for retrofitting LED lighting into traditional heritage lanterns.

Two lanterns were fitted with the Heritage solution, featuring a warm white (2700 Kelvin) colour temperature, ideal for heritage applications. Zeta’s solution is waterproof (IP67 rated) and as such is wholly effective in an unglazed lantern. For the purposes of this trial, one lantern was unglazed while the other included conventional polycarbonate glazing. The non-glazed option was chosen as the preferred solution over the standard glazed enclosure, as it delivered optimum, even illumination with none of the glare from the reflective surfaces covering the lantern.

Zeta’s intelligent design means that the LED gear trays can be engineered to fit into any shape or size lantern, making it a wholly flexible retrofit solution. The Heritage, a single point LED light source which delivers optimum lighting levels ideal for residential areas, was the first solution that fulfilled both the residents’ and BANES’ requirements. The solution was retrofitted into the new Bath Cast Crown Lanterns and installed on the cast iron lamp posts in Sydney Buildings.

Sydney Buildings was the perfect location to fully evaluate Zeta’s retrofit system with a view to informing the wider strategy for heritage lighting within the city of Bath. Sydney Buildings’ lamp posts are unequally spaced along the road which has both narrow and wide sections, and there is a mix of houses – some directly on the pavement and others which are set back from the road.

Stephen Burrell, Principal Engineer Street Lighting – Highways at BANES said: “Following the success of the initial trial and installation of historic-style lanterns at Sydney Buildings, BANES is now looking to adopt this solution at 2700 Kelvin for its heritage lighting across the city.”

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