Curtains up on concert hall’s £16k energy savings

Never mind the leading lady – in Nottingham Royal Concert Hall it’s the lights themselves stepping into centre stage. The 2,489 seat venue has installed LED lights which could save £16,000 […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Never mind the leading lady – in Nottingham Royal Concert Hall it’s the lights themselves stepping into centre stage.

The 2,489 seat venue has installed LED lights which could save £16,000 a year and cut carbon emissions by 104 tonnes.

More than 500 old-style incandescent light fittings were taken out and replaced with energy efficient and long-lasting LED alternatives.

With more than half a million viewers streaming through the doors, warm, incandescent light is “crucial for stage productions where atmosphere is paramount” according to Dave Guy, Technical Director at the Nottingham Concert Hall.

He said: “The infrastructure allows the existing lighting locations and control systems to be retained but now provides a control mechanism to dim down to 0.25%, which is more efficient and necessary for the diverse aesthetics required for the different staging productions we put on here at the concert hall.”

Previously, more than 700 filament lamps had to be replaced each year because of the effect of noise vibration from concerts in the auditorium.

Since the new LED light fittings have been put in, no lamps have had to be replaced according to the energy supplier E.ON which helped the project.

The concert hall is one of nine public buildings undergoing energy efficiency improvements with E.ON as part of the RE:FIT partnership with Nottingham City Council.