CP Electronics Dramatically Reduce Costs at Reading Station Car Park

Reading StationLighting control specialists CP Electronics, has provided the ideal solution for Reading Station Car Park, in terms of energy savings and functionality with its EBMPIR-MB-PRM batten mount PIR detectors.

The 48W LED fittings have been mounted in three’s utilising custom made troughs with one PIR to every three fittings. The lights in the car park are expected to be on for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and, with the excellent dimming capabilities of EBMPIR-MB-PRM PIR, the projected cost savings are anticipated to be in the region of 60%. The whole project has been designed on CP’s ethos of high energy savings, simple installation and maximum functionality.

Reading Station Car ParkThe car park ceiling design had previously made utilising energy control very difficult   but by using the latest technology in motion detection and providing an excellent coverage, the PIR turns the lights to full brightness when it detects a person or a car.  After a dedicated set time, the system drops to a level of 10%, providing maximum financial and energy savings but not compromising the safety of customers returning to their vehicle. These savings are compounded by the use of LEDs, which provide substantial cost savings when compared to conventional lighting, with no sacrifice in the quality of light emitted.

Owned by Network Rail, Reading Station Car Park has 10 levels and 1600 car parking spaces and is in use 24 hours a day. SSE Contracting Railway Services were awarded the contract to rewire and renew the lighting of the multi-storey car park with new energy efficient LED lighting.  The construction of the car park made this a particularly difficult installation for detection as all the fittings were fixed into the inside recesses of the ceiling.

R&M Electrical Group’s Lighting Division worked closely with SSE on the lighting and controls design process and specified CP Electronics’ EBMPIR-MB series of batten mount PIR presence detectors to provide automatic control of lighting loads. CP’s EBMPIR-MB-PRM batten mount PIR detectors have been installed with one PIR per three LEDs through mounted light fittings. The CP detectors were specified because they are quick and easy to fit, taking approximately 5 minutes to fit and give excellent coverage. The units are IP65 rated and are therefore suitable for outdoor use as well as wet and wash-down areas.

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