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  Posted by: electime      10th May 2018

Scolmore Group looked close to home when considering the product requirements for the expansion and total redesign of the Visitor Centre at its Staffordshire headquarters.

Originally opened in January 2009, Scolmore’s Visitor Centre catered for groups of up to 24 people and was designed as a facility to showcase and demonstrate the growing range of products to customers, as well as serving as a venue to host internal meetings and presentations.

As the business has developed the requirement to invest in the Visitor Centre and showroom facilities became a high priority.

Now able to comfortably accommodate up to 60 guests at any one time, the new facility – which at 180 square metres is double the size of the original space – is designed to host a range of events including product launches and demonstrations, training sessions for customers, as well as corporate and industry events.

One of the key considerations for the refurbishment of the visitor centre was the ability to control the lighting – from an energy efficiency point of view, as well as to offer ease and flexibility of control to reflect the variety of lighting function and scenes required, depending on the particular event or activity taking place.

Products from across the Scolmore Group of companies were brought together to bring about a smart solution that would stand the test of time. These included Scolmore’s lighting and wiring accessories, as well as CCTV and emergency lighting products from Group Company, ESP.

The vast ceiling space was divided up into 9 main sections to allow for banks of lighting to be installed and controlled – with downlights taking up the centre space along the length of the ceiling and also as spotlights around the edges. This means that various areas of the room can be lit as required e.g. the front part with the screen can be dimmed during a presentation with the back area lit for candidates’ comfort.

For the lighting, Scolmore opted for the Inceptor Omni fire-rated, integrated LED downlight
with pre-wired driver and flow connector, and a total of 40 Omnis were installed for the project. As well as in the ceiling, they were fitted in pairs across the top of the display pods which are used to group the various products ranges together.

Flexibility and ease of installation are vital attributes of the Inceptor Omni and key features are an adjustable colour temperature switch, interchangeable fixed and adjustable bezels, as well as an insulation support clip for use when insulation is present.

Helping to attain the quick and easy installation of the lighting products was Scolmore’s Flow lighting management system which was incorporated into the ceiling space. A number of 8-way distribution boxes were used to provide the means to make multiple connections from one box, via a plug and play operation. As well as adding to the speed of installation, it will also assist when any future maintenance testing is required.

When it came to control of the lighting throughout the visitor centre Scolmore’s Click Smart system provided an ideal solution, offering both simple and flexible installation and easy programming. Total control of the lighting is achievable via the Click Smart RF touch control panel, as well as on a mobile phone or tablet via the Click Smart App. Having control of the lighting contributes to significant energy saving, with energy only consumed when needed. Installation was simple and flexible. No additional cables or wall cutting were required to install the system as the receivers can be installed behind light fittings or into suitable installation boxes and the transmitters are powered by battery, so there was no need for any wiring or additional power supply.

The Click Smart controls make it easier to switch and dim wirelessly from preferred locations without the use of switch drops. Each of the pods that houses the various product collections has a dimmer receiver installed, which means the individual pods can be lit up or dimmed as required, for example when a particular range is being showcased during a presentation.

Scolmore looked to the very latest additions to its wiring accessories ranges to provide the switches and sockets that are seen throughout the visitor centre. From the GridPro collection, two, 24-gang plates have been fitted – one at either end of the visitor centre – bringing together all the lighting control components. GridPro was launched last year to bring to market an extensive range of interchangeable mounting plates and modules, available in the most comprehensive choice of finishes, to offer the ultimate in flexible, modular grid solutions.

The rest of the switches and sockets fitted are from the Deco Plus collection, of premium decorative metal wiring accessories range also launched last year. As is befitting a working environment, USB sockets have been included as part of the install to ensure laptops, tablets and mobiles are kept charged when the visitor centre is being used.