The new Rainhill trials
12 September 2014 • Author: Northern Rail
Over at Rainhill Station a new set of trials has been undertaken – the scene of the first locomotive trials is now the test bed for new LED lighting.
Northern Rail and project partners DEXECO and PICOW have transformed the station with the introduction of new energy efficient LED lighting. The project has changed all the internal and external luminaires for new clean, crisp lighting which has enhanced the look of the station.
First figures show that it has already reduced the stations energy consumption to half of what was consumed in 2013.
The DEXECO products were chosen due to their outstanding performance, the recent certification from Network Rail, the ease of installation and also because each unit can be programmed individually. Northern will be able to programme a dimming function for selected lights so that they reduce their output to 10% when they are not needed, but will come on instantly when somebody approaches them, further reducing the station’s energy usage.
Northern’s project manager, Euan Hilton comments: “We have installed LEDs at Rainhill which give a much clearer light, improving the station for our customers and staff, whilst at the same time reducing our energy consumption. The trial here at Rainhill has already been very successful and we are hoping to roll out this type of scheme at other locations.”