CP takes to the skies
CP Electronics has supplied its Rapid Lighting Control System to the newly refurbished RNAS Culdrose site on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall. The system was specified by contractors MITIE Engineering Services because of its ability to provide a flexible system that allows the end user to easily configure the lighting controls to suit their own needs.
RNAS Culdrose covers a 1000 acre site, provides a 365 days a year, 24 hours a day military and civilian search and rescue service and is one of the most complex and busiest military airfields in the UK. Home to Sea King and Merlin helicopters, Hawk Jets and King Air fixed-wing aircraft, the site is going through a regeneration of D site which is part of a two phase project. The bespoke new facilities are replacing hangars and squadron office blocks that are no longer fit for purpose.
Supplied by local wholesalers Edmundson, the fully addressable Rapid System, along with CP’s Vitesse Modular system, has been used in all new office areas in addition to sleeping accommodation, crew rooms and dining facilities throughout the site.
Although the previous fluorescent lighting was manually controlled, the new PIR controlled system now allows the T5 fluorescent luminaires to be switched on automatically when presence is detected or, when areas are vacated, to time out after a certain period which is pre-programmed.
As a large proportion of the front offices are close to the landing area, all lighting adjacent to the airfield can be dimmed to 50% during the hours of darkness to reduce the glare for pilots. Daylight linking is also used in areas with natural light so the system will dim up or down according to natural light levels.
Pete Kirby of MITIE St Austell commented: “We regularly use CP products as standard on a high percentage of projects. With the need to provide good energy saving solutions, CP offer products that are good value for money, easily available and quick and easy to install.”