Organised by Michael Grubb Studios, Re:LIT aims to reduce the wastage of fully functioning lighting equipment by giving manufacturer’s outdated luminaires to a deserving community venue in need of an upgrade. The project aims to tackle the growing issue of old or damaged luminaires being discarded when in reality they still have a whole lifetime ahead of them. This sustainable solution is also helping save community venues energy, whilst bringing the public together and encouraging spaces to be shared.
Re:LIT plans to implement one community project a year. The first to welcome the new lighting scheme is the Grade II listed Shelley Theatre. Built in 1801, the manor used to be the home of Percy Florence Shelley, who in turn was the son of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), but has since been abandoned and boarded up. The transformation of this manor allows the local area to enjoy the variety of musical and arts events the theatre can hold.
In order to supply luminaires to this cause there are a few regulations to ensure the project remains sustainable. These include:
- Only existing products and material can be used; i.e. old samples or superseded product lines which prevents the luminaires being sold commercially.
- The supplied products must be safe and no modifications or fabrications can be made, as this will increase energy usage through production.
- The solutions chosen to replace the old lighting must be more energy efficient – i.e. LED products are the preference.
- The final lighting scheme will be at least 50% more energy efficient than the existing scheme.
Many lighting manufacturers donated fixtures for this worthy and exciting cause. Precision Lighting provided the project with older generation Evo LED fixtures. The 1000lm spotlights are lockable in pan and tilt with interchangeable optics to offer flexibility. Precision Lighting donated these fixtures to the project alongside bespoke wall mounted downlighters. The downlighters were designed especially for the Titanic Belfast Museum and the engineering samples left over were supplied to this new theatre project.
Testimonial‘The idea is to get rid of the old lighting and replace it with something spectacular and sustainable, for free. All the old lighting will be recycled and the project will aim to cut energy consumption by 50 per cent.’
Michael Grubb, Lighting Designer and Founder of Re:Lit
[Quote taken from Lux Magazine]