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PopPack goes over to the Dark Side


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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Providing lighting only when it’s needed.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Reducing waste light during daylight hours.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    Producing the correct lighting levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Zoning lighting in accordance to occupancy patterns or window location.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Tailoring maintenance schedules in accordance to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Enabling results of actions to be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn Lighting’s popular PopPack batten fittings have just been re-invented in a black finish to keep ahead of the increase in popularity for black luminaires in commercial applications. Well established as a ‘go to’ fitting with installers, PopPack is one of the most efficient (lm/W) on the market in terms of lumens emitted by the luminaire, which ranges from 3,000 to a whopping 11,000 lumens on the 1.8 metre version.

One of the first projects to take advantage of the sleek appearance of the new Black PopPack is Arbeta in Manchester. The £9.95 million transformation of the building previously known as One Central Park has created 138,000 sq. ft. of work space aimed at digital, tech, creative and media businesses. Designed by PRP Architects, Arbeta sees the original three block building unified into one through the addition of a new ETFE roof creating a 9,100 sq ft central, full height atrium which will be used for communal working and events. A striking steel staircase links the three floors of workspace together with new walkways around each level.

Arbeta is part of The Sharp Project Family which includes, Space Studios and Screen Manchester. The Sharp Project is home to over 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production.

Installed within the Arbeta’s circulation areas, PopPack LED is highly efficient (>100Llm/W) and can reduce energy consumption significantly when compared to traditional fluorescent alternatives. For glare control and uniformity, PopPack LED features a special textured prismatic and anti-fly diffuser designed to avoid the black spots caused by insect ingress. PopPack LED has a 50,000 hours rated life this is equivalent to 10 years at 16 hours per day, 6 days per week operation helping to significantly reduce maintenance costs. PopPack LED is perfect for applications such as staircases, circulation areas and offices, with a 4000K colour temperature and a very high colour rendering index of more than 80.

Working to a brief that included energy efficiency, aesthetics and low maintenance, Thorn Lighting has created a stylish installation using Black PopPack, spearheading a trend that is set to continue well into the future.