Lord’s Cricket Ground (MCC)
Lighting Design International
020 7381 8999
Bruce Butcher Electrical
3 x VMD400
12 x VMD 300
The lighting of three of the most famous rooms in world cricket – The Long Room, Committee Room and Writing Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground was part of an £8million, seven-month restoration of the historic Pavilion.
The brief for lighting designers, Lighting Design International was to provide interesting lighting appropriate to the traditional environment of these listed buildings and, in addition to player use, to also make the Long Room inviting for use for spectators, MCC members, visitors on the Tour of Lord’s and corporate events. Part of the lighting design solution was a picture lighting track system that could be remote-controlled by a curator using a programmable architectural control system to control the illumination of pictures in the rooms as part of a tour. The track was also flexible so that lights could be added or subtracted when required to suit changing artwork.
Transformers could not be located in the rooms for aesthetic reasons. Transformers had to accommodate variable loads.
For aesthetic reasons, the transformer required to provide a low voltage supply to the track had to be located outside the rooms and concealed some distance from them. “This is where VoltMaster came into its own as it could be remotely located up to 50 metres away from the light source” said Chris Lewis, principal designer for Lighting Design International responsible for the specification. He continued, “VoltMaster was also chosen for the project as it is self-regulating and so can sense and adjust to the variable loads. This means when fittings are added or taken away from the track the set light level is faithfully maintained.”
VoltMaster comes in dimmable or fixed version with interior or exterior models available, all of which have a patented soft start system. Lewis adds, “We have used VoltMaster before with good success and we are very happy with how it is performing so far on the project.”