Lincoln Cathedral has a new state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly lighting scheme for its façade as part of the extensive Lincoln Cathedral Connected restorations and renovations. Phase 1 of the scheme was finished in December 2019, with Phase 2 scheduled for completion in March 2020.
Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a project aimed at engaging people physically, spiritually, emotionally and culturally with the Mission and Outreach of the Cathedral and the City of Lincoln. Managed by contractor William Birch and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it is designed to improve the Cathedral’s functionality, aesthetics, longevity and visitor experience.
Lighting consultant Bruce Kirk of Light Perceptions created a comprehensive plan for the Cathedral façade that includes more than 500 RGB LED luminaires to highlight its intricate, historic Gothic architecture. Special care was taken to choose a softer, neutral white light to replace the orange tinted floodlights that had been installed in 1977, for a more modern and welcoming view of the building from the surrounding city.
Dr Anne Irving, Programme Manager of Lincoln Cathedral Connected said that the commissioning of the new lighting system is a major milestone in the project. “We’re delighted to be another step closer to the completion of the Old Deanery Visitor Centre next year. Lighting the Cathedral is a very visual expression of the excitement we feel as the project nears completion. We know from the comments we have heard and what we have seen on social media that the people of Lincoln are as excited as we are to see the Cathedral lit up again at night.”
The new LED system brings massive energy savings of up to 80%. The lighting scheme was specified by PK Light Assist Ltd, and Maria Jenkins of Experience Lighting supplied and commissioned the Pharos control system, comprised of a Pharos LPC 4, 15 x RIO Ds for DALI control and a TPC providing a comprehensive, accessible user interface. Scenes planned out in the Designer software make it possible to recognise important local, national and international events in scheduled themed coloured lighting on the Cathedral’s towers.
The TPC interface complements the automated, scheduled lighting with an extensive selection of passcode protected overrides. Using advanced scripting under the hood, the touch interface even offers straightforward options for staff to select areas, scenes and colour schemes to save new lighting combinations to custom buttons, providing ultimate flexibility and future-proof programming for the customer.
Jonathan Platt, Head of National Lottery Heritage Fund in the East Midlands, said: “The new LED lighting will bring out the best in Lincoln’s historic Cathedral whilst reducing energy consumption, a win-win situation made possible thanks to National Lottery players.”
The Revd Canon John Patrick, Subdean of Lincoln, said: “Lincoln Cathedral is one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks, so we’re thrilled that its lighting system is going to be replaced with a modern, energy-saving LED system that will really do it justice.”