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Hastings High School

Hastings High School in Hinckley is an 11-16 academy with over 800 students. The school opened in 1956 and, until recently, still used many of its original light fittings. These halogen fittings, some of which had been in place for over 60 years, were in desperate need of an update.

The school chose Tamlite Lighting to supply an LED luminaire and control solution for the building. The switch to LED alone would reduce the school’s energy consumption by 65%, but by installing Tamlite VISION controls, the school will save even more. From occupancy sensors alone, Hastings High School can expect energy savings of £10,950 a year.

The installation was done in partnership with CEF Hinckley, an electrical wholesaler. The school utilised funding from Salix – learn more about funding schemes for improving energy efficiency on our funding concepts page.

Lighting installation

The Tamlite luminaires were installed in classrooms, corridors and main halls.

MODLED LG panels designed with an I-Tech diffuser were installed in classrooms. This will create ideal light levels for staff and students, ensuring they do not experience glare which can cause eye strain and headaches. This is especially important in a productive environment such as classrooms.


Communal areas were fitted with lighting with integrated Tamlite VISION Lighting controls, allowing the space to be lit only when and where it is needed, which leads to ongoing energy savings. EXPO fittings were installed in the main hall and gymnasium. These high-output luminaires are ideal for sports environments and assemblies. The fittings in the gym were covered with a wire guard for extra protection from sports.

Visit the Tamlite website for more information on the products installed.

Emergency lighting

Emergency lighting in schools is usually specified in areas not lit by daylight. In the event of a mains failure the emergency lighting system, including signage, should provide adequate lighting levels and directional indications to allow staff and pupils to move safely around the school and exit if necessary without accident or injury. For peace of mind, EMLED recessed emergency downlights were installed throughout the site.


Mr Huddlestone, Facilities Manager at Hastings, said “Maintenance costs were a major problem with the previous system. Particularly in Autumn, when the lights had not been used for a number of months, they would be liable to break or flicker, which doesn’t happen with the new fixtures.”

Tamlite’s LED solutions are easier to maintain which will save Hastings time and money post-installation. The products also have a good warranty, so the school can be assured that the fittings will last.


All credit to Tamlite for information and pictures.