Abacus lights up eco centre

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VISITORS to a new Derbyshire tourist attraction are finding their way around thanks to the help of Sutton-based Abacus Lighting.

The company, which is located on Oddicroft Lane, has supplied a new range of environmentally friendly LED Quartz® lighting bollards for the paths and car park areas of the Derbyshire Eco Centre.

Set in fifty acres of Derbyshire Countryside, the new £1.4m eco-centre at Middleton-by-Wirksworth has been designed to promote sustainable living and the Abacus Quartz® LED Bollard was chosen by the project’s main contractor, Wildgoose, because of its sustainability and ability to reduce running costs.

The Centre, an official Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), uses solar panels for heating water, a grass roof and harvests rainwater for its toilets.

Chris Anderson, regional account manager at Abacus, said: “Our new LED Quartz® bollard is one of the most energy-efficient amenity lighting systems of its kind so fits in perfectly with the ethos of the Centre.

“A traditional louvered bollard will emit typically 28 per cent of the light it produces but our new bollard emits 90 per cent.

“The LED technology also gives big energy savings, using 60 per cent less wattage than conventional bollards, meaning lower energy bills for the Centre.”

The LED Quartz® gives over 50,000 hours lighting use - four times longer than conventional HID lamps and significantly reduces maintenance and replacement costs.

The Eco Centre site, which was funded by Derbyshire County Council, The Skills Funding Agency and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, contains six former quarries, four lime kilns and over one hundred and twenty disused lead mine shafts.

The Centre is a hub for courses and activities focusing on education for sustainable development.