A new aquatic centre in Luton is saving energy and reducing carbon emissions after specifying CP Electronics’ Vitesse Modular 4 lighting connection system which has been used in conjunction with the company’s EBDSPIR-PRM detectors.

Known as the Inspire Luton Sports Village, the new £26m centre has been constructed through a partnership between Luton Borough Council and Luton Learning and Community Partnership and has dramatically improved sports facilities in the town. Its facilities include a 50m, eight lane pool with world class diving facilities, a 20m five lane community pool, a large sports hall, gymnasium and dance studio.

At the heart of the design are a range of sustainability features and one of the key areas that has been addressed through the lighting control system is the variable occupancy of many of the spaces. Specified and installed by MITIE, the CP system provides presence and absence detection throughout a range of spaces including offices, changing areas and toilets.

In some areas the system is configured so that lighting is switched on manually and then switched off automatically when the space has been unoccupied for a pre-set period of time. In other areas automatic on/off is employed. The sensitivity of each detector is adjustable, so that the different layouts of each space could easily be accommodated.

Installation of power and lighting control cabling was facilitated by the design of the Vitesse Modular 4 marshalling boxes, which feature a spacious wiring compartment for connection of power, and pluggable control inputs and outputs using the pre-wired leads supplied with the detectors.