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Zumtobel and its sister brand Thorn, both lighting brands of the Zumtobel Group, worked with The University of Leeds Estates team, BAM, Arup and Silcock Leedham to devise a cutting-edge lighting scheme supported with the use of cleverly integrated emergency lighting powered by its CPS Central Battery to ease maintenance.


The project’s backbone is the emergency lighting, powered by Zumtobel’s CPS central battery system.

The CPS adapts to suit both the project and the customer requirements – as and when necessary, helping the estate’s team identify faulty luminaires and ensuring continued safe lighting conditions for students and staff.

The emergency lighting scheme consists of Zumtobel’s PURESIGN exit signage, fusing functionality with an elegant design.

Zumtobel’s RESCLITE PRO’s innovative optics meet all the emergency lighting requirements, combining minimalist design with the highest technical standards.

In addition, Zumtobel’s MIREL evo, LINCOR DI, AMPHIBIA, PANOS evo, and SLOTLIGHT Infinity light the complete facility from the laboratories and teaching rooms to the bathrooms and circulation areas. The Thorn portfolio illuminates the back-of-house areas, including Glacier II, Force LED, Novaline, and Omega Pro.

The lighting solution is controlled via the DALI protocol with LITENET Lighting Controls. Daylight dimming is implemented using Skyscanner, increasing efficiency and keeping energy costs to the minimum.



David Oldroyd, Interim Deputy Director of Development, University of Leeds, said: “The Bragg Building required lighting for a diverse range of spaces and to meet various needs. As we work towards our campus being Net Zero by 2030, we also needed a low-energy solution. Zumtobel and Thorn were able to meet all of these criteria and provide a great design.”

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