Enlightened were commissioned by the developers of the Grade II Listed Cleveland House to provide lighting for the canal tunnel beneath their building, that would not only make the passage safer but enhance the tunnel's atmosphere. They also wanted to be able to control the installed lighting to showcase the tunnel's unique character during celebratory events and on special occasions.

Project Details

We felt privileged to be asked to provide a lighting design for this historic but underappreciated space and wanted to aid in rediscovering its simple industrial beauty. We chose to best showcase the tunnel’s vault with a lighting choice that allowed a daily lighting state of elegant white but also made use of the latest in LED technology. It was crucial that the installation was as low impact and non-invasive as possible with a clean and unobtrusive visibility profile when not in use.

Due to the tunnel being in constant use by the general public, it required installation in a secure and safe position along the tunnel's length. By mounting fixtures in an out of reach, elevated position along the tunnel's roof and as close to one side as possible allowed us to wash two thirds of the tunnels arch in a curtain of controlled programmable light. The robust design and low power consumption allow the fixtures to be run continuously with minimum maintenance for daily utility lighting or as a stunning light installation with the ability to transform what was once a dark and forbidding space into a stunning display of vivid colour washes and chases.

To meet these requirements, we chose Anolis, ArcLine™ Outdoor 20MC as they provide excellent coverage whilst allowing full remote programmable control over the lighting colour and temperature through their full RGBNW, LED components.

We have used these brilliant units on some of our favourite installations and knew their choice would be transformative. The Anolis Arcline™ has an elegant slim profile which allowed a non-intrusive footprint sympathetic to the tunnel's heritage.

Their low energy and long-lived LED fixtures allow full control of the installation and also the ability to recall favoured lighting states and even cascade a palette of rich colour along the tunnels length.

The lighting design attracted a huge amount of interest from the towpath’s passers-by during installation. With many regular tunnel users very enthusiastic and complimentary of the lighting’s striking effect.

We have extensive experience lighting historic buildings of national importance and have lit many of Bath's most iconic sites, including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Abbey Hotel and St Stephens Church, Lansdown. We are passionate about what we do and take very seriously the responsibility and privilege of working on architecturally important structures. We believe that sensitive and respectful lighting can revitalise and enhance appreciation for a buildings beauty and at night bring to life structures that would otherwise remain hidden. As a proud local company we are always delighted to show the city at it's very best.

Reasons for using Anolis luminaires
• Premium quality both for build and light output
• Proven record with Enlightened - Church exterior fitting has been running for ten years without a problem
• Discreet elegant profile
• Cost effective for the quantity of fittings to produce the effect I wanted using the bare number of lights which proved to deliver more than a sufficient impact
• Control giving scenes/chases etc.

17 pieces of Anolis ArcLine™ Outdoor 20MC RGBNW non-optical linear luminaires were used above the public footpath the Grade Listed tunnel. The chosen luminaires had to be sympathetic to the tunnel's heritage which is why Enlightened Lighting, the designers and installer, selected the ArcLine™ range for their low profile, non-intrusive footprint and performance that would not only make the tunnel safer but enhance the tunnel's atmosphere.

Powered and controlled remotely by the ArcPower™ Rack Unit and a single ArcPower™ 36 allowed for easy installation of the low voltage cable infrastructure adhering to the strict restrictions of planning.

Anolis was delighted to be involved in yet another project of such a historic architectural significance.

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