The city of Chester is rich with culture and heritage, including the beautiful 'Rows of Chester'. The Rows are a series of ancient connected covered walkways, uniquely featured and over 800 years old. Now playing host to a series of shops, restaurants and pubs, the dual-level buildings are restored half-timbered houses with the oldest dating to the 13th century.
Around 15 years ago the City of Chester had a full new set of discrete, sensitive lighting installed along the Rows. Originally designed by Light Matters, the cloistered lighting performed several functions including highlighting architectural features, lighting the walkways and contributing to City security by lighting areas identified as crime risks.
In September 2012 Carbon Reduction Technology were commissioned by Cheshire and Chester City Council to create an LED retrofit lighting unit to enhance the performance of the Rows lighting. The design brief of the challenge was as follows:
After replacing the inner workings of the cloister lighting, Carbon Reduction Technology were pleased to report that the retrofit units performed beautifully, fully meeting all success criteria:
Based on these findings Chester City Council have already purchased 30 retrofit units and a further 90 are due to be delivered in January as part of a scheme to retrofit all 300 cloister lamps within the Chester Rows.