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When Red Arrow was tasked with designing and supplying Canterbury and Chesterfield Trespass stores with commercial lighting, lighting designer Paul Yarnell and the team delivered an effective and energy efficient installation.

With 200 branches across the UK, Trespass has been in business for over 70 years – and Red Arrow has worked alongside the company for several new shop openings. Its most challenging installations include its Chesterfield and Canterbury branches, both requiring different designs and products. 

Red Arrow was required to create an on-brand look that was comfortable for consumers, while also providing accent lighting designed to highlight the merchandise. But when presented with different building structures and designs, the team had to work with various luminaires to suit the separate requirements for each branch. 

At Chesterfield, the brief was to provide an energy-saving fitting that was both high performance with a high lumen output, while also remaining aesthetically pleasing for a commercial setting. This was achieved with Red Arrow’s LED Linear Hi-Lo Bays, which offer a daylight and motion sensor accessory that adapts to the changing available ambient light – ideal for retail stores open from morning till night. These luminaires are also equipped with an opaque diffuser to reduce glare.

The Canterbury branch’s brief, on the other hand, was slightly different.

"The team at Canterbury wanted to update their lighting design and create a high light output with minimal glare for their shoppers. But the structure of the ceiling caused limitations on where we were able to recess the fittings," said Yarnell.

"Working with Commercial Lighting Systems, we supplied surface-mounted Bastion 600x600 panels, which produced a good level of uniformity. And circular wall washer shop lights – these could be aimed to create feature lighting on each side of the store. Collectively, these products achieved 600-700 lux approximately."

With a surface mount conversion kit, Red Arrow’s Bastion LED panels can be used as either fully recessed ceiling fittings, or as surface mounting lights. By using the same fitting for each use, the resultant light appearance remains the same, making them ideal for multi-purpose applications.

Both branches were pleased with Red Arrow’s design and installation, creating a shopping experience that is both comfortable, but also fit for purpose.