The MS Braemar is the youngest ship in the current Norwegian-owned, UK based, and family-run Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ fleet. Braemar’s smaller size gives a stylish and more intimate experience than the larger cruise lines. It houses up to 929 guests. Braemar’s smaller size also allows access some of the more interesting and unusual ports and destinations around the world.
Penn Elcom, worked closely with EW Production Services, to specify and supply over 2500 Osram, Integral and Comus LED lamps and fixtures plus about 250 meters of LED flex tape.
One of the key design parameters was that the new lighting scheme had to utilize the existing wiring infrastructure. It also had to be quick, practical and straightforward to install. For this reason, Penn Elcom and EW Production Services specified a fully retrofittable LED lighting solution.
Eight areas including the Neptune Lounge, the main entertainment space, and adjacent Morning Light pub, as well as the vessel’s engine room now, use LED lamps and fixtures instead energy-hungry tungsten and fluorescent lights. In addition to improving the efficiency and saving money on electricity and maintenance, the LED lights improved the quality of the lighting for guests and staff.
EW Production Services’ operations manager Paul Byrne has a long-standing relationship with Penn, and Penn’s Nigel Howse and Razvan Vasiliu co-ordinated the supply.
The process started with a comprehensive site survey in which EW Production Services specified the LED lighting for the ship. The new lighting plan featured a detailed ROI schedule showing the payback period and the resulting savings from electricity consumption.
Razvan from Penn Elcom said, “We invested considerable time and effort before the project commenced engaging in energy assessments, technical support and supplying samples for testing, and this was basically to overcome the reticence of some staff due to their earlier experiences with unreliable unbranded LED!”
LED Lamps and Fixtures Installed
Penn supplied a mixture of Comus 2ft, and 4ft LED tubes, Osram E27, E14, GU10 lamps; single or twin IP battens and Integral LED panels. In addition, Penn provided LED Flex with the appropriate dimmable drivers.
A cabaret stage featuring live music dance and comedy performances within the Neptune Lounge on Deck 5 serves as the hub of the on-board entertainment.
The general lighting in the Neptune Lounge area was replaced with a selection of dimmable LED lamps placed in the ceiling and wall luminaires. LED Flex now highlights the two circular ceiling coves, replacing the old 2ft fluorescent tubes. The now dimmable E14 LED Candle bulbs graze up the pillars.
In the Coral Lounge, LED Flex Tape replaced the fluorescent tubes. Penn Elcom points out that the Flex Tape is a practical and robust lighting solution that creates a far superior effect. The E14 LED candle bulbs replaced the deco lamps in the Coral Lounge, and the lighting is now all dimmable. The pillar lights now use E27 LED bulbs, and the MR16s in the false ceiling were switched out with equivalent GU10 LEDs, allowing the removal of all the pre-existing transformers.
In the Morning Light pub, Osram candle lamps replaced 40W halogen candle lamps, and GU10 LEDs were installed in the ceiling. The Palms Café and main reception area feature more LED replacements with nearly 200 x LEDs lamps in the cafe.
For the main engine room, Penn’s team recommended Osram LED floods.Also, Integral LED panels and Comus LED tubes (both 2 and 4ft) were placed throughout the engine control room (ECR) and the management offices.
Outside, about 30 dimmable marine grade submersible GU10 housings were fabricated to hold LED GU10 lamps that serve as up-lighting glass panels on Decks 8 and 6. Additional custom marine grade housings were created for sixteen warm white down-lighters on Deck 6 to highlight the outdoor Grill restaurant.
Benefits of the New Lighting
Penn Elcom contends that all the areas are lit much better in terms of the quality of light output and lux coverage. In addition to the immediate electricity savings, the reduced need for maintenance across the entire vessel will be another long-term benefit, especially since the ship lighting runs 24/7.
“This project has been a challenge and has taken a lot of time and effort, but as always we seem to work with some amazing people in this industry,” said Paul Byrne.
“It was evident we could make a huge improvement both financially and environmental on this project, and after many years working with Penn, I asked them to get involved, knowing that this project would be challenging but exciting! Penn is now our preferred supplier of LED for any cruise/marine orientated work,” Byrne added. “They were a valuable asset to EWPSL throughout the process, and by joining forces, combining ideas, experiences and great support from Nigel and Razvan, we delivered a very successful installation. ”
“We’re all proud of the end results,” concluded Razvan.