Illuminating icons – the projects
Words by: WE-EF
In 25 years, WE-EF expertise and products have been responsible for lighting many of Australia’s most important buildings and streetscapes.
Some, such as Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, pushed the company to excel and grow their business. Fifteen years ago, Southern Cross was the biggest job WE-EF had undertaken. It took two years to capture the extent of the project, including PFL200 lighting to the station platforms and DAC200 ceiling luminaires. It was a uniquely ‘tough’ covered exterior environment, WE-EF’s Trevor Marchant recalls, with products having to withstand huge temperature ranges and pollution including diesel exhaust. The lights are still working well. (Photo on the left, from WE-EF archive)
Recently, Raylinc worked with Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane to customise a replacement luminaire for pathways. The result reduced energy by two-thirds and increased the lifespan by over 50,000 hours. The park has a busy year-round calendar of events and varied spaces cover a wide range of lighting scenarios. Interestingly, security guards love the new lighting because it doesn’t pixelate the image on CCTV.
One of the most symbolically important buildings in New Zealand is Christchurch Cathedral which was severely damaged in the 2011 earthquakes. MHL’s Mark Herring, WE-EF NZ national sales partner is proud of being involved with lighting for this special place. Ian Wiseman from Sydney’s Light Culture speaks about their work on the Sydney Opera House with similar feelings: “To think a lad from Birmingham can supply lights on such a project is mind boggling!”. (Photo from WE-EF archive)
For WE-EF’s Andrew Richardson, though, the New Farm Riverwalk in Brisbane remains a favourite (‘simple in terms of the lighting, however the final result looked great!’). The 2011 floods extensively damaged the original Riverwalk, washing sections away. The new project has become a popular connection between New Farm and central Brisbane, with over 3000 cyclists, runners, walkers and tourists using it every day. Raylinc supplied the pole-mounted luminaires, inground uplights and floodlights for key lookout locations. For Andrew, the rectangular design of the luminaires also worked well with the new architectural elements. (Photo from WE-EF archive)