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EA Romania – a game of light

November 16, 2016
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AFI2 is one of the most acclaimed office buildings in Bucharest, home to EA Games Romania. It is also an office design project that has garnered a lot of positive press coverage.

In this article we decided to tackle another, less known but quite impactful, facet of design – the lighting system. Lighting science is a rapidly evolving field. Among its recent discoveries is that light affects our biology, cognitive processes and psychological processes. Lighting strongly influences workers productivity, energy and general wellbeing, according to astudy undertaken by Veich. J, Stokkermans. M and Newsham. G, for the National Research Council, Canada, published in 2011. They found that lighting influences mood and workplace aesthetic appraisal, which in turn lead to workplace satisfaction and increased engagement.

So, yes, appropriate lighting is the secret ingredient to office happiness.

Running a global operation with shared services (including IT security) and hundreds of programmers – in double daily shifts to also cover US time zones – cannot be accomplished only by drinking coffee and snaking on sweets. You also need the right light to support the employees’ spark and concentration.

And this was Greentek’s task: providing a LED lighting system that supports  people’s well being, the EA brand associations and EA mission: inspire the world to play – while being kind to the environment as well.

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The challenge

So how did we do that? In partnership with architect Anda Manu fromAMA Design, who developed the office design concept, we brought the light to play. We made sure light told a different story on each of the building’s 10 floors. Each floor was designed based on different environments of EA games, such as FIFA, Battlefield and NHL.

Greentek’s light designers thus had to imagine how the light would look on a Star Wars battleship and create it accordingly.

Or how shiny and energetic a football field would feel. For the Arena we used Chase track spotlights and Juniper recessed spotlights.

For open work spaces – we thought programmers and designers had enough noise to deal with while programming their own games, and we didn’t want them to have to tolerate a loud background noise in the office. So we placed recessed Kaypro luminaires with sound-absorption properties, creating a virtual individual work space for each employee.

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And, for the amazing reception area, we used outdoor Myriaky luminaires to create an industrial, energetic mood, typical for the EA brand. The industrial feel was also enhanced by a high-bay luminaire, resembling a large reflector lamp – Kaven. Kaven was equipped with colored LEDs, each of which emitted a different color – red, green, blue and so on.

Besides telling stories with light, Greentek also had to cover the more practical aspects of the lighting system – e.g. project sustainability: while LED technology is by design the most energy-efficient solution compared to all other lighting alternatives, the LED solution can be enhanced by intelligent lighting control systems.

The intelligent lighting system in the EA offices is based on daylight harvesting and hundreds of presence sensors.

Daylight harvesting means adjusting the output of the luminaires based on the quantity of natural light present in the room, to create an energetic yet comfortable space, in tune with our biorhythm. Although natural light is the most beneficial type of light for all of us, we sadly spend 90% of our time indoors, under artificial light. Given the long hours that programmers work, we had to propose a solution that made the most of natural daylight through sensors and automated controls.

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Presence sensors ensured that light was automatically adjusted when somebody travelled the corridors or entered a meeting room. Basically, you had light walking with you. Which is sort of Star Wars-like, isn’t it?

The results

The implemented solution counts 1,080 LED lighting fixtures, with a total consumption of 38.5 kWh, encompassing:

  • 750 toffers of 60x60cm and a total consumption of 30 kWh
  • 40 toffers of 30x120cm – total consumption of 1.6 kWh
  • 290 downlights – total consumption of 6.96 kWh.

Overall benefits add up to over 40% less lighting fixtures than any alternative solution based on traditional technologies. Additionally, LED luminaires by themselves are 70% more energy-efficient, and, when daylight harvesting and PIR sensors are added, the energy savings of the entire building go up to 88%.

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To these benefits, we could also add the indirect savings generated by zero maintenance work – since LED luminaires have a lifespan of over 50.000h and come with Greentek 5-year “no matter what” guarantee. On the other hand, traditional luminaires have to be serviced, on average, at least once every 2 years.

Products used:

  • Juniper
  • Chase
  • Artus
  • Ledomero
  • Ledon
  • Myriaky
  • Kaven

 

Greentek LED Lighting is a Romanian company developing smart LED lighting systems for the commercial, industrial, logistic and office building fields. For more information, please access : http://www.greentek.eu

 

Photo credit : Greentek

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