Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Rocksalt Restaurant Case Study, PhotonStar LED

Project: Rocksalt Restaurant, Folkestone

Benefits of Installation:

Regeneration of old fashioned local café
Luxurious high-end restaurant in a seaside harbour
80% reduction in energy costs
Payback period of 38 Months


An old harbour side in Folkestone has been regenerated with a new innovative destination restaurant facing the harbour. For several years the small seaside town of Folkestone has been part of a hugely promising redevelopment programme and the new restaurant shows the success of replacing an old favourite harbour-side café with a thoughtful and well executed modern restaurant design. 

Rocksalt Restaurant and Bar is situated in the corner of the tidal harbour between a listed brick viaduct and cobbled street with a wide open glazed wall facing onto the harbour and the English Channel beyond. The interior offers a wide-open view with a luxurious first-floor dining terrace. Its modern form presents a calm interjection that doesn't threaten to overwhelm or outshine its traditional seafront surroundings, but still offers a modern high-class restaurant for the local residents to enjoy. 

The project has been extremely well received within the lighting industry for its innovative design and contribution to making the restaurant have a luxurious design. It has been nominated in the “Hotels and Restaurants” project category of the Lighting Design Awards 2012.

Rocksalt Restaurant Energy Costs.

PhotonStar were asked to supply a lighting solution to fit in with the modern, contemporary interior design due to both the sleek architectural look of the PhotonStar luminaires and the quality of the light output from the fitting. It was extremely important to supply a design that produced the right amount of light at the right time. The long glazed windows at the side of the building presented a challenge for the lighting designers to ensure that the staff could control the light dimming and produce the appropriate mood settings in the evenings i.e. a calm relaxed atmosphere for customers to enjoy the scenery and dine in a luxurious restaurant. 

This project was extremely unique for PhotonStar as our lights were chosen to be installed based purely on the quality of the light, and the look of the product. Despite this, when carrying out a payback calculation on the products we installed compared to their halogen equivalent we can see that the restaurant are still enjoying 80% energy savings on their lighting, and a 38 Month payback. Therefore, even though this wasn't what the decision to choose LEDs was based upon, it gives an additional benefit on the lighting installed.

Equivalent output lamps:

PhotonStar™ Products Used : 

A range of single and multi-way high performance recessed gimbal fixtures offering outputs up to 741lm, suited to both  general and accent lighting applications where a high degree of adjustment is required.

A fully adjustable gimbal fixtures designed to blend discretely into architectural lightslot features or for use in any surface mount application.

  • Compact surface mount spot 
  • Ultra low glare darklight baffle 
  • Brushed silver anodised finish 
  • Surface or conduit box mounting

With a maximum delivered output of 925lm, this extensive range of architectural downlights provides performance that exceeds a 50W MR16 fixture whilst offering an aesthetic 
and dimensional replacement.


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