St Giles' Cathedral

  • Lighting design: DPA

Between 1999 and 2008 Stoane Lighting worked closely with design teams to develop and deliver a spectacular lighting solution for the cathedral, the most involved being 24 bespoke chandeliers. In 2023, a carefully planned project to upgrade the halogen light sources and control system was initiated.

Stoane Lighting’s own design department worked on a retrofit solution using a chandelier from site and archive technical drawings. Prototyping, testing and pre-assembly was carried out in factory conditions before a team of engineers worked on-site in the ReNew mobile workshop. The chandeliers were removed one by one and carefully rebuilt alongside lighting for all other areas in parallel. The team reused as much of the existing metalwork as possible and recycled any that was no longer needed.

Significant energy savings were made as well as dramatic reductions in maintenance requirements going forwards. Similarly, new control opportunities were introduced by incorporating new DALI and wireless control capability. Crucially, thanks to Stoane Lighting’s mobile capability and close coordination with client and contractor, the work was carried out with minimal disruption to the Cathedral’s operations and completed well within the anticipated timeframe.

Images from the original installation.