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Parkstone Yacht Club

Parkstone Yacht Club was established in 1895 and is situated on the north shore of Poole Harbour.  

The Brief

The lights in Parkstone Yacht Club’s car park were in a poor state of repair and required replacement with modern LED light, of better performance. The tender package specification was for the removal of the existing lighting, to design, provide and install replacement lights and controls. The luminaries had to take into account: 

  • That they were suitable for a coastal environment 
  • That the requirements of the CIBSE – SLL Night sky guidance are complied with (or any non-compliances are clearly stated) 
  • That suitable brackets were available to mount to the existing columns. 
  • The colour temperature of the lamps. 

It was specified that existing cabling and columns were to be re-used if they were safe to do so. It was essential that the new heads meet all the relevant standards and avoid glare into neighbouring properties. 

Our Solution

We chose a reputable UK-based company that we could work alongside, Gemma Lighting. They created the design and provided a comprehensive lux chart and data sheets, utilising the existing posts. This included the positioning and angle of the new heads.  They were able to do this sufficiently by looking on Google Earth.  

A 50W Conquest LED streetlight was used, with a combination of pathway optics and symmetrical optics. These luminaries achieve the required average lux and uniformity for a medium use car park. The optics control the distribution of light and ensure the luminaries only illuminate the required area, with minimal back spill and 0% upward light distribution.  

The streetlights benefitted from having an anti-corrosion die cast aluminium, stainless steel fixings and featuring high impact glass for additional protection which were also shield compatible.  Warm white 3k lamps were chosen to give a warmer glow, any other colour temperature of lamp would not have worked for the SLL Night sky guidance or residential neighbours. 

Tracing and testing of all the existing cabling was conducted to ensure that they were fit for purpose and safe to use. Completed visuals on posts to make sure that they were in good condition. Removed an existing head to confirm sizes of spigots required.  

All existing lanterns and brackets were removed and disposed of, in accordance with all the relevant Regulations. The existing control systems were suitable for the client’s requirements, therefore left in operation. 

There was a follow-on meeting to make minor adjustments of the angles of the light heads. One additional shield was needed to avoid glare into neighbouring properties.  

Project Gallery


“After establishing the design requirements and applicable British Standards, Darren and I discussed multiple lighting solutions and the concept lighting design, providing a variety of control functions and features. As always, it was a pleasure to work with GF Electrical. We have built a fantastic relationship over the years and Gemma Lighting Ltd look forward to collaborating on many more projects in the future.” 

– Gemma Lighting, Southwest & Wales Regional Account Manager, Jane

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