Materials included in the redevelopment were carefully selected for aesthetics, quality, energy efficiency, sustainability and durability in the harsh coastal environment. For example, the South Pavilion’s green architecture used low flow toilets, low energy-efficiency fiberglass windows, insulated concrete forms, and fiber cement siding.
A key energy-efficient component of the redevelopment was exterior lighting. Previously, Hampton Beach State Park’s boardwalk and parking lots were illuminated with HID cobra head fixtures that required ongoing lamp and ballast replacement and provided inadequate lighting. Tom Mansfield, architect for the State of New Hampshire, led the Redevelopment Project. Mansfield knew the project needed a lighting designer whose design could meet the state’s sustainability requirements as well as other important objectives, such as virtually eliminating luminaire maintenance, improving illumination performance while consuming less energy, and maintaining an unobtrusive fixture design. Jim Stockman of Kennebunkport, Maine-based J & M Lighting Design was selected for this challenging installation.
In order to achieve state mandates and the project architect’s goals, Stockman knew he needed to specify LED luminaires for the application. Having previously worked with Cree® LED exterior luminaires, he was confident the products could provide the results he was looking for.
The lighting system upgrade consists of Cree LEDway® luminaires in the parking areas and Cree Edge™ area luminaires along pedestrian walkways. LEDway® luminaires are mounted on 40-foot poles delivering the required illumination performance to the far reaching parking areas, with optics selected for optimal performance for this application. The previous HID 400-watt fixtures, on 25-foot poles, did not provide adequate illumination and contributed to uneven pools of light due to limits in the controllability of such technologies.