Project Aquatec; a diverse lighting plan for NL's largest builder of launches

With a gigantic indoor harbor / showroom, in-house production and storage, the largest Dutch builder of launches Aquatec Industries in Woudsend presented a great project to let our light experts do what they do best: engineering a custom lighting plan, making sure that all rooms are provided with optimal LED lighting. Now having finished this part of the project our work at Aquatec continues…


The Frisian Aquatec Industries is the largest builder of launches in the Netherlands. The well-known Dutch sloop brands Antaris, Maril and Makma are produced in the showroom annex production hall in Woudsend. The bodies of the sloops are brought from the polyester factory in Zwaag and building them continues in Woudsend. The sloops are also exhibited in in an indoor showroom of more than 1,500 m2, where they reside in their natural habitat; on the water. A beautifully large space where (almost) all Aquatec models, from the higher segment Makma sloops to the timeless Maril models, are exhibited. At Unique Lights we are happy to take on unique lighting challenges. And illuminating an indoor harbor is certainly a challenge.


“What problems are you running into?”
Starting with this unique showroom, problems with the current lighting were quickly identified. The indoor harbor was illuminated with halogen lights, which heated up quickly during use and took long to cool down. With a space of this size, and the amount of halogen lights that are needed to illuminate it, this quickly turns into unnecessarily high energy consumption. The first two LED lights were therefore installed in this showroom as a replacement. “We started with two LED lights in the showroom, just to test it out and see if it met the lighting requirements.” says Dirk Elgersma, Senior Account Manager. However, it was soon discovered that the showroom was not the only room where lighting problems occurred. “We like to walk through the building and the various rooms with the client. Together we look at what every room needs and where the lighting is currently inadequate. Put more simply; what problems are you running into?”


That may seem like a simple question, but it often results in exposing problems that have been dormant for quite some time. The lighting in the polishing department in Woudsend where retouchings were carried out turned out to be the perfect example of this. Polishing requires seeing the details, so good visibility and good lighting are of great importance. “The poor lighting had been solved for a long time by the staff themselves, who used additional lighting from their phones or floor lamps in the dimly lit areas.” Although easily solved on the short term, the lighting in this room had clearly not been adequate for quite some time. This space was therefore one of the most important points of attention in the lighting plan.


A customized lighting plan
The name says it all; a lighting plan is a drawing of the plans for lighting. In such a lighting plan, all rooms and their lighting requirements are drawn-up. Points of attention such as in the polishing room are examined in order to determine the correct amount of lighting. Not only the use of the space is studied, it also requires looking at the wishes and requirements of the personnel and the light-related requirements of the market sector. “Through experience, we can often estimate what the solution should be with the naked eye. By drawing up a lighting plan, we specify and confirm that estimate and depict it clearly for the client” In the case of the polishing room, for example, 5 light lines were drawn-up, 2 of which could be switched off if needed. “As such, the employees were never obstructed in their sight by their own shadow and they could easily see every detail.”


In the production and storage hall, the lighting plan also provided insight into the lighting challenges. “The shared space made it so that one large hall had two very distinct lighting requirements.” The solution: light lines with several lamps hanging together on one side of the room, whereas the same light lines on the other side of the hall kept a greater distance between the lamps. Not only was the lighting level optimal, it also offered opportunities for a possible future augmentation. “Should Aquatec decide to use the entire hall for production, additional luminaires can be hung in the light lines in due course, without too much renovation.” A future-proof lighting plan, with room for growth.


From engineer to project manager
In creating the lighting plan, Unique Lights primarily fulfills an engineering function. But at Aquatec, the work goes beyond just lighting design. “Once the lighting plan is approved, my position will become more that of a project manager.” Guiding the installation and controlling the contractors selected by the customer also falls within Unique Lights’ range of duties, if the customer so wishes. Unique Lights duties at Aquatec have now surpassed this phase. Nevertheless, we like to remain closely connected to our work. “Even after the installation I drop in every now and then. In this way, we are always easily accessible to the customer in case of problems and we know that our work functions satisfactorily. ”