V-TAC floodlights replace old fixtures at Port of Liverpool building

A Symbol of the City’s Maritime History

Formerly the headquarters of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board or simply the ‘Dock Offices’ for 87 years, the Port of Liverpool building is one of the country’s many historic structures. Being one of the ‘Three Graces’ (the other two being The Royal Liver Building & The Cunard Building), it is a world-renowned symbol of the city’s maritime history in one of Britain’s biggest ports.

Just before its hundredth birthday in 2009, a £10m restoration project was started on The Port of Liverpool Building. This lasted three years, and the idea was to bring back to life all the unique features and give it back its original glory.


To this day, tourists flock to Liverpool’s waterfront to witness the Building’s elegant Baroque design. Visitors can also opt to go inside to see the splendour of the intricate stained glass windows, marble walls, and learn more about the city’s rich history.

Upgrading to efficient LED Floodlights

To replace the old metal halide floodlights lighting the balcony walls of the building, JB Electrical Ltd. from Manchester supplied and installed 50W V-TAC LED Floodlights from its Slimline Series for this project.

Photo credits: @jb_electrical_ltd on Instagram

Benefits of shifting to V-TAC LED Floodlights

  • High-quality Samsung SMD LED Chip and high power driver
  • Sleek, modern design (only 2.8 cm thick) without compromising performance
  • Fascia glass sealed with silicone rubber for superior waterproof /airtight performance
  • Built-in Driver – no external power supply required. Constant current Integrated IC driver
  • Strong and durable with Diecast Aluminium body – Corrosion-resistant, weatherproof design
  • Suitable for building facades, sports facilities, industrial, commercial billboards, hoardings, parking lots etc.

The V-TAC LED Floodlight with LEDs provided by Samsung is manufactured with industry-leading components to deliver exceptional performance, making it the perfect choice for intensive outdoor lighting with full energy-saving benefits.

Designed and made of diecast Aluminium, the V-TAC floodlight has an unbreakable fascia glass sealed with silicone rubber, providing extreme durability and an IP65-rated body for a 100% waterproof and dustproof performance.

Available in various size & wattages, know more about the full V-TAC Floodlights range at vtacexports.com.

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Sports Lighting: V-TAC LED Floodlights for Al Hubaishi Football Stadium

The Client: Al Hubaishi Football Stadium

The Al-Hubaishi Football Stadium – named in memory of Muhammad Ali Al-Hubaishi from the Al Ahrar Football Club (now called Al Tilal) – was built in the 1930’s and it is one of the oldest football stadiums in the Arab world. After a lengthy period of restoration work, it opened and also welcomed the continuation of competitive football in Yemen last December 2020. 

The Project: Sports Lighting Upgrade

The Yemeni football league has been cancelled since 2014 due to the Civil War which also stopped all other footballing activities in the Middle Eastern country. Restoration work started leading to its reopening last December 2020, which included lighting upgrades. Being one of the main venues of football in the country, the Al Hubaishi Stadium required lighting fixtures with intensive illumination for the upcoming matches that would be held.

The Solution: High Lumen LED Floodlights

Intensive lighting with efficient, energy saving LEDs.

Thanks to LEDs provided by Samsung, the VT-1055 High Lumen Floodlight has a 120 lumen-per-watt rating which can easily illuminate expansive areas like the Al Hubaishi Football Stadium, and it does so with significantly lower energy costs (up to 85% in energy savings!)

Each unit has a strong & durable impact resistant, diecast Aluminium body. Coupled with its IP65 weatherproof rating, this floodlight model is ideal for outdoor areas – stadiums, docks, billboards, and parking lots. Corrosion resistance means less need for maintenance and replacement costs, too.

V-TAC Floodlights are also designed with heat sinks at the back. Proper heat distribution prevents the unit to overheat, hence increasing the operating life span of the floodlight.

Know more about the VT-1055 High Lumen floodlight by viewing its technical specs and prices – available at vtacexports.com.

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Garden Lighting: The Process & What To Consider

A beautiful garden with sufficient lighting is one project that is easily achievable with the right set of lighting fixtures, especially perfect for the upcoming warmer season. Not only does it contribute to the safety and security of any residential property, but it also provides a relaxing, satisfying aesthetic that contributes to the overall wellness and peace-of-mind of people living in the property.

Before hiring a professional lighting designer, here are some basic factors to give you an idea on which factors to consider when redesigning your garden or landscaped area with lighting.

Site Survey

Lighting projects should be practical. It is important to do a site survey and determine the goal that you are trying to achieve with the lighting that you will be installing – it could be highlighting or brightening landscaping designs, installing security lighting along building facades, having safety lighting along walkways and driveways, setting up the ambience in the patio, and more.

Once the scope is set, you can then start planning possible spots on where to mount light sources and plot lighting patterns that you would like to achieve in relation to the area of the location, routes, vertical levels, changes in directions, etc.

Knowing Your Options

Learning about various light sources will greatly help in plotting a sustainable lighting plan. Here are a few types of lighting fixtures used for residential garden lighting. 

Bollard Lights
Typically seen along pathways and driveways, Bollard Lights are installed mainly to illuminate pathways and landscapes for pedestrian safety and further prevent accidents while also providing security.  They come in various sizes, finishes, and shapes (round or square-edged), and placed ideally two to four meters apart to provide ample lighting for walkways.

See V-TAC’s extensive range of LED Bollard Lights here. 

Garden Spikes
Designed with durable, water-resistant Aluminium body, Spike Lights are one of the most flexible types of garden lighting. You can easily mount the unit and adjust the lighting angle in an instant, making it one of the easiest choice for illuminating pathways, highlighting areas with shrubs, small trees, flower beds, or simply providing ambient lighting. Solar-powered spike lights are also available: with innovative features such as Dusk-To-dawn Auto On/Off, they are cordless, which means that it is even more convenient to mount and install as there is no complicated wiring involved.

See V-TAC’s extensive range of Garden Spike Lights here.

Wall Fixtures & Lamps
Wall lighting transforms and improves the look of building facades and house exteriors into beautiful pieces of landscape and architecture by adding accents. Also referred to as washers, wall lamps are available in various colours and styles, and can easily upgrade the look of any location whether it has a classic, minimalist, modern, or contemporary theme. Easy to install, and compatible with standard GU10 lamps available in the market.

See V-TAC’s extensive range of Wall Lights here.

Bollards, spike, and wall lights are all designed with fully durable bodies with IP65 water and dust resistance, making them highly and fully functional despite the rain, shine, or snow. Standard colour temperatures with select beam angles are also available for the light of each unit, and these play a great factor in achieving the desired purpose of the lighting – Warm White (3000K) which is easy on the eyes and sets an ambience, up to a Bright White (6400K) colour usually used for safety and security lighting.

Design & Installation

Along with choosing the proper lighting specifications, the lighting design includes the exact installation locations – mounting height, spacing, switches/control methods, and wiring. From these, the distribution patterns can be generated while considering people’s fields of view, along with the proposed costs and total breakdown of equipment, energy efficiency, and installation costs.

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