Award-winning Muncaster Castle in the England’s Lake District overflow with visitors in the summer season, extending that popularity as the nights draw in is at the same time a challenge and a commercial necessity for operators.
Country houses like Muncaster have a great history of pioneering new technology. Peter Frost-Pennington, whose family have occupied the castle for 800 years, was thus maintaining a proud tradition when he turned to Marl for innovative LED lighting solutions from Aerospace & Defence Products that would not only make access safe and practical for visitors, but could become an attraction in themselves.
As he developed and extended the Darkest Muncaster concept, Frost-Pennington identified Marl as a source of LED lighting, suitable for outdoor use that would match the light output of his existing units but using much lower energy and with bulb life of 70,000 to 100,000 hours.
Peter Frost-Pennington has added Marl LED lamps extensively into the Ghyll Show. Aztec 5W light fittings were installed in as many windows as possible on that side of the Castle, replacing existing 50W fittings. This gives a 90% reduction in energy use.