ALD Lighting’s Creative Solution for Brighton and Hove’s Whitehawk Library

Brighton and Hove’s Whitehawk Library – rebuilt and reopened in 2011 – has recently seen a ceiling reconstruction featuring down stand exposed beams. This design makes it difficult to light, so ALD Lighting has worked with the electrical contractors and decided the best way would be to recess continuous LED slot light between the beams, rather than fixing to them.

We also added our ALCOM lighting controls system with multi sensors to control the lighting levels to adapt to the natural daylight from the ceiling design fully glazed windows, ALD Lighting team says.

Although libraries have experienced declining usage and funding cuts in recent decades on a national scale, Brighton and Hove’s libraries have seen significant investment in the 21st century.


The popular coastal area has a long and varied history of libraries going back over 250 years, with subscription libraries among the earliest buildings in the resort. By the 1780s these facilities, which were more like social clubs than conventional book-borrowing venues, were at the heart of the town’s social scene.

Today, public libraries in the city are run by the Royal Pavilion, Museums and Libraries department of Brighton and Hove City Council, with branch libraries operate in the outlying villages and suburbs of Coldean, Hangleton, Hollingbury, Mile Oak, Moulsecoomb, Patcham, Portslade, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Westdene, Whitehawk and Woodingdean.

The Whitehawk Library also houses Brighton and Hove’s only toy library. With a wide range of toys, games and puzzles to borrow for free, children of all ages can choose and borrow a different toy or game each week. Pre-school musical instruments are also available to borrow.

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