The Leonardo, Sandton’s newest skyscraper, is Africa’s tallest building. Home to residential, commercial (both office space and retail), and a Legacy hotel, The Leonardo is considered South Africa’s icon of prosperity.
As such, fittings throughout the building have been selected to meet the highest expectations of luxury, quality and innovation. Major Tech, a specialist importer of lighting, electrical products, switches and sockets, gives some insight into this element of the construction process, as well as the scope in a project of this size.
Veti has to date supplied 10km of the strip lighting, over 10 000 panel lights, and 500 star lights. In addition, the chosen lighting offers residents and businesses massive power savings and lighting automation – a feature, says Evans, that is unique in apartment buildings.
“Residents will have the option of controlling light settings via a smartphone or tablet,” he says. “This is a hugely innovative feature, and I am not aware of a similar implementation in any other apartment block in South Africa.”
Major Tech has used AA-rated LEDs throughout the building. “We have gone completely green in this regard, which will provide a major advantage to landlords, businesses, and residents,” says Evans. The lighting choices offer high lumen output and very low power consumption, and the strip lighting, for example, comes with a 5-year warrantee.
The restaurant is complete with linear lighting and automated LEDs, while commercial areas have been fitted with bright LED strips – drawing approximately 9 Watts per metre and providing up to 1 350 lumens per metre in output. The spa and gym have been fitted with elegant round panel lights that offer a feature of on/off and dimming. This contributes to both the financial and environmental cost savings offered to landlords and residents of The Leonardo.
“With the products we have selected, The Leonardo’s lighting needs will be met by roughly 10% of the power required by regular incandescent lightbulbs, with far superior quality, longevity and ease of use,” Evans concludes.