Dalkeith Orangery

The Dalkeith Orangery was built around 1832 to a design by William Burn and was originally used to grow exotic fruits for the Duke of Buccleuch at Dalkeith House. It featured an under-floor condenser heating system and the boiler was said to consume up to a ton of coal every day.

An orangery was often found on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It was not only a greenhouse but also a symbol of wealth and status and one of many outdoor features that owners would entertain guests with during tours of the garden.

The restoration of the orangery building formed part of the recent Stables / Restoration Yard project. There were many difficulties that had to be overcome with the lighting design and installation including the strict Grade A listing and Historic Scotland’s requirements. However, with some careful luminaire selection, strategic planning and many night trials the end result is stunning.

The luminaires used were a selection of Bega LED spots and floods strategically located to create a sense of depth whilst highlighting the ornate features of the structure. The client was keen to have a simple but effective control system to enable the provision of multiple lighting arrangements at the touch of a button (or app).

The Casambi solution is perfect and works extremely well. The modules are located within the undercroft which allows the client to operate them remotely. Multiple lighting scenes were created for the Orangery and some of them are recalled based on sunrise and sunset times.


Dalkeith Orangery, Scotland

Lighting by

Harley Haddow



Luminaire supply and scheme design


Casambi Technical Sales Partner

Holder’s Components

Units used


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