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Green Is The New Black

We underlined our commitment to sustainability with the introduction of energy-efficient PIR controlled LED lighting at our warehouses.

With support from the Carbon Trust the company was able to fulfill its aim of improving the quality of lighting in its warehouses by upgrading them to the latest low-energy LED lights.

Having grown to become the largest supplier of drapes and rigging for the theatre and event industry, we turned to The Carbon Trust when planning for new lighting systems in its two warehouses, which are open 50 hours a week.

The two warehouses total over 3,000 s.qm, or 32,500 sq.ft, with one also containing two mezzanine floors. Thanks to a grant of nearly £7,000 from the Carbon Trust we have been able to fit the latest lighting in the building.

While it is too soon for concrete figures on savings, we predict savings of 76,000 kWh, which would represent an annual saving of just over £8,000. This means we should be able to recover the net costs of the project - £47,000 before the £7,000 grant from the Carbon Trust – over five years.

PIR control switches the lights off when there is nobody in the warehouses or if the ambient light reaches a level where the lighting is not needed. Each individual light can be remotely adjusted to vary the light level and the delay period at when they switch themselves off.

Martin Wood managing director at Blackout, said:

“With support from the Green Business Fund we were able to upgrade from a rudimentary replacement programme to a state-of-the-art PIR controlled LED lighting installation. The application process is simple quick and very easy to navigate and we’re thrilled with the results.

“As well as cost savings the decision to install the new lights was about replacing the old lighting system to improve light levels and at the same time embrace new energy-saving lighting technology.

“We now have a better, brighter workplace and the light temperature is nearer to daylight – very important for our sewing team. And because the lights last so long we don’t have the problem of changing blown tubes.”

The Green Business Fund was set up to help small and medium-sized businesses make efficiency savings and improve energy consumption.

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