Solvents Specialist Triples Light Levels and Saves 60 Tonnes of C02 with LED Lighting

Solvents with SafetyWith the help of award-winning lighting manufacturer, MHA Lighting, Solvents with Safety has tripled the light levels in its Doncaster warehouse, whilst significantly reducing lighting energy consumption – saving 60 Tonnes of Co2.

Switching to LED lighting from Greater Manchester-based MHA Lighting, forms part of the forward-thinking solvents supplier’s strategy to improve light levels in its warehouse, whilst reducing on-going lighting energy costs.

With its low-energy luminaires and ability to design bespoke, precision lighting solutions – MHA Lighting was chosen to replace all the existing Halide fittings in Solvents with Safety’s warehouse.

After trialling various fittings from two lighting suppliers to find luminaires that provided the optimal light colour and reductions in lighting energy costs, low energy LED Luminaires from MHA Lighting’s CLite range were chosen that supplied 80CRI and 4000 kelvin colour temperature.

This particular combination can significantly enhance the working environment, which also aids precision working, contributing to a greater feeling of wellbeing amongst the staff.

The project saw a total of 18 CLite 90/700 fittings, with six sensors installed in the warehouse – reducing annual lighting energy consumption from 19,710kW/h (annual cost of £2,168) to 12,463kW/h. Annual energy bills have therefore been reduced to an average of £1,371.

Because of the sky lights in the factory, ambient day light sensors were also installed so that during day light hours the fittings will burn at a fraction of their total output, maximising energy savings.

This not only reduced annual lighting energy bills by almost £800, but tripled the light levels in the warehouse from an average of between 50 and 60 Lux (maximum luminescence of 80 Lux), to now achieving maximum luminescence of 239 Lux – giving an average of 170 Lux.

MHA Lighting was also able to achieve a reduction in Co2 production of 37% in the warehouse. This equates to product lifetime Co2 savings of 60 Tonnes (an average of four Tonnes per year).

George Whale, Operations Manager for Solvents with Safety, said: “After undergoing a site re-build in 2011, we discovered that the lighting had been incorrectly specified. This made the lighting ineffective for our workforce, as well as being very expensive.

“After being introduced to MHA lighting by our Executive Chairman, Keith Wilson, we set about completing a comprehensive tendering process. This involved trialling various fittings to determine the most effective lighting scheme to meet our stringent requirements.

“MHA Lighting offered us three different schemes and we opted for the one that provided the highest levels of illumination, whilst achieving significant energy savings and Co2 reductions.

“Not only is the light colour, output and uniformity superb, but our staff are benefiting from the improved lighting and we are seeing real cost savings on our energy bills.

“MHA Lighting’s service has been first-rate throughout the project and we are now looking at further projects aimed at improving our office lighting.”

At current operating hours the fittings offer a useful lifetime of 15 years. Throughout life they require no maintenance saving Solvents with Safety a further £4,622 in maintenance costs during product lifetime.

This takes overall lifetime savings for this project to £22,376.

 

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