Why should we be concerned about energy and lighting?
Over 58,000GWh (giga-watts that is) of electricity is used every year to light the UK which is around 20% of all the electricity used in this country - so yeah, lighting is important and I have found that there are some serious energy and money savings to be achieved by using lighting more effectively.
"Good lighting improves productivity". Take it away and we cry out for it. Give us too much and we close the curtains or put on shades - I even surveyed an office once where one guy had to wear a baseball cap at his desk to protect himself from the glare coming off the lights over his desk! Get it right and it brightens the workplace stimulating occupants.
"Around 30% of office workers under standard downlighter systems rate them as uncomfortable".
"Dimming control over workstation lighting improves motivation and accuracy".
"People who are more satisfied with their lighting rate the lit space as more attractive, are happier and are more comfortable and satisfied with their environment and work".
These are some of the findings of the "Light Right" Consortium whose Chair, Ron Lewis is quoted as saying "Lighting does matter. we have sampled major US Corporations and found a strong connection between lighting, productivity and its overall value to businesses".
Lighting doesn't have to be mundane or merely functional - and yes I am speaking with my Energy Consultant's hat on here - I can help create working lighting environments that stimulate your staff and maintain their enthusiasm for your business premises. We can use accent lighting in more than just the Board Room and Reception to create visual "honey-pots" and importantly we can utilise cool colour output as close to daylight as possible to provide a natural and visually comfortable work-space.
"Light is the key to well being" - said Le Corbusier - one of the pioneers of modern architecture.
Right so let's start with CFL (Compact Fluorescent) flood-lights. This is slightly old tech now with the advent of LEDs as you'll see below but these babies have their place.
To the left are 2 examples of CFL floodlights, top is a 26W EcoFlood that provides the same output as a typical 250W halogen or sodium unit but it only costs about £56 and save you almost 90% in energy costs.
The bottom fitting is a 2x42W EcoDuo which quite frankly outshines most sodium floods on the market and costs less than £100. I supplied these to Balfour Kirkpatrick in Kintore for their Car Parks and Loading Bays saving th company 74% on lighting that operates from dusk till dawn all year round.
The fittings are equipped with Philips control gear and Philips PL-C lamps so you are guaranteed quality. The body and lens are made to the highest standards from UV stabilised black polycarbonate and are rated to IP65 - fully weather-proof.
Typical applications include signage, illumination of car parks, factory security lighting, external passageways, exterior storage areas, loading bay doors, access walkways and driveways, external cash dispensers, domestic security, decorative and security illumination of public buildings etc etc etc.
Give me a call - 01466 751411 - to discuss these fantastic products.
Now a friend of mine, Bill, has developed a very nice range of LED floodlights which knocks my socks off and I know what to expect so if you get to see one please be prepared to be very very pleasantly surprised.
This compact 30W LED flood light gives out a remarkable amount of light for it's sizes and is fitted with Samsung chips giving 120 Degree beam to flood light a wide range of applications. typically replacing traditional halogen flood lights at a fraction of the energy consumption.
It can be used to light, Patio's and Gardens, used as Security Lighting, Lighting up buildings, and for signage illumination.
The body of the fitting is constructed from die cast aluminium, and has a toughend glass lens. The single LED is manufactured by Cree one of the top quality LED producers in the world. To match this quality the driver has been designed and built in the UK. This unit should not be confused with inferior far Eastern imports.
I have just taken receipt of a new 36W unit producing over 3,600 lumens per watt to replace 150W and 250W conventional spot lights and my new friend Graham has literally just sent me a specification for a 400W LED to replace 1000W fittings in Sports Stadia!!! These are exciting times in lighting believe me.