Lighting efficiency is key at Ability International

A recent lighting upgrade using LEDVANCE damp proof LED fitting has increased illuminance in the manufacturing facility by 20% and delivers 68% energy cost savings

When the correct lighting is selected, it can enhance productivity while, at the same time, significantly reduce energy costs. LEDVANCE offers innovative lighting solutions to improve not just the quality, running costs and safety of lighting, but also reduce the maintenance required and enhance productivity.

It is important to consider the environmental conditions when selecting lighting solutions such as dust, humidity, heat and vibration. Likewise, the appropriate positioning of luminaires is essential in order to avoid reflections on workpiece or machine surfaces and to provide the optimum working environments.

This was highlighted by a project for Ability International, a manufacturing company that selected LEDVANCE Damp Proof LED luminaires to retrofit its entire warehouse to improve the working environment and reduce energy and maintenance costs.

The company specialises in providing working-at-height solutions, custom-built to client’s specifications and requirements. Ability International had been based at the site in Peterborough for just over a year when it became apparent that the lighting in the manufacturing facility needed to be updated. The existing lighting installation included 51 six-foot fluorescent linear luminaires with two tubes per fitting. It was using 8.7 kW per hour and costing the business £273 a month. Staff had also voiced their concerns about the lack of light over the work benches and machines.

Retrofitting the entire warehouse area with LED fittings enabled the company to improve the working environment whilst reducing energy and maintenance costs.

Project contractor, Lighting Electricians Limited, chose LEDVANCE Damp Proof LED luminaires 55W to complete the installation. These luminaires provide uniform light with a wide beam angle of 105° and a high luminous efficacy of up to 115lm/W. IP65 protection makes it ideal for industrial and storage facilities.

The LEDVANCE 55W Damp Proof LED luminaire range is designed to offer easy installation, with stainless steel clamps and safety screws provided alongside mounting accessories (suspension kit and theft protection kit). Reliable luminaire quality with a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours, is backed by a five-year guarantee. Ease of installation and assembly was particularly useful to the team at Lighting Electricians. As part of a commitment to reduce the impact on the client’s operations during a project, Lighting Electricians pre-assembles and completes as much of the installation as possible in the company’s workshop facility off-site. The LEDVANCE products ensured that the team’s time on- site was as efficient as possible.

After completing the installation, the contractor recorded that illuminance has improved by 20%. The new luminaires reduced energy demand of the installation by 5kw per hour, saving the client 68% on their energy costs.