Lighting consumes 20% of the UK’s energy, it’s 32% across the commercial landscape but could be nearer 40% in your workplace. Most commonly used T8 fluorescents are now seriously inefficient and do not comply to current standards for light quality. Modern T5s using HF electronic gear are 60% more efficient and coupled with occupancy and natural light sensor controls can achieve impressive savings and improve the working environment.
A retrofit lighting scheme, put together by a lighting designer, can show significant cost savings, providing payback within the range of 2-4 yrs, whilst also improving the working ambiance and the sensory input experienced by your staff. This in turn can provide intangible benefits with regard to staff well being and productivity.
With amazing technological improvements, happening right now, in lamp technology and particularly with light emitting diodes (LEDs) now is the time to embrace energy efficient lighting.
For information on grants, capital allowances and finance opportunities contact The Carbon Trust.