By February 27, 2015 Read More →

School saves 13 tonnes of CO2 with customised LED lighting

A Nottinghamshire school is saving more than £2,600 a year on electricity, following installation by Tamlite Lighting of LEDs and bespoke light fittings for metal pan ceilings.

With 2,600 students, Ashfield School was keen to be green, boost energy efficiency and cut its carbon footprint.

LEDs were identified as the product of choice, but fitting them was not straightforward. To prevent leaking of the school’s flat roofs, Burgess metal pan ceilings had been installed as they could be modified to fit the existing grid. Light fittings for this application needed to be customised. Usually this would threaten the tight timescales of project management. However, by using a lighting company with British manufacturing, Ashfield School secured customised lighting for its metal pan ceilings.

Manufacturing in the UK enabled Tamlite to make the bespoke products very quickly. The sample was completed in 10 working days and within two weeks the school had the entire consignment.

Electrical contractor S Reddish & Son installed 197 of the customised Tamlite 600×600 EUROMOD LED panels in the classrooms. More than 300 EURO LED slim-line recessed downlights from Tamlite were also fitted in the corridors. These are controlled by ceiling-mounted occupancy sensors.

The lighting quality is now much improved with the recessed fittings giving off a comfortable, uniform light.

Tamlite estimates that Ashfield School is saving 13.3 tonnes of CO2 a year, as a result of the lighting upgrades. A 41% reduction in lighting energy consumption for those areas means a saving of 25,497 kWh (an annual cost saving of £2,679).

Occupancy sensors in the corridors are likely to extend these savings even further.