By December 11, 2019 Read More →

Thorn Lighting puts light exactly where it’s needed for Selco

Thorn Lighting has supplied the luminaires for Selco Builders Warehouse as the company embarks on a branch refurbishment and expansion programme.

Selco Builders Warehouse is one of the UK’s leading and most forward-thinking builders’ merchants, with 66 stores across England and Wales. With its branches open for a combined total of more than 5,400 hours a week – or more than a quarter of a million hours a year – it is imperative that the business takes a responsible and proactive approach to energy efficiency , allowing the company to keep its environmental impact as low as possible.

That’s why a decision was taken last year to fit Selco’s entire branch network with the most high-tech LED lighting. More than half have already completed the change – and those which haven’t, will be making the switch in the coming months to complete the ambitious LED lighting refit programme. Working with Grafton and Electricbase, Thorn supplied luminaires throughout each of the new build and refurbished developments to provide a well-lit, uniform environment that will help to increase sales whilst also providing an energy efficient lighting solution.

Selco teamed up with lighting giant Thorn to bring a responsive sensorcontrolled lighting system to each individual branch using HiPak Pro, Aquaforce, Julie and Omega fittings, with sensors operating in tandem with each individual LED luminaire. This enables them to react to the contribution of natural daylight delivered via the transparent roof light panels in-store, thus producing the necessary light levels required rather than constantly being at a higher fixed illumination output.

Environmentally, the impact of Selco moving to LED is astonishing, resulting in a saving of almost 69 tonnes of carbon in just one store every year. Scaled over all 66 branches, that represents the equivalent of almost 200,000 trees – or 89 football pitches full of trees. Having smart meters installed across the Selco estate has allowed the energy team to monitor energy reductions closely.

The robust IP66 rated Aquaforce is already established as the ideal luminaire for damp and dusty conditions, with a choice of light distribution options that are engineered for high efficiency in warehouse settings. Aquaforce has been designed to resist ambient temperatures ranging from -20°C to 35°C, and its clever drip-edge design avoids dust depositing on the light output surface, so that any accumulation of dirt has minimal impact on performance and, with efficacy as high as 141lm/W, it’s a highly cost-effective option too.

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