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LED lighting system to save more than £15,000 over five years

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 2 August 2013 at 9:22 am

A new lighting system is set to save thousands and cut carbon usage by 85% at a high rise scheme in Harpurhey, Manchester.

Kingsbridge Court, which is managed by Northwards Housing, now benefits from sensor controlled LED lights that this year alone are expected to save £2,725.43 in electricity costs and 18.06 tonnes of carbon.

To prevent wasting energy, the lights come on when they detect movement. However, in some areas - thanks to the LED technology - they are also set so that when people aren't present, they still give out light, but only at 10% of their maximum level. This is so that the court is always illuminated to help protect the tenants' security.

Based on a 6% annual rise in electricity costs, it’s estimated that the lighting system will save £15,481.40 over five years.

Tony Budgett, caretaking service manager at Northwards Housing, said: “The new LED lighting replaces the conventional 2D tubes which, depending on make, last between seven months and a year before we replace them.

“The LEDs are expected to last considerably longer and come with a five year guarantee from the manufacturer. If you consider that there were around 100 of the old 2D tubes in the building that we would change at least once a year, the new system is great news for cutting costs and carbon.”

Kingsbridge Court tenant Iain Broughton added: “I love the new communal lighting! The amount of money and energy it saves is really impressive – these figures should be shouted from the rooftop!”


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osbrookComment left on: 2 August 2013 at 9:37 am

I have been using LED lighting for more than 5 years.  It certainly saves money.

Take my Kitchen was 4 x 50W GU10 lights (200W).   Switched to 4x3.5w LED GU10 (14W).

So now Kitchen only has 14w of main lighting and is if anything a little brighter due to the whiter light.

The 40W under cuboard tubes were also switched for 2W LEDS.  Even more savings.   All this works well along side Solar, which  provides the high demand items during the day and the LEDs lower the night time load.

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