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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