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Partnerships open doors to affordable LED lighting in public sector

The 8point3 LED/HMP Isis partnership, endorsed by Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Crime and Police, amongst others

The 8point3 LED/HMP Isis partnership, endorsed by Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Crime and Police, amongst others

8point3 LED helps Swanscombe Leisure Centre achieve significant cost and energy savings through new LED lighting

8point3 LED helps Swanscombe Leisure Centre achieve significant cost and energy savings through new LED lighting

It is well known that LEDs bring huge cost and energy savings to lighting in the public sector.  One company, 8point3 LED, has been taking a creative approach to partnerships to bring LEDs into the public sector – affordably.

Ashley Bateup, MD of 8point3 LED explains: “We are committed to promoting LED lighting and controls and the benefits they deliver to the wider world.  With this in mind, we work with many public sector organisations, such as Dover District Council and Her Majesty’s Prison Service, developing partnerships that help them move from traditional lighting to LED lighting into their buildings in a way that is affordable.

“Our latest scheme is the most creative yet.  To get LED lighting into a Young Offenders Institute, we have actually set up a training workshop onsite.  The offenders are now learning how to construct our latest Sabre LED technology to our exacting quality standards.  These are then being fitted throughout the institution and potentially the wider prison network.  This is creating a double benefit: bringing engineering training to the offenders and significant energy and cost savings to the institution, affordably.”

8point3’s team is experienced in working with public sector facilities managers to provide cost effective, long lasting LED lighting solutions.  Another recent partnership has been with Swanscombe Leisure Centre, run by Gravesham Community Leisure.  The ageing sports hall lighting needed replacing and centre manager, Wayne Pedrick, wanted proof about payback times, LED light quality and guarantees against any lamp failures before making the switch.

Working closely with Terry John, Technical Specification Manager at 8point3, the end result is a superbly lit facility that delivers bright, glare-free lighting that saves the leisure centre £3,235 per year on electricity bills, has a 4 year payback period, no maintenance costs and reduces carbon emissions by 16.97 tonnes per year with the opportunity for additional savings to be made through the lighting controls system that was included as part of the installation.

In addition, the lighting meets the new Sport England Appendix 9 Recommendations for Premier, Club and Community levels for Badminton and all of the LEDs are guaranteed for five years – but should give useful light for more than 50,000 hours – meaning that none should need replacing during that time.

Wayne concludes: “The 8point3 LED lighting solution has been very well received by users of the sports hall.  They like the better quality light that the LEDs give and we are looking forward to enjoying the cost savings that they bring as well, for many years to come.”

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