Energy-efficient Lighting Means Savings for Packaging Firm
30th November 2012
A leading packaging firm based in Lincolnshire will save energy and more than £20,000 a year on its electricity bills and maintenance costs thanks to new energy-efficient lighting.
Forum Packaging, a national paper packaging and printing specialist based in Horncastle, has replaced over 450 fluorescent tubes and sodium lamps with environmentally friendly induction lights.
Specified by another Horncastle business, Balcan Lighting Supplies, the £33,000 lights will be used to illuminate 145,000 square feet of Forum Packaging’s factory on Mareham Road in the town, including the main storage warehouse and printing hall.
The environmentally friendly bulbs will reduce energy usage by over 160,000 KWH every year, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of approximately 30 homes.
The induction lighting will be controlled by motion sensors and will be either on and fully lit or off with no cooling down period. This will allow significant savings, especially in the warehouse where lighting is only occasionally required.
“With the need to reduce energy wastage and minimise environmental impact we needed to find a cost-effective way to lower our electricity usage, so replacing our old style, energy-heavy lighting was the perfect solution,” said Mark Spivey, Managing Director at Forum Packaging.
“We are working towards our ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, so we are integrating a number of ways to be more energy efficient.
“Induction lights are not only incredibly energy-efficient, but also from a maintenance and safety point of view they’re robust, completely sealed and have an expected lifespan of 100,000 hours, saving us labour costs in fixing and replacing damaged lights.
“Balcan Lighting Supplies worked closely with us to identify the best solution. As well as providing and installing the new induction lights, they were able to completely recycle all our old bulbs and lamps at their recycling plant in Horncastle, which will hopefully go off to make something new.”
Julian Rinfret, Director of Balcan Lighting Supplies, said: “By working in partnership with Forum Packaging we were able to deliver a complete package to meet their lighting requirements.
“The new induction lighting has allowed the business to improve environmental credentials, reduce utility bills and completely eliminate energy wastage.
“As well as lasting longer, being brighter and allowing huge savings on utility bills, the initial investment will be returned in just over 18 months, making the whole process incredibly cost-effective,” added Julian.
Notes to editors
- Forum Packaging Ltd is based on Mareham Road in Horncastle, Lincolnshire and can be contacted on 01507 523434.
- For more information visit www.forumpackaging.com
- Balcan Engineering was established in 1972. For more information visit www.balcan.co.uk.