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Workshop lighting that has zero energy costs? Is this really possible? The answer is yes, as Perfect Sense Energy has proved by providing a one stop energy solution for a sheet steel processing workshop in Trafford Park, Manchester. The energy costs associated with the engineering processes undertaken were becoming an increasing concern as prices have steeply risen, particularly over the last decade, rising energy costs weren’t being helped by the use of traditional 400w high-bay lighting, which is common in this type of premises. Perfect Sense Energy calculated that the original lighting system was costing over £5,000 per annum to run taking into account energy and maintenance costs (even though maintenance was done in-house).

With the help, support and knowledge of Perfect Sense Energy MD Gary Brandwood, the Rowham Steel MD Trevor Mizon considered various sustainable ways of reducing their energy overheads. The resulting report highlighted that an LED upgrade and the installation of Solar PV would both have a significant impact on energy costs and when deployed together, will provide five times more energy for free than the LED lighting system requires to run per annum.

A lighting scheme was designed around a complex layout (including working around over-head cranes) using high quality, cost-effective 60w linear IP65 LED units that have a 5-year comprehensive replacement warranty. The lighting plan showed a minimum projected 10% increase in light levels, whilst using 85% less power! This represents a saving of over £2,500 per annum in running costs and also completely eliminates the cost of maintenance for the next 50,000 of operating hours plus. These figures mean a 100% return on investment will be achieved in less than two years.

The energy saving installations resulted in a light, energy efficient, modernised environment which will also produce a 20 year income stream and the employees and Directors are delighted. Managing Director Trevor Mizon said “Perfect Sense Energy took our brief and designed an LED lighting system that provides a naturally bright, energy efficient environment that everyone agrees is a vast improvement on the old, inefficient traditional lighting. In addition to the impressive financial benefits, the Solar PV & LED lighting are vast improvements that is helping our company to reduce overheads, enhance our premises and provide a long-term guaranteed revenue stream.”