Food warehouses save cost and energy with Carbon Trust funded LED lighting
For the last three years Managing Director Paul Cope of UK based March Foods had been looking for a way to reduce energy consumption in his warehouses. After rejecting voltage controllers as old technology, he began to examine LED lighting as a potential smart solution. In January 2010 he knew he had found the answer when installer Tom Klimes of Interior Control Ltd presented him with an LED High Bay unit from Dialight, a UK based company specialising in applied LED technology.
About March Foods
March Foods is one of the UK’s leading food contract manufacturers and packing businesses, specialising in providing timely and high quality production services. This privately owned UK business operates from its 11,000 m² (120,000 ft2) purpose built premises in Cambridgeshire, offering its brand-owning customers individually tailored production cells, warehousing, laboratory facilities, engineering workshops, offices and an extensive range of blending, filling and packing equipment. The company’s dedicated Continuous Improvement team is focused on examining all lines new or established and looking to see how it can improve every aspect of its operation including process reliability, quality and efficiency aimed at improving service and product.
The lighting challenge
Paul Cope describes the problems he wanted to solve: “We had two 3,250 square metre (35,000 sq ft) warehouses with a total of 84 x 450W HPS lamps operating 24/5 and Saturdays. Even though we are not constantly in and out of all bays in the warehouse all the time, the old lamps couldn’t be switched off as they took 10-15 minutes to re-strike, so I wanted a more energy efficient solution. And to be honest, the lighting was getting so that Lord Lucan could have hidden in our warehouse!”