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Eco lighting offers eight-month payback for Quorn Foods

27 March 2017

Quorn Foods has replaced the fluorescent tubes at its 13,000 ft/sq North Yorkshire manufacturing site with high-performance, energy-efficient T8 LED tubes from LED Eco Lights Goodlight range. 

Quorn Foods achieved payback on the installation of the LED light tubes in just eight months, helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. 
Commenting on the project, Derek Passmore, electrical engineer at Quorn said: “Goodlight gave us a four-fold advantage. We have reduced our costs, reduced our carbon footprint, reduced the maintenance workload and improved the working environment for our staff. It’s rare to make everyone happy, but replacing fluorescent tubes with Goodlight LED light fittings has pleased management, staff and made our lives easier. It was also quick, easy and economic.”
Goodlight T8 tubes draw just 22W, which offered Quorn Foods a direct energy saving of 60% compared to its previously used 55W fluorescent tubes. On top of this, Quorn achieved significant additional energy savings from the reduction in the load on the air conditioning systems. Quorn Foods needs to maintain the temperature on the production floor at a consistent 10°C, even when the outside temperature is below this figure, the heat generated by the machinery and the lighting means that air-conditioning is required.
Installing the Goodlight LED tubes was simple, according to Passmore. “The Goodlight tubes were an exact replacement for the fluorescent lights that we took out. We were fitting about ten an hour. In a food production environment, getting access to replace failed tubes is always awkward, but the Goodlight tubes are guaranteed for five years and rated at 50,000 hours, so we won’t need to look at them again for a long time. We will also no longer need to replace the diffusers. In the past, these have gradually deteriorated, become brittle and broken due to the exposure to heat from the lights – but with the efficient Goodlight LED tubes this should no longer be an issue.”
Quorn Foods selected the daylight colour temperature, and were pleased with the improvement in the ambiance on the production floor. “Goodlight T8 LED tubes give a much cleaner, whiter light than the fluorescent tubes that they replaced. Our staff really appreciate the improvement in their working environment. For example, it is much easier now to assess the colour of food samples. The fact that Goodlight LED tubes are glass-free is an added advantage,” concluded Passmore.

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