Scrap and save with Raytec's lighting amnesty

Published:  28 September, 2009

ASHINGTON: A lighting amnesty campaign to alert public and private sector users to the amount of energy and money being wasted by older style CCTV and security lighting has been launched by Raytec.

The aim of the amnesty – which runs from 1 October to 31 January 2010 – is to save thousands of pounds for both taxpayers and private businesses. It will encourage the switch from wasteful CCTV and security lighting to new energy-saving infra-red and white-light LED technology.

The scheme offers installers cashback to make the switch and helps end- users to significantly reduce power consumption, CO2 emissions and running costs "We calculate that when you take into account both higher running costs and shorter bulb-life, an organisation, such as a hospital, using 100 CCTV and security lights will be saving £45 000 a year in switching to low energy LED illuminators," said Raytec's managing director Shaun Cutler.

This estimate is based on 4400 hours usage a year at 10p kw/hr; with labour costs conservatively calculated at £40 a bulb change (though it is often much higher).

"To encourage users to reduce this waste and save costs, during the 'lighting amnesty' we are offering free site surveys and energy reports detailing the annual CO2 and cost savings made by switching to low energy LED illuminators," said Mr Cutler.

"The reports will spell out exactly how and where the organisations can save money if they switch to energy-efficient LED technology. By switching to LED illuminators, the user will start to make cost savings within two years compared to 500W lights and in three years compared to 300W lights," said Mr Cutler.

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