IC Resources is a recruitment company operating in the technical arena. As a result, the company’s team have taken a keen interest in the latest developments in LED lighting and its associated benefits to the working environment.
IC Resources required a LED solution that would not only improve light levels for staff at their Reading offices, but also reduce energy costs and Co2 emissions for the 12 hour a day operation. A key aspect of the project brief was that the installation of new lighting should cause no disruption to the working day of the 50-strong IC Resources team.
IC Resources approached Litenow Lighting Consultants Ltd who specified Waveguide Lighting’s WaveStar 202 luminaires (27w including ballast) to replace the existing twin Compact Fluorescents – which were drawing 110w (not inclusive of ballast).
Using patented waveguide technology Waveguide’s WaveStar 202 delivers 98 lumens per circuit watt and 5000Kelvin, offering the highest quality uniformly distributed light to create the closest environment to natural daylight indoors.
Many studies completed in work settings have found that activities such as reading and typing improve under lighting around 5000K. Human-centric lighting research also suggests that high quality LED lighting improves the working environment and contributes to a greater feeling of wellbeing amongst staff.
In installing the ultra-low energy LED luminaires, IC Resources will save £2,510 on their energy bills annually, which represents a saving of 79%. This will equate to an energy saving of £42,670 over the product’s lifetime and will save 191 tonnes of Co2.
Due to the lighting system’s design and high-reliability, the WaveStar is extremely low maintenance and will run for 109,000 hours of continuous use. With IC Resources 12 hour a day operation over 5.5 days, the lights will not need replacing for 17 years, saving hundreds of pounds annually in maintenance costs over the product’s lifetime and bringing the total savings over the lifetime to £52,628.
The payback period for the installation is just three years and nine months, providing a Return On Investment of 515%.
“The IC Resources team is hugely dedicated and work at an extremely fast-pace so it is paramount that the environment they work in is as comfortable and well-lit as possible. Reducing our energy usage and associated carbon footprint is something we were also extremely focussed on doing.
“Litenow recommended Waveguide Lighting’s products to us and we are delighted to say that the Waveguide solution has delivered on all these collective objectives.
“The installation team caused no intrusion during installation either, which was completed outside of the offices’ opening hours, causing zero disruption to day-to-day operations.”