22/02/11

By Duncan Stevens, director of Vita Energia

Green technology

Lighting is one key area SMBs can easily look toward to lower their energy costs, importantly reducing their energy usage and carbon footprint to aid in the movement towards ‘greener’ business. With facilities budgets tighter than ever, upgrading existing lighting systems with the latest energy-efficient technology is inexpensive to implement and provides quick ROI. In addition it provides a better quality of light and is quick and painless.

Vita Energia simply upgrade existing fittings requiring a fraction of the funding to provide a much quicker return on investment without the need for extensive and expensive reinstallations. The lighting systems convert electricity to light extremely efficiently and use aluminium reflective technology to produce as much light as possible, spread evenly over the work surface. The unique fluorescent tubing used in turn requires less electricity, resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions and saving up to 70% on the businesses lighting costs.

Uninterrupted upgrades

Instigating a project that tackles upgrading a system so crucial to entire business functionality can be daunting. Equally, lighting is a system that is often neglected or ignored and is thus taken for granted. However, Vita Energia’s well-established technology along with careful planning and experienced installers, consistently and successfully provides uninterrupted business upgrades in just a few weeks. Careful installation planning is vital, particularly when executed around existing operations. The technology used can be integrated across whole company networks regardless of their location or size, since the upgrade of existing lighting systems is via an already proven model, adaptable to suit the needs of any warehouse, production line or manufacturing space on a large or small scale.

Energy Efficiency vs. Cost Saving

Businesses considering lighting energy efficiency find the most crucial upgrade element is ensuring the right light levels are achieved. Typically this just replicates the light level already in place, however the upgrade also affords the opportunity to cut or increase light levels where they are or are not necessarily needed. Achieving the right investment and payback balance is vital, and the full lifecycle cost and benefit should always be considered. It is tempting to be drawn into using extensive control systems for presence detection or daylight optimisation. Of course these have their place and are becoming more sophisticated and cost effective, but we see many installations where the additional expenditure is simply not justified. For SMB’s in particular, implementing small upgrades to existing lighting systems can reap not only huge financial rewards, but also improve employee working conditions (aiding productivity) and make great steps towards achieving green business practice targets.