By Daniel Hunter

Toshiba UK today (Monday) announced that Stokers, a family-run home furnisher, is installing Toshiba LED lighting across its 11 stores in the UK, saving the retailer up to £132,000 on its annual energy bill.

Working with energy experts Power Solutions, Stokers piloted a lighting scheme within its Southport store, replacing its 100 watt halogen lamps with 640 Toshiba PAR38 LED lamps, which are just 19.7 watt. Since the installation, Toshiba’s LED lamps have saved the Southport store more than £1,000 per month through reduced energy consumption and the scheme is now being rolled out across all of its 11 UK stores.

“Energy consultants Power Solutions were able to recommend the right sort of LED lamp for our stores, beginning with a free energy audit to demonstrate the return on investment and then finding the right type and style of light," Jonathan Stoker, Joint Managing Director of Stokers Fine Furnishing, said.

“We’ve been delighted with the results. The pilot scheme instantly reduced our carbon footprint, will pay for itself within nine-and-a-half months and has dramatically cut the cost of our energy bills without compromising on the quality of light throughout the store. Toshiba’s LED lamps provide a soft incandescent light in focused pools across the display furniture, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere across the store.”

The dimmable Toshiba PAR38 LED lamps are a direct replacement for more than 10,000 in of Stokers existing Halogen lamps across its 11 stores and will last up to 20 times longer, minimising maintenance costs within the stores. The lamps use up to 75% less energy and emit up to 70% less UV light compared to halogen light, greatly reducing the amount of heat emitted by the lamps. This means that Stokers will be able to turn off its air conditioning off for eight months of the year, instead of the usual four — a benefit which the Southport store is already enjoying.

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