LCL puts De La Rue in the spotlight
A NORTH East manufactured lighting product which uses up to 70% less power than conventional lights has secured a significant order from a global brand.
Newcastle-based Low Carbon Lighting has supplied 880 LED luminaires to light up the De La Rue factory in Gateshead where currencies from across the world are printed.
It is estimated the lights will provide three times as much light at the facility for less than half the energy.
Tim Cantle-Jones, CEO of Low Carbon Lighting, said: “When De La Rue was challenged to reduce costs they immediately approached Low Carbon Lighting to supply a new lighting solution.
“This is a significant order for our business which demonstrates the confidence that major manufacturers have in our products. It puts us well on our way to achieving sales in excess of £2million over the next 12 months.”
The De La Rue order comes after Low Carbon Lighting received a package of £520,000 in funding from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund and the Finance for Business North East Accelerator Fund managed by Northstar Ventures.
The company has already secured significant sales for its two products – luxon street, which replaces traditional street lighting; and luxon industry for commercial premises such as warehouses, car showrooms, sports and manufacturing facilities. Both are produced at Ashington-based manufacturer Raytec.
Mr Cantle-Jones added: “Both our luxon street and luxon industry luminaires have been benchmarked against the competition in extensive tests which have demonstrated time and time again their superior performance, value and efficiency.
“The case around the savings and return on investment to customers is absolutely compelling.”
A spokesman for De La Rue added: “We are delighted with the performance of the luxon industry luminaire, supplied by Low Carbon Lighting. We replaced 1200 fluorescent products with 880 LED luminaires and in so doing achieved savings of over 50% in both energy and maintenance.
“We also have more than three times as much light on our factory floor, excellent uniformity, and much improved colour rendering which makes our inspection processes much easier – all in all an excellent installation.”
Low Carbon Lighting will be showcasing its products at a series of high profile industry events this week at the Turbine Hall in Newcastle city centre.
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