When it came to exploring options to upgrade the legacy energy-hungry external lighting in its operations, Bidfood had a tightly defined set of criteria. Making operational areas safer, reducing energy consumption, lowering its environmental impact and lessening the load in terms of maintenance, were key objectives.
Following a recommendation, Bidfood approached Zeta Specialist Lighting to propose a modern solution that would deliver the improved quality of light and longevity they required, alongside an overall reduction in CO2 emissions.
Zeta recommended its LED Flood Light, a long lasting (typical lifetime is 40,000 hours), low power alternative to halogen and sodium flood lighting. Zeta’s proposal involved tabling the projected energy savings, alongside the CO2 reductions that Bidfood would achieve with this powerful solution, across an initial three sites.
The proposal exactly met Bidfood’s requirements and a trial site was chosen so that the company could experience first-hand how this LED solution, which typically reduces energy consumption by 65 per cent, would provide them with improved illumination levels in all areas. The trial was a success and resulted in Zeta winning the contract to supply LED Flood Lights for twenty sites nationwide over two planned phases.
Zeta created a bespoke lighting design for each site, these were structured so that optimum illumination was achieved in all outside areas including existing dark areas, and involved utilising a number of different wattages as well as a mix of fittings including bulkheads and baton fittings sited under canopies.
The business case to replace the legacy energy-intensive external lighting across all sites with Zeta’s LED Flood Lights was a compelling one. The savings across energy consumption, environmental impact and maintenance costs kick in from day one, and Bidfood is set to secure a strong return on investment within the first year.
For phase one – six sites – Salford, Battersea, Bicester, Wakefield, Nottingham and Paddock Wood in Kent were identified as the most urgent and electrical contractor Ormiston Electrical Services was commissioned to professionally manage the installation in each location.
Workers at all six sites are now enjoying a brighter, more secure and ultimately safer working environment, thanks to the superior uniformity of light and improved illumination – especially within areas formerly described as ‘dark spots’ – that the LED Flood Lights deliver. Feedback has been extremely positive and according to the facilities team, during monthly site visits, the first question from employees in locations where the refurbishment has still to take place is: ‘when will we get our new lights?’
Maintaining the lighting at all sites previously presented Bidfood with a number of logistical issues. With Zeta’s LED solution, the company no longer has to factor in the time and costs associated with maintenance, the LED Flood Lights boast a long-life and come with a five-year guarantee making them virtually maintenance-free.
Phase two of the project – rolling out the new solution across a further fourteen sites is now underway and Bidfood expect to achieve a significantly reduced carbon footprint and savings on energy consumption across all locations.