Lighting is essential in all public sector buildings, whether its schools, councils, hospitals, or government offices.

However, traditional systems, like fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, are incredibly energy hungry , not to mention their harmful emissions. With lamps also being phased out, now really is the time to give your lighting some thought.

Therefore, decarbonising older lighting in buildings (including first generation LED) and switching to modern LED solutions is crucial to reduce carbon output and mitigate the impact of climate change. Our approach is regeneration over replacement, upcycling existing light fittings reduces disruption, installation time, waste, and the need to make good builders work associated with full replacement.

According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for up to 40% of a building’s electricity consumption. By replacing traditional lighting with LED, energy savings of up to 80% can be achieved. In short, with current energy costs sky high, clients can see a return on investment in new lighting within six months.

And LED lighting is not only more energy-efficient, it lasts longer too.

LED systems can use up to 90% less energy to produce the same amount of light as fluorescents and have a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours, compared to 1,000 for incandescent bulbs. It’s also far easier to dispose of LED systems in a more environmentally friendly way.

LED offers a range of environmental benefits. Unlike traditional lighting, LED systems don’t contain hazardous materials like mercury, which pose a threat to the environment and health. They also produce less heat, meaning less energy is required for cooling systems.

Artech Lighting recognises that not everyone can afford new lighting, so we now retrofit old systems – replacing tubes with LED gear trays and upgrading controls, saving clients a fortune, with market leading return on investments.

Decarbonisation and retrofitting offer huge potential savings for cash-strapped public sector organisations. It is a way to upgrade your lighting in a cost-effective manner, save on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions, a win-win-win situation!

Our team of lighting and product designers focus on innovation to decarbonise your existing lighting, while ensuring we deliver an exceptional lit environment, in compliance with relevant standards, and legislation.

We tailor our solutions to suit your project needs, not what we have on the shelf!

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK must be carbon neutral by 2050. This requires significant change in the way we produce and consume energy.

Public buildings are responsible for a significant proportion of UK energy consumption, and therefore carbon emissions. Upgrading lighting potentially offers a huge leap forward in the effort for carbon neutrality.

In 2019, the Government launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, providing funding for public sector building decarbonisation projects. The scheme provides investment covering up to 100% of the costs of efficiency and decarbonisation measures.

So, let’s make sure our councils and schools, hospitals and town halls, prisons and drop-in centres are setting the example, and by doing do, reaping the benefits of smaller bills, fewer emissions and longer-lasting lighting.