London Council saves £40K+ pa with LED upgrade

London Council saves £40K+ pa with LED upgrade

Car parks within a South West London council are lighter and more energy efficient following a full lighting upgrade.

APC’s lighting division undertook a full LED lighting upgrade at the Council’s main car parks, as part of an energy improvement programme between the Council and a leading FM company. This resulted in cost savings of £40,500 per annum and aesthetic improvements to the internal and external car park lighting.

In 2015, the Council partnered with an FM company in a seven year total facilities and property management contract. This innovative partnership saw the integration of property maintenance, facilities and energy management in order to drive down costs and improve performance.

The project formed part of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) under which the FM company are delivering a number of energy conservation measures across South West London Council’s property portfolio. With significant opportunities for energy savings and favourable payback periods, LED lighting has formed a key element of this cost reduction and improvement programme.

The project in detail

APC took part in a competitive tender process. We were selected based on our track record of successful delivery of lighting projects for both the FM company and public sector clients.

The Council’s main car parks had been selected as sites offering some of the best returns on investment for lighting upgrades.

From engagement to completion the project took just three months to complete including site surveys, lighting scheme design, specification, installation, testing and certification by our engineering team.

Following our survey we recommended IP66 rated luminaires with microwave step-dim sensors, incorporating occupancy and daylight sensing so that the luminaries dim down to 10% of total output when there is no occupancy or when there is adequate daylight.

As the main car parks for South West London Council employees and the public, APC worked around car park opening hours to minimise disruption, undertaking much of the work at night and weekends.

In total 1,249 luminaires were fitted saving the Council £40,500 and 150 tCO2 pa and providing improved lighting levels within the car parks. In return this has created safer and more pleasant public spaces.

The lighting upgrade has transformed the car parks and public areas, improving the visibility and safety for drivers and members of the public - but the real achievement has been the energy and cost savings delivered by the use of lighting controls.

Sam Stageman, Sales Director, APC Technology Group plc

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