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Staggering savings at Model Train warehouse

Hornby Hobbies has installed HILUX T5 fluorescent lighting with built-in presence detection from Tamlite Lighting at its Kent warehouse, reducing its lighting energy consumption by  61% and saving over £7,000 a year on its electricity bills.

Hornby, best known as Britain’s leading model railway manufacturer, dispatches a wide range of model trains, cars, aircraft and more from its warehouse in Thanet, Kent. However, at this busy warehouse, there were concerns that the outdated, inefficient lighting, which was switched on solidly for 16 hours a day, was driving up energy and maintenance costs at the site.

The decision was made to upgrade the warehouse’s lighting. With the key priorities being low energy consumption, long lifespan (for lower maintenance needs) and good light quality (for better health and safety), all signs pointed to LED being the best solution.

The Tamlite HILUX range was able to deliver energy savings, long lamp lifespans and good light levels – and it was a well-established technology. The T5 fluorescent proved to be everything they were looking for, and had the option of built-in sensors, so that they could easily control the lighting and stop the lights being left on needlessly.

Intelligent technology

Hornby installed 93 of the Tamlite HILUX units throughout its Thanet warehouse. Carried out by Hornby’s in-house electricians, the installation process went very smoothly. The low-profile fluorescent luminaires, with their white painted steel construction, are fitted with T5 fluorescent lamps and VISION 103 sensors. The integrated VISION sensors mean that each unit automatically detects both occupancy and daylight levels, ensuring the lights are switched on only when they are needed.

The lights in the aisles are switched on at a base level of 10%. Then, when someone walks down the aisle or a forklift enters the space, the light levels automatically increase to 80%. This means the warehouse isn’t in complete darkness, but they’re not wasting energy lighting empty spaces at full brightness. The great benefit of this is that it not only saves energy, but also extends the lifespan of the lamps.”

In addition to the new automatic control options at the Hornby warehouse, Tamlite’s VISION 300 hand-held programmer also allows the lights to be reprogrammed by hand, at ground level, if necessary. This removes any need to go up to ceiling level and reprogram the lights manually.

The HILUX units have also delivered on cost savings. The long lifespan of the lamps means that maintenance needs have been reduced to almost nil.

What’s more, the new, high-efficiency lighting means savings on energy bills. According to Tamlite’s calculations, the energy consumption of the new lighting is 61% lower than the old lighting. That is equivalent to a financial saving of £7,065 a year on energy bills and an annual carbon saving of 38.1 tonnes of CO2. Due to the use of occupancy sensors, which cut out the old practice of lighting empty aisles, Hornby is likely to be saving energy above and beyond these calculations.

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