Circular Lighting Report

Leisure centre reuses lights from another venue

The swimming pool at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre

A SCOTTISH leisure centre operator has had lights from of its venues remanufactured and moved to a second venue seven miles away.

Edinburgh Leisure asked local firm EGG Lighting to remove 40 low bay luminaires from its centre in Gracemount, remanufacture them to ‘as new’ standard and install them at its Ainslie Park location.

The sustainable project resulted in an annual energy saving of £15,000 and a carbon footprint reduction of 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Before the project was taken on, EGG conducted an assessment process in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, to rate and weigh the technical, economic, environmental and social factors of the project.

Once the remanufacturing engineers had confirmed their confidence in upgrading the luminaires to an equivalent new standard including energy performance, UKCA testing & documentation, and warranty, the project management team liaised the customer, sales, warehousing, and electricians to minimise bottlenecks and provide a full project schedule and a return-on-investment calculation.

The finalised numbers demonstrated that remanufactured luminaires would cost 40% less than equivalent new products, with an equivalent warranty.

In addition the newly produced luminaires were designed to facilitate remanufacture in the future.

By using standardised, top tier Zhaga modules and non-destructive fixing methods, EGG predicts that it will be able to perform another competitive, full project remanufacture in five years time.

The reconditioned lights from Gracemount – which were replaced with new luminaires – were installed at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre over three nights to avoid operating hours.

Fiona Harvey, Edinburgh Leisure’s energy and sustainability manager, said: ‘For the first time we had fittings from one venue stripped back and rebuilt with LED and installed in another. These fittings are also modular so we can just replace parts when needed rather than the whole unit in the future.

‘This saves an enormous amount of carbon as no need to manufacture virgin plastic, ship heavy components across the globe or dispose of casings in landfill.

‘The new lighting will last around 10 years and across the three venues, should save us £15,000 in electricity a year and reduce our annual carbon footprint by over 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide, all while vastly improving our customers’ experience.’

Ray Molony

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