Circular Lighting Report

Reuse start-up completes a 1,000 luminaire project

Luminaire reuse – a Philips Coreline

A French start-up has just completed the refurbishment of 1,000 luminaires in its first major project.

Proclus, based just outside Paris, recovered the Philips Coreline HighBay and GentleSpace fittings from Signify’s distribution centre in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges in the Paris suburbs.

The lights were removed with the technical support of Signify engineers. After careful removal, each light was cleaned and checked.For devices that allow it – such as the programmable GentleSpace models – the operating parameters were reinitialised after checking their history. The lights are then tested and packaged. They will be resold with a warantee of up to five years,  depending on the model.

Of the more than 1,000 luminaires recovered, only a few did not successfully pass the re-qualification tests and were sent to the recycling channel controlled by the Weee-compliant operators.

Initially an idea by engineer Hervé Grimaud, Proclus was set up in May 2022 to ‘act against the depletion of natural resources and global warming’ by reusing electrical equipment.

The firm says that there is a ‘crying need’ for the reuse of technical electrical building equipment by creating trust between the different players in the supply chain value.

The company has over than 800 square metres  of warehouses to store thousands of technical electrical equipment.

The company recently recovered nearly 10 tonnes of electrical equipment – including circuit breakers, inverters and light fittings – from a series of educational buildings, also in Paris.

Currently Proclus markets its products online in marketplaces such as French resuse website CycleUp, but it says that it will soon have its own online sales site where professionals can purchase electrical equipment at a lower cost than brand new.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.