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Shoplight unveils bio pendant range

Shoplight Autumn Naturals pendants

UK retail lighting specialist Shoplight has unveiled a range of decorative pendants made from natural materials and recycled waste from industrial by-products.

The company describes it as a range ‘that supports circular economy principles transforming by-products and waste into a creative resource’.

The Autumn Naturals range is made from PLA biopolymer which comes from corn starch, sugarcane or beet, and combined with by-products from recycled waste materials which give warm natural tones, designed to give a unique look together with interesting effects and textures.

There are 16 colour options. One model is made from wheat residue waste from the grain industry, another uses beer dregs from the Rouen Brewery in Normandy while a third uses coffee grounds from catering waste. The clay version is manufactured using crushed brick waste while ‘Mussel’ uses mussel shells from catering waste. The wine coloured pendant has a a dry pigment from waste from the wine making process in Bordeaux.

Other colours are Cherry, Mustard, Moss, Midnight, Plum and Peach.

The lights are 3D printed to order in the UK. There is no material waste as well as a significant reduction in shipping times and carbon emissions. No industrial colourants are used and the products are chemical-free. The small versions measure 170mm x 180mm tall while the large are 280mm x 300 mm tall.

Shoplight is known for its range of bio-plastic spotlights and downlights for retail applications. They are modular in design, allowing them to be repaired or upgraded quickly, can be covered by the company’s Service Plan and, uniquely, can be returned to the firm at end of life for a credit towards new bio-polymer products.

‘There is no reason to be buying aluminium lighting and disposing of it at end of life,’ says the firm, ‘particularly as, for example, 86 per cent of Nort and 72 per cent of Nort GS can be recycled or reused.

Peterborough-based Shoplight has also invested in its own 3devo shredder for recycling the surplus plastic from the production of the Nort. It is also promising a take-back scheme for its bioplastic products, including the Nort.

It says it can reuse all major components and reform the plastic back into new products. It’s also boasts a patented cooling system to take the heat away from the LED sources.

Shoplight also has a remanufacturing service for retailers and hospitality customers, dubbed Recycle. The company removes the luminaires from the store onsite and replaces them with temporary loaned replacements. It then upgrades the LED module and drivers and returns the upgraded light to the store. The luminaire has been tested and warrantied for five years.

Stoplight says the new LED module and driver will typically reduce the energy consumption by between 15 and 20 per cent due to the improved efficiencies of new LED modules.

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Ray Molony

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