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Shoplight unveils spotlight made from plant-based polymers

ShopLight Nort

Shoplight has unveiled a spotlight with a bioplastic housing.

The Peterborough-based retail lighting specialist says that using plant-based polymers for the Nort rather than traditional aluminium housing allows it to reduce carbon emissions during manufacture by up to 95 per cent.

Surplus plastic from the production of the luminaire is recycled using an onsite 3devo shredder, pictured. Once granulated, the plastic is reformed using an extruding machine ready to be repurposed as a new product. plastic shredding machine

The company is 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.

The Nort features a patented cooling system dubbed ppVenTEC which uses airflow aerodynamic principles to take the heat away from the LED sources and boost natural convection.

In all orientations heat is directed away from the LED and driver, allowing them to run at a lower temperature, increasing the life span and overall efficiency.

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.

Additionally, based on a London store with 150 spotlights, it would expect a a saving of around 0.6 tonnes of carbon through transport would be saved per store compared to replacing with new.

Around  75kg of light fittings, per store, would no longer be sent to landfill. Finally, there would be the removal of 26kg of packaging per store compared to new.

No trading days are lost in the process to replacing with new.

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