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Skanska re-use luminaires at its London HQ

Skanska reuse Trilux luminaires

Construction giant Skanska has become one of the latest clients to reuse and upgrade luminaires rather than replacing them.
The company take advantage of a take back scheme from Trilux to re-purpose the original luminaires, re-using all salvageable material and upgrading to the latest LEDs and drivers.
In addition, areas originally designed at 6000K for a call centre were modified to nearer 4000K using specialist filters, avoiding the waste of perfectly functioning luminaires well before the end of their useful life.
Reece Bannister, MEP Project Manager at Skanska told the Circular Lighting Report: ‘Together with Trilux, we were able to discuss how we could achieve our carbon reduction objectives by not stripping out, throwing the luminaires away and buying new. Working together, we found solutions that gave colleagues a great new office to work in.’
Earlier this year Trilux retrofitted over 400 fluorescent office lights with LEDs at One London Wall, a prominent curved landmark designed by Foster & Partners with 2,500 square metres of Grade A office accommodation on two floors.
Circular lighting principles have helped the office building cut its lighting energy costs by 47 per cent and reduce its carbon footprint by 6.6 million tonnes of CO2.
Other re-use projects included the repurposing of some 350 luminaires removed from a London office fit-out in an exemplar sustainable building for Cambridge University.
BDP upgraded and reused the lights in the transformation of a 1930s telephone exchange into the £12 million Entopia Building, a new headquarters for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.
Some 1,400 luminaires were reused earlier this year in the refurbishment of 51 Lime Street in the City of London.
The upgrade led to a to a 39 per cent energy reduction.
Kent-based FUTURE Designs, the original supplier of the lighting, developed a new gear-tray design which used the latest optics to give the appearance ofa fluorescent but with the benefit of LED.

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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.