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Lumicom Provide Recycling for Bolton Council’s Award Winning Scheme

Bolton CC lamp recyclingLumicom, the UK’s leading not for profit luminaire recycling company, has been involved in the recent LuxLive Award winning recycling project for Bolton Council.  The project involves replacing 27,000 existing sodium street lights, throughout the council’s residential districts, with more energy and cost efficient LED fittings over a three year period.

Bolton Council’s Principal Lighting Engineer, Paul Worthington, said: “Our first task was to retro-fit all our existing high wattage SONs with the new technology available, which covers all the A and B Road classifications and that has been done over the last three years.  However, our latest initiative is to replace all residential lighting, which consists of around 27,000 existing street lights of which a majority are sodium yellow.  We have been working with Kent based Marwood Electrical Company Ltd and explored a variety of different lighting technologies, however Holophane’s LED lanterns were our product of choice.   The energy savings gained by installing the new LEDs clearly outweigh the cost of implementing the project and we have forecasted to save the council up to £0.7m a year, £14m over 20 years, and reduce energy use by around 50 per cent, in addition to reducing carbon emissions.”

For the majority of the project FACTOR™ Small from Holophane was used for the functional residential lighting applications to provide a complete cost saving solution.  FACTOR™ Small is a dedicated LED luminaire that delivers a variety of efficient lumen per watt packages with excellent optical performance, incorporating precision engineered optics and a sleek body design that is perfect for dissipating heat away from the LEDs and extending the life of the luminaire. Holophane’s DSX1 fittings were also installed on special decorative columns and brackets in the town centre area to provide all of the benefits of LED technology in a high performance, high efficiency and long life area lighting luminaire.  Part of the D-Series, the DSX1 luminaire delivers over 100,000 hours LED module life and a wide range of lumen packages and optical distributions.

Whilst implementing the new LED scheme, Bolton Council adopted a challenging carbon reduction scheme and strict recycling targets, calling on the expertise of Lumicom to assist them in keeping in line with the latest WEEE Directives to ensure that all old luminaires are disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency regulations.   LED lantern manufacturer Holophane are also members of the Lumicom scheme so the company were able to provide a complete ‘cradle to grave’ service.  The benefit of using a Lumicom approved supplier allowed Bolton to ensure that they were meeting all their WEEE legislation and regulations without compromising its sustainable development.”

The project will see Lumicom recycle over 173 tonnes over a 2-3 year period with approx. 75% of the collection being recycled back into the environment.    Following the announcement of the scheme winning the LuxLive 2015 Recycling Scheme of the Year, the judges commented “this is what best practice looks like in a major LED roll-out”.


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