Helicopter firm chops energy in lighting-as-service deal

A HELICOPTER company has become one of the latest organisations to join the trend for renting its luminaires rather than buying them.

Aviation firm Swiss Helicopter will pay monthly for its new fittings in a so-called ‘lighting-as-a-service’ arrangement.

Under the deal, installation and maintenance of the lighting at the 650 square meter hangar in Bern-Belp will be carried out by the supplier, Zumtobel, for a fixed monthly fee.

The 6.75m high ceilings posed something of a challenge for the design. Shadowing from the ceiling-mounted crane track – used to lift heavier machine parts around the space –  also had to be taken into account to ensure that light levels for the precision work on aircraft engines were never compromised.

Light levels are now 500 lx – delivered with an installed load of 3,200 kW – compared to the previous 280 lx from 6,900 kW. The specified luminaires are the Tecton C continuous-row lighting system.

From a slow start over a decade ago, the concept of lighting-as-a-service is not starting to gain traction in the market as the cost of the latest LED luminaires can be justified by significant energy savings and, crucially, it removes the lighting from the capital expenditure budget.

Other big roll-outs announced include last month’s major lighting refurbishment for oil and gas services giant Halliburton, which said it would upgrade six sites in the UK. The company will rent the lights at the locations. The first sites to be upgraded include operations in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, which should realise cost-savings of £1.8 million (€2 million, US$2.35 million) over a ten year period.

Also in July, Irish LED lighting specialist UrbanVolt received a £50 million (€55m, US$65m) funding boost, allowing it to take its lighting-as-a-service offer to the UK and the US.

Light levels are now 500 lx – delivered with an installed load of 3,200 kW – compared to the previous 280 lx from 6,900 kW. The specified luminaires are the Tecton C continuous-row lighting system.

 

The 6.75m high ceilings posed something of a challenge for the design. Shadowing from the ceiling-mounted crane track – used to lift heavier machine parts around the space –  also had to be taken into account to ensure that light levels for the precision work on aircraft engines were never compromised.

 

 

  • A lighting-as-a-service hub at LuxLive 2018 will bring together experts to advise on alternative financing models for retrofitting LED lighting. The exhibition takes place on Wednesday 14 November and Thursday 15 November 2018. View the programme and events calendar HERE.

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