LEDs are star performers at the circus

The National Centre for Circus Arts has slashed energy and maintenance costs by replacing outdated fluorescent lamps with energy efficient LEDs. The move will save the charity over £2000 a year in fuel bills and is expected to cut maintenance expenditure by £14,000 over five years.

The upgrade, carried out by Minimise Energy, has seen 58W fluorescent tubes replaced with 28W LED tubes. The move will save some 20,093 kWh of lighting energy a year. The refurbishment reduces the National Centre's annual lighting bill by £2,029 a year and cuts carbon emissions by 13.42 tonnes a year. Over five years, the carbon emissions saved will be equivalent to the impact made by 11.4 acres of forests.

The National Centre, based in London’s Hoxton, will also make maintenance savings as LEDs have significantly longer lifespans and require far less ongoing maintenance. The maintenance savings over five years will be in excess of £14,000. More than half of the annual income needed to run the National Centre comes from grants and donations - making operational efficiencies and savings, such as that provided by the LED upgrade, critically important.

Terry O'Dwyer, the National Centre's building and leasing manager, said: “The lights will reduce both energy consumption and maintenance costs, saving us money which can be invested in circus arts. They also look great and improve overall lighting. I am especially looking forward to monitoring our energy consumption over the next few months as I have already noticed a reduction in the weeks since they were installed.”

“This project highlights the significant financial benefits that can be achieved by upgrading to LED, even within a single building,” said Sam Stageman, director of sales at Minimise Energy. “With little or no disruption to the learning space, we've quickly replaced the lights - delivering efficiencies and improving the light quality."