For councils, reaching future sustainability goals is crucial to creating liveable communities for generations to come – with upgrading aging assets one of the easiest ways to save energy and reduce emissions.

Local government is one of the most ambitious sectors when it comes to carbon emission reduction goals – but setting the targets is the easy part, it is the delivery that can prove to be difficult.

Sports fields use a large number of lights in a concentrated area, and although they don’t get constant use, often a peak load tariff is applied to the facility.

Due to this, and the fact that many councils still have legacy metal halide systems, replacing these assets can make for an easy win in the race towards net zero.

Cutting down carbon emissions

Many of the older models of metal halide 2kW lamps were very efficient – as in the technology put out a lot of light and most of that went on to the field.

However, this light output depreciates very quickly and in most cases these models lose 25 per cent output within 300 hours of use.

This means that councils are still using and paying for 2kW of power, but only getting 1.5kW of output – in a typical 20 light design this means paying for 40kW of power, but only effectively getting 30kW.

By replacing these aging assets with LED, typical deterioration on newer systems is less than ten per cent over 50,000 hours, meaning consumers need 30 per cent less kilowatts to generate the same amount of light.

Sustainability in the spotlight

When purchasing lighting or upgrading assets, the longevity and lifecycle of the product is important to consider.

For example, once a fitting has reached the end of its life and the LEDs are dim or not working, the whole unit ends up in landfill – using energy and resources to be processed.

However, Legacy Lighting now offers a simple electronics upgrade by way of PC board replacement. This not only prevents valuable elements going to landfill or energy intensive recycling, but is cost effective by delivering as-new results for around one third of the cost.

Innovative solutions

Legacy Lighting’s solutions include a lifecycle guarantee that extends for ten years beyond the warranty, effectively guaranteeing the luminaires will still be performing to a high standard 20 years from now.

By designing the lighting using less kilowatts of power, councils can renegotiate their availability tariff and effectively reduce the power bills –without reducing lux levels on the field.

As LEDs only deteriorate by ten per cent over 50,000 hours, there is no need to hire an electrician to change bulbs annually, resulting in long term savings to council maintenance budgets.

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Legacy Lighting, for more information go to: https://legacysportlighting.com/sport/

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