10 July 2023

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Upgrading Lighting for a Brighter Future

Charlton School, a thriving comprehensive school in Telford, prioritises the well-being and academic success of its students. However, their outdated lighting system, with inefficient 2x36W downlights throughout, posed several challenges:

  • High Energy Consumption: The existing lights were energy guzzlers, contributing to rising costs and a larger carbon footprint.
  • Inadequate Light Output: The lights weren’t powerful enough for essential areas like hallways, toilets, and the main hall, impacting student and staff productivity and safety.
  • Uninspiring Environment: The outdated lighting did little to create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment.

Addressing the Challenges: A Collaborative Approach

To tackle these issues, Kosnic Lighting partnered with RMW Electrical to understand Charlton’s specific needs. This involved:

  • Site Visit and Needs Assessment: A dedicated team visited the school to assess the lighting situation and discuss the school’s vision for improvement.
  • Customised Lighting Plan: Based on the findings, a comprehensive new lighting plan was created, addressing energy efficiency, light quality, and aesthetics.
  • Cost of Ownership Analysis: A detailed cost breakdown, including projected energy savings, was presented to the school’s management team. This transparent approach ensured informed decision-making.
  • Expert Installation: The transformation was expertly handled by RMW Electrical, whose precision and expertise in installation played a pivotal role in illuminating Charlton School’s path to efficiency and vibrancy.

A Solution Tailored for Success

On the advice of Kosnic and RMW Electrical, Charlton opted for a complete lighting upgrade, replacing the old fixtures with innovative LED solutions:

  • Corridors & Toilets: Energy-efficient 20W Alden panels delivered significant savings (up to 50%) compared to traditional fluorescents. They also provided flicker-free, high-lumen output, and a long lifespan.
  • Main Hall & Drama Area: The stylish and elegant DALI-enabled Kurve fittings were installed. These modular luminaires offered adjustable dimming, switchable wattage, and colour temperature for enhanced flexibility and control over the lighting ambiance.
  • Stairwells: Robust and low-maintenance Ossa bulkheads with emergency backup ensured optimal safety and visibility. Robust, low-maintenance and modular Ossa bulkheads with plug & play emergency backup ensured optimal safety and visibility

Measurable Results and a Brighter Future

The project exceeded expectations. Charlton School reported:

  • Improved Overall Lighting Quality: The new system provided brighter, more consistent lighting, fostering a more conducive learning environment.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: The modern fixtures created a cleaner, more inviting space.
  • Significant Projected Cost Savings: Projected annual savings of:
  • £28,877.50 on energy costs
  • 103,134 KW of energy
  • 54,867 kg of CO2 emissions reduction
  • With a payback period of only 16 months

Beyond Illumination: A Sustainable Partnership

This collaboration between Kosnic and RMW Electrical demonstrates the shared commitment to sustainability and delivering superior solutions. The project’s success stemmed from:

  • In-depth Site Surveys: Understanding Charlton’s specific needs was crucial for crafting the right solution.
  • Detailed Planning & Cost Analysis: Transparent cost breakdowns empowered Charlton to make informed decisions.
  • Industry Expertise: Combining Kosnic’s advanced lighting solutions with RMW’s electrical expertise ensured a seamless and successful project.

Charlton School’s lighting upgrade serves as a model for other educational institutions seeking to:

  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Create a brighter, more stimulating learning environment for students and staff.
  • Achieve cost savings to reinvest in educational resources.

This case study demonstrates that investing in sustainable lighting solutions can illuminate schools’ paths towards a brighter future, not just literally, but environmentally and financially as well.

Why Kosnic

Partnering with us opens up a world of benefits for lighting wholesalers and electrical contractors. Our adaptability, developed through tackling unique challenges like display lighting, enables us to deliver tailored solutions for your clients’ specific needs even in a fast-paced market. This adaptability, coupled with a deep commitment to understanding client needs, ensures you have access to innovative, customised lighting solutions that cater to a wide spectrum of requirements.

In working with us, you tap into a resource that values client satisfaction and quality service delivery. We do not just provide products; we offer a partnership aimed at tackling unique lighting challenges together, ensuring that the solutions delivered meet client needs and enhance the end-user experience.

Join us to illuminate the path towards brighter and more successful collaborations.