Lighting Case Study: The Tool Connection

This low energy lighting case study details an installation at warehouse sites in Southam, Warwickshire. Energy efficient T5 fluorescent light fixtures were installed which reduced the lighting load by 72% resulting in a 70.4 tonne reduction in annual CO2 emissions.

The Company

The Tool Connection provides high quality hand tools for the professional tradesman, mechanic, construction worker, plumber, electrician, hobbyist and DIYer. From humble beginnings 35 years ago (originally trading as Smiths Tools) The Tool Connection has achieved steady growth, moving to the current head office, warehousing and technical facility in 1998. The Tool Connection has expanded to cover much more of Europe including Iceland, Norway, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.

The Challenge

The Tool Connection contacted Green Business Light seeking an energy efficient lighting solution to replace the older lights in their office & warehouse sites in Southam, Warwickshire. In an initial discussion with Andy Hughes (Quality and Environmental Co-ordinator), Green Business Light established the main requirements to be: * To significantly reduce the business lighting bills with a new energy saving lighting system which would also include automatic level controls ; * To reduce the lighting maintenance requirement (to eliminate the cost of hiring of access equipment); * To vastly improve the lux levels and quality of light for the workers in the warehouse buildings;

Existing Lighting at Tool Connection
Existing Lighting at Tool Connection

New Lighting System Solution

Existing Lighting at Tool Connection
Existing Lighting at Tool Connection


AFL-Ltd New Energy Efficient Lighting - 1
AFL-Ltd New Energy Efficient Lighting - 1

Feedback on the Green Business Light Service

"Andy Hughes (Quality and Environmental Co-ordinator) commented "The Tool Connection have recently undertaken a programme of building improvements that included the installation of PV, improved heating control and better use of our lighting. We contacted Green Business Light with our requirements and were impressed by the speed of the response - on explaining the options to us, we were caught between LED, induction and T5 lighting but the outlay was less significant with the T5 fluorescent option. After the lighting installation we have seen significant improvements in our energy consumption across the site. The result is a much more comfortable working environment within the 90000 square feet of our warehouse area

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