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Lighting Upgrades and Case Study

Case Study: Lighting Upgrade – Large Food Manufacturer

Better lighting, lower running costs and cash back from ESCs were delivered after Out Performers was called in.


A large food manufacturer was planning to replace their existing factory lighting with induction lights and were running a trial of three different brands. Following other successful energy efficiency work that Out Performers had done on their behalf, the client asked us to confirm that the lights were suitable for a major roll-out in their plants.

Our lighting engineers undertook a detailed study of the situation and conclusively demonstrated that induction lighting was not the best solution. Our detailed business case proposed two new lighting options that would offer better lighting conditions for the staff, with lower energy and maintenance costs, and compared these to the client’s preferred induction lamp. (See table below for more details.) We also proposed installing automated controls to reduce the number of hours the new lighting would need to operate, and thereby achieve additional energy savings.

The client selected their lighting option – and Out Performers then prepared all tender documents, to assist the client to select their preferred contractor. We also managed the implementation of the first stage of the upgrade, which was achieved in a tight time frame during the Christmas plant shutdown.

Ironically, just as the first stage was being finalised, two of the three induction lights that were installed for the earlier trial failed – justifying our decision to offer other lighting options with proven performance track records.

The client has reported that the staff love the new lights as they provide a better working environment. Management are happy that they have received excellent advice – and 1,412 Energy Saving Certificates to offset the costs of the upgrade for Stage 1.

More lights are on their way to Australia and will be installed progressively throughout the client’s large manufacturing facility. When completed, the project will have a payback period of just three years and a return on investment of 37%.

It certainly pays to consult the experts!