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Raytec enhances campus security and saves resources for Sheffield University

Published on 16 September, 2010

Raytec’s White-Light LED technology enhances Sheffield University security
Raytec LED units improve security and ensure the safety of 25,000 students living on campus
The University of Sheffield has installed the latest energy-efficient White-Light LED technology from Raytec to achieve huge energy bill and CO2 savings. In a project handled by Clear Image, the University has chosen Raytec LED units for upgrades to improve security and ensure the safety of 25,000 students living on campus; providing a safe environment during the hours of darkness.

"The University of Sheffield has a very strong commitment to reducing energy consumption and carbon footprint and we are always keen to look at new ways to reduce environmental impact, as well as costs," says Sheffield's Energy Manager, Phil Riley. "Choosing energy-efficient outdoor LED lights rather than the more conventional energy-hungry, maintenance-intensive metal halide lights will reduce our energy consumption on these buildings by 63% and carbon emissions by over 22,000 kg pa."

Using Raytec technology, Clear Image is helping a growing number of customers review their approach to lighting, says Divisional Director Michelle Atkinson. "Lighting accounts for a surprisingly large proportion of electricity use - as much as 40% for many organisations," she says. Raytec's LED-based lighting solutions include both White-Light and Infra-Red units, for CCTV and security, including the new RAYLUX Urban Multi-Purpose White-Light range for both CCTV and general lighting. All Raytec units deliver low power consumption, long-life and require zero maintenance. LED lights also deliver big savings in labour - and with the average cost of replacing a bulb at around £40 a time, this really adds up.

Raytec units also deliver quick-start illumination on demand, compared to some old-style lights which take time to warm up and reach maximum output. This means they can be switched on and off as required (when the presence of a person is detected, for example) and don't need to be left constantly floodlighting the area. Also with Raytec's unique Adaptive Illumination™ the angle of illumination can be altered and targeted on site from 10-180°.

Pat McGrath, Director of Accommodation & Campus Services (ACS) at Sheffield, explains that this offers important advantages for the University: "As an added benefit the illuminators also reduce light pollution as the light can be directed to where it is needed, allowing us to significantly reduce the nuisance of light pollution whilst still providing good illumination for safety and security."

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