Throughout the world lighting consumes a significant percentage of global electricity use. It is estimated that more than 2,200 terawatt hours of energy is used every year at a cost of between $190 and $250 million. This is approximately 17.5% of total global energy use.
In Australia lighting can account for more than 60% of energy costs in a standard office. As a result any increases in lighting efficiency will produce big savings for an individual company.
Lighting components are more energy efficient than ever before, going longer without replacement and will result in significant savings over their lifetime. As a result the offices, depots and warehouses of transport and logistics companies can save substantial amounts in investing in the latest technology. However all industries may be slow to realise these potential savings. In the US a 2010 study by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association estimated that only 20% of existing commercial buildings (in the US) had some type of upgraded lighting technology, but what was most surprising was that the majority of the remaining buildings were still using lighting systems that were installed prior to 1986.
Extreme Freight (2014) Energy efficiency developments for an expanding company including improvements to lighting. Case Study developed by SCLAA
Bunker Freight Lines (2014) Case Study outlining Bunker Freight Lines continual energy efficiency gains with information on their trials of lighting control systems in workshops
DNATA Warehouse Freight Gate (2008) Case Study outlining the benefits of lighting improvements in a warehouse. A lighting audit was first arranged, supplemented by a feasibility study, to help achieve the required results.
LED Lighting at a Truck Rest Area (2013) Case Study on improvements to a rest area providing adequate lighting through the use of energy efficient LED lighting.
MASKargo (2013) Case Study in Industrial lighting. Resulted in a 50% reduction in energy usage.
The British Internationa Freight Association (2010) Various Case Studies outlining examples of good practice in the freight forwarding sector. Case Study 4 covers the use of sensor activated lighting.
Philips (2012) Royal Mail's (UK) National Distribution Centre - Case Study covering their adoption of highly energy-efficient LED technology