Local manufacturers team up to slash lighting costs

Coleherne Ltd, a white metal lined bearing manufacturer and laser cutting service in Tameside, Greater Manchester, has teamed up with local LED manufacturer, LightXcel, to cut the energy use of its lighting by 72 per cent.

Coleherne is an established family-owned precision engineering firm, offering custom engineering of white metal bearings and laser cutting, machining and folding services. 

It is an approved supplier to all sectors of the engineering industry and its bearings are used for a host of different applications – from electric motors, compressors and pumps to high speed gearboxes, generators, locomotive axles and turbines.


In 2014, the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth service undertook a resource efficiency review at Coleherne’s site in Hyde to help identify opportunities to reduce costs and improve environmental performance. 

A key opportunity identified in the review was to upgrade Coleherne’s lighting. With the company’s 7000 square foot laser cutting facility operating around-the-clock 24/7, its metal halide high bay lighting was consuming over 58,000kWh of electricity a year. 

As the facility is in continual use, Coleherne sought a solution that would not disrupt its operations by having to do routine maintenance; some of its high bay lamps already needed re-fitting, making the facility dark in places. 


By upgrading its lighting to high efficiency, long-lasting LEDs, Green Growth advisors calculated that Coleherne had the opportunity to make significant energy savings. 

The Green Growth service put forward three local Greater Manchester LED suppliers from its low carbon sector growth programme, including LightXcel Ltd, a specialist LED manufacturer based in Ardwick, Manchester. 

LightXcel won the resulting tender, with its lighting solution requiring only 22 100W LED high bay lamps that over a year would consume just 16,500kWh of electricity. These high bay LED lamps are engineered from high grade materials and components and are designed and built to last much longer than traditional lamps.


By saving some 41,600kWh of electricity, Coleherne’s new lighting has achieved an amazing 72 per cent reduction in energy use, saving £3,600 a year. 

The new lighting will also reduce Coleherne’s carbon footprint by over 42 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year, and the total investment will be paid back in just over one year.

“LightXcel are delighted to have worked with the Business  Growth Hub’s Green Growth service as an LED lighting supplier”, said David Soon, director of LightXcel. 

“Through close cooperation we have been given a number of opportunities to offer smart lighting solutions to businesses that have made a significant impact to their bottom line.”

Peter Fahey, managing director at Coleherne, said: “I would have no concern in recommending LightXcel for a lighting project. From David’s first site visit through to installation and commissioning, I felt confident in the activities being undertaken.

“After installation a ‘before and after’ light analysis showed we have made an improvement with lower energy costs. Equally important were the comments of our operators, who were happy [with the new lighting] as we operate a 24-hour working pattern.”

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Posted under General Interest on 5 June 2015