Rico Logistics provides smart, integrated and cost-effective logistics solutions throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. The company has been delivering a multi-faceted suite of solutions from same day courier services, technical repair and replace solutions, and warehousing and distribution management to businesses for more than 25 years.
As part of its continued growth, Rico moved from its previous 26,000 sq ft premises to the larger Minworth Central distribution building, and Ecolighting was chosen for the efficacy of its fittings to replace the lighting in place.
The logistics giant needed efficient lighting for its rear transfer aisle, 13 picking aisles and goods in/out area, and chose Ecolighting’s Pegasus LED high bay and Altos emergency LED lighting following a recommendation from specialist warehouse truck manufacturer Flexitruck.
The warehouse was assessed, and 16 240W 120 degree beam angle, 72 180W 30 degree beam angle, seven 160W 40 degree beam angle and six 180W 40 degree beam angle Pegasus LEDs and 37 Altos emergency lighting luminaires were chosen.
Ecolighting has improved the lighting at hundreds of sites in its 48-year history, and regularly sees yearly lighting bills drop by around £5,000 (83%) in 12 months. This also results in annual CO2 emissions being slashed from around 29,000 to 4,900kg.
Introducing energy efficient lighting can reduce a company’s CO2 emissions and save an organisation a significant amount of money on energy, so companies wanting to get serious about their environmental credibility and operating costs simply have to review their lighting policy.
Keith Whitehead, head of Strategic Development at Rico Group, commented, “They reduced the amount of luminaires needed by 50% over other quotes specified and were 20% cheaper than their competitors.”
He continued, “The lighting has PIR sensors and further intelligence to check if the lighting level is sufficient and therefore won’t activate the lamps even though the PIR is triggered. The lamps automatically adjust every 10,000 hours (depending on use) and increase output to adapt to the degradation in the lamp over its lifetime. An additional benefit is that the system comes with a 10-year warranty.”
“We look forward to seeing how the lighting looks when all the racking is in place so we can really judge its effectiveness. We also have a guarantee from Ecolighting that if the necessary lux levels aren’t met once the warehouse is filled, they will make adjustments free of charge, which is another benefit.”
The Pegasus range comes in multiple wattages ranging from 60 to 320W as well as four different beam angles, 15, 30, 40 and 120°, to cater for a wide variety of applications.
Traditional sodium lighting or metal halide discharge light fittings typically consume 300-460W, whereas the Ecolighting Pegasus LED light fittings can consume anywhere between 60 and 320W depending on the fitting type, even when at full power.
80% energy saving in installation
Pegasus uses an Osram driver and LEDs, giving 166 lumens per watt, and up to 80% energy saving in installations. At Rico, this will also result in an annual saving of more than £19,600 in replacement lamps, climate change levy reductions, maintenance and carbon credits.
The compact Pegasus luminaire is a top specification LED High Bay luminaire and one of the company’s most popular light fittings. Encased in a robust yet lightweight and stylish aluminium body, the sealed dustproof construction prevents access from insects and makes for easy cleaning. The Pegasus High Bay luminaire is used by Ecolighting frequently for a wide range of applications from industrial, warehouses, cold stores and manufacturing to sports halls and retail stores.
The Altos emergency luminaire is part of the company’s flagship LED high bay lighting solutions designed for use in mezzanines, warehouses, in manufacturing, freezers/chillers and areas with high ceilings.
Ecolighting has its own team of lighting and electrical installation engineers as well as carrying out the lighting scheme design with Relux software in the early stages of client lighting projects. The company also manufactures its luminaires in the UK and uses UK-sourced Osram control gear and LED chips. The company is also a Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier, assessed to BSEN ISO 9001:2015 and are members of the Lighting Industry Association.