Lighting as a Service – a circular economy solution

Darren Riva, Northern European Zumtobel Group Services Director

With the evolution of LED, light is becoming more effective and efficient. Today, light is subject to fast-paced change, with luminaire efficiency increasing all the time. Recent studies are showing a direct link between improved employee performance and the quality of light within the workspace. Here, Darren Riva, Northern European Zumtobel Group Services Director, discusses why the lighting issue is of increasing interest to many businesses. Businesses are also tasked with meeting

legally binding energy efficiency targets. These are becomingly increasingly onerous, requiring new ways of thinking. In fact, in recent years, a new phrase has entered the business lexicon – the circular economy – which describes how more firms are looking to be more resource efficient and create more cost-effective business models. Circular economy principles centre on rethinking waste, on recycling, re-using and finding ways to develop new products and services that keep resources circulating around the economy for as long as possible. Research suggests that the circular economy is set to be worth €500bn by 2025. So how does the issue of lighting

fit into this circular economy picture? Historically, many businesses have regarded lighting as a legacy burden, an annual cost drain

considered too costly and too disruptive to tackle. But a new mind-set is emerging, aligning perfectly with the environmentally conscious, energy efficient circular economy. Business leaders are embracing the new idea of lighting as a service. Put simply, this means paying for the installation, maintenance and management of lighting, entering into a contract whereby the future performance of the lighting solution is ensured by the supplier.

Optimising lighting performance now and into the future

A lighting as a service model protects customers from any loss in asset value because its basis is not about simply selling luminaires but about maximising future lighting performance. Such a service enables customers

to benefit from LED technology – and from future upgrades – without the hassle of owning and operating the lighting solution themselves. The future-proofing advantages of lighting

as a service are critical. Without such a model in place, every new technological advance- ment would require significant capital expen- diture. Lighting as a service provides buyers with the necessary consultative expertise to enable them

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