A large manufacturing site spending over $1m per year on electricity is likely to use between 5% and 30% of its electricity on lighting. If designed and implemented correctly, a lighting upgrade can reduce these costs by 50%, while improving productivity.

But over half of lighting upgrades fail to produce expected results for a variety of different reasons. 

Here’s why lighting projects fail:
Of all the energy efficiency projects Out Performers has reviewed, lighting projects have the most pitfalls and largest risk of failure. We’ve looked at hundreds of large-scale lighting upgrades and found that over half did not use the best solution available and many have major lighting deficiencies that will cost thousands of dollars to rectify. Some of the reasons for these failures include:
  • The solution was supplier-led, not customer-driven – their objective was to sell lights, not save you energy.
  • No expert, independent design or business case was completed – the customer didn't know exactly what savings would be achieved and at what implementation cost.
  • LEDs, induction, and other new technologies were purchased from small companies with poor quality products and ineffective guarantees.
  • Some new lights were trialled for 12 months, only to find that they were not suitable.
  • Lights did not meet Australian Standards or other approval requirements, causing productivity and OH&S issues.

When you engage Out Performers to manage your lighting upgrade, we make sure you avoid these pitfalls and get the biggest possible energy reductions while maintaining lighting performance.

Our lighting services include:

1. Option Comparison Study
If you have already decided to implement a type of light, and have a number of quotes from suppliers, with competing claims, we can assess these for you and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each option.

2. High Level Lighting Assessment (HLLA)

Our High Level Lighting Assessment consists of a site walk-through and a brief report that:

  • Assesses your current lighting 
  • Highlights any areas where there is potential to reduce energy use or costs (such as maintenance)
  • Gives an estimate of energy savings and any associated costs (+/- 20%).

We have found cases where clients’ existing lights were performing exceptionally well and did not need upgrading. In one example, 45-year-old lights were still delivering better performance than the suggested modern replacements, making an upgrade unnecessary.

3. Comprehensive Lighting Assessment (CLA)

Once you have determined a lighting upgrade can offer suitable returns on investment, the next step is to conduct a more comprehensive assessment to determine the best lights to use and how to complete the upgrade. This will identify a range of options for types of lights suitable for your site, and the business case for each option, and complete a review of your electrical switchboards and other electrical infrastructure to ensure you are upgrade-ready.

4. Detailed Design, Tender and Project Management 

Once you select the lighting option most suitable for your circumstances, we can proceed with a detailed lighting design. We can also manage the tender and project implementation process for you.

5. Create ESCs and VEECs to offset project costs
ESCs (Energy Savings Certificates) are only available if you sign up for certificate services with an Accredited Certificate Provider before you implement the project. In NSW, Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs) facilitate the creation of ESCs for projects and handle all the responsibilities of calculating savings and maintaining records. ACPs then trade the certificates and return the income, less costs, to the client. Out Performers is the largest independent ACP in NSW and can create ESCs for a wider range of eligible projects than any other ACP.  In Victoria, the equivalent certificates are called VEECs and are created by Accredited Persons (APs).  Out Performers offers a full VEEC-creation service through our Melbourne office.