Lighting responsibly goes beyond providing safe and comfortable illumination that minimises the impact on the environment. Specifiers also need to consider the embodied carbon and waste impact of the material and product choices.
In particular, the concept of circularity in lighting is now receiving increased attention. The aim of a circular economy is to: “Keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.”
We are continually developing our range of products to improve circularity in line with CIBSE Technical Memorandum 66 (TM66) developed by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) and supported by the Lighting Industry Association (LIA).
TM66 provides guidance on introducing circular economy principles across the lighting sector. Much of the emphasis on circularity has been focused on the end of a product’s lifecycle through the recovery and recycling of its materials. However, creating products that will last, can be upgraded as technology advances and be serviced and repaired easily has a key role to play in ‘keeping resources in use for as long as possible’. For example, our products that are designed with interchangeable light engines allow customers to benefit from the latest in energy-efficient LED technology without the cost and waste of replacing the whole luminaire.
Furthermore, at DW Windsor, we follow a ‘less is more’ approach to product design, optimising the design of our luminaires to reduce the number of parts and materials needed without compromising functionality or quality. In addition, we utilise materials which are highly recyclable, such as aluminium and copper, while keeping the use of plastics to an absolute minimum. We also use recycled materials where possible. For example, our Kirium Pro S is manufactured from 100% recycled aluminium.
Finally, to keep products in use for as long as possible, we also offer expert restoration services. The aim is to retain as much of the original luminaire as possible while bringing it in line with modern requirements and standards.