Development of eco-light to inspire sustainable lighting

An eco-light, which reduces 75% of environmental footprints in comparison to the benchmarking LED lighting product, should serve as a blueprint for the manufacturing industry, say researchers at Nottingham Trent University.

An eco-light, which reduces 75% of environmental footprints in comparison to the benchmarking LED lighting product currently available in the market, should serve as a blueprint for the manufacturing industry, say researchers at Nottingham Trent University.

The eco-light was developed by the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Engineering Centre (ADMEC) at Nottingham Trent University in collaboration with Ona, a SME lighting product manufacturer in Spain, supported by the European Commission's CIP Eco-Innovation programme.

Working in collaboration with Spanish and Swedish SMEs, the eco-light uses recycled materials in components. Recycled aluminium is used in the heat sinks, which are used to diffuse the heat produced by the light source (LED). The light's wires have been cased in silicone, used as an alternative to the more toxic PVC, to reinforce this commitment throughout the product's design.

Ultra-energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and recycled PET material are used to power and case the lamp. Optimised cooling fins in the heat diffuser reduce the chances of unnecessary overheating, a common issue in LED based lighting products currently on sale.

Professor Daizhong Su, head of ADMEC at Nottingham Trent University's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, said: "We are committed to continuing our work into providing viable lighting products that preserve the environment in their manufacturing, distribution and disposal stage.

"This design should serve as a blueprint for manufacturers to develop lighting products with a low impact on the environment."

Jose Luis Casamayor, a research fellow at ADMEC who worked on the project, said: "We're delighted to see the eco-light lamp go on sale, which provides above the average functionality with far less energy consumption than equivalent products currently in the market.

"Throughout all of the product life cycle stages we have strived to reduce the environmental impact of the luminaire. We hope that the successful commercialisation of this product will help to show companies that sustainable lighting products can make economic sense for the company as well as for the environment."

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Development of eco-light to inspire sustainable lighting

Published on 2 April 2015
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