IT could be the future of lighting.
And now a Kirklees company is forging ahead with innovations that they claim in some cases are capable of reducing energy consumption by as much as 80%
Gamma Illumination – based in Dewsbury – can count Greggs the bakery and House of Fraser among their clients.
The company, based at their purpose-built 30,000 sq ft factory in Thornhill Road Business Park, design and manufacture low energy lighting solutions.
They provide various types of lighting systems to be fitted in commercial properties up and down the country.
And employees have also worked on large scale projects such as fitting Grade I listed Regency building Rudding Park Hotel with LED light technology.
Sales director Andy Smith told the Examiner that low energy lighting is no longer synonymous with dull, harsh blue-white light.
He said: “The market is moving so quickly and it has really come into its own over the past three or four years.
“We’ve kept up with the technology and we’ve got a great design team which has kept us at the cutting edge.
“The LEDs now have a much higher output and the technology is constantly changing.”
An LED light uses light-emitting diodes as a source of light.
Many experts expect the technology to soon replace today’s compact fluorescents which originally replaced Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulbs.
LED lights offer three times the efficiency of compact fluorescent lamps and 12 times that of incandescents.
Mr Smith said: “We do low energy lighting which is carbon footprint effective as well as cost effective.
“In some instances we can reduce energy consumption to 20% of what it was previously – so obviously that cuts down a lot of costs for the businesses that use us.
“I’d say about 50% of the light fittings that we do now are energy reducing and people have got to get used to the fact that the market is changing quickly.”