The project

The Big Yellow Self Storage Company Big Yellow Self Storage Company Ltd. is a UK-based self-storage company providing solutions for homes and businesses. Operating out of 77 purpose-built storage facilities across the country, it offers spaces ranging from 3 foot to several thousand square feet.

As part of its continuous drive to reduce its carbon footprint, in 2011 Big Yellow started a programme to replace existing fluorescent light fittings with LED equivalents. An operation of this size called for a reliable company with a quality product that delivered excellent light output, significant electricity savings and a long maintenance-free life expectancy.

The Solution

Before committing to a large-scale rollout, Big Yellow conducted monitored trials with several LED lighting manufacturers to find a good quality retrofit LED tube to replace its existing T8 fluorescent tubes. During this trial period, Big Yellow tested light output, energy consumption and appearance of several LED tubes within its storage facilities. After coming out top in these criteria, NET LED’s products were selected for installation across 8 Big Yellow stores in 2012.

Following the successful installations, and with significant enery savings already achieved, Big Yellow accelerated its installation programme and installed in excess of 35,000 LED tubes in a further 34 stores in 2013.

The Result

Since making the switch to LED, the company is now operating under high quality LED lighting while making substantial savings on its overheads.

By incorporating the LED tubes provided by NET LED, Big Yellow reduced energy costs incurred by lighting by 65%. In addition, the company has seen a significant saving on maintenance costs, as the LED lighting has a life expectancy of more than 50,000 working hours.

David Knight, Estates and Facilities Manager for Big Yellow, said: “Our decision to install LED lighting across our storage facilities has made a positive impact on Big Yellow’s energy plan. We’re saving money and meeting our energy saving targets with NET LED’s tubes.”

Our decision to install LED lighting across our storage facilities has made a positive impact on Big Yellow’s energy plan.

- David Knight - Estates and Facilities Manager, Big Yellow

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