LIFE covers all aspects of lighting, including design, installation, energy supply and technical upgrades. For example, Mitie will update LED chips in luminaires to more efficient versions when they become available. Kerry Sheehan, national mobile services director, said: ‘We’re forcing manufacturers to push ahead and develop advanced parts, so it’s not the whole system that has to be replaced.’
Mitie has launched a planned lighting maintenance service, Lighting In Future Environments (LIFE)
Research commissioned by the Lighting Industry Federation, in partnership with recycling scheme Recolight, the Lighting Association and leading lamp producers, shows a lack of awareness amongst consumers regarding the requirement for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to be recycled.
Restrictions on the export of essential materials mined in China are pushing up lamp prices. The price of a kilo of these rare earths, used in phosphors, rose from under £20 to over £300