Jun 24 2019

Today’s lighting trends

In times of increasingly strict environmental regulations, industry must find new ways to comply with current guidelines without the costs spiralling out of control. There is a lot of potential in converting lighting systems to reduce costs and lower CO2 emissions. The company Deutsche Lichtmiete (which translates as German lighting rentals) offers various rental models for efficient LED lights. This option is especially appealing to small and medium-sized businesses, because it means they can make optimisations without a high financial investment.

Economical and eco-friendly

There are four key points in particular that speak in favour of converting your own lighting systems in your production halls and office premises. First of all, switching to LEDs reduces electricity costs. And at the same time, it also minimises your carbon footprint, so it’s good for your conscience and your wallet.

“Climate protection has been high on the agenda of industrial companies at least since the release of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Our rental concept not only makes it feasible, but also financially attractive – for everyone,” says Alexander Hahn, founder and CEO of Deutsche Lichtmiete.

Another advantage is that the installation of LED bulbs creates daylight-like conditions, which have a positive influence on employee safety in the workplace. Carefully planned lighting systems direct the brightness into even the darkest corners, which reduces accidents at work in the long term.

Some aspects of the conversion process can be technically challenging, i.e. from analysis to planning through to implementation – but this is all handled by Deutsche Lichtmiete. The company also takes on all the costs of conversion, installation and maintenance, and offers a full service guarantee for everything relating to the new lighting system.

The TotalFlex rental agreement is an added bonus: in contrast to the long contractual commitments that are otherwise the norm in the capital goods sector, the lease with the company can be terminated annually. After a ten-year term, the customer can, if desired, take on the ownership of the lighting system – at no additional cost.

A new approach to lighting

Each conversion process begins with an analysis of the current situation to find out where and how improvements can be made. With the help of state-of-the-art equipment, the company carries out a detailed survey –the use of drones ensures accurate results in large assembly or production halls. Light and colour measurements are taken from several points to determine the subsequent radiant power of the LED lights and the type of luminaire.

The measurement results serve as the basis for the planning phase in which the planners run through various arrangements for the lights. PC-based 3D-simulation software is used to test the new lighting in the halls and offices before a single luminaire is installed. Once the final improvements have been made, the installation stage can begin.

Across Germany, a network of over 150 specialist electrical companies and a dedicated service team are standing by to carry out the work. They organise any specialist tools required, such as industrial-climbing equipment, and give all-round support to the electricians.

Looking to the future

Founded in Oldenburg, Germany, in 2008, the company started out with the aim of making a sustainable contribution to the environment and is now regarded as a pioneer in the conversion to LED technology.  Deutsche Lichtmiete now works closely with the Japanese company Nichia – the global market leader in LED technology.

Small and medium-sized companies in particular stand to benefit from the business model, which offers the opportunity for them to operate on a more environmentally friendly and economical footing in the future. The lease eliminates the need for high investment costs, conserving what are often very tight reserve funds in the case of SMEs.

Perhaps this is a sign of a future trend, with lighting increasingly being a rental issue – the environment will thank us for it.


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