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Harvest Fine Foods


Carbon8Lightings Discus and Discus ZERO luminaires have enabled a projected reduction in energy consumption in an industrial freezer lighting upgrade for Harvest Fine Foods.

Harvest was looking for a lighting system that would go into two large freezer and chiller rooms of approximately 8,000 sq ft that would emit very low heat output. Carbon8 was recommended by a nearby ice cream manufacturer that had recently installed the company's lighting to great effect. Another of the key criteria for the lighting upgrade was low maintenance as the facility operates 24 hours a day, 364 days a year without downtime.

Harvest Fine Foods is one of Southern England's premier wholesale food distributors, providing a first-class service to catering establishments and delivering an exciting range of quality fresh produce, fine foods and larder items. The company has excellent environmental credentials and a strong commitment to the environment, community and employees as well as the commercial impact of conducting its business.

Paul Lockyer, Harvests Operations Manager, was impressed by the proposal put forward by Carbon8 to use Discus ZERO 120W luminaires, which would have a positive impact on the running costs of keeping the refrigeration system at the correct temperatures, whilst providing the required lighting levels. He commented "We were looking for a very good spread of light throughout the warehouse without giving shadowed areas in between racking. This was well planned out byCarbon8Lighting with very specific graphs and lighting positions". Another consideration which had an impact on the decision to go with Carbon8's scheme was the ability to have motion detectors on the lights – thus providing even more impressive savings in operating costs for the company and a major reduction in its carbon footprint.

Part of the Discus LED range and taking advantage of the very latest technology, Discus ZERO has been specifically designed for use in large freezer and refrigeration areas, operating in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +45°C. the driver is mounted remotely outside the freezer room, reducing the amount of heat generated by the fitting, thus lowering the amount of energy consumed by the freezer. Maintenance has been simplified with Discus ZERO as the drivers are located on the roof of the freezer room, thus eliminating the need to have to work in the freezer and disturb operations. Installation is simple with the use of a twist-in bracket and the slim profile of the luminaire offers less interruption of the blast chillers. 

The installation was such a success that harvest Fine Foods decided to roll out Discus throughout all of the ambient areas of the facility. Discus 70W and 90W LED High Bays were chosen for the remainder of the project for their excellent light quality and colour rendition. The Discus range utilises a high performance LED chip that has been specifically designed with high bay application in mind, making it extremely stable, even in wide-ranging temperatures, ensuring that light levels will not decrease significantly during the life of the fitting. Built-in power factor correction, temperature protection and surge protection guarantee an unbeatable combination of performance and reliability. Robust polycarbonate encased IP65 rated Discus 50W and 60W Vapour Proof fittings were also installed in more inhospitable areas for their durability.

The installation also included sensors for presence detection which has increased energy savings, plus emergency lighting provision. Paul Lockyer added "Ongoing maintenance of the lighting system has always presented a problem as the lights are in constant use 24/7 and access to them is not easy, so the ease of maintenance is a real bonus. We are really pleased with the lighting system and would recommend it to any other similar warehouse operator – in fact, the warehouse lighting is the best we have ever seen".

The Discus range is offered as standard with Carbon8Lighting's unique 5 Year Premier Care warranty package. Should a fitting require exchanging, Carbon8Lighting will send an advance replacement fitting to site. Once exchanged, the faulty fitting will then be collected by Carbon8Lighting, minimising down time. In addition to this Carbon8Lighting will offer compensation to cover costs incurred for the exchanging of the fitting.


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