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Sweet temptations, with energy savings and improved safety in the Haigh’s distribution centre in SA

02 Dec 2019

 Haigh's is one of the oldest family owned chocolate makers in Australia and are located in South Australia. They employee over 600 people and are committed to premium chocolate making. They produce over 250 varieties of chocolate using a combination of artesian skill and modern manufacturing techniques.

Haigh's Chocolates wanted to improve the quality of light and safety for their staff at their Mile End facility, whilst also reducing their energy footprint and as a result they turned to Globebusters, a trusted lighting maintenance group.  enLighten's Tauro Black linear high bay luminaire was used in the storage aisles where racking is found, this luminaire has industry leading efficacy of 165 lm/w and achieved up to 57% energy savings.

The lighting levels were low for the tasks being performed an average of 59 lux was recorded before the installation and 405 lux was recorded after installation. Originally, they used 21 inefficient 250W metal halide semi-recessed low bay fittings. S.Davis Electrical Contractors installed 19 Tauro Black high bays and 2 Kascade LED low bays suspended above the workbenches. 

Using the Tauro Black LED high bay, Haigh's Chocolates has been able to reduce their energy consumption, this has provided financial benefits to their business and improved lighting for staff. The Tauro Black incorporates special optics for use in aisle racking applications. This makes it easy to achieve quality vertical illumination which helps achieve accurate barcode scanning and safer fork truck operation.

With over 9,500 accepted claims by Safe Work Australia recorded over the last 7 years in the warehouse and storage services sector, it has never been more important to ensure workers have adequate light.

Inefficient lights can account for 50%+ of your total energy bill, in fact warehouses with no manufacturing equipment or air conditioning are likely to see the lighting account for almost all of the energy used.

‘Continual maintenance on metal halides can be expensive, this was one of the reasons we decided to upgrade our facility.  Lighting not only creates a safer work environment but designing quality lighting around workspaces, can decrease injuries and increase productivity and employee satisfaction. We are delighted with the results' said David Elliott - DC Manager Haigh's Chocolates

Using enLighten's Tauro Black and Kascade high bay in the factory and the Noctua floodlight on the exterior of the building, Haigh saw a 63% daily energy reduction. Haigh's chocolates have been able to not only reduce their energy savings but have been able to improve the quality of light and safety for their staff.

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