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30 January 2019

The future’s bright: Sustainability secure £1.6m for new lighting

John Henry and Phil Robson assess the new lights on Bardfield
John Henry and Phil Robson assess the new lights on Bardfield

Gloomy wards and dull corridors at Broomfield and Southend Hospitals will soon be a thing of the past after the group sustainability team landed a £1.6m grant from NHS Improvement to upgrade lighting, from an available pot of £46 million. Basildon hospitals have already upgraded 90% of their internal lighting to LEDs.

Across the two sites over 9000 fluorescent tubes will be replaced with LED lights in a project that will be rolled out over the next two years. The new lights will be more cost and energy efficient, saving around £400k per year and reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by 1000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking 333 cars off the road. 

LEDs provide a flicker free, clean white light that has been shown to aid recovery and good health by reducing stress, anxiety and headaches.

Phil Robson, head of MEHT capital projects, said of the joint scheme: “The new lighting will be on wards, office areas, the general public and external areas as well. The improved lighting will save money and it’ll reduce the amount of maintenance required as an LED light lasts a lot longer than fluorescent lamps.

“Most importantly you can reduce the amount of fittings you need to put in. One LED might replace three fluorescents down a corridor and you get a true, crisp light.”

John Henry, director of specialist services, added: “Where we’ve carried out upgrades in the past, the difference is immediate. It’s brighter and a better environment for patients and staff. We’re using less electricity to provide a greater light than we had before.”