MHA Lighting – providing lighting solutions for a low carbon economy

A MANCHESTER-based lighting specialist is helping businesses cope with the cost of meeting their obligations for flexing into a low carbon economy.


MHA Lighting has invested in developing revolutionary LED technology that offers organisations up to 80% energy savings and slashes CO2 emissions.


MHA Lighting MD Tom Harrison believes that while the costs of responding to climate change legislation for businesses may be high, it also has immense benefits for a business’ bottom line; “How businesses manage their exposure to carbon price, internally and in their supply chain, will become a major differentiating factor in the markets they operate in.


”Companies must understand the way that carbon price will impact their bottom line and see that there are significant benefits to be had under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).


“These new regulations are real opportunities for the companies at the forefront of new green technology and for those who respond to the CRC swiftly.”


MHA Lighting began developing their patented LED technology in 2008 in response to the Green agenda.


The LED technology was designed to burn 20% of the energy of traditional fluorescents and their 60,000 hour life span (seven years) also eradicates the needs for routine maintenance and bulb replacement.


The LEDs were also designed as a fully sealed unit to stop dust, bacteria and dead insects from gathering around warm light fittings, making the installations the ideal solution for public spaces – particularly in the health sector.


Tom said: “At a time when the Government has set the NHS tough targets to reduce CO2 emissions, more energy efficient lighting is paramount in saving money and reducing carbon footprints.


“Under CRC large organisations such as the NHS will receive £12 for every tonne of carbon saved. This money can be directly ploughed back into frontline patient services. Trusts are always seeking ways to free up money for clinical care and the battle against superbugs is continuous. MHA Lighting is delighted to have found a solution that can help in both these vital areas and hope to be able to make our technology available to all Trusts nationwide.”


MHA Lighting has now completed numerous lighting refurbishments for the NHS as well as the private health care sector. They recently completed an installation in North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, which is part of the North Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT).


There, MHA Lighting replaced traditional 72 watt fluorescents with their unique 4000 Kelvin Tilite 20 and 30 watt LED units in wards, corridors and reception areas. The high colour rendering of 4000 Kelvin is precisely the colour the NHS requires to provide the precise light quality for examining patients.


In rooms for medical attention and in areas where colour inspection take place a colour of at least 4000k (neutral) is specified as it depicts skin pallor at its true colour. Tom added: “MHA’s patented LED technology is unique. The light is not shone directly out. It is shone sideways and reflected out in a uniformly distributed manner.


“This achieves the photometric performance of traditional lamps whilst offering all of the benefits of LED in terms of energy and financial savings and offers a long and maintenance free life.


“Every year, the Trust was consuming large amounts of electricity on lighting using up 127910 KW/H per annum and emitting 70 Tonnes of C02 in the specified areas. The new lighting installation has reduced the hospitals overall carbon emissions by 354 Tonnes and saved 94, 866 KW/H and with the integration of dimmers energy savings have exceeded 75%.”

Since 2010 MHA Lighting has increased sales from £300,000 to more than £2m in 2011. With interest from Australia, New Zealand, China and the Philippines projected sales for 2012 total more than £6m.

They now employ more than 30 full-time staff at their Atherton HQ and have set up a permanent base in Brisbane, Australia to develop their LED business down under. This office is expected to independently generate more than £2m worth of sales next year. Their technology has also won a number of awards, including the Energy Innovation Centre’s prestigious Grand Prix award for Energy Innovation.


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