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Two-man delivery specialist Panther Warehousing has gone green with a new lighting system at its Castleford depot that will not only pay for itself in the first 12 months but will help save more than 400 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The new lighting was designed and purchased from Midshires Electrical & Lighting and installed by Northampton-based MSE – Maintenance Services Electrical Ltd, the new LED system uses less electricity to generate an increased level of light, reducing the harmful effects on the environment.

Gary McKelvey, Managing Director of Panther, said: “Our new lighting system is a real win-win for Panther. Not only is it good for our company, but also our staff.

“We are delighted that a scheme that is so easy and cost effective to implement will help us to drastically reduce our own carbon footprint and cut our electricity bills at the same time.”

Gary said the company’s old system comprised 350 fluorescent fittings, each containing four tubes. In turn this meant Panther had been responsible for the maintenance or replacement of 1,400 bulbs.

The new system means the lighting is more energy-efficient, more cost-efficient and more fit-for-purpose.

Rob Jones, Director of MSE, said: “Panther has leaped into the future of warehouse lighting.

“It is refreshing to work with a company that is looking beyond the present and is unafraid to invest.

“MSE looks forward to providing their valued customers with the most up-to-date, cutting-edge technology, keeping them ahead of the game.”

As part of Panther’s new scheme the lights can be adapted to use narrow beams for the aisles and wide beams for open areas. When the aisles are not in use the lighting automatically dims to 10 per cent, rising to 100 per cent as soon as people or forklifts approach the area.

The new lights also work in tandem with the company’s skylights. On brighter days, once enough natural light is inside the building, the warehouse lights switch off automatically, further reducing Panther’s carbon footprint and energy bills.

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