Welcome to our July newsletter. Like the rest of you we have had enough of endless discussions about the Referendum and the state of English football, so moving swiftly on…when can we expect some sunshine? Like everything else in recent weeks, the weather is not behaving as expected – but looking on the bright side, the holiday season is looming and at least we’ve got Wimbledon to watch. It might even be something we can win!
June has been a really busy month for us here at Future Lighting, so we were glad to take a day out of the office and join our friends at News On the Block for a day at Royal Ascot. It was a chance to relax and spend time with our industry peers as well as watching some world-class horse racing. So thank you to everyone who came to see us in the Queen Anne Enclosure on 17 June.
We are now getting more enquiries than ever before from potential clients who are keen to find out more about our lighting offer. June was our best month ever for possible new business opportunities, so keep those calls coming. We are always happy to speak to you, even if it’s only to offer some advice. We’re only a phone call or a mouse click away.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE
After a lot of hard work, plenty of late night brain storming and some exceptional creative ideas from our design and marketing team we have built and launched our FRESH new website to make it even easier for our customers to get to the heart of our business.
A bold new design and less text makes the site easier to navigate – while still giving you plenty of at-a-glance information about what Future Lighting has to offer. It’s quicker and easier to check out our full range of services and you can take a look at some of our past projects to see how much a retro-fit installation could save in energy, time and money. We can even fund your project for you. So take a look, find out how we can help with your lighting installation and let us have some feedback. We really want to know what you think.
What have we been up to: LIVE PROJECTS: PARK LIFE...
Situated opposite Hyde Park in one of London’s most desirable locations is Broadwalk House where, despite the block’s credentials, residents were unhappy that their communal lighting had become less than luxurious and maintenance costs were running sky high.
Future Lighting was commissioned to assist with the design and build of a new, energy efficient lighting scheme that would be sympathetic to the style of the existing building.
Problem areas identified were:
High wattage lighting with associated high running costs
Ongoing maintenance costs
Failed and insufficient emergency lighting
No means of switching fitting on 24/7
Removing high wattage light fittings to all lobbies, stairs, reception and communal areas throughout.
Fitting a new occupancy-sensing LED car park lighting system in the underground car park
Specifying new staircase LED emergency combined lighting with daylight and occupancy detection controls to keep lights off during unoccupied and naturally lit periods
Retrofitting new LED lamps to all existing decorative entrance lobby fittings.
Replacing old fluorescent lighting to alcoves with new state-of-the-art LED strip lighting and controls.
The works were completed in less than four days without disruption to the building, its internal or external decor or any interruption to residents. We also supplied a five- year guarantee and FREE on-going maintenance. Huge savings have been achieved at Broadwalk House. Prior to replacing the lighting system, the electricity used was calculated at just over £8,500 per annum. Now it is expected to be just under £500 per annum. The total cost of replacing the lighting system with an energy efficient alternative was just over £15k. So residents at Broadwalk House will start to see a return on their investment after just 21 months. Another bright idea from Future Lighting!
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR BLOCK LIGHTING
While travelling around the country, our engineers – who can’t help noticing these things – have spotted that around half of block lighting is only partly working or not working at all. It’s something we see a lot, especially in smaller blocks and it never fails to shock and surprise us.
Apart from the fact that poor lighting makes a block look run down - reducing its kerb appeal and ultimately its value - failed lights are also a serious health and safety issue. Poor lighting increases the risk of accidents for residents and visitors and raises the very real possibility of legal action being taken against RMC directors and their property managers. We are often told by business gurus that, within the first 20 seconds of coming into contact with you, people make subconscious assumptions about you and the service you offer. So why would property managers allow their brand to be damaged so easily? Is it a lack of knowledge or the mistaken belief that it's just too costly to rectify the situation?
Plan your maintenance – and cut your bills
A key problem with lighting equipment that has deteriorated to the point of failure, is that the only option is complete replacement. A piece of equipment is made up of many small parts. When one part reaches the end of its life, it places additional strain on the others. Each element has to work harder; they heat up, and in the end everything fails. Of course it also takes more energy to run these failing units, while reducing overall performance & output.
A far better – and ultimately cheaper - alternative is to maintain the equipment via a full planned maintenance schedule. Planned and preventive maintenance is nothing new, it’s been around for decades. So why are so many property managers not including it as part of their standard business operation? You get your car serviced regularly so why not take the same approach to the bocks you manage? From your lighting system to your polished wood floor. If it’s not maintained, eventually it will need complete replacement. And that can happen much faster than you might think.
The average light fitting, without maintenance, will probably run for between 4-6 years. Then it will need to be replaced at an average cost, including labour, of around £150. The planned maintenance cost, over the same period, would amount to pennies each month – so don’t leave it to chance, take back control of your building maintenance.
Find out more
If you don’t have a planned maintenance contract in place and would like more information plus practical tips on how to reduce your property costs, you can speak to one of our team who will help guide you through the options. Contact us via our website at www.future-lighting.co.uk or tel: 020 3826 9999.
CAN'T AFFORD NEW BLOCK LIGHTING? LEASE IT
We are happy to announce that Future Lighting is partnering with Clear Asset Finance - which has funded more than £2M of LED lighting systems for both public and private sector clients in the last five years – to offer residential customers a full block lighting replacement programme that can be paid for over a repayment period set to suit you.
Our new leasing plan gives flat owners the opportunity to commission a full block lighting replacement programme that can be purchased on a buy now, pay-as-you-go basis. Our aim is to offer a package to customers that won’t break the bank and could offer a lifeline to blocks that are putting up with outdated, costly and inefficient installations.
The first step is a free site survey to assess lighting requirements. Once this is completed and the relevant credit checks have been made, an agreement is finalised via Clear Asset Finance and the new lighting can be installed.
What are the benefits?
Free site survey to assess your block lighting requirements
A repayment plan that meets your needs
No more costly maintenance call-outs
Fixed payments agreed in advance to avoid nasty service charge surprises
WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL SUMMER SEE YOU IN AUGUST
Giving something back is important and we are presently looking for a small charity that we can partner with during the coming year. If you know of one that could do with a helping hand please get in touch.