HomeLet, part of the Barbon Insurance Group, has been supplying insurance solutions to the UK’s private rented sector for over 25 years.
Based in Lincoln, HomeLet employs over 300 staff throughout the two-storey office building, and has been listed in the Times Top 100 companies to work for in 2018 and 2019, demonstrating the focus that the company has on providing the optimum working environment for its employees.
In a continued effort to offer a comfortable workspace for staff, as well as significantly reducing energy consumption, HomeLet looked to upgrade the lighting system throughout the site, choosing the Tamlite Lighting solution for the offices, canteen, communal spaces and break out areas.
Focus on Lighting for Wellbeing
Employers need to attract and retain talent, and employees are becoming more discerning about the types of places they want to work, which is why HomeLet puts such emphasis on wellbeing, resulting in the Times Award.
Shadowing on desks and screens previously made it difficult for people to focus, leading to eye strain, whilst flicker from fittings caused severe discomfort and headaches among staff. Tamlite delivered a uniform lighting solution to HomeLet that significantly reduced eye strain, and the minimal flicker greatly decreased discomfort among staff.
HomeLet did not feel that the previous lighting system was adequate for their office. Helen Lloyd, Engagement and Communications Manager at HomeLet, commented, “We felt that the 4000K fittings were a little gloomy, and didn’t look as professional as we would have liked.”
Tamlite delivered 5000K modules for the office, providing bright, crisp illumination, to create a productive working environment for staff, as well as a welcoming environment for visitors.
“Initially people were unsure about the cooler colour temperature,” said Helen, “But very quickly people adjusted and remarked on how much better the lighting was.”
Helen Lloyd said, “There always needs to be a focus on wellbeing, it makes people happier, more comfortable, and as a result it naturally makes people more productive, which is also important for us as a business.”Read more
Another key consideration for HomeLet when choosing the Tamlite lighting solution was energy efficiency. Having undergone an ESOS audit, HomeLet was recommended to upgrade the previous obsolete fittings to LED.
Helen Lloyd said “We feel that it is the right thing to do, socially, to manage our carbon and energy consumption, which is why we chose luminaires that required half the wattage of our previous fittings.”
This reduction in power usage, along with the removal of over 100 fittings in comparison to the previous lighting design, has led to energy savings of over 70% for HomeLet. This saves around £850 per month, and will see a ROI in under 5 years.
PIR sensors have been installed throughout the building, in the communal areas, stairwells and in the offices themselves. The office is controlled in zones, to ensure that the light is only used when required, further reducing energy consumption.
The lighting installation took 5 weeks to deliver, with no disruption to operation in the office. HomeLet were impressed with how the Tamlite sales team worked alongside the supply chain with CEF and Lincliff Task electrical contractors.
Jordan Nabhan, Project Manager at Lincliff Task, commented, “It was a pleasure to work with both Tamlite and CEF Colwick. Deliveries of the luminaires were always on time, if not before, and the quality of the luminaires made the whole installation a quick and easy process.”
All Tamlite Sales Engineers are LIA certified, and our Lighting Design team have 100 combined years of experience in designing lighting schemes. As members of RELUX, they are able to design bespoke project solutions.
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