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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.


Wincanton is a leading third party logistics and supply chain solutions provider in the UK and Ireland. With over 18,000 employees, 200 sites and a fleet of 4,000 vehicles, it provides a flexible and cost-effective service with a customer-centric approach.

To support its continued expansion, Wincanton recently refurbished its multi-user Corby warehouse in the East Midlands. As part of the refurbishment, it reconfigured and expanded the racking layout of the Railshed, a 2,294m2 area attached to the main warehouse, to accommodate increased stock holding and pick face capacity.

Following the changes the existing lighting runs were no longer suitable and light levels did not meet the Health and Safety Executive guidance levels or Wincanton’s own standards.

As an established supplier to Wincanton, Thorn secured the project to design and install new lighting following competitive quotation.

Lighting objectives

Lighting across the Wincanton estate accounts for as much as 70% of site energy costs. The new lighting for the Railshed therefore offered an excellent opportunity to reduce energy consumption through the installation of LED lighting.

The new Railshed lighting was the first Wincanton low energy lighting project.

Lighting solution

Providing the option of a narrow beam angle for the newly installed racks and a wide beam angle for the open areas, Thorn’s HiPak Pro LED high bay luminaire was an ideal solution for the Railshed.

HiPak Pro LED is up to 45% more efficient than 250/400W alternatives with high efficiency (93 Llm/W), low maintenance (50,000-hours lifetime) and a robust design.

Thorn installed a total of 64 luminaires, each with an output of 14,000 lumens.

Results and benefits

HiPak Pro LED will reduce the Railshed’s annual energy, carbon and maintenance costs by a total of £13,435. If electricity prices rise beyond RPI, this will increase in real terms to give some increased protection against energy price rises.

The payback time for the investment based on additional LED capital cost when compared to extending the existing lighting solution is just 1.44 years.

As well as providing excellent light quality, dedicated individual LED optics provide precise light control for high level mounting applications. Integral DALI light and movement control sensors maximise comfort and energy savings.

Customer feedback

Steve Tainton, Group Energy and Environment Manager at Wincanton says: "Following a competitive tender for the new Railshed lighting we chose Thorn because they offered an impressive, innovative and effective solution at the best value.

"The new lighting provides a whiter, more natural light than traditional warehouse fittings and is also very controllable to give colleagues a more comfortable workplace.

"Our investment in this lighting solution demonstrates Wincanton is committed to investing in low energy technologies to provide a safe and sustainable environment for all.

"Thorn met all our objectives for this project, executing it without problems. We look forward to an operation with very low maintenance requirements for a long time to come."

John Hands, Wincanton’s Engineering Manager for the Corby site adds: "The system continues to work exactly as installed and there are no issues to report. Every visitor who has been to site - internal or external – is very impressed with the new lighting. It shows Wincanton is committed to investing in low energy technology."