A lot of fuel stations in the Netherlands are still consuming too much energy. Although there is growing awareness that energy-efficient lighting is better for the environment and for one’s wallet, a lot of fuel station managers are waiting until their existing lighting reaches the end of its technical lifespan. Which is a shame, thinks Bart Engels, Business Development Manager at Bever Innovations’ Fuel division. ‘What it means is that they’re missing out on significant savings potential.’
‘LED is a versatile light source and the potential savings are huge’, he says. ‘In terms of energy, for instance. Switching from conventional lighting to LED will soon save 60-70% in terms of energy consumption. With the LED lighting from Bever Innovations, these savings could even be up to 80-90%, thanks to intelligent dimming options. Consequently, in 9 out of 10 cases it’s possible to recoup one’s investment in Bever LED lighting within as little as 3 years.’
Energy saving due to intelligent dimming
Whereas conventional lighting is on full power 12 hours a day, Bever’s LED lighting automatically dims to ⅓ of lighting capacity in the absence of customers. An option that can really help when there is minimal activity at the fuel station, particularly between 00:00 and 06:00. Engels: ‘As soon as motion is detected by the motion sensors in the Bever luminaries, the lights automatically and imperceptibly come up to a certain level of lighting. Thereby enabling safe, comfortable refuelling even after sunset. What’s more daylight sensors automatically fine-tune the light output to the available daylight, thereby stopping energy from being wasted’.
Saving on maintenance costs
In addition to saving on energy consumption, using LED lighting can save you considerable sums on maintenance costs. ‘A good LED light source will have a lifespan of 100,000 hours, which is significantly longer than a conventional luminary (10,000 hours)’, explains Engels. ‘Moreover, LED lamps are maintenance-free during their lifespan. In addition to which the luminaries don’t contain any chemicals that are harmful to the environment like mercury, thereby minimising their impact on the environment.’
Oil companies are under pressure to implement measures that will drive down CO₂ emissions and save the environment. Switching to intelligent LED lighting will make a significant contribution in this regard, says Engels. ‘We’re trying to raise awareness of this through our website, at trade shows and network meetings, by advertising in professional journals as well as during on-site visits. Ensuring the effects on the environment are kept to a minimum.’