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Tout’s Budgens

Tout’s Budgens at Cheddar achieve energy savings of £89,539.

The Challenge:

Tout’s Budgens asked our experts to devise an LED lighting scheme for the re-launch of their Church Street store which would showcase the fresh, quality produce they are famous for to best effect.

They wanted an energy saving solution that would not only cut down on costly energy and maintenance bills but also help them meet their commitment to reduce Co2 emissions.

Our Solution:

Waveguide Lighting replaced traditional fluorescents with 84 of their unique TiLite fittings from its patented product range. A further 38 LED down lighters were installed in the store’s Subway concession (over tables) and in the pharmacy areas.

The new installation not only achieves high colour rendering of 80CRI with 4500 kelvin – the optimal colour for displaying produce – but has cut lighting energy costs and Co2 production by 65%.

The installation has provided Tout’s Budgens at Cheddar with energy savings of £89,539 over the product’s lifetime. Equally importantly it saves 567 Co2 tonnes.

The lighting system is also extremely low maintenance and will run for 60,000 hours of continuous use. In the case of Tout’s Budgens at Cheddar – with an 18 hour a day operation – this means that the lights will not need replacing for nine years and will save an added £12,880 on routine maintenance.

The lack of heat given off by LED lighting allows further energy savings to be made through reduced use of air conditioning systems. The machines do not have to work as hard to cool down additional heat in the shop, which is beneficial for open refrigerators.

The store’s security was improved with the removal of the old fluorescent lighting fittings. The LED lighting allows for a clearer identification of suspects and reduces flicker on CCTV monitors.


“We chose to make the switch to LED lighting as part of our commitment to improving the customer experience and reducing the carbon footprint of the business. Waveguide Lighting provided a LED lighting solution that not only improves lighting levels but reduces our on-going energy costs and equivalent Co2 emissions. We are delighted with the results and are already getting positive feedback from our customers about how great the new store looks and the feel of the store created by the light. All our stores stock the best quality fresh produce from local growers and the LED lighting really enhances the appearance of our fruit and veg and butchery offering.” Philip Tout, owner Tout’s Budgens

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