Remanufacturing of a light to give new life

Funding spotlights reuse with refurbished light fixtures

20 Feb 24 3 minute read

LED lighting has surged in popularity in recent years as businesses move towards a greener future. Glasgow-based, EGG Lighting has been leading the way in supplying commercial lights to Scottish businesses to help them reduce their carbon emissions and energy consumption.

Future-proof lighting systems

Developing circular economy lighting controls and luminary equipment, EGG take used, defective products from suppliers and spend time inspecting, redesigning and remanufacturing the components to provide a product in an ‘as new’ state that can be electrically installed.

These future-proof lighting systems are built to last and provide businesses with a one-stop solution for lighting and electrical needs. Remanufacturing is the most advanced technique in the circular economy. It is an industrial process that produces new products from a combination of used and new components. EGG’s remanufacturing process has been developed around the BS8887-200 Design for Manufacture, Assembly, Disassembly and End-of-life Processing.

When the team receives a used product, they disassemble it, inspect it and assess whether it is suitable to be remanufactured. This process prevents precious material from reaching landfill. In collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Business Support (CEBS), EGG Lighting was able to test and validate an innovative solution that now delivers a wide range of benefits to its suppliers.

The team of engineers can now clean, disassemble and reassemble used lighting fixtures with new upgraded components. They can then run a full suite of tests to ensure every fixture can be assessed against lighting standards and legislation to provide a new warranty. Going down a remanufactured route can allow businesses to make great savings and heavily reduce the impact on the environment.

This reuse approach implemented by EGG is 30-40% cheaper than an equivalent new product, increases energy efficiency to 80%, uses 70% reused materials and gives a 50% carbon reduction.

Addressing Net Zero targets

In the last two years, EGG Lighting has reused over 1,000 products, and in doing that, kept 3.6 tonnes of materials in circulation, preventing the equivalent of 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide, keeping scope three emissions down by reusing materials over virgin materials, plastics and metals.

This innovative business model is pioneering how SMEs operate, and Tom Ruddell, lead Remanufacturing Engineer at EGG Lighting, reflects on the support. He said: “Zero Waste Scotland’s support has been invaluable in helping us define our circular economy business model. The experts helped us determine how to maximise value for customers while cutting out waste and taking advantage of LED efficiency.

“With the guidance we’ve turned circular theory into a circular business model, and we now have a dedicated remanufacturing team based in Glasgow."

Tom explains what businesses can do to reduce their carbon footprint through lighting. He said: “A really important way that businesses can address net zero targets through their lighting systems is to consider the efficiency of LEDs when they are looking at light upgrades.

Businesses should explore reusing existing lighting products and consider how a remanufactured option can fulfill their needs.” EGG Lighting is passionate about collaboration as that’s where its story began.

"We are currently advising Scottish Government on its procurement policy in the circular economy and have shared our findings to help inform the future.”

- Tom Ruddell, Egg Lighting