Smart building solutions company delivers massive energy saving for fashion retailer

Smart building company EnMondus has fitted one of Claire’s major retail warehouses with a connected lighting solution to slash energy costs.

The solution taps into the firm’s existing mains wiring and connects lights to the internet. They can be monitored and controlled through a mobile-friendly application.

According to the Chepstow-based business, Claire’s has been able to make an energy saving of 96 per cent compared to its previous lighting infrastructure.

But once the solution has been deployed throughout its entire Birmingham warehouse, the fashion retailer could make £107,000 of savings in the next five years.

However, the solution hasn’t just reduced energy costs. It’s also helped to improve lighting quality and comfort for staff, and they now have an easy way to manage emergency lights by using the cloud.

EnMondus is working with a range of companies from across the UK to help them become more energy efficient, including the likes of Virgin Media, Catalyst and Terex Trucks.

John Wanklyn, vice president of sales and marketing at EnModus, said the Internet of Things is changing the game for building managers.

“This project is yet another example of how energy efficiency is now a top priority for many companies. claire’s was keen to test out our unique technology to see how it could radically reduce costs and improve its environmental impact with minimal disruption to the busy workforce,” he said. 

“We’re proud to be working alongside such a prominent brand in the retail sector and it comes hot on the heels of another project with Virgin Media which also used our powerline-based control solution – Wattwave.

“As well as saving money and reducing CO2, companies can deploy our solution without the need for expensive refits as it uses existing power cabling infrastructure.

“Smart lighting is just one application. Once installed, we enable a building-wide communications network that can deliver other benefits including real-time intelligence on building occupancy and other sensed inputs, plus ultimately control any mains-connected asset.”

Martin Brown, EU supply chain director for Claire’s, added: “I would not hesitate to work with enModus and LED by Vision again; their accommodating nature and professionalism made this very easy for Claire’s.”