Air­line cater­ing flies high with qual­ity LED light­ing from Philips

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Flight cater­ing ser­vices com­pany LSG Sky Chefs is reap­ing the ben­e­fits of food, work­place safety, pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency by switch­ing to LED light­ing pro­vided by Royal Philips, the global leader in light­ing.

LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand has an 11,600 square me­tre fa­cil­ity at Auck­land Air­port where around 550 em­ploy­ees pro­duce 17,000 meals and 7,000 fresh-food prod­ucts ev­ery day, for their in­ter­na­tional air­line cus­tomers. With no nat­u­ral light at the fa­cil­ity, LSG Sky Chefs Head Chef Tony Wright says op­ti­mum light­ing is es­sen­tial for his team of around 50 chefs to meet the high stan­dards set for prod­uct qual­ity, hygiene, em­ployee safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“Our whole pro­duc­tion area must be de­signed to en­sure we have the best vis­i­bil­ity pos­si­ble, which is why we chose Philips LED light­ing. Nat­u­ral look­ing light is im­por­tant when we’re us­ing sharp equip­ment such as knives, sani­tis­ing fresh pro­duce, as well as pre­par­ing food to en­sure ab­so­lute con­sis­tency and the high­est cater­ing qual­ity.”

Philips projects LSG Sky Chefs will achieve en­ergy sav­ings of ap­prox­i­mately 37 per­cent1 which equates to $77,000 sav­ings per year in com­par­i­son to a non-LED so­lu­tion, in ad­di­tion to main­te­nance sav­ings due to the long life­span of LED bulbs. There are also en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits as LSG Sky Chefs’ 100 per­cent LED light­ing saves ap­prox­i­mately 42 tons per year in CO2 emis­sions2, which is roughly equiv­a­lent to tak­ing eight cars off the road for ap­prox­i­mately a year.

Kevin Bur­rows, LSG Sky Chefs Pro­ject Man­ager, says the com­pany is also mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings in terms of main­te­nance costs. The Philips LED lights hav­ing been in place for over six months now with­out the need to re­place or ad­just a light. Pre­vi­ously it spent around three hours per week on light bulb main­te­nance so this is a huge ad­van­tage, says Bur­rows, with the added ben­e­fit that there has been less em­ployee down­time as pro­duc­tion is no longer halted and busi­ness in­ter­rupted to swap out lights.

Philips New Zealand part­nered with Elec­tri­cal Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Ltd to de­velop the cus­tom-de­signed Philips LED light­ing sys­tem*. The prod­ucts fit­ted were specif­i­cally de­signed to op­er­ate within con­trolled clean room en­vi­ron­ments, re­mov­ing the risk of con­tam­i­na­tion from light­ing units and con­se­quent dis­rup­tion to food pro­duc­tion ar­eas.

Gor­don Wif­fen, Philips Light­ing New Zealand Gen­eral Man­ager said Philips LED light­ing goes far be­yond its pri­mary func­tion of il­lu­mi­na­tion, to un­lock value and wider ben­e­fits. LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand is a great ex­am­ple of this, but equally rel­e­vant are retail out­lets, of­fices, and other work­places that are con­sid­er­ing up­dat­ing their en­vi­ron­ment in a way that en­hances em­ployee safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity, he states.

The state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity at Auck­land Air­port pro­vides fresh food, drinks and other ameni­ties for air­line cus­tomers and their on-board guests. Hav­ing a well-lit, clean and en­ergy ef­fi­cient en­vi­ron­ment is cru­cial.

*Pro­ject in­for­ma­tion

Lo­ca­tion: Auck­land Air­port, Auck­land, New Zealand. Space: Newly-built 11,600 square me­tre fa­cil­ity. LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand cham­pi­ons this as one of the first LSG Sky Chefs fa­cil­i­ties to im­ple­ment a 100 per­cent LED light­ing so­lu­tion.

Light­ing prod­ucts: Ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 lu­mi­naires in­clud­ing Hygeia LED Clean­room, Pa­cific LED wa­ter­proof, GreenPer­form LED Bat­ten, CoreLine Of­fice, GreenSpace Down­light, GreenPer­form LED High­bay, and Tango LED Flood­light.

Light­ing de­sign­ers: Elec­tri­cal Con­sult­ing Ser­vices Ltd (Ross Craw­ford) and Philips Light­ing New Zealand (Ge­off Lewth­waite). 1 Philips cal­cu­la­tion com­par­ing Philips LED lights to T5 f lu­o­res­cent lights. 2 Philips cal­cu­la­tion of the an­nual ag­gre­gate kW/ hr con­sump­tion.

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