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20 Sep 2019

We’ve been down in Matlock Bath over the past few weeks, lighting up the gardens and the riverside for this year’s illuminations.


But more than that, we’ve been working with Derbyshire Dales District Council to reduce their energy consumption for this and future events.

We advised them on the best course of action, given their budget, and so we have replaced 700m of festoon with new LED festoon, and have replaced a number of their flood lights with new LED equivalents.

By changing the festoon. its energy usage has plummeted from over 100kWh per day, down to just 4kWh – a whopping 96% reduction!

if you’re not sure what that means, here are some rough estimates of what 1kWh equates to:

                                Boiling a kettle 10 times

                                Using a desktop computer for 4 hours

                                1 dishwasher cycle

                                3 hours watching a plasma TV

With all the changes made, we’ve estimated that over the course of the event there will be a reduction in power of 6,589kWh – that’s 6.6 Megawatt hours just for this year’s event.

And we’re already looking at what we can do to reduce this again next year.



If you want to come and see for yourself, the event runs every Saturday and Sunday evening until 27th October - tickets are on sale here


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