Case Studies - Belgique
If you’re Belgian, it tastes like home If you’re not, it tastes like heaven!
Belgique is a chain of exquisite deli's with a European feel, where one can have breakfast or lunch, and take home some of ther unique chocolate desserts. They have joined the IstoriaLED revolution and have already reduced there CO2 emissions by 65 tonnes and saved over £15,000 in energy costs...
Begique initially retro fitted IstoriaLED lamps to part of a store, as the directors had previously had bad experiences with LED products they where reluctant to change a complete store over with out testing them first. After a month of testing IstoriaLED products, an order was placed to cover two stores, and shortly after they where installed enough lamps where ordered to switch most of the chain to LED lighting with the following results
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Belgique Brasseries & Tearooms based in East London & South Essex are a continental styled eaterie with patisserie at its heart. With 9 sites currently in operation & a further 2 stores opening within the next few months. Igor Bekaert the entrepreneur at the heart of the concept knows only too well how important presentation is.
" We opened in 2005 & have grown quickly & steadily too. Presentation has always been one of the most important aspects for our business. We create top quality highly finished patisserie, along with a whole range of other very visual food products. The way our shops look & the lighting that is in place plays a huge part in this. Lighting in particular has been hugely important, having lights in place that look good just as much as lighting the product properly has been essential...We have always traditionally used halogen spots to help us do this, the crisp clean light has worked very well within our stores, but the life of the units, cost of running & even the heat that they create have all been very negative points, particularly in a commercial environment.
The number of lights we were going through was phenominal (over a hundred bulbs a month at one point), we even had to employ the use of an electrical contractor to keep up to speed with the replacement of bulbs. Our operations suffered, constantly the odd light bulb which had burnt out plagued our stores. Negatively impacting the image we were working so hard to create. Additionally with the increases in electricity costs, we searched very seriously for a decent alternative. We did not want to go the expense of replacing all the fittings so a retro fit LED bulb seemed like the ideal solution.
IstoriaLED were a natural choice, good quality & light output that was high enough not to impact the visuality of the stores. Despite the initial increase in individual unit cost from the halogen spots, they have been a massive saving. Since we started installing them last year, we have not had to replace one bulb. Just in supply of bulbs a huge saving, let alone the electricity usage which has dropped off a cliff.
All round they have been a winning choice and a definate change in the way we light our business as we move forward..."
- Igor Bekaert
Managing Director of Belguiqe
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