Birmingham secondary school saves £25,000 a year with LED lighting

The School

Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre is a large and popular secondary school in Acocks Green, Birmingham. The school business manager met with SaveMoneyCutCarbon to discuss options for energy savings and the most effective ways to fund the project before the move to academy status. With pressure on budgets, the school wanted to optimise the school internal and exterior lighting as well as reducing costs of replacing and fixing failed lamps.


SaveMoneyCutCarbon conducted a full survey over two days to identify where the best energy savings could be made before preparing a detailed business case that mapped out clearly the products with payback periods and project timelines.

The survey identified a total of 2984 light fittings, both interior and outdoors, that should be replaced with quality LED products, including panels, pitch floodlights, external lighting bulkheads, linear battens, lamps and tubes.

LED was the preferred choice as it delivers excellent energy efficiency compared with fluorescent and halogen light. It also ensures high reliability and light quality, lasting for between 40,000 to 50,000 hours of continuous usage, which helps to cut maintenance costs.

The LED lighting retrofit removed fluorescent tubes that generally only last 5,000 hours with the light quality degrading badly well before final failure. Every light is fully supported with a no-quibble, five-year manufacturers’ warranty.

The survey also identified 30 hand dryers across the school, consuming 1,100W-2300W, which the team replaced with SMCC Eco Dryers, running at just 500W. With energy savings of 56%, these dryers will pay for themselves in just three years.


  • Carbon emissions reduced by 70.1% per year
  • Energy savings of £25,285 per year

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