Sint-Niklaas opts for hassle-free lighting

Last year, the left wing of the Sint-Niklaas town hall was equipped with new lighting. The municipality opted for a ‘light as a service’ formula. This means it has paid for ten years of light. The design, installation, maintenance and recycling of the equipment are the responsibility of the installer.

The impact of good lighting in the workplace should not be underestimated. A high-quality lighting installation not only reduces energy and maintenance costs, but also has a positive effect on employees' productivity, health and safety. When the office lighting in the left wing of the Sint-Niklaas town hall was due for replacement, the municipality decided to leave nothing to chance.

"The old lighting installation consisted of typical fluorescent lamps, which use a lot of energy," says Bart De Bruyne, Alderman for Youth, Participation, Buildings and Animal Welfare. "Moreover, the maintenance needs continued to grow. Also, every working day someone had to go to all the offices to manually switch off the lights. The only way to adjust the lighting level was to remove a lamp here and there."

How does ‘light as a service’ work?

When it was time to renovate the lighting system, the municipality opted for ‘light as a service’. This means that you don’t buy lighting, but light. The installer is responsible for the design and installation of the equipment. For ten years, the installer takes charge of the maintenance and any necessary repairs, while remaining the owner of the installation.

When the contract ends, the municipality can buy the installation for a symbolic sum of €1 and switch to a maintenance contract. If the partnership ends, the installer is obliged to remove the installation so that it can be reused.

Circular system

This type of ‘as-a-service’ formula is aligned with the transition to a circular economy. In a circular economy, raw materials are used for as long as possible. What is broken is repaired, and what can no longer be used is recycled. If the installer remains responsible for the product after its purchase, it is in their interest that it lasts as long as possible.

"Thanks to this package, the installer benefits from striving for the most efficient, circular solution right from the design phase," De Bruyne explains. "The fittings, for example, are designed to be completely dismantled after use. That way you can reuse all the parts separately."

"We now have modern LED lighting, which both the installer and our people can control remotely. By opting for ‘light as a service’, we have progressed in terms of comfort, management and consumption, as well as becoming a pioneer of the circular economy."