06Apr Case Study: Caunton Engineering

Smithie UK has recently had the opportunity to work in collaboration with Lockwell Electrical to refit Caunton Engineering, near Nottingham, with our LED lighting.

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Caunton Engineering is one of the UK’s leading fully automated structural steelwork contractors who work nation-wide with directly employed erection and design teams offering a one-stop solution to most steel construction needs.

Caunton have received many awards for their work including the Nottinghamshire Company of the Year Award, Structural Steel Design Award, Structural Steel Design Awards Certificate of Merit’s, and the Investors in People Award for over fifteen years, being involved in many well-admired projects.


Caunton Engineering were looking to update the lighting in all areas of their production facility to reduce energy costs and improve working conditions. Over the years the SON lamps have been failing and the light level increasingly insufficient for the rising production levels.

Their FM department looked at the best route to achieve lower energy usage while improving the light levels and LED lighting was the natural choice. A trial area was initially selected to gauge reaction to the different light and how effective it would be in service. The area selected was originally fitted with 8x 400W SON light fittings, these were replaced with 4x 200W Linear Highbays.

Here’s what Stephen Dove, Maintenance Manager at Caunton Engineering has to say:

“The resulting improvement was seen by all as an amazing transformation of the small welding room. The question everyone asked was when it would be fitted in their work area! The difference in light quality really does knock you off your feet!

I think we can call this a resounding success from every viewpoint especially the energy savings for just this area.

We are now progressively working through the production and fabrication areas, each time seeing reductions in energy costs and improvement in light quality.

These high quality lightweight fittings are very straightforward to mount in any area.

As head of the FM department I have found them to be totally reliable, very much a fit and forget light unit.

As we work through our other process areas we will be changing the lighting to the Smithie linear LED fittings.

I would recommend these to any FM department as a solution to updating their work/production areas and Smithie Lighting as a professional team to assist them.”


Caunton Engineering can now enjoy saving up to 90% on their lighting energy bill as well as time and money on maintenance calls to replace failed lights as our linear highbays have a lifespan of 50,000 hours.

If you would like to swap your old halogen lighting for LED, we are able to provide a detailed lighting plan to ensure optimum illumination in the most cost effective way. For more information, please call us on 01256 844028.

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