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Repair, why Replace: reducing operational carbon levels for modern lighting schemes

Sustainability is now a driving force behind lighting design and specifications for interior designers and architects. Reducing operational carbon levels in modern lighting schemes is crucial for achieving UK net zero targets.

Detail Lighting are lighting design specialists. We work with specifiers to create sustainable lighting schemes that are bespoke to the needs of individual interiors and their users.

With a concept of repairing older products, we introduced our ‘Repair, why Replace?’ initiative that encourages the repair of older products rather than always buying new components. This reduces waste and therefore improves sustainability in lighting schemes designed by interior designers and architects.

Repair why Replace?

All Detail Lighting products are designed to be serviced, upgraded, reused and refurbished. This is the backbone of our Repair why Replace? concept, which incorporates the following elements:

Responsible recycling

We advocate responsible recycling of any lighting product that cannot be repaired or upgraded, in accordance with WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling). All of our products are labelled with recycling instructions.

Repair key components

We encourage our customers to contact us if they find a fault with their lighting fixture. We have a long history of repairing older products. Repairing and reusing key components is more energy efficient than recycling.

All Detail Lighting products are labelled with repair instructions so our customers can repair many of the products themselves.

Upgrade/refurbish where possible

Upgrading or refurbishing an existing lighting scheme produces minimal new carbon emissions and removes the need for the manufacture of a new product which generates a high volume of emissions.


Commitment to the lifecycle of a lighting product

Recycling, repairing and upgrading lighting products aligns with our commitment to the full lifecycle of lighting fixtures. In our drive for sustainability we take a lifetime responsibility for all our products.

Outcomes of Repair, why Replace?

Reduction in waste

Repairing or upgrading lighting products avoids the waste and carbon emissions associated with sending them to landfill. While any electrical items that have a plug, use batteries or need to be charged shouldn’t be sent to landfill, lighting fixtures often end up there which is harmful to the environment.

Fewer carbon emissions

As a business that influences the choice and use of lighting fixtures in the built environment, we understand our responsibilities in helping specifiers to mitigate the impact of lighting on the environment. The Repair, why Replace? initiative enables us to develop lighting schemes that minimise a building’s carbon footprint.

Durable products

Because we advocate our Repair, why Replace? policy, we only supply durable products that have the potential for a long lifecycle, whether in their original format or as a refurbished product. This gives specifiers such as architects and interior designers the peace of mind that they will only be supplied with high performance products from Detail Lighting.

EDGE Showroom

Partnership with Edge

We are proud to partner with EDGE, the company behind London’s first interior design and construction showroom, dedicated to sustainable products and materials. Together, we promote sustainable lighting through our Repair, why Replace? solution.

EDGE encourages specifiers to approach sustainability proactively by learning about new technologies and materials that influence a decarbonised future. By providing a place to access those products, both in person and online, EDGE facilitates the perfect outlet for all specifiers to purchase lighting products that will make commercial spaces and homes more sustainable.

Talk to us about a sustainable lighting partnership

Are you looking for a sustainable lighting partner? Talk to Detail Lighting about how we can work together to reduce operational carbon levels in modern lighting schemes.