HeatlightDeveloping a low-energy lighting system
Heatlight aims to develop a low-energy lighting system that utilises heat produced from radiators to produce an alternative light source.
Heatlight received £5,000 in the first round of funding to develop their prototype. It uses heat from heating radiators to produce light that will switch on when someone walks close to the product and is independent of mains and battery electricity. Heatlight will also give most of the heat back and represents a large saving in carbon emissions and running costs.
Heatlight’s objective is to contribute towards the NHS’s targets for carbon reduction set out in the Climate Act (2008). By dramatically cutting carbon emissions. Heatlight aims to help the NHS become a leading organisation in sustainability and low carbon production.
There are approximately 4,000 kilometres of hospital corridors in the UK and are usually permanently lit by fluorescent lighting.
Heatlight set out to create an innovative corridor lighting source from the radiators already supplying corridor heating, as an alternative lighting source predominately for use in the colder months when it gets darker earlier and heating is needed more.
Heatlight plans to use the grant to develop and demonstrate the prototype with three objectives:
- To prove to buyers that the technology is effective and acceptable aesthetically
- To do a pre-production optimisation of the technology
- To prove to potential investors in the commercialisation of the product.
“The application process for the Innovation Challenge Fund was refreshingly straight forward. Being granted the funding has been invaluable for the development of our Heatlight product”.Robert Johnson