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Bunnings pursues lighting initiatives

Bunnings has been pursuing sustainability within its operations since the 1990s. As part of this commitment, Bunnings has had a major focus on lowering its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through many initiatives, including innovative energy efficient lighting.

In 2001, a major initiative was the installation of energy efficient lamps and computer-controlled light switching systems in warehouse stores aimed at providing optimum energy performance. 2005 saw further measures implemented, with standby energy reduction systems and improved lighting controllers installed in over 70 warehouses.

A single store trial of a specialised low wattage light fitting commenced in 2007 which identified energy consumption reduction opportunities of around 35 per cent. This light fitting was then rolled out into 39 stores. In the same year, 60 warehouses were fitted with low-mode light switching devices for safe night fill operations.

Bunnings began to utilise light-emitting diode (LED) technology as commercially viable applications of this lighting innovation became available. In 2010 LED lighting in outdoor nurseries, under canopy and in car parks became a store design standard, delivering gains in energy efficiency and reduced maintenance.

Within the main part of the store, standard LED lighting was not viable due to the harsher operating environment of the warehouse and further specialised work was required to develop an in-store LED light fitting. The success of this work across 2012 and 2013 culminated in a full store trial at the new Sunbury Bunnings Warehouse in Victoria in June 2014. Most recently, further trials commenced in 2015 at the Cranbourne and Bayswater warehouse stores in Victoria to test retrofitting LEDs in these existing stores.

Bunnings will continue to actively pursue further lighting initiatives in the coming years.