Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives are a priority for a growing number of organizations. On the environmental front, brands are taking steps toward making their operations more planet-friendly, from reducing water use in manufacturing processes to packaging products in more sustainable materials.
Lighting, too, has been an area of focus, with many organizations making the switch from incandescent lighting to longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED lamps and fixtures. Philips is taking it to another level with the introduction of their new line of 3D printed light fixtures with a wide variety of applications from commercial and retail to healthcare and hospitality.
A New Way to Go Green with Lighting
The first and most surprising stat to note about Philips new 3D printed lights is that they are 100% recyclable. That means even at end-of-life, they produce virtually no waste. In addition, they’re made from 100% recyclable polycarbonate and require no screws or paint to build. New fixtures can be 100% built into new shapes and colors using old polycarbonate fixtures, providing sustainable lighting for the circular economy.
The new fixtures can be custom-created in 23 essential styles, a wide variety of colors, four translucent finishes, seven metallic finishes, and a plethora of textures, offering virtually endless opportunities to customize the lighting for the space they’re serving. And because they’re from Philips, a recognized global leader in lighting, these fixtures are constructed of the highest quality materials and meet the high-performance standard Philips’ name is synonymous with.
Philips’ new product line allows customers to design and adapt their own custom lighting to be printed in 3D. This service saves on time, energy, and waste during manufacturing, in addition to packaging and transport. 3D printing creates a wide variety of new possibilities in shape, color, and texture giving customers a more custom experience to fit their application.
The Science Behind the Excitement
All told, the production, transport, and recycling of polycarbonate 3D printed light fixtures add up to a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional luminaire production. Check out a few of the most impactful statistics:
- 3D luminaires from extruded polycarbonate can be produced with 76% fewer materials.
- Because they’re lighter than aluminum luminaires, transport produces 28% fewer carbon emissions.
- If scrapped, 3D-printed downlights reduce CO2 emissions by 27% compared to traditional luminaires.
- Polycarbonate recycling is significantly more energy efficient than building fixtures from new materials.
Philips has developed a manufacturing method that is both flexible and sustainable using fully recyclable polycarbonate. This enables customers to quickly design or modify lights according to their needs, without producing waste. At end-of-life, equipment is simply recycled, reused, and remelted to produce new lighting. So, from design to production, the waste is kept to a minimum. Nearly all fixtures are recycled, and Philips only produces the quantity ordered.
Retrofitting Made Simple
Philips 3D-printed luminaires are a perfect solution for quick and simple retrofitting. The company guarantees seamless integration, meaning organizations save significant time, money, and hassle from the word go. Instead of searching catalogs for hours to find compatible downlights and adapters, customers receive a complete downlight that is printed and adaptable to their specific dimensions. Installation goes quickly and smoothly with a perfect fit, and no additional parts are needed to compensate for space between the product and the preexisting hole.
The 3D printed luminaires from Philips are also compatible with the company’s SpaceWise lighting management system, an intuitive and flexible wireless management system for retrofit projects. This system allows customers to further maximize energy savings by creating tailor-made zones in their buildings to deliver optimal light quality when and where it’s needed.
Solutions for a Healthier Planet Start with Agilix
Agilix Solutions has built a reputation for connecting organizations with products to help their teams get work done as effectively, efficiently, affordably, and safely as possible. The new 3D printed lighting solutions from Philips are just the latest in a long line of ways we can help your organization reduce environmental impact. It all starts with a call to an Account Manager or local Agilix branch.