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Championing reuse and the circular economy


The lighting industry produces a significant amount of waste material every year. Recycling is not enough to tackle this as the process of recycling itself uses masses of energy.


We are members of the Recolight WEEE compliance scheme. Recolight is committed to ensuring lamp recycling and reuse is made easy, efficient, and cost effective. Being part of the scheme challenges us to find more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.

Reuse, refurbish, and re-manufacture


Many hundreds of luminaires are sent for re-cycling when they could easily be reused. Luminaires can be updated and re-fitted, rather than replacing them with totally new products at a greater cost to the environment and the client.


Updates like replacing in-efficient fluorescents, adding new LEDs, and fitting presence sensor systems are simple and effective ways of saving products going to waste and improving their efficiency.


Limit waste and save on the production of new fixtures


We’ve designed a service to update old luminaires, creating new products ready to be installed into your projects. The service isn’t limited to our products, and we refurbish any luminaires that are still safe and viable to reuse.

Our service includes:

  • Re-designing the new LED light source – we ensure lumen output and performance are suitable for the application, including a sample build for approval.

  • Photometric lab testing with LDT files – we produce accurate reports to meet lighting regulations, backed by the Lighting Association.
  • Refurbishing and improving the finish – enclosures can be shot blasted and powder coated to look like new.

  • Delivery to your project – we arrange to send the fixtures back to the site ready for installation.

  • New warranty – reused fixtures come with a 5-year warranty from Kemps.


“We had to update and refurbish the Victoria Hall Chandeliers as part of the Leeds Town Hall roofing scheme. Kemps were proven to be the right choice for this project, providing timely design proposals and overcoming technical problems with the existing equipment.”


Steve Laycock, Senior Project Engineer, NPS Leeds


Adopting principles of the circular economy


Our industry currently operates using a linear manufacturing model, with a take-make-waste model. The circular economy aims to gradually separate economic activity from the consumption of finite resources by designing waste out of the system.


Backed by a move to renewable energy sources, the circular economy is based on designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use.


Designing out waste

The design stage of a product is where around 80% of environmental impacts are determined. We need to tackle this by designing products that are built to be efficient, lasting and reusable, wherever possible.

Kemps is a member of the Lighting Industry Association (LIA). The LIA has set out guidance for lighting manufacturers and the lighting industry more widely on moving towards a more circular economy. Kemps are committed to the key principles of this.

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