Lighting Industry

Buy-back scheme to keeps lights in use ‘forever’

A selection of reclaimed lighting
Under the plan, clients who no longer require the luminaires can trade them in exchange for a 50 per cent credit towards a future purchase.

AN AMBITIOUS ‘buy-back’ scheme in which luminaires are bought back from the end users at the end of their life should keep the lights in use ‘forever’, says the company behind the idea.

Skinflint – a UK supplier of reclaimed industrial and period lighting –launched the Full Circle venture this week. 

Under the plan, clients who no longer require the luminaires can trade them in exchange for a 50 per cent credit towards a future purchase.

It’s believed to be the first business model of its kind in the industry.

‘Whether wall, table, floor or pendant lights, installed in large scale commercial projects or private residences, returned lights are then repaired, restored and recertified by skinflint’s experts ready to be resold globally,’ said the firm. 

‘The initiative is part of the brand’s commitment to sustainability, keeping lights out of landfill and in use forever.’

Cornwall-based Skinflint supplies bars, restaurants, hotels, workplaces and private homes all over the world with light fittings.

In recent years, pre-used industrial high bays, pendants and wall lights have become highly fashionable for their ‘retro’ over-engineered appeal. 

Skinflint sources them from derelict factories across Europe, refurbishes them and tests them for electrical safety before putting them back on the market.

Skinflint co-founder Chris Miller believes that his company can set an example of the circular economy – in which products and materials are re-used –  in the lighting industry. 

‘To us, reclaiming a vintage light means keeping the essence of the original light fitting intact, but that you can rely on it to work perfectly, and safely, every day.

‘We don’t want to see them end up in a skip after five or ten years’.

For the official launch of Full Circle, skinflint has collaborated with Cognitive – the team behind the RSA Animate series of TED Talks – to create a 90 second animation explaining the benefits of moving to a circular economy. 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:

  • Chris Miller of Skinflint is taking part in a special webinar on end-of-life luminaires on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Chaired by Lux Review editor Ray Molony, the webinar will include a panel discussion on how to increase the reuse of luminaires and minimise the environmental impact of lighting manufacture. Organised by the waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance body Recolight, the event aims to shape the industry’s move to a low-waste model. More information, contact [email protected] or click HERE.