Clive’s Pies’ Production Boosted After LED Savings

Clive’s Pies is an organic vegetarian pie business, based in Buckfastleigh on the edge of South Devon. IU Energy worked with Clive’s Pies in early 2013 to reduce their energy consumption to allow more refrigeration equipment on site. This was undertaken by refitting all the lighting with hi-spec LED tubes.


Clive’s Pies operate from a historic manufacturing building, where both the lighting in the office and production areas were supplied by old, glass, fluorescent light tubes. These were expensive to run and the light output and colour varied. Clive’s Pies were also reaching their limit for their energy capacity. As they wanted to expand the business, they needed a quick, smart solution which would reduce the Maximum Demand for power and reduce their energy spend.

IU Energy specified and installed LED lights which have over a 50,000 hour longevity, where the light quality and power is maintained throughout their lifetime. This replacement reduced the total energy consumption, which meant that the business was able to expand its production without needing to exceed its Maximum Demand limit.

The installation:

32 lights replaced – consisting of T8 Tubes and 2D Lights

          Sally Carson, Managing Director, Clive’s Pies:

“A fantastic service – they arrived and took the headache out of getting this power back.”

Return on Investment:

● Post-LED Savings = 73% per annum
● Return on Investment = 2.1 years
● Expected life of LED Lighting = 11.9 years

“The investment has been a reasonable sized investment, but we will get that back over 2 years. And because it’s released the electricity supply for the lights, it’s meant that we can actually now invest in new machinery, fridges and freezers, so we can make more pies [and] get more Clive’s pies out there.”

Lighting quality:

Clive’s Pies have also found that the new lighting system improved the light quality in the production and office areas.

“The lighting’s fantastic – it’s crisp, it’s clean, they’re plastic tubes which is brilliant for us because the previous tubes used to be glass, and so in a food prep area glass is a nightmare.”


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