Technology and energy efficiency

To start with, we look at several aspects of lighting technology to remain competitive and sustainable. We have re-engineered all our products so that they offer the latest LED technology and help our customers save on energy use. We have incorporated smart lighting technologies, such as Hue and Casambi, to create a more holistic lighting experience. We continue working hard on research and development to stay up to date with the latest in light quality.

 

Why choose LED technology

For the past 20 years, LED light technology has become highly energy efficient, having evolved from 50lm/W to 150lm/W. This means that using LED lighting instead of traditional light sources (i.e., halogen, fluorescent, incandescent) can save up to 85% on a lighting energy bill. Moreover, thanks to the long lifetime of LED light sources (ranging from 25.000 up to 70.000 hours), the total costs of lighting over a lifetime are reduced significantly.

We stopped developing new luminaires with traditional light sources in 2012, and have since then, been on the journey towards a fully LEDified product portfolio. With 98% of our product portfolio already LEDified in 2020, we are now closing the gap, aiming to have 100% of our portfolio LEDified by the end of 2021.

You can see here below, the evolution of LED sales versus conventional lighting across the past 8 years, shown in percentages.

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State-of-the-art technology

Our R&D department is located in our HQ in Roeselare, Belgium. Fourteen engineers work daily on the development of products and technologies, using several tools like 3D modelling software, photogoniometer, heat test rooms, 3D printer and more, to design the perfect solution. Our R&D department closely follows all technological developments of LED and electronics. At Modular Lighting Instruments, we always select high qualitative and state-of-the-art-technology for our LEDs, LED drivers, reflectors, lenses, finishes, etc. When off-the-shelf solutions do not meet our requirements, we build the technology ourselves or we partner with trusted parties to deliver the quality we need.

Over the years, we have been investing in research and development on the quality of light: high CRI, high R9 values, our own development of highly efficient optics (ex. reflectors and lenses), low-glare solutions and flicker-free light.

 

ISO certifications

We have worked hard to receive two ISO certifications: ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Both are about how the product is produced rather than just about the product quality itself. The ISO certifications are renewed every 3 years after a successful audit performed by a third-party organisation. Over the years, we have always strived to renew our certifications. As a reward for our daily efforts in both quality and environmental management, we have already been certified until the end of 2021 and plan to extend this in the near future.

 

ISO 9001: quality management system

This is a set of quality standards used by organisations to demonstrate the ability to meet the needs of clients and other stakeholders when providing products and services. Customer satisfaction is at the core of our business. Higher efficiency and better decision-making have a positive impact on people, processes, and costs, and also on the overall performance of the organisation and its impact on the environment.

 

ISO 14001: environmental management

This is part of a larger family of standards that help organisations to understand and minimise the impact of their operations on the environment as well as comply with environmental law and regulations. The requirements of ISO 14001 are part of the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Local manufacturing in North America

We have made a commitment to operate locally as much as we can. As such we have invested in product development, resources, and infrastructure in the North American market. Thanks to our local manufacturing in Grand Haven, Michigan, and by using a more efficient order-to-delivery system, we have achieved greater flexibility in supply chain management and processes. This has clearly created a positive impact on our carbon footprint in a growing market.

 

Digitalisation

One of our strategic focus points is our digital roadmap. With respect to saving natural resources, we see digital as the best and only way to communicate with our global audience real-time, and to optimise processes and operations with our partners and clients worldwide. This has led us to opting more for a digital presence instead of attending countless fairs and events, resulting in innovative ways to interact with our stakeholders. Another direct effect of our roadmap has been the drastic reduction of print material, and the digitalisation of all our resources.