Bishop Childs Church in Wales Primary is a Voluntary Aided Christian school which was opened in April 1988, serving the community of St Mellons, Cardiff. It is a mixed school with 210 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.

The Brief

Bishop Childs lighting was almost 30 years old and had not been upgraded since opening. Degrading light quality and rising energy and maintenance costs inspired Bishop Childs to look at a wholescale lighting upgrade to improve the light quality, and deliver energy, environmental and financial savings.

The school also had the added complication of the ceiling containing asbestos materials and required their emergency lighting to be upgraded to current regulations.


Bishop Childs selected INECO Energy as their solutions partner to deliver a full energy efficient LED lighting solution at no cost to the school. INECO Energy were selected because of their considerable experience working with schools to deliver energy efficient lighting solutions using Government funding.

INECO Energy’s ‘design for efficiency’ methodology includes a complete investment grade audit and lighting design to ensure the lighting across the school is enhanced to required CIBSE and British Standards.

INECO Energy worked with Cardiff City Council and successfully guided Bishop Childs through the Government funding application process. INECO Energy provided the full end-2-end solution including all project management and installation of the LED lighting and emergency lighting upgrade, taking into account all necessary Health and Safety requirements when working with asbestos containing materials.

The project was completed in four days and delivered a 76% saving on their electrical lighting load, saving £1,400 in year 1 and an annual reduction of 6,300kg of carbon.

“The INECO team provided a professional service from start to finish and installed the project within a difficult environment. The lights look great and we are very happy with the light quality and final results of the project”
Andrew Davies, Estates for Education


INECO Energy selected Dextra Lighting because of their product quality and range specifically designed for the school environment which have a good light quality output and are extremely energy efficient. The Dextra products are manufactured in the UK, with materials purchased from Port Talbot and Newport in Wales this keeps the supply chain local and reduces the inherent carbon footprint.

Dextra Lighting worked with INECO Energy and the school to ensure product deliveries were outside of school hours to remove disruption to the school. Old lighting and waste was collected by Dextra and recycled under and approved Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) scheme.

Graduates – aesthetically pleasing for the classroom to provide even light distribution and illuminate the walls
EPK’s – high efficiency, streamline products for the corridor
Hydra’s – robust fittings for the Hall to minimise damage from accidental strikes and provide good quality lighting
AMC’s – high efficiency for cupboards and storerooms

The focus was to improve light quality and save energy, carbon, money and long term maintenance costs.

  • 76% reduction in electrical lighting load
  • 6,300kg carbon annual reduction
  • £1,400 first year energy savings
  • £46,294 lifetime energy savings