“Printing luminaires provides a more flexible, fast and more environmentally friendly way to manufacture." We can create new, or customize existing designs, that fulfill customer needs quickly without huge investments and long development cycles. Customers can have their ideas brought to life in a matter of days rather than months and printing requires less energy. Our 3D printed luminaires have a lower carbon footprint than traditionally built metal luminaires. They weigh less, which enables us to reduce the carbon emissions in shipping by 35%. By keeping production close to urban areas, we reduce the footprint even further. And of course, LED lighting is more energy efficient than conventional lighting," she added.
Signify already has a 3D printing facility at Maarheeze in the Netherlands. It aims to have up to 500 3D printers of different sizes with the ability to create luminaires up to 60 cm height and width. In January 2020, new Signify 3D printing facilities will be operational in Burlington, Massachusetts, US, serving both professional and consumer markets. Additional facilities in Noida, India and Jakarta, Indonesia will follow quickly after. LED lights will be integrated into the luminaires at all these sites.
Lighting for a circular economy
M&S, the high street retailer, is in the process of installing thousands of 3D printed LED luminaires from Signify in stores in the UK, including London, Manchester, Belfast as well as Dublin and Cork in Ireland. The project is part of a big renovation to improve store performance and generate significant energy savings. In the stores, different types of luminaires are being replaced by 3D printed LED versions. These bespoke products are sized to fit perfectly into the existing fittings ensuring the continued use of current ceiling tiles. The rollout is part of M&S’s commitment to use more sustainable technologies in its stores.