Zeta experiences significant growth for LED streetlighting and road signage systems


As an increasing number of local authorities across the UK move to the adoption of ‘smart city’ technologies, many are discovering the enormous energy savings that can be made by deploying LED systems for their street and public lighting requirements. One of the country’s leading suppliers of LED street lighting has benefitted from the trend.

January was a record-breaking month for Zeta Specialist Lighting, with the Bicester-based developer and manufacturer of LED and solar-powered lighting systems achieving the highest ever monthly sales figure in the company’s 28-year history.

One of the biggest successes for the company has been its SmartScape range of innovative LED and solar-powered street and area lighting equipment. Sales of the SmartScape Heritage LED retro-fit solution for heritage lanterns and SmartScape Nano LED streetlight, both launched in the last quarter of 2015, have exceeded all expectations.

Last summer, Zeta launched the first solar-powered system in the SmartScape range. The Solar Bollard wayfinding and amenity lighting system captures and stores solar power via its integrated PV panels, making it ideal for use in walkways, cycle paths, parks or residential areas where there is no mains-fed power supply.

Designed and developed in-house, the SmartScape Solar Bollard contains two LED lights. One runs at a low lighting level continuously, ensuring it can be seen from a distance, while the second downlight reflector lamp incorporates integrated PIR sensors that automatically increase the lighting level when there is activity in the area, saving energy and reducing light pollution. This easy to install, robust and vandal resistant solar-powered system is low maintenance and once installed there are zero running costs.

Zeta has plans in place to further extend its solar-powered systems, and new product launches in 2017 will include the SmartScape Solar Belisha Beacon for use at pedestrian crossings, as well as a solar-powered version of its Nano streetlight. The mains-powered versions of the SmartScape Nano range use an innovative LED street lighting system featuring intelligent cooling technology that ensures optimum heat dissipation, which consumes up to 60% less power than conventional technologies.

Zeta’s SmartScape systems have been adopted by a number of local borough and county councils, including Cheshire East, Cornwall, and Lewes Council. The company has also recently won a number of large tenders to replace legacy street luminaires with energy-efficient LED alternatives.

Zeta is upgrading around 900 heritage lanterns for a London Borough with its SmartScape Heritage LED retro-fit solution, and is working with The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on a project that will see a borough-wide roll-out of LED lighting systems. These include approximately 14,000 SmartScape Nano and Heritage street lights, as well as a number of other products, including Bespoke Subway Kits and SignLites, which will be deployed to illuminate road signs.

“The SmartScape range has been really well received, and we have completed installations the length and breadth of the country,” said Zeta’s managing director, Adrian Dennis. “Since we launched SmartScape, street and area lighting solutions now comprise more than 50% of total revenue.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).