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Advantages of LED Lighting

Environmental and Financial

Over the past decade, LED lighting has proved itself to be a simple efficiency to reduce the long-term impact on the environment and minimize the burden of hefty electricity expenses. 

LED lights create the same, or better, illumination as conventional lighting sources, yet use less than half the energy. So, whilst there are upfront costs of instillation, those costs are recoupable within an effective period of time. Industrial facilities that install LED lighting also benefit from lower maintenance and repair costs.

We recently installed LED lighting in corridors and key classrooms of a local school.
During our routine QC check, a year head (unprompted) said – ‘it’s amazing! They’ve only been back a few days and they seem happier, more attentive, more alive and I feel exactly the same too – this really does work’. You really couldn’t have better feedback that that.

If you would like JGF to conduct a FREE LED Efficiency Survey, please ask via the contact page on our website – HERE (regional conditions apply).

How could this we help? Simple. The survey will equip you with a schedule of benefits including the following:

  • Replacement of luminaires to more energy efficient LED.
  • Reducing unnecessary lighting with accurate design. This can include lower output lighting as well as the removal and relocating fittings.
  • Use of intelligent lighting enabling dimming and better light management.
  • Better lighting control using photocell, timers, occupancy and movement sensors.
  • Emergency lighting making sure your property is safe and compliant.

Key Benefits

Alongside financial benefits, the environmental case for LED lighting is strong. LEDs help businesses shrink their environmental footprint while improving their bottom-line.

Environmental Benefits

Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) associated with the LED lights are considerably lower than conventional incandescent or Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

According to careful calculations, one LED bulb, providing the same luminosity as one incandescent bulb, emits 80% less greenhouse gases. The same calculation for CFLs suggests a reduction of 50% GHGs by switching to LED lights.

Example

Joe (MD & Founder) said: “At half term (last) we fitted out part of a local school, installing LED lighting in corridors and key classrooms.

During our routine QC check on the installation after a week, a year head (without prompting) stopped me and said – ‘it’s amazing!

They’ve only been back a few days and they seem happier, more attentive, more alive and I feel exactly the same too – this really does work’.

You really couldn’t want better feedback that that.”

Energy Efficiency

LED lights are more energy efficient. They conserve up to 80% more energy than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. Whereas fluorescent lights convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light, and 50% as compared to CFLs.

Furthermore, low energy consumption reduces the load on electric power plants, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel being burnt to generate electricity.

Heat Loss

As well as reducing light pollution, one of the most environmentally friendly aspects of LED lighting is that these lights have very high electricity to light conversion efficacy, as high as 90% in most cases.

This high conversion efficiency means that there is minimal heat loss in the environment.

Harmful Chemicals

Compact fluorescent lights have 4 to 5 milligrams of mercury present in each of them. Such chemical hazards are absent from LED lights which are free of any chemical which can be hazardous for the environment or public health.

Others

As well as these benefits, others include the fact they have a long life; they are good for plant growth and, insects are not drawn towards the light.

In short

If you couple your LED lights with an energy management system you can make your entire businesses energy consumption even lower. With smart controls and sensors energy management systems reduce your bills and in turn also allow you to have a smaller carbon footprint.

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An ‘issue’ is a system in waiting. Workflow Management

As a fast-growing business servicing large and diverse electrical contracts, we were more than ready to develop systems to support the operation.

Workflow optimisation. It’s a phrase thrown around regularly in businesses, especially in those that rely on a structured process of jobs to be completed by multiple people in multiple locations.

The main goal is to:

  1. improve the efficiency of staff,
  2. put the right people on the right projects,
  3. increase productivity and
  4. free up more time for high-value tasks.

Why?

  1. To reduce / eliminate duplicated efforts
  2. The simplify / improve workflow management
  3. Improve client services / relations / retention
  4. To price / quote / tender accurately and effectively
  5. To generate POs / Invoicing, supporting speedy / accurate accounting / payment.

How?

Well, it needed two parallel strategies to effect such automation or semi-automation needed to achieve the above.

First, we had to analyse the work, people, clients, goals and all the components that make the business work … Traction

Equal first (because the two need to work in sync), we had to introduce and begin to implement an effective system to manage the issues arising from ‘Traction’ … SimPRO.

We have written about the massive changes that our Traction journey has and continues to deliver. Rock after rock of ambitious targets are being allocated, owned, and ‘smashed’. Each, a massive and positive contribution to sustainable growth. See ‘Business Management – Traction & Vision’.

SimPRO

Today we want to develop the crucial part that SimPRO plays in creating the ‘back office’ systems that support operational management.

On the Road

Like everything new, there was a lot of head scratching – where to start, how to start, where to finish. The suggested benefits were attractive – to track jobs from start to finish with features for scheduling, quoting, costing, invoicing, and more – so much more.

The efforts were, are and continue to be more that worth the effort. We know precisely what stocks we hold (and where), what’s allocated to each vehicle, to each job, where everyone is, the materials they’re using and, again, so much more besides.

On Site

With excellent guidance from SimPRO and dedication from staff, each member of the JGF Team is now ‘on SimPRO’ with field staff (Apprentices and Electricians alike) having this and other support systems on personal, bespoke tablets.

In Touch

Ricky Campitelli from SimPRO said: “…it’s great to have a client so prepared not just to implement SimPRO, but actually push the boundaries to develop new systems. The power is in SimPRO, but it needs forward thinking to use the systems to their full effect.

It’s textbook stuff, but we might have to re-write the textbook soon!

Thank you Ricky.

Every day’s a school day

If you finish your day without having learned something new, you have wasted the day.

With SimPRO, you build systems bespoke to you, your business and operational goals, from templates pre-charged with great examples for your specific industry needs – in this case top end electrical contracting.

Guidance helped develop the structure and reposting, yet every page has a ‘facility tab’ that just needs pressing to see what it does. Make time to learn and you will learn quickly.

Like all things however, the more you learn the more you discover that you want to learn, apply and develop. Joe has become the prime example of this – filling gaps to create new gaps.

Push those buttons, push those boundaries, and you start to drive SimPRO – the tool – rather than endure SimPRO – the chore.

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Team Talk 1

Anyone who knows JGF knows that the power of teamwork is paramount. Operating, training, working and playing as a respectful team is the driving force, so talking to The Team is crucial – hence, Team Talk:

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Business Management – The K9 Revolution

Let the dog wag the tail.

In systems-starved businesses, where the tail still wags the proverbial dog, senior management miss too many opportunities for change. In the last three months, the change we see in Joe Forsyth is little short of amazing.

His tail wags happily, because he and his Leadership Team are most certainly in control.

How?

Joe, founder and Managing Director of JGF Electrical, employed two great passions of his to make the changes needed. He found them in the combination of ‘Management’ … systemised administrative procedures, and ‘Leadership’ … manifest vision, structure and teamwork.

The tools? simPRO and Traction.

simPRO is the end-to-end (‘nose to tail’ if we’re sticking with ‘dog’ analogies) project management system that supports a streamline workflow, from estimating and quoting, to scheduling and job management.

“Whether it’s reactive call-outs, Social Housing contracts, or the larger commercial project work we’re involved with, the user-friendly systems now in place support everything we do.” said Joe.

He admits that great changes don’t happen without great effort, and particularly thanks all involved in the painstaking work needed to catalogue every commercial element of a busy electrical contractor to feed the basics into the system.

Leila, you are a star.

Traction is the title of an amazing book (and so much more) by Gino Wickman. Joe first read it 10 years ago, picked it up again 5 years ago … and yet again 18 months ago.

Why?

Flick it over to read the summary on the back and you’ll understand:

Do you have a grip on your business of does your business have a grip on you.’

You will have heard this sort of thing many times before – you know ‘…are you working IN the business rather than ON the business?’

Is the tail wagging the dog? Or the dog now wagging the tail? (Oh yeah!).

The cover notes go on to say:

All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations: personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made or, once made, fail to be properly implemented.

But, there is a solution.

It’s not complicated or theoretical. The Entrepreneurial Operating System® is a practical method for achieving the business success you have always envisioned. More than 80,000 companies have discovered what EOS can do.

Make that 80,001, because JGF have joined the EOS / Traction success story.

We will continue this success story shortly…

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Every Business Tells a Story

We know it’s ‘good marketing’ to tell the corporate story, but so often there isn’t a story, so the tale told is a mere chronology of events.

Built on a passion

The business and our story is built on a passion instilled in me by my grandad. His photo is on the windowsill by my desk and his Foreman’s Electrical Diary & Notebook in my desk drawer. More on my grandad – John Gordon Forster – later.

My professional career began with a 4-year apprenticeship with Building & Mechanical Services. It was an amazing opportunity to develop skills and experience across the service range of commercial, high-end domestic, solar, intelligent lighting and electrical design. It also taught me structure; planning and analytical skills; teamwork and leadership.

I registered JGF Electrical & Building Services Limited trading as JGF Electrical in March 2013 – and that’s the only chronological reference I’ll make.

Growth was considered, I didn’t want to run before walking confidently. Nonetheless, growth was rapid. The business has not simply grown in terms of service, skills and capacity; it has grown in corporate maturity too.

I constantly challenge my corporate as well as my personal, emotional orientation, asking – what would grandad think.

‘Investors in People’

Built on my personal experiences and the values I gained as an apprentice, we have developed as ‘Investors in People’, recognising that our ‘people’ are our ‘assets’.

Quality comes through training and opportunities through our own Apprenticeship Programme. On-the-job learning and upskilling, both in our unit and on site, develop more than essential electrical skills. Such learning develops core values too, such as team working, service ethic and analytical thinking.

It is his ‘G’, not mine.

JGF Electrical was named after my Grandad the late John Gordon Forster. It is his ‘G’, not mine.

I remember him fondly. He was a man of great integrity from whom I took inspiration, inspiration on which I still draw the traditional values of the professional gentleman he was.

As a youngster, I would have Sunday dinner with my grandparents, Gran was a great cook – amazing roasties! Then, grandad and I would go down to the garage, which was his workshop. There, he would teach me how to make basic circuit boards. The flashing lights and technical applications became second nature to me, even from this young age.

My grandfather – John G Forster – served as an electrical foreman for over 50 years. He would be 95 now (Autumn 2021). I often open the desk drawer and refer to his meticulously written foreman’s notebook from the 60’s.

It’s nice to see that the fundamentals haven’t changed at all and today, we still practice many of the same principles as he did back then.

Inspiring?

Well of course.

After moving into our new unit and offices in 2021, apprentices, engineers, team leaders, staff and of course customers see and enjoy the benefits of 2x Apprentice Training bays, designed to focus new skills such as Smart Home Technology, Energy Efficiency, Health & Safety, as well as the core technical requirements of Electrical Contracting.

Another date, I know, but it’s a great one. It’s the end of chapter 1 and the start of chapters 2, 3 … etc.