Future Lighting: Lawrence Wharf

Client Overview:

Lawrence Wharf, situated in SE16 London, is a prominent residential development offering modern living in the heart of the city. The secure enclave boasts premium amenities and convenient access to local attractions. To maximise efficiency and reduce energy consumption, the management team at Lawrence Wharf sought innovative lighting solutions from Future Lighting.

Client Objectives:

The primary objectives of the project were to:

  • Initially trial a new retro-fit microwave attachable sensor on the existing LED lights in the Lawrence Wharf car park.
  • Gather feedback from residents and directors to evaluate the effectiveness of the trial installation.
  • Assess the potential for reducing energy consumption by reducing hold time from 24 hours a day to approximately 20 minutes a day.
  • Determine the feasibility of rolling out the new control method across the entire car park.


Future Lighting and its team of electrical engineers conducted a thorough lighting audit of the Lawrence Wharf car park to assess the existing infrastructure and identify areas for improvement. Based on the audit findings, the following steps were taken:

  • Trial Installation of Microwave Attachable Sensors:
    • Retrofit existing LED lights with microwave attachable sensors to test their compatibility with the existing light fittings in the environment situated.
  • Feedback Collection Process:
    • Engaged residents and directors to participate in the trial installation and provide feedback on the new control method.
  • ROI Analysis:
    • Conducted a detailed analysis to estimate the return on investment (ROI) of the full installation following positive feedback.
    • Determined a quick ROI of 9.1 months, highlighting the financial viability and cost-effectiveness of the new control methods, essentially by reducing the hold time per light from 24 hours a day to a maximum 20 minutes. 
  • Installation:
  • – following approval to proceed future lightings team of engineers installed 81 microwave attachable sensors to each and every light within the carpark seamlessly with a quick turn around of 3 days.

Results and Benefits:

The installation at Lawrence Wharf yielded significant results and benefits:

  • Reduced Energy Consumption: By implementing the new control method, hold time was reduced from 24 hours a day to approximately 20 minutes a day, resulting in substantial energy savings.
  • Quick Return on Investment: The calculated ROI of 9.1 months demonstrated the financial feasibility of the project, making it a compelling investment for the client.
  • Enhanced User Experience: Residents and directors provided positive feedback on the functionality and detection range of the new sensors, and are happy with the outcome and continued savings year on year. 


Future Lighting’s installation of retro-fit microwave attachable sensors at Lawrence Wharf car park successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of the new control methods as the final step for optimum efficiency combining the already installed LED technology with efficient control methods. Our Future Lighting experts guided the management team through every step of the process from initial survey, data harvesting, trial installation through to final installation and after care including warranty. 

Lawrence Wharf is a great example of residential blocks that have implemented LED technology but not maximised on savings, with efficient control methods which acts as the key component when residents are looking to save money on their electricity bills.