Megaman’s 7W candle lamps have been used to provide the desired solution at The Sow and Pigs at Thundridge, namely a reduction in energy usage and the related financial savings and illumination that integrates beautifully with the traditional interior décor.

The Sow and Pigs, a country inn situated in the North Hertfordshire countryside, has been in existence since 1660 and was formerly known as The Five Horseshoes. The name change occurred in 1770 when the new owner won the inn through a card game called ‘My Sow’s Pigged’ and the inn has been known as The Sow and Pigs ever since.

The inn has very contemporary decoration but has retained the old world features of beams and iron wall lights/chandeliers. Publican Michael Coyle was aware that energy savings could be made by changing the lighting without any impact on the actual lumen level and, with this in mind, carried out a survey of lamps available on the market. Michael chose Megaman’s 7W opal candle lamps to replace the existing 40W incandescent lamps used in the wall fittings and chandeliers and, following installation, Michael commented “I am very pleased with the new lamps in terms of light levels and also effect, as it was very important to keep the original charm of the building. Calculations since installation have shown that this simple change of lamps has resulted in savings of £528.22 per annum which equates to 2.74 tons CO2, a result that I am also delighted with”.