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LIGHTING THE WAY
Are grocers underestimating the impact good lighting can have on store appearance and the bottom line?
BY CAROL RADICE
NO RETAILER WANTS TO PAY MORE THAN THEY NEED TO ON UTILITIES. Yet, each month many businesses often spend as much as 60 to 80 percent more than they have to on lighting alone. By making some simple changes, industry observers say grocers can reverse this.
Some grocers have already realized the potential and taken advan-
tage of the facility improvements and cost savings made possible by
LED lighting. Many others are just now realizing the potential, while
some are still on the fence.
In addition to the obvious benefits, lighting offers retailers a host of
tangible benefits as well, say officials at LEDingEDGE Lighting, based
in Camarillo, Calif., including an edge against the competition.
“The grocery business is as competitive as ever, and to be success-
ful, stores must be nimble and quick,” says Tony Moore, president of
LEDingEDGE. “Changing layout, moving shelves and resetting to
adapt for new product means everything must be flexible. Driving
energy usage and costs down is a major goal of retailers today.”
In terms of indoor lighting, officials at Hussmann say more custom-
ers are converting older fluorescent lights to LEDs—in overhead appli-
cations as well as refrigerated merchandisers. Marc Carr, global LED
and energy services senior product manager for the Bridgeton, Mo.-
based company, says as more customers take the LED plunge, they are