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"... Great pricing and terrific customer service…never missed a delivery deadline!"
Warren Stough, VP Planning/Construction, Bon Ton Stores Inc
"... Pete has consistently delivered competitive pricing on products
and is always on the spot when a project comes together..."
James Mitchell, Divisional Vice President of Facilities Planning,
Design & Vendor Shops at The Bon Ton Stores Inc.
"Our lighting product specifications vary from client to client and Pete can provide a
variety of recommendations based on each projects specific needs and budget"
Mark Johnson, President, Johnson Design Group
The science behind retail store lighting is always changing. Every year, we invent better technologies, come up with new lighting designs, and develop a stronger understanding of what customers want from store lighting.
Over the last few years, a few clear trends emerged for retail store lighting. These trends are shaping up to have a significant impact on how businesses set up their lighting designs. By making these adjustments, you can keep your store one step ahead of the competition. Continue Reading →
Retail store lighting is strategically important, even more than business owners realize. Different lighting styles will create different shopping experiences for your buyers. Being aware of this can increase your bottom line. Lighting can create a definitive ambiance or mood that will entice shoppers to consider items that they would not necessarily have purchased before.
Let’s look at a restaurant setting, for example. Industrial kitchens consume a lot of power, so it is very important for owners to find savings wherever they can. If you run an Italian restaurant and have a couple come in for a date, you want lighting that creates a romantic and relaxing atmosphere, while also being energy efficient. Continue Reading →
LED light fixtures are considered by many to be the future of retail lighting. Most store managers have heard of this. However, when they see the price tag of an LED lamp, many feel that the time to switch to LED lighting is still far down the road. Don’t be so fast to dismiss LED light fixtures.
These lamps are not only more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, they can also increase your store’s bottom line, improve safety standards, and create better working conditions for your employees. When you consider all the benefits these lamps offer over traditional lighting, suddenly they make a lot more financial sense. Continue Reading →
Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy has a contest for light manufacturers to win the “Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize” (L Prize.) To win this contest, a company needs to develop a new fixture that pushes the limits of lamp technology for both energy efficiency and durability. Phillips won last year’s contest with an incredibly low energy LED lamp. Continue Reading →
For the past 50 years, stores have used high and low pressure sodium lamps for their outdoor security and parking lot lighting. These fixtures were long considered to be the best way to provide outdoor lighting so most scientific data was based on why these fixtures were most effective.
Recently, stores have begun testing LED lamps for their night lighting. Even though these fixtures don’t test well according to traditional measurements of lighting efficiency, they clearly provide a brighter and clearer light. The reason for this discrepancy has recently been discovered and it is revolutionizing the science behind outdoor lighting. Continue Reading →
Since its launch, LED lighting has been hailed as the future of retail lighting. These fixtures use a fraction of the energy of traditional light fixtures and also last much longer. However, the common mindset is that this is still a product for the future; not today, because LED light fixtures are still too expensive to be cost effective. Continue Reading →
A retail store has a variety of costs linked to it, but one of the important elements is the lighting. Given the estimates provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, 42% of American retailers’ high energy bills are due to their store lighting. As a result, companies like Starbucks have changed to LED lighting for retail stores. Since then, this has significantly decreased their cost and increased their revenue.
If you do own a retail store, you should consider an upgrade if you do not currently use accent lighting. Research has revealed that outdated stores do fewer sales when the proper lighting is not used. Why? Continue Reading →
Your store is unique. Between the way you operate the store, the type of staff service you provide, your merchandise, and your store layout, you create an environment that is like no other place in the world. This is why it is so important that your lighting designs match your store’s uniqueness.
In our previous post, we looked at different lighting ideas for mass merchants, convenient stores, and furniture stores. Today we are going to look at grocery stores, specialty boutiques, and warehouses as these categories have their own needs and challenges. Continue Reading →
Every store has its own unique identity and this is especially true for lighting designs. What works for a huge box retailer would be a real disaster for a small, high-end jewelry store. It is important to use the right style of lighting for your type of store so you can create the best possible atmosphere for your customers.
There are three main categories of stores for interior retail lighting. Do you know which category fits your store? You should base your lighting plan using the goals and light fixtures appropriate for your category. Here are some general guidelines to help you get started.
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Different kinds of stores need different lighting solutions. At the broadest level, there are three main categories of store lighting:
This general outline gives you a basic guide of what to do with your lighting design, but there is much more to consider. Let’s look at lighting recommendations for various types of stores so you can get even more ideas for your own business. Continue Reading →
Pete Miller is a leader in the lighting industry with over 30 years of industry experience. He is both a Lighting Certified Professional (LC) and a Certified Document Technologist (CDT) from the Construction Specifications Institute.
Through his career, he has been involved with the design of over 600 on-time store openings and is quickly adding to this total everyday.Continue Reading →