When you plan your store’s lighting design, it seems as though you always need to do more with less. Your retail lighting should not only make your store bright and easy to navigate, it should also create an atmosphere that customers enjoy as well as highlight your most important products.
On top of all this, you need to set up your design as efficiently as possible to protect against rising energy costs. One way to solve all these issues is through a LED lighting system.
Costs of Lighting in Retail
The lights in your store make up a huge part of your monthly energy bill. According to the US Department of Energy, the lighting for a retail store makes up 30-50% of its energy costs. This makes your lighting design a clear target for reducing your monthly expenses.
In addition to cost savings, you might also need to change your lighting design in the future due to government regulations. States across the country are starting up new energy codes and initiatives that could force you to change your lighting design. By setting up an efficient system now, you can make sure you won’t get caught off guard later.
Energy Efficient Led Light Systems
When you switch some of your lighting to energy efficient LEDs, you cut down your expenses in a few different ways. If you use the correct lamp, you can reduce your energy costs by 75% or more compared to regular incandescent lights. LEDs also last much longer than other lamps so you don’t need to spend as much time on maintenance. These lamps don’t contain mercury, do very well in cold environments, and are small and easy to place around your store. In addition to their environmental benefits, LEDs can also give you a variety of different color changing effects, which is helpful for creating accent lighting for important store sections.
The Disadvantages of LED Lights for Retail Stores
There are a few issues with using LED lights. LEDs are a relatively new technology. They don’t have a long track record yet so it’s still uncertain exactly how well these light fixtures perform long-term. Since these light fixtures are new, they are still not yet well standardized across the industry so you need to work with a trusted supplier.
In addition, this technology is rapidly changing so there is a chance better LEDs could be developed after you install your own system. These light fixtures also have problems with heat and light loss. LEDs lose light relatively quickly compared to other light fixtures. They are also very heat expensive, so keep this in mind when you decide your light design placement.
Other Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions
Along with using LED lights, there are a few other easy ways for you to make your lighting system more energy efficient:
- Whenever possible, you should take advantage of daylighting. Natural light gives your store a pleasant atmosphere and doesn’t cost anything.
- You can also set up some of your light fixtures with control systems so that less frequented parts of your store don’t waste electricity when they aren’t being used.
- Lastly, you can reduce light use during hours of “peak demand,” like right at sunset. Since energy is most expensive during “peak demand”, it is the most efficient time to reduce your lighting and save money.
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