In an earlier blog, ‘The Three Key Goals of all Retail Store Lighting’, I discuss the need for design and planning elements of retail lighting and what elements need to be met in order to ensure your success in those areas. They are:
- Human Needs = balancing clear lighting with a pleasant environment.
- Economic and Environmental Benefits = saving money and reducing pollution.
- Architectural Efficiency = using your store space well.
I am going to spend a little time discussing each of these points more thoroughly in the next couple of blogs. Today, I want to address more about point #2: The Economic and Environmental Benefits, specifically of LEDs for retail store lighting.
Energy Efficient Lighting for Retail Stores
LEDs are leaders in energy efficiency. They reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions so powerfully that if you were to change just one Compact Flourescent Lamp (CFL) to an LED, you would consequently reduce the carbon footprint by one-half ton during that LEDs life-span.
LEDs are safe. They are non-toxic and they do not contain any mercury. As CFLs do contain mercury, they have strict recycling and disposal guidelines and have to be taken to a haz-mat recycling center. More importantly mercury is associated with a number of health issues, and avoiding exposure to those risks is better for all concerned. LEDs on the other hand are easily recycled in your store’s recycle bin.
Eco-Friendly Accent Lighting for Retail Stores Protects Merchandise
If your retail store sells artwork, fabricated furniture, fabric or other sensitive or delicate materials, or for that matter, decorates with any of the same, LEDs will help protect those items. LEDs do not emit any ultraviolet light (UV) and consequently, will not create any fading or any aging of your artwork over time. This means your merchandise is safe, your store’s image retains its intended visual impact and it’s cost effective. You will not have to replace your decorative art or fabrications due to unnecessary fading.
Cost Effective Lighting Solutions
How do LEDs reduce cooling costs? It’s simple. Conventional incandescent lamps expend about 80% of their energy heating your store and only 20% lighting your store, whereas LEDs put out very little heat due to their structure so all their energy goes into lighting. (A side benefit of this cooler lamp is that you and your staff won’t get burnt when adjusting them. And your store will stay at the temperature you set on your thermostat.) As a result incandescent lighting uses up 60-90% more energy than LED’s do. That means they use up more of your money than LEDs do.
For cost effective, environmentally friendly lighting solutions for your retail store look to LEDs.
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