The popularity of upgrading to LED lighting systems and realizing their numerous benefits has spread at the speed of light among retailers, who feel the impact on their bottom lines—right where they want it.
An LED is a light-emitting diode, which provides such efficient and cost-effective lighting compared to traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting systems that governments have mandated the phasing out of old, outdated, traditional lamps and fixtures.
Some companies are still concerned about replacing their systems because of the initial costs and lack of awareness of the many benefits that LED lighting offers, but their fears can no longer be justified.
The Advantages of LED Lighting Systems are Numerous
Upgrading to an efficient LED lighting system provides many advantages and has become the preferred choice for an increasing number of famous commercial buildings (e.g., CN Tower), hospitals, casinos, theatre stages, bridges, and other structures, particularly in countries that are concerned about energy conservation.
The advantages over other lighting sources are that LED lamps:
- Save electrical costs
- Have a longer lifespan and reduce maintenance costs
- Are mercury-free and non-glass with worry-free disposal
- Remain cool with low radiant heat
- Provide high levels of brightness and intensity
- Are resistant to breakage after bumping and jarring
- Are easy to control and program
- Reduce the drain on our natural resources
The return on investment (ROI) is recouped very quickly, often within 12 months, and a new, upgraded lighting system creates the opportunity to increase sales with dramatic new lighting designs as well as save money on energy consumption.
Consider the Many Applications for LED Lighting in Your Retail Business
No longer guilty of high cost, low intensity light and a limited color range, LED lights have become less expensive, easier to install and control, and offer more lighting designs and choices than possible with traditional systems. Customers benefit by a more comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience and are encouraged to make buying decisions.
The type of lighting chosen must suit the identity or image of the store, and other important factors:
- The size and type of store – large discount or warehouse; middle-size department, clothing or grocery; high-end boutique.
- The shopping preferences of the target market – fast and efficient; browser; individual service.
- The type of lighting needed – ambient; task; accent.
Three lighting layers are required:
- Ambient or general lighting throughout the store is recommended to be 30 to 50 foot candles of warm white light. At the store entrance, the ambient light should be brighter and enhanced with perimeter lighting or wall beams to which LED lights are so well adapted.
- Task lighting, or lighting used at checkouts, offices, storage or work areas, is usually 50 to 200 footcandles, using a ratio of 3:1 in comparison to the general lighting.
- Accent lighting is used to aesthetically enhance, draw attention, illuminate and make selection and comparisons easier. This is where LED lighting ‘shines’.
Architectural enhancements are assisted by cove lighting, wall washers, perimeter up and down lights. Rack lighting is when cool LED white light fully illuminates merchandise and more accurately displays colors and textures.
Shelf, case and counter lighting benefit by bright LED lights with glare avoided, small sources, three to five times brighter than ambient lighting. Refrigerated display cases, vertical or horizontal cost is 85% less than for traditional fluorescent.
Window displays use powerful, bright light with dramatic backlights and contrasts. Fitting rooms use flattering warm, bright light with shadows minimized. Exit and emergency lighting use programmed central controls, signs are easy to install with uniform brightness and less frequent maintenance. And when it comes to outdoor lighting, LED lights are better suited than any other and used with timers, dimmers and sensors.
There are Constant Improvements in LED Lighting Systems
The ongoing improvements in LED lighting systems make it easier to make the switch from outdated incandescent and fluorescent lamps and fixtures all at once or one fixture, one area, or one lamp at a time.
Look for new LED products on the market, such as new, more powerful floodlights; color controllers that allow you to select various white and color options; new canopy light and wallpacks that are great for outdoor security lights or warehouses.
The popularity of upgrading with LED lighting systems to save money and encourage consumer spending is spreading quickly throughout the retail world.
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