Convenience Store Owners Find Payoff in LED Lights

Everyone knows the places well. They are the comforting light that is barely visible along the long, dark and lonely highway. Quick shop, neighborhood grocery or convenience store, whatever the name, we all know what they mean. Whether it’s candy bars, cigarettes, or a tank of gas and a good cup of joe, the good old quickie mart is there to grant your every wish—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays and hurricanes too.

Canopy lights are just one area where LEDs can help convenience stores, gas stations and all-night stores save money. Some owners have seen savings as high as 70 per cent compared to non-LED lights. Payback on the investment in LEDs can be as little as a couple of years.

Canopy lights are just one area where LEDs can help convenience stores, gas stations and all-night stores save money. Some owners have seen savings as high as 70 per cent compared to non-LED lights. Payback on the investment in LEDs can be as little as a couple of years.

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Business Loves LED Lighting; Consumers are Catching Up

Wherever you go these days, you see businesses switching their lighting systems from old-fashioned incandescent or harsh fluorescent to bright and shiny new LEDs. The local supermarket, the office where you work, the train station, restaurant or department store—all of these businesses are seeing the benefits of this rapidly developing technology. The light produced by LED bulbs is brighter and warmer and more focused than ever before, and business owners love the savings to their energy bills. But what about consumers?

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Businesses, especially retail, are moving to LED lighting. In Japan, market penetration is over 50 percent and expected to hit 90 percent. Consumers are slower to embrace the technology, balking at the high cost of a bulb. But that is changing.

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Wireless Environment Announces Battery-Backed LED Lamp Socket for Emergency Lighting

Startup specialty-lighting manufacturer Wireless Environment is using Lightfair International to launch the SwitchSense Bulb Adaptor that delivers a novel approach to emergency lighting. Designed for use with LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) replacement lamps, the adaptor can power lamps with a standard Edison base with batteries that are activated in the event of power failure to a building.

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Outdoor Lighting: DOE Funds More SSL, MaxLite Post-Top LEDs, Cree and Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will enable LED street light upgrades in five metropolitan areas under the new High-Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator program announced by President Obama. In outdoor products, Cree has combined a customized LED and unique optics in an area-lighting fixture while MaxLite has announced new solid-state lighting (SSL) retrofit kits for post-top fixtures. Moving to projects, Cambridge, MA and Honolulu, HI have announced major street-light upgrade plans with the former having already begun deployment. Continue reading

Coffee Vendor Discovers Huge Benefits of LED Retrofit

A Texas company that specializes in single-brew gourmet coffee machines and vending machines for offices has joined the ranks of companies all over the world that are seeing the benefits of switching to LED lighting. FreshBrew, of Houston, Texas, announced that it has replaced all the lighting in its 90,000-square-foot warehouse, manufacturing facility and offices, as well as all other interior and exterior lighting.

Highly efficient, long-lasting (40,000 hours) PAR light bulbs like this one from Leapfrog Lighting can be used to retrofit existing recessed lighting in warehouses and other buildings, as well as in non-commercial applications.

Highly efficient, long-lasting (40,000 hours) PAR light bulbs like this one from Leapfrog Lighting can be used to retrofit existing recessed lighting in warehouses and other buildings, as well as in non-commercial applications.

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