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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Cleveland Public Power to Test LED Street Lights for 2 Years

By Leila Atassi, The Plain Dealer 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Residents and motorists in several Cleveland neighborhoods will see their streets in a different light next month — when the warm glow of traditional street lights is replaced by the white illumination of energy-efficient LED’s.

For two years beginning May 1, city-owned Cleveland Public Power will test four varieties of LED street lights on both sides of the city and downtown to gauge efficiency, coverage and how well they hold up to harsh Cleveland weather.

A worker changes a city street light. The city of Cleveland will begin testing energy-efficient LEDs in areas of the city on May 1. Plain Dealer File.

A worker changes a city street light. The city of Cleveland will begin testing energy-efficient LEDs in areas of the city on May 1. Plain Dealer File.

Mayor Frank Jackson first unveiled the plan in 2011, a year after the administration launched an unsuccessful effort to find a company willing to sell the city LED lights in exchange for creating jobs. Continue reading