LEDs: Benefits Extend Beyond Worth Energy Savings
Chain Store Age, November 17, 2015. Image credit: Pixies
LED lighting technology has recently advanced, creating possibilities for uses beyond those of traditional bulbs. These trends illuminate new uses for lighting that affect the bottom line, customers, and employees. The investment is worth the switch.
Many retailers today implement lighting standards which allow for control and automation on smart timers and schedules, or turned on and off remotely to save energy when a space is unoccupied. Common light sensor installations include occupancy and vacancy sensors, as well as natural light-triggered time clocks and dimming controls.
Studies have shown that controlled lighting leads to energy efficiency and human efficiency. Retail and commercial spaces are often brighter than necessary, which wastes energy and negatively affects customer comfort and employee productivity.
Light that is installed and managed for the task at hand – whether trying on clothing (brighter, frontal lighting), showcasing a product (varied, colorful highlighting), or operating a computer or register (dimmed overhead lighting), can be optimized.
Even more advanced LED systems are entering the market. For example, Kimco is exploring a lighting system that has camera and motion sensor integration, which is monitored by property managers through smart devices.
The system supports crime deterrence as well – if lights are programmed to dim in the late hours of night and movement is detected during this time, the lighting can brighten to 100% and can even audibly alert that the trespasser is being recorded.