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Getting Smart about Retail Lighting with LEDs

When it comes to retail operating costs, energy is one of the top three expenses. Lighting is of course a component of this, accounting for 50% of energy costs for non-food retailers. Each square foot of a typical retail store costs roughly $0.71/SF/year – a cost that quickly adds up at the store and chain level.1, 2, 3,. However, the lighting world has undergone a seismic shift in the past six years. LED technologies are now economically viable, and quickly replacing metal halide, fluorescent, and halogen technologies in many businesses. LEDs are five- to 10-times more efficient than halogen lighting, and LED fixtures can be 1.2- to 1.4-times more efficient than HID and fluorescent fixtures.

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