Energy saving and sustainability: An important decision for stores
Sustainability is becoming an increasingly central issue for both consumers and businesses. Therefore, energy-saving lighting plays an important role – especially in retail, where the lights are on for many hours daily. By switching to energy-saving solutions like LED, stores can not only improve their bottom line but also reduce their environmental impact.
In this blog post, we will tell you more about why you should consider switching to energy-saving lighting in your store – if you haven’t already done so.
If you want to gain even more general knowledge about energy-saving lighting, you can read much more on the page below:
The value of good store lighting
Store lighting plays a crucial role in retail, far beyond just functionality. The right lighting can create a welcoming atmosphere, highlight products, and even influence customers’ purchasing decisions. A well-lit store can make products more appealing, enhance the customer experience, and help to highlight the brand. Lighting helps set the stage – it can make a store warm and inviting, or modern and exclusive, depending on the need.
The quality of store lighting is therefore important. Not only to best emphasise the products, but also because the lights need to be on for many hours every day. This places high demands on both durability and energy efficiency.
It is therefore essential for shops to consider energy-saving lighting solutions. By choosing high-quality LED lighting, shops can ensure reliable, cost-effective and more environmentally friendly lighting. Furthermore, the investment in energy-saving lighting can also lead to indirect economic benefits, as a well-lit store with quality lighting is more appealing to customers, potentially increasing sales and customer satisfaction.
Reduction of operating costs
Energy-saving lighting is an effective way for shops to reduce their operating costs. LED bulbs and lamps with integrated LEDs use significantly less energy than traditional light sources. In general, LED bulbs use around 4-5 times less power than traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs to produce the same amount of light*.
Switching to LED lighting will therefore result in significantly lower electricity bills, which is especially important for stores where lights are often switched on for many hours each day.
Longer lifespan and fewer light sources
In addition to saving on energy consumption, energy-saving lighting such as LED also has another significant benefit. LED light sources can have a lifespan of up to 25,000 to 50,000 hours, whereas incandescent and halogen bulbs only have a lifespan of 1,000 to 2,000 hours. This extended lifespan means that replacing bulbs becomes an infrequent event rather than a regular maintenance task. This not only saves time and money when it comes to purchasing and replacing light sources, but also reduces the time spent on maintenance.
With the right guidance, stores that use energy-saving lighting like LED can also make their use of light sources more efficient. It’s all about precisely positioning spots to illuminate key areas that attract customers. Strategic placement of spots can highlight products and create inviting zones, making it possible to reduce the total number of light sources without compromising on lighting quality.
Our team of experienced lighting consultants can guide you on how to optimise the placement and setting of your spots to achieve maximum effect with fewer light sources.
LED Lighting: Customizing the Retail Experience
LED lighting offers new opportunities to customise lighting and create a tailored and inviting atmosphere in stores. With a wide range of colour temperatures and brightness levels, LED light sources allow store owners to find the right light to highlight their products and create the desired atmosphere.
One of the great benefits of LED lighting is also the ability to adjust the brightness and colour temperature. This means stores can change the character of the light throughout the day or for different seasons, which can have a big impact on how products are presented and perceived. For example, warmer lighting in the evening can create a cosy atmosphere, while brighter, cooler lighting during the day can highlight product details and colours.
In addition, LED technology allows you to precisely direct and focus the light, which is ideal for highlighting specific areas or products in the store. This can be particularly useful in window displays or special display areas where you want to catch the customer’s attention. LED lighting also provides a more even light distribution throughout the store, helping to avoid dark corners or glaring light spots.
A long-term investment
The investment in a new energy-saving lighting solution may seem extensive and expensive, but it’s an investment that quickly pays for itself. This is due to the significant energy savings and long lifespan that LED light sources offer*.
If you want to invest in energy-saving lighting for your store, there are several ways to do it. If the old fixtures are suitable for LED, it’s possible to just replace the light source and reuse the fixture. However, it’s important that the new light sources meet the store’s lighting needs, creating a comfortable and attractive atmosphere.
If the old fixtures are not suitable for LED, new ones are necessary. To achieve the best result, we recommend consulting with a professional lighting expert.
Both to ensure that the right lamps are used and that their placement matches the store’s needs. Many lamps and spots come with integrated LED, which means that the light source is built into the lamp itself and forms a fixed part of the design.
With lamps that have integrated LED, the lifespan is really high, up to 50,000 hours. If the lamp is on for 8 hours a day, this means that the lifespan is around 17 years. Even after the end of its lifespan, the fixture itself can be reused by replacing the driver, chip, and adapter. Therefore, replacing old fixtures with energy-saving solutions is a long-term sustainable investment.
A more environmentally friendly solution
Overall, energy-saving lighting in the form of LED is a more environmentally friendly lighting solution compared to traditional light sources such as incandescent and halogen bulbs* As mentioned earlier, one of the primary benefits of LED is its low power consumption, which means less dependence on fossil fuels, leading to lower CO2 emissions and thus a reduction in the greenhouse effect.
In addition, the long lifespan means a reduction in waste as they don’t need to be replaced as often as traditional light sources. It’s also worth noting that LED bulbs do not contain mercury, unlike certain types of fluorescent light sources such as energy-saving bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Mercury is a toxic substance that can have environmental and health consequences if released into the environment. The use of LED lighting eliminates this risk, making them a safer and more environmentally friendly choice*.