The SuperMax supermarket chain in Puerto Rico has decided on a total lighting makeover for its newly acquired and outdated grocery store in San Juan.
The lighting retrofit is projected to save the food retailer $170,000 annually thanks to reduced energy consumption and cooling loads, according to a press release.
SuperMax decided to replace all store lighting including the ceiling lights, lighting in prep areas as well as in all cooler, freezer and display cases to fix the store’s poor lighting and high energy consumption.
According to a recent white paper from Nualight, more than 35 percent of energy use at food retailers is consumed by refrigeration, including display cases, freezers, coolers, and beverage dispensers. In addition, fluorescent lighting contributes about a 25 to 50 percent increase in total power consumed in these applications, while studies show LED lighting in refrigerated glass door displays can cut energy consumption by up to 60 percent.
Redbird LED in partnership with Energy Integrated Solutions (EIS) replaced the grocery store’s lighting with more than 1,000 LED T8 tube lights.
With a service life of more than 50,000 hours, the LED tube lighting is expected to deliver a total savings of more than $1 million. EIS calls the project one of the largest complete LED retrofits in a U.S. territory retail store.