Grocery Store Lighting: The Benefits of LEDs

Managing energy costs and reducing waste


Grocery stores use electrical energy in a variety of ways such as Water Heating, Cooking, Office Equipment, Cooling and Heating, Lighting and Refrigeration. A standard 40,000 square foot grocery store can spend $20,000 per month on energy or over $230,000 annually. The two biggest areas for electrical energy usage are refrigeration at 57% and lighting at 23%, the two combined account for 80% of the total energy usage. If you break out those costs its $11,400 for refrigeration and $4,600 for lighting monthly. To maintain competitiveness and keep your margins up, it takes dedication, knowledge and determination to keep a Grocery Store operating.


Quick fixes don’t do enough

Sometimes a quick fix may be to just turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat a degree or two or, shut off a computer when not in use. But, those types of things can only accomplish minor reductions in energy and monitoring those programs can have limited success. To obtain the largest impact on your bottom line you have to have a comprehensive energy reduction program that’s easy.

The Long term solution: LED Grocery Store Lighting

GUSCO has developed a long term strategy to reduce your lighting energy between 40 to 80%. Our LED solutions for grocery store lighting have significant benefits along with a substantial reduction in energy usage such as:

  • ledFridgeLED lighting works exceptionally well in the cold and are the perfect light source for refrigeration. To the right is AmericanBright’sTM SimpleTubeTM LED cooler and freeze case light.
  • ledFoodLED ‘s are especially beneficial for a grocery store lighting in the fresh food areas because of the high color rendering indexes they achieve. Additionally, LED’s produce a spectrum of light which is very similar to daylight. The high quality of light and the high color rendering indexes produce improved appearances of perishable products.
  • LED lighting provides a better, more uniform light. One of the defining features of LED’s is that they emit light in a specific direction. Traditional light sources such as fluorescent and bulb shaped incandescent lamps emit light in all directions. Much of that light produced by the lamp is lost within the fixture, reabsorbed by the lamp or escapes from the fixture in a direction that is not useful.
  • LED lighting is very energy efficient, for example a 85 watt 6 foot freezer bulb can be replaced with a 24 watt LED upgrade tube. A energy savings of 71 %!
  • Energy costs are rising dramatically, so it makes sense to have a comprehensive energy reduction strategy in place and LED lighting can play an important role.
  • Traditional fluorescent lighting contains high levels of Ultraviolet and Infrared Radiation which is very detrimental for fresh food. Ultraviolet and Infrared Radiation from fluorescent lighting accelerates spoilage and discoloration as well as moisture loss. LED grocery store lighting produces no Ultraviolet or Infrared radiation and contains no harmful chemicals, like traditional lighting sources which contain mercury and lead.