Monday, November 7, 2011

Major Companies Making the Switch to LEDs

As Walmart goes, so goes the country. Well, maybe not exactly, but a location that recently opened in Wichita was designed with a promising nod to energy efficiency. Walmart’s new N. Amidon store will be exclusively illuminated with LED interior lighting, a first for the company. This 30,000 – 40,000 sq. ft. store will be used as a trial run to evaluate the viability of making similar lighting choices for other Walmarts, including the larger, 185,000 sq. ft. supercenters.

In a similar action, Coca-Cola is making an effort to install more LEDs in their vending machines, rather than traditional fluorescent bulbs. This is occurring both overseas, as discussed in this article, and in the U.S., as it is becoming increasingly difficult to source the 4 ft. fluorescents used in these machines. Thinking outside the box to make lighting changes in products like vending machines is a great way to make more efficient use of the power grid in ways that probably won’t be noticed by consumers.

We’re sure that Walmart, Coca-Cola, and other companies will find the LED change to be a wise one, considering all the benefits.  To name a few:
  • Direct energy costs (basically, the electric bill) reduced up to 40%.
  • Longer bulb life – up to six years, reducing the need to change lights as often and freeing employees for other tasks.
  • Environmentally friendly, an important concern for large (and small) corporations like Walmart and Coca-Cola.
Indeed, factors like these make it difficult to deny the surge in popularity of LEDs. Bulb Direct is pleased to offer a full line of these bulbs suitable for retail use, as well as in the home. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have on this topic.

1 comment:

  1. It would just be a matter of time then before LED lighting would be a staple in households.

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