The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lighting Sensors – Boosting lighting efficiency in retail

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Is lighting efficiency one of your top priorities?

According to EnergyStar, “lighting represents about 22 percent of the electricity consumption in a typical retail establishment, not including its effect on cooling loads. Lighting retrofits can save 30 to 50 percent of lighting energy as well as 10 to 20 percent of cooling energy.” Lighting is a very complex issue with many variables to consider (check out this article from Commercial Architecture for a good overview), but there are some quick and easy solutions.


Installed lighting sensor

One of the simplest things a retailer can do to reduce energy use through lighting is to install lighting controls or sensors to automatically turn off lights in areas that aren’t being used. This is a great strategy for offices, bathrooms and backrooms and can even be used in refrigerated aisles.

To keep lighting levels up and welcoming to customers, daylighting and installing skylights can deliver two benefits.  First, it will help reduce your costs and usage of electricity. Second, it may boost sales; a 2003 study sponsored by the California Energy Commission, calculated that the average effect of daylighting was to increase sales by up to 6 percent that stores in areas.

Check out our most recent The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lighting Sensors to learn more about how you can save your supermarket money and reduce your consumption of energy through more efficient lighting systems.

Evaluating your current lighting systems and recommending changes or efficiencies is one of the many components of enrolling in the Grocery Stewardship Certification.  Please email us at to learn more about how your store or grocery chain can get started!