Energy Saving LED Lights In Starbucks
Starbucks recently finished replacing nearly all of its incandescent and halogen lighting with LEDs during a two-year roll-out to over 7,000 company-owned stores, most in the United States and Canada, but with some in Europe and Asia. Energy saving LED lights in Starbucks is the largest deployment yet of LED technology in an application that is very sensitive to the quality of light; Starbucks’ success proves that the new digital lighting is ready for mass install.
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How Starbucks Saves Millions a Year in Energy with LED Lighting
Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact for Starbucks confirmed that the LED lighting program is on target to slash consumption by more than 80 percent compared to existing lighting. My back-of-the envelope calculations [see notes below] found that
• Each LED light bulb saves approximately $30 annually in energy costs and eliminates the equivalent CO2 as half a barrel of oil;
• Each 1,000 square foot store on average would save nearly $600 annually and eliminate the equivalent CO2 as 10 barrels of oil
To capture these impressive benefits, for both the bottom-line and the environment, it took more than replacing a light bulb. When Starbucks was examining which energy efficiency projects to deploy in its stores, lighting was an obvious choice, since retailers consume a large amount of energy on lighting to provide ambiance and to showcase products.
U.S. Department of Energy assessment that “LED usage will accelerate … since … no other lighting technology offers as much potential to save energy and enhance the quality of our building environments.”
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