In early June of 2009, the Marvel Food and Deli in Auburn, Washington opened its doors for the first time becoming the first commercial new construction in the U.S. to be outfitted exclusively with LEDs (light-emitting diodes). The new supermarket utilized LEDs for both the store interior and exterior lighting in the parking lot.
According to recent research within the supermarket industry, implementing LED technology is estimated to reduce energy consumption in stores by as much as 60 percent. Additionally, LEDs offer higher efficiency with little negative environmental impact. LEDs are proving to be vastly superior to fluorescent, MH (metal halide) and HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting; with an over 50,000+ hour lifetime, their longevity greatly reduces maintenance costs.
The supermarket’s owner, Andrey Ivanstov, said that the lighting is wonderful and that the public feedback he is getting is always positive. According to the store’s press release, emerging research indicates that the absence of UV rays and full spectrum light quality of LEDs make for a happier, healthier and more productive population. If that’s true, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more retail establishments begin implementing LED lighting for the sole reason of improving customer experience.