Durham, NC — More than 130 locations of convenience restaurant chain Sheetz, Inc. now feature LED lighting that is delivering a 45% to 55% reduction in energy costs compared to the lighting it replaced.
Durham, NC — More than 130 locations of convenience restaurant chain Sheetz, Inc. now feature state-of-the-art LED lighting by Cree, Inc. The installation of energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting at Sheetz® retail gasoline locations is delivering a 45% reduction in energy costs for interior lighting and 50% to 55% reduction in exterior lighting compared to the lighting it replaced.
“LED technology has improved dramatically over the last several years and we saw that Cree was on the leading edge of LED lighting innovation,” says Doug Knisely, director of building and petroleum construction, Sheetz, Inc. “We collectively determined that the conventional, antiquated lighting that we were using at Sheetz needed to be upgraded. High-quality lighting is an imperative to our business and is extremely vital to our customers.”
According to Sheetz, the LED lighting will provide a significant return on investment. From its near maintenance-free operation to the more than 50,000 hours of longevity, Sheetz expects a reduction in maintenance costs and to considerably lower the amount of kilowatt-hours of electricity used annually.
“As an adopter of LED lighting in its new and remodeled locations, Sheetz is revolutionizing the customer experience in the retail gasoline and convenience store marketplace,” says Christopher Ruud, Cree vice president, global sales, lighting. “Cree LED products, with high efficiency and low maintenance, are the ideal solution for the round-the-clock operations of convenience stores and gas stations.”
Area and flood luminaires as well as canopy luminaires replaced the exterior metal halide lighting fixtures, providing enhanced color quality, uniformity and optimized illumination performance. Additionally, 46 of the 131 upgraded Sheetz stores are illuminated with linear luminaires and downlights, updating the original fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights.
SOURCE: Cree, Inc.