Walmart and GE Transforming Retail Lighting

by Nate Hunter

Bentonville, Ark. — The move enables Walmart to cut store lighting costs by another 40%.

Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart plans to purchase energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the United States, stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures will use 40% less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, and will help further the retailer’s goal to reduce the kilowatt hour (kWh) per square foot of energy required to power Walmart’s buildings globally 20% by 2020. This is Walmart’s largest purchase of GE LED lighting to date.

“We have worked to find and scale energy-efficient LED lighting solutions that are cost-effective and high quality, and now working with GE, we’re paving the way to make this a mainstream solution for the retail industry,” says Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.”

With the main sales floor lighting representing approximately 90% of the total lighting usage in each building, this implementation will reduce energy use per store by more than 5% in the U.S. alone. The lights have a longer life span than traditional lighting fixtures and also offer significant savings in maintenance costs.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has 11,302 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries.






SOURCE: GE Lighting



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