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Bashas makes LED lights standard for new stores and retrofits


Durham, N.C. -- Supermarket retailer Bashas has installed energy-efficient LED lighting from Cree in its Tempe, Ariz., location. The newly renovated store features luminaires powered by Cree TrueWhite technology, with an anticipated energy savings of 47% over the store’s previous design.

“Shopping is a highly visual experience and it’s critical to showcase products in their most appetizing colors,” said Scott Murphy, construction manager for Bashas, Chandler, Ariz. “When we decided to remodel the Tempe location, we initially chose fluorescent T8s and CFL downlights until we were introduced to Cree LED lighting. Cree luminaires not only deliver the best LED lighting in the industry but also provide significant energy and maintenance savings compared to outdated technologies. In the grocery store industry, it’s all about margins and Cree helped add green to our bottom line.”

Featuring a number of luminaires from Cree’s portfolio, the installation resulted in a one-for-one replacement against the original specification due to the upgrade in light quality as well as energy and maintenance savings. Additionally, the Cree CS18 luminaires deliver strong vertical light levels, illuminating all levels of the store’s shelves using less power and providing significant energy savings. The installed Cree luminaires further help reduce energy consumption with their dimming capabilities.

Bashas’ expects the Cree system to pay for itself within two years.

“Bashas’ is so pleased with our decision to install Cree LED lights, it is now the standard for new and retrofit stores,” Murphy said. “Not only do they offer energy and maintenance savings, but they produce beautiful, long-lasting lighting that make the store’s products pop.”

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