“Retailers can achieve reductions in consumption every bit as dramatic as those habitually recorded on the shop-floor.”

The tremendous benefits for front-of-house retail operations that can result from the installation of latest-generation LED lighting systems are well-established, from an improved shopping experience for customers to dramatic long-term reductions in energy bills.

Indeed, the advantages of taking a similar approach to back-of-house areas can be similarly profound. For an impressively short return on investment period, it is often possible to achieve significantly improved illumination levels that can benefit workforce productivity and efficiency, as well as reduce energy consumption by more than 50% with immediate effect.

Tony Ludlow, Managing Director of Connected Light says: “Don’t underestimate the benefits of implementing latest-generation systems. Properly designed and specified, contemporary LED-based lighting can deliver improvements every bit as dramatic as those achieved on the shop-floor and these are the reasons why:

1) The latest LED systems can deliver greatly reduced energy consumption. The efficiency of LED systems has been on a steep upward curve over the last decade, with a recent study demonstrating an increase of approximately 50% since 2012. Even when compared to the more energy-conscious fluorescent systems, improvements in energy consumption of well over 60% are commonly encountered.

2) LED systems pay for themselves – and quickly! In a small to medium-sized retail back-of-house space, a complete new system may pay for itself in only a few months of reduced energy bills. Even in much larger areas, payback periods are rarely more than a year or so.

3) More dramatic carbon reduction is in sight! As the Government pursues ambitious carbon reduction targets, there is a practical and moral obligation for retail outlets to lower their carbon emissions. LED lighting can be a vital asset in this regard.

4) Lighting is provided where it is needed, when it is needed. The deployment of LED lighting that is integrated with sensors and control technology means that unnecessary illumination can become a thing of the past. For example, individual stock aisles lit only when a member of staff enters, rather than the entire room being lit full-time, with obvious ramifications for energy savings.

5) LED lighting systems are cheaper and easier to maintain. Modern systems can be more effectively monitored, paving the way for further energy-saving optimisation. And with a general life expectancy of 50,000 hours, there is much less need for replacements as well as potentially disruptive maintenance work.

Tony Ludlow concludes: “Only by enlisting the services of a lighting specialist with access to a broad range of the latest solutions can a retailer take advantage of the benefits of implementing LED-lighting systems and hope to achieve the best possible results for their back-of-house areas.”