Walgreens Co. selected energy-efficient LED lighting by Cree Inc. for its Goodyear, Ariz., location, delivering superior illumination while lowering the total cost of ownership compared to fluorescent lighting alternatives. The 14,820-square-foot store now features Cree LED troffers, linear luminaires and downlights, saving the retailer thousands in annual energy and maintenance costs.
“Cree’s products deliver among the best light levels in the industry matched with superior efficacy, which helps lower our total cost of ownership since less power is needed to illuminate all levels of our shelves over alternative light fixtures,” says Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability for Walgreens. “We had been looking to add LED technology to our corporate sustainability program for a while, and with the successful Cree lighting implementation at the Goodyear store, it’s clear that it’s time to roll this out on a larger level. We are planning to incorporate LED lighting into all of our new stores moving forward.”
Supporting Walgreens’ commitment to PURE (People Using Resources Efficiently), which focuses on environmental sustainability by managing energy consumption, the Cree LED lighting system allows Walgreens to reduce its energy usage and operating costs without compromising light quality. Cree CS18 and CS14 LED linear luminaires deliver strong vertical light levels throughout the sales floor, while Cree CR24 troffers, designed to last 100,000 hours, help Walgreens reduce energy consumption and maintenance needs in the pharmacy. More importantly, the Cree luminaires are backed by Cree’s 10-year industry-leading limited warranty, providing investment protection.
“Our innovative LED lighting delivers real value by supporting the bottom line. Retailers no longer need to look to outdated technologies for a comprehensive lighting solution,” adds Steve Barlow, senior vice president of lighting sales, Cree. “LED technology is the perfect complement to corporate social responsibility programs for leading retailers like Walgreens that are exemplifying the benefits of high-quality illumination with significant energy savings.”
Lighting has been an integral part of Walgreens since its first store opened in 1901, which featured “new, bright lights to create a cheerful, warm ambiance,” a marked departure from the dimly lit stores of competitors. Powered by Cree TrueWhite Technology, Cree CS18 and CR24 architectural troffers deliver 90+ CRI, providing exceptional color rendering to showcase merchandise in their truest colors.
“With Cree, the colors of our merchandise pop to such an extent that customers can easily see items on the bottom shelves,” Meyers notes. “There is a distinctively different feel when you walk into this store. Cree LED lighting has a better quality to it. It’s crisper and cleaner. That’s valuable to us, particularly as a retailer trying to make our product look as appealing as possible.”