Macy’s Department Store Goes Green with LED Lighting
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 05:47 PM EST
As I’m sure you know, national department chain Macy’s is making big strides in its sustainability efforts, including the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting. For a quick update on its progress, I wanted to let you know that Macy’s has now installed LED Lighting in more than 900 department stores and more than 50 percent of these lights are from leading manufacturer MSi Lighting featuring Cree LEDs.
"We at Macy's, Inc. are believers in the value of LED lighting. Our company has installed about 1.1 million LED bulbs in more than 800 Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores across the country since 2010. This has helped us to cut the energy consumption used in lighting by up to 73 percent compared to the conventional bulbs they replaced," said Bill Lyon, Macy's vice president for energy management. "Investing in LED lighting has been a very smart decision from both a business standpoint and for its positive impact on the environment."
The new LED lighting has already saved Macy’s nearly $80 million in energy and maintenance costs and is putting Macy’s on the map as a national retailer who is making a difference by going green. The conversion to LED was a simple matter of unscrewing the old lights and screwing in the new ones, but the results were immediate and dramatic. Unlike hot and high wattage halogen lights, the extremely efficient LED lights use a fraction of the wattage and produce very little heat, lowering the amount of energy needed for air conditioning.