Source: Lux Magazine
If store managers got the credit for the energy savings from lighting upgrades, many more of them would opt for LED.
That’s the view of Lux’s lighting economist Dave Tilley on how to overcome barriers to the adoption of LED lighting in the retail sector.
While payback times for upgrading typical retail lighting to LED are shorter than in other sectors, the equally short property leases in the world of retail have meant that the uptake of LED technology in shops remains low.
At the Lighting for Retail and Hospitality conference, Tilley suggested the problem lies elsewhere. ‘The store manager doesn’t get the benefit of the saving,’ he said. ‘So effectively their decision is, “do I take money out of my maintenance budget and fund something that head office gets the credit for?”
‘Until certain retailers understand that some of these savings have to be a joint venture, that is and still remains one of the biggest barriers of introducing LED. Otherwise, with 10 months payback time, why are there any halogens left?’