New York -- Tesco has opened its first all-LED store as the United Kingdom’s largest retailer continues its drive to reduce carbon emissions from its operations. Tesco expects that the use of the LEDs in its new Express location, in Loughborough, England, will produce a 30% energy savings compared to its other Express stores.
All of the store’s external signage is lit with LEDs, as is the lighting on the sales floor and in staff areas. In addition, the cold rooms, fridges and freezer are lit with LEDs. (The only place where standard lighting is used is in the bakery oven, where temperatures are too high for LEDs to function.)
"We have recognized that through the use of LED light fittings we can dramatically reduce energy usage, particularly at Express stores due to their smaller size and lower ceiling height, stated Emmily Sjolander, environmental program manager, Tesco. “If this delivers the energy savings we have estimated, it is likely that we would replicate this lighting system at other stores.”