LEDs will account for 52% of commercial lighting by 2021
New York City — A new report from Pike Research forecasts that LEDs will capture 52% of the commercial lighting market by 2021. Pike, a cleantech market intelligence firm, anticipates that LED lighting costs for various SSL products will be reduced by 80% to 90% in many cases during the next decade.
The report, “Energy Efficient Lighting for Commercial Markets,” finds that while the market share of solid-state lighting is still low, LEDs are gaining significant momentum as an alternative to incandescent and fluorescent lighting in commercial buildings, particularly as the cost of the technology continues its rapid decline.
“LEDs represent perhaps the most significant breakthrough of the last 130 years in lighting technology,” said research analyst Eric Bloom. “The production of white LEDs, which began in the late 1990s, is starting to transform the lighting industry, and the transition to this new technology is likely to occur very quickly."
According to Bloom, incandescent and less efficient T12 and T8 fluorescent lamps will be almost completely eliminated during the next 10 years. To take more than 50% of the market, LEDs will take share from compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, and general linear fluorescents.
The forecasts that the global market for commercial lighting will reach $42 billion in 2011, and experience a peak of nearly $54 billion in 2012 before gradually declining to about $30 billion by 2021. The decline will be due to the extended lamp life of both fluorescents and LEDs as they become the primary lamp types, increasingly displacing demand for replacements for less efficient and shorter-lived incandescent lamps.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.
Supervalu joins DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge
Washington, D.C. — Supervalu has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which aims to engage building operators nationwide in improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The announcement was made by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton during a leadership event attended by Craig Herkert, Supervalu chief executive officer and president, in Washington, D.C.
“Reducing our energy footprint and creating a more thoughtful and sustainable operation are important priorities, and we will continue to test innovative ways to build our stores with future generations in mind,” said Herkert. “These projects are good for the environment, improve our operating efficiency and create jobs — ultimately benefiting the communities we serve.”
Supervalu, which operates more than 78 million square feet of retail and distribution center space, has had a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. The company has invested $20 million in energy efficiency initiatives this year alone, resulting in over 1,300 projects across its enterprise.
The has been working over the past five years to reduce total carbon emissions by 10 percent and landfill waste by 50% and is on track to reach those milestones by the end of 2012.
Using cutting-edge technologies, Supervalu is engineering breakthrough projects such as the nation’s first low-carbon, ammonia refrigeration system at an Albertsons store it is remodeling in Carpinteria, Calif., which is an important pilot project in its efforts to build a model for the “grocery store of the future.”
Since 2008, SuperValu has completed 4,500 energy reduction projects, including:
- Lighting upgrades — LED, retrofit of existing frozen food lights, spot lights in produce, parking lot lighting retrofits;
- Refrigerator and freezer alarm systems to notify employees if doors are left open;
- New and retrofitted refrigerated dairy and deli cases with doors;
- Fuel cells in several of its stores to serve as the primary energy provider to that location; and
- Development of nine LEED stores throughout the country and one nationally recognized Green Store in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Earlier this year, SuperValu announced plans to transition 40 stores to zero waste operations during the company’s current fiscal year ending Feb. 25, 2012, building on the success of the company’s two zero waste stores in Santa Barbara, Calif. Through its sustainability efforts, SuperValu also reduced garbage expenses by 12.6% in its fiscal year ending February 2011 and recycling revenues exceeded landfill waste expenses for the first time.
Starbucks’ Times Square location lights up with LEDs
New York City — Solid-state lighting figures prominently in Starbucks’ newly renovated Time Square flagship in New York City. The retailer utilized the services of Focus Lighting, a New York-based architectural lighting design firm, which called upon LED Source, an international supplier of LED lighting.
“LEDs are the most energy-efficient lighting solution on the market,” said Joe Zamore, VP of business development, LED Source, Wellington, Fla., which specializes specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits.
“They cut costs on energy bills and maintenance fees, while still offering brilliant, functional lighting.”
In keeping with its Theatre District local, Starbucks Time Square has a distinctive design inspired by images and history of old Broadway.
Staying true to Starbuck’s new “neighborhood concept design” program, Focus Lighting lit the store as if it were a theater stage set, reminiscent of old Broadway in appearance.
Signature theatrical elements including Fresnel lighting fixtures, equipped with LED lamps and barn doors, are mounted on triangular trusses. The energy-efficient LED accent lighting is integrated into the shelving and canopy. Additionally, the Starbucks letters inside the store have been backlit to create a warm glow.
The LED lamps deployed in the store are from Toshiba Internatioanl Corp.’s LED Lighting Systems Division. Some 73 PAR30 lamps at 16.3 watts and 55 LED MR16 lamps at 6.7 watts are used throughout the space.
According to LED Source’s Zamore, Toshiba’s PAR30 lamps last on average 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75% less energy than halogens, while the LED MR16 lamps last up to 20 times longer and use up to 80% less energy than halogens.
“Each of the bulbs contain no mercury or lead and emit up to 70% less UV light compared to halogens,” he said.
The products chosen also aligned with the design goals.
“The PAR30 lamps were perfect in trying to create an image of old Broadway. The delicacy of our aiming will stay for years to come because of the low maintenance cycle of this lamp,” said Paul Gregory, president, Focus Lighting.