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Macy's Continues LED Lighting Conversions Yielding Vast Savings

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December 20, 2012

Macy’s has installed LED lighting in more than 800 department stores as part of its retrofit plan.

In the fall of 2011, the retailer said it plans to replace 1 million light bulbs over the next 10 years across its store network. As of September 2011, Macy’s had retrofitted 100 stores, which means 700 more stores have been upgraded in the past 15 months.

"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 conversion to LED was a simple matter of unscrewing old light bulbs and replacing them with new ones, but the results were immediate and dramatic, the company said, noting that unlike hot and high wattage halogen lights, LED lights use a fraction of the wattage and produce very little heat, lowering the amount of energy needed for air conditioning as well.

 

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