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LED Lights Reduce Energy Costs More Than 45% at Sheetz Gas Stations

November 30, 2012 By Linda Hardesty

More than 130 locations of Sheetz retail gasoline/convenience stores now feature LED lighting by Cree.

The energy-efficient lighting at Sheetz store locations is delivering a 45 percent reduction in energy costs for interior lighting and a 50-55 percent reduction in exterior lighting compared to the lighting it replaced.

Cree Edge area and flood luminaires and 227 Series canopy luminaires replaced the exterior metal halide lighting fixtures. Additionally, 46 of the 131 upgraded Sheetz stores are illuminated with CR14 linear luminaires and CR6 downlights, updating the original fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights.

According to Sheetz, the Cree LED lighting makes its stores appear brighter and safer. Also, Cree’s lighting provides 50,000 hours of longevity, and Sheetz expects a reduction in maintenance costs and a considerably lower amount of kilowatt-hours of electricity used annually.

Sheetz is planning to open new locations in its six-state footprint and to use Cree LED lighting at those new facilities.


4 comments on “LED Lights Reduce Energy Costs More Than 45% at Sheetz Gas Stations

  1. Good post.
    An LED lamp (or LED light bulb) is a solid-state lamp that uses light-emitting diodes(LEDs) as the source of light. LED lamps offer long service life and high energy efficiency, but initial costs are higher than those of fluorescent and incandescent lamps. Chemical decomposition of LED chips reduces luminous flux over life cycle as with conventional lamps.

    The main difference to other light sources is the directed light. Thus illuminating a flat defined area requires less Lumen compared to light sources which would need reflectors or lenses to do the same. For illuminating an 360° orbit, the benefits of LED are much smaller. LED lamps are used for both general and special-purpose lighting. Where colored light is needed, LEDs naturally emitting many colors are available, with no need for filters. This improves the energy efficiency over a white light source that generates all colors of light then discards some of the visible energy in a filter.

    Compared to fluorescent bulbs, introduced advantages claimed for LED light bulbs are that they contain no mercury (unlike a Compact fluorescent lamp or CFL), that they turn on instantly, and that lifetime is unaffected by cycling on and off, so that they are well suited for light fixtures where bulbs are often turned on and off. LED light bulbs are also mechanically robust; most other artificial light sources are fragile.
    White-light light-emitting diode lamps have longer life expectancy and higher efficiency (the same light for less electricity) than most other lighting. LED sources are compact, which gives flexibility in designing lighting fixtures and good control over the distribution of light with small reflectors or lenses. Because of the small size of LEDs, control of the spatial distribution of illumination is extremely flexible,and the light output and spatial distribution of a LED array can be controlled with no efficiency loss.
    LED lamps have no glass tubes to break, and their internal parts are rigidly supported, making them resistant to vibration and impact. With proper driver electronics design, an LED lamp can be made dimmable over a wide range; there is no minimum current needed to sustain lamp operation.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    E-mail: anumajonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

  2. Most people prefer to buy LED lights in comparison of traditional bulbs because led lights produce less heat and saves energy. LED lights are cost effective and energy efficient diode. The installation of light emitting diodes is also very easy.I once buy from OKLEDLIGHTS (dot) COM is nice .

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