EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Riddle’s Jewelry is newly engaged to an efficient LED lighting solution from GE Lighting. The retailer is changing halogen bulbs in its 57 locations to GE’s LED replacement lamps, saving 20 to 25 percent in annual jewelry store lighting costs while bringing a new sparkle to its stunning selection of fine rings, pendants and gemstones.
“After looking at a number of options, GE’s LED replacement lamps offered the best combination of energy savings and the best look for our merchandise once it’s out of the cases”
Family-owned Riddle’s Jewelry opened its first store in Webster, South Dakota, in 1959. More than half a century and many stores later, lighting still plays an important role at Riddle’s, from the subtle shimmer of precious stones to the setting of an elegant, inviting atmosphere.
“After looking at a number of options, GE’s LED replacement lamps offered the best combination of energy savings and the best look for our merchandise once it’s out of the cases,” said Dan Casanova, vice president of Riddle’s. “Store managers have been amazed the way the bright, white LED lighting accentuates the natural brilliance of the diamonds. With halogen, they looked good. With LED, they look amazing.”
Riddle’s Jewelry locations house between 80 and 210 spotlight fixtures, depending on store size. With the retrofit, the retailer is moving from 75-watt halogen lamps to GE’s 20-watt PAR38 LED replacement lamps, a product of GE ecomagination℠.
At locations that have used GE’s LED replacement lamps for more than one year, Riddle’s has seen lighting energy cost savings between $100 and $150 a month in smaller stores (80-100 fixtures) and from $175 to $225 in larger stores (up to 210 fixtures), based on a $.10 per kWh rate and 4,000 hours of operation annually.
These savings are also the result of reduced loads on building cooling systems―each Riddle’s store typically runs its air conditioning throughout the year because of the heat generated by halogen lighting. GE’s new LED replacement lamps stay much cooler than the halogen bulbs, and though Riddle’s has not yet recorded exact load reductions, store managers have reported a noticeable decrease in the cooling demand on HVAC units.
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