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13 September 2010


Furniture retailer installs 80,000 Cree LRP-38 spotlights US-wide

The Furniture Row Companies, one of the USA’s largest family owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers (operating over 330 stores in 31 states), is installing LED lighting from LED maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA throughout its 330 Sofa Mart, Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions and Denver Mattress Company specialty furniture stores across the country.

To date, nearly 13,000 Cree LRP-38 LED spotlights have been installed, out of more than 80,000 planned. The 11W LED lights are replacing 90W halogen bulbs.

“We wanted new lighting that addressed our goal of being environmental stewards, but we also wanted to remain fiscally responsible,” says Rod Schnurr, Furniture Row store planning coordinator.

The first Furniture Row Shopping Center to install Cree LED lights saved $4200 on monthly energy costs compared with the original lighting, Schnurr says. The LRP-38 spotlights also generate much less heat, saving on air conditioning costs. Furniture Row also anticipates significant maintenance savings, given the much longer service life of the LED lights, which are designed for a 50,000-hour lifetime in open applications. Prior to the LED lighting upgrade, store employees spent an estimated 15 hours per week replacing burned out halogen bulbs.

“The LRP-38 spotlight is perfect for retail environments because it offers energy efficiency and longevity without compromising on the high-quality light needed to properly illuminate merchandise,” claims Craig Lofton, director of national accounts, Cree LED Lighting.

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