Donut shop sees multiple benefits from LED upgrade
The site lights were out at the Dunkin’ Donuts fast food restaurant in Largo, Florida. And that was not good for business.
“We knew that we had to replace some of the lighting,” Owner Estelle Valsamis said. “We thought LED parking lot lighting would save us money, and when Arkon Power showed us they would pay for themselves inside two years, it was a no brainer. It made good business sense.”
The savings on the company’s energy bill, it turned out, were just the beginning. According to Valsamis, the lights are even brighter and more daylight-like than she expected. That means her business’s effective hours have been extended—customers are drawn to the bakery not only during the morning rush but into the evenings, as well.
“We are really happy with it,” Valsamis said. “We are coffee and donuts, so much of our business is in the morning. For those off hours, the lighting helps the visibility from the street; it allows people to see the shop at night. We can definitely pick up some sales.”
Valsamis said the lights have also made the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot and surrounding area safer for employees during early morning and nighttime hours.
The restaurant parking lot previously was lit by 11 1,000-watt metal halide bulbs, most of which were out and needed either maintenance or complete replacement. The Arkon photometric team determined just five 280-watt LED streetlights and one 120-watt LED streetlight could provide even better illumination.
According to Arkon Technical Manager Graham Brown, where there were two lighting fixtures on five of the six poles around the parking lot prior to the upgrade, the new design required only one fixture per pole.
“Not only were the existing lights costing this business in maintenance and on its energy bill, there were clunky redundancies everywhere,” Brown said. “We were able to streamline the system and offer a clean looking layout in addition to saving the client significant sums of money.”
Valsamis said that throughout the lighting replacement process, from fixture selection to final installation, Arkon communicated clearly and performed beyond her expectations.
“Arkon was very good at discussing the process in terms of the contract, and the pricing was great,” she said. “The installation was seamless—nice and efficient. Arkon Power did a fantastic job.”
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