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Arkon Power recently completed four new retail center installations.

Following a series of recent projects, Arkon Power recently announced shopping center lighting has become one of its fastest growing sectors. The Tampa Bay-based LED firm has completed four retail center installations across Florida over the last several months, company executives said.

“Shopping centers can be a highly demanding industry segment, and we’ve found our expertise in the area gives us a decided advantage,” Arkon’s Graham Brown said from the company’s Tarpon Springs headquarters. “These centers are often anchored by major national companies—CVS, Publix, Dunkin’, Tire Kingdom, Planet Fitness, Popeyes—and they require exacting LED lighting standards for all their locations.”

Arkon’s four recent installations include Cheddar’s Ocala Center in Marion County, Monarch Town Center in Broward County, Park View Shopping Center in Osceola County and Vero Beach Square in Indian River County. Arkon installed 14 direct burial concrete light poles and 20 LED fixtures for the Cheddar’s center, 91 aluminum light poles and 141 fixtures for Monarch, 34 concrete light poles and 39 LEDs for Park View, and 12 concrete light poles and 30 fixtures for Vero Beach.

Clients point to Arkon’s low up-front pricing, seamless project completion, customer service and ongoing support as its major advantages over the competition.

“We know Arkon is going to give us the best price,” one facilities manager said. “And beyond that, they just do the best job throughout the LED installation process.”

Arkon has long been expert at developing photometric plans for grocery-anchored shopping centers, and the firm has recently expanded its capabilities, working with national fast causal restaurants, sit-down dining chains and drugstores. Using its in-depth knowledge of photometrics, LED light fixtures and custom bracketry, Arkon delivers lighting to any shopping center’s specifications while saving the property owner money on energy and maintenance.

“It’s very specific by place,” Brown said. “Fort Lauderdale can be different from Miami—or Miramar for that matter. We deal with all local requirements, so our designs meet both regulatory and client needs.”

In addition to saving money, shopping center lighting upgrades attract new tenants, draw in customers, enhance safety and eliminate light pollution.

“Many of our latest jobs have been new construction, where we complete the entire design—photometric studies, footcandle requirements—and based on that make sure the light goes only where it needs to go,” Brown said. “We expect to do many more shopping centers in the near future.”

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Arkon Power Value Engineers Lighting for Pet Supermarket

Marino Kolitsopoulos, CEO of Advanced Realty Group, Inc., had a bid in hand to light the building that would become a new Pet Supermarket at 2620 West Bay Drive in Belleair Bluffs, Florida (Pinellas County). But the price was too dog-gone high.

He remembered chatting with Arkon Power representatives at a trade show and wondered, could they engineer a solution that would save him money while providing his client the quality illumination it deserved?

The short answer: Yes.

“We sent the plans we had for the Pet Supermarket, Arkon bid the job and the prices were very competitive,” Kolitsopoulos said. “We decided right away to give Arkon the contract.”

How was Arkon able to come in under budget while providing high quality LED fixtures and ample illumination throughout the new pet store? Through value engineering and an extensive construction plan study, Technical Manager Graham Brown and his team delivered a package of interior and exterior lights that used less energy than Kolitsopoulos’ previous solution while putting just as many lumens on the ground.

“We saw the lighting plan they had in place and knew we could improve on the design,” Brown said. “We’ve done so many similar jobs, we were able to quickly see where we could provide savings in both initial cost and long term power savings.”

The finished product included 81 4-foot linear low bay lights at 90 watts apiece, four wrap around strip fixtures, two flat panels, three standard wall packs, eight emergency flood lights, four down lights and four exit sign/flood light combos.

Kolitsopoulos said the lights met his expectations, and Pet Supermarket has been pleased with the lighting.

“Arkon Power did great—it was really good working with everyone,” he said. “Graham did a great job, a lot of the extras to make sure we had what we needed when we needed it. I was very happy.”

Kolitsopoulos also noted that in specifying jobs for clients, his team has seen LED pricing decline over the past several years. On many projects where he had previously selected fluorescent lights, he said LEDs “have become the way to go.”

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Furniture Store Sitting Pretty With Archon Bulbs

Furniture Store Sitting Pretty With Archon Bulbs

  • New Bulbs Draw 25% Less Wattage
  • Store Requires 25% Fewer Bulbs for Same Light Coverage
  • Utility Rebate Saved Roughly 50% of the Project Cost

What if you could install nearly $20,000 worth of light bulbs at your business and pay only $7,000? Oh, and the energy savings from the bulbs would pay for them in less than six months. No-brainer, right? That’s what Jeff Smith, general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla., decided in early September when he learned his regional utility would offer him a large rebate for replacing his existing light bulbs with 500 of Archon Power’s 17-watt LED flood lights.

“They do a very good job of illuminating the store,” said Jeff Smith, general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla. “I am probably producing 25 percent more light, and I have reduced the number of bulbs by 25 percent.” Walker Furniture is the latest of a number of Gainesville-based businesses to capitalize on expiring rebates available from the Gainesville Regional Utility. The electricity provider gives businesses significant sums for efficiency improvements, and hundreds of utility companies across the country run similar programs. “There were two things for us,” Smith said. “One, GRU is increasing its business rates. Two, they are completing their rebate program. Between the two of them, it was what I would call a no brainer.”

In addition to providing energy savings, Smith said the reduction of his store’s environmental footprint was a significant consideration. Walker Furniture will not only spend less on illuminating the store, it will have to run its air condition system less due to the reduced heat given off by Archon Power LEDs. Smith praised Archon Power for its customer service. “The Archon Power representative was very good,” he said. “It was down to a decision between Archon and a company we have dealt with in the past in California, but we wanted to have someone we could talk to in person.”



Before purchasing LED lighting, you should understand what an LED is and how it works.

LED lighting fixtures are composed of three main components: the light emitting diode itself, the driver and the housing. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are semiconductor light sources. LED drivers control many factors that affect the performance of the LED and are of critical importance in white LEDs, and the housing is an engineered metal component encasing the LED assembly.


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Fishing Outlet Launch Brightened by LEDs

Fishing Outlet Launch Brightened by LEDs

  • LEDs Improve Retail-Space Light Quality and Color
  • Retrofit Kits Are Fully UL-Rated
  • Tube Replacement Yields Savings, Environmental Benefits

Captain Dave Rieumont knows the value of making a big splash. So when the renowned Tampa Bay area fisherman launched Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, he brought in Archon Power to install lights that would best highlight his merchandise.

“The new lights are excellent,” he said. “They’re much better than the old ones. There is none of the yellowing of the light.”

Updating an older store known as Fisherman’s World, Rieumont and his team decided to retrofit each of the fluorescent troffers in the building with UL-rated tube kits from Archon Power. In addition to the improved light quality, Rieumont said the company has seen a reduction in its energy costs and is interested in pursuing a second project with Archon Power in the near future.



Industry standard lighting measurements and comparisons are typically performed using photopic lumens. This measurement has come under fire in recent years, as photopic lumens do not properly represent how the human eye perceives light. Scotopic performance, a complete measure of light perception, is more accurate.


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