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ALTOONA, Pa. -- More than 130 Sheetz Inc. convenience stores now feature state-of-the-art LED lighting from Cree Inc. The installation of the energy-efficient interior and exterior LED lighting is delivering a 45-percent reduction in energy costs for interior lighting and a 50- to 55-percent reduction for exterior lighting compared to the conventional lighting it replaced.
"LED technology has improved dramatically over the last several years and we saw that Cree was on the leading edge of LED lighting innovation," said Doug Knisely, director of building and petroleum construction for Sheetz. "We collectively determined that the conventional, antiquated lighting that we were using at Sheetz needed to be upgraded. High-quality lighting is an imperative to our business and is extremely vital to our customers that choose Sheetz to refuel their cars and refresh their bodies."
Sheetz expects to reduce maintenance costs as well, based on Cree's near maintenance-free operation, and to considerably lower the amount of kilowatt-hours of electricity used annually since the new LED lighting boasts more than 50,000 hours of longevity.
"We are a customer service-focused brand and Cree's high-quality LED lighting makes our stores appear brighter, more visually appealing and helps us deliver a safer-feeling atmosphere for our customers," Knisely continued. "We continue to reinvent ourselves and bring innovation to our industry and as we open new locations in our six-state footprint, we look forward to utilizing Cree LED lighting to help us maintain our commitment of quality to our customers."
For the Sheetz installations, Cree's Edge area and flood luminaires and 227 Series canopy luminaires replaced the exterior metal halide lighting fixtures, providing enhanced color quality, uniformity and optimized illumination performance. 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 the lighting provider.
"As an adopter of LED lighting in its new and remodeled locations, Sheetz is revolutionizing the customer experience in the retail gasoline and convenience store marketplace," said Christopher Ruud, Cree's vice president of global sales, lighting. "Cree LED products, with high efficiency and low maintenance, are the ideal solution for the round-the-clock operations of convenience stores and gas stations."