Famous British retailer Marks & Spencer plan to install LED lights in all of their food halls within the next 2 years.

After a trial of LED lighting in some of their stores they found that energy consumption was reduced by 20%.

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services were hired to install Philips LEDs in over 170 of Marks & Spencers stores. Project Manager at Balfour Beatty, Steven Palmer, said: “The new LED lighting is expected to make a significant impact in helping to reduce Marks & Spencers non-merchandise lighting costs. The specification of Philips long-life, low-energy lighting systems represents significant cost savings for each store.”

The switch to LEDs is part of an attempt to save energy. More specifically it’s part of their Plan A environmental and CSR Strategy which aims to reduce energy use by 50% by the year 2020. It mentioned that LEDs were a key element in this. It also said: LED lighting is more energy efficient and longer lasting than more traditional forms of lighting. It is better for customers, directly focusing light on shelves and products to give a better visual experience.”

Director of Plan A, Mike Barry, said: “Our products are becoming more sustainable, we’re testing new technology that could transform our future operations and we’re supporting causes that make a real difference to the future for our customers and the local communities we operate in.”

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