Portuguese retail group equips shops with LED lighting

Portuguese retail group equips shops with LED lighting

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The retailer decided to switch to LEDs in 2011. The first LED-based lighting systems have been installed in a newly opened store in Torres Vedras north of Lisbon. The lighting in both the shop and the outdoor areas is regarded as a model and reference for the other stores of the Recheio chain. The lighting systems are incorporated by Arquiled, a Portuguese solid state lighting expert company while the LEDs were provided by Osram Opto Semiconductors. Besides quality aspects, the local technical support as a decisive factor to choose the LED provider, said Arquiled CEO Rafael Abelha Santos.

Jéronimo also decided to install LED-based lighting in the outdoor areas associated to the retailer’s facilities such as parking lots and the integrated gas stations. The street lamps are equipped with light sensors and can adapt their brightness automatically to changing situations. The combination of intelligent light management and the low energy consumption of the LEDs will slash energy costs.

The project began with a detailed analysis of the retail chain’s lighting requirements. Based on the results, Arquiled developed a luminaire concept to meet the special needs of supermarkets. LED lighting not only offers the advantage of a long service life and the associated low maintenance costs, but is also ideal for direct product illumination. LEDs generally emit very little thermal energy and do not heat up the objects they are illuminating. They can hence be positioned closer to products without damaging them. Three Arquiled modules are to be used at the Jerónimo Martins next project in Tavira: the Arquiway, a module comprising 4 Oslon SSL LEDs; the Arquistore, with 72 Oslon SSL LEDs per luminaire; and Arquishelf luminaires, which will provide special shelf lighting with 56 Oslon SSL LEDs.

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