In all, the new lighting solution replaced 28 T-12 fluorescent tubes with just 18 Cree CR24 luminaires — a 36 percent decrease in the number of fixtures needed to light the store. Lighting energy use is also projected to decrease 64 percent — from 2200 watts to 800 watts.
Not only can Lesley enjoy the higher quality light, longer life and greater energy savings over the previous fluorescent solution, but the hum and flicker no longer greet her as she arrives at the store.
According to Merritt, “The flickering was very annoying, and, when it happened during the day, sometimes I had to live with it for the rest of the day until we got…people here to take care of that.
“Previously when I came in the mornings and would turn on the fluorescent lights, I would notice that across the store, the lights came on at different times. Some would be on brighter, and some would be on dimmer. It would take a while to warm up, and all of the sudden the quiet sound we had of the store being closed was interrupted by the humming sound of the fluorescent lights.
“With the new LED lights, I noticed that all the lights come on at the same time. They’re all the same color. They’re all the same level of brightness. What I don’t notice is any sound. It’s still just as quiet as it was before I turned the lights on.”
Even the electrical contractor, Jack Dull, liked the results: “The store looked like a completely different store, even the appearance of the ceiling. It was a clean ceiling, great light where it’s supposed to be.”
With the beautiful light quality and excellent color rendering of the Cree CR24 LED troffers, Merritt’s customers can now see their paint selections in their true light.