New Neighborhood Market to Feature Only LED Lighting by Walmart
Today, Walmart will open its first store in the United States that utilizes all-LED lighting on the interior. The store, a Walmart Neighborhood Market, is located at 2111 N. Amidon, Wichita, Kan.
The company said it expects to see a 40% savings on the energy-efficient lights, which also last at least six years beyond conventional lighting, reducing maintenance costs.
They have all LED interior lighting in their newest Wichita store. This is part of Walmart’s commitment to be a good steward of the environment,
The all-LED store is one of three new Neighborhood Market locations that Walmart will open in Wichita on Nov. 2. The stores range from 30,000 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq. ft. each.
We believe that if LED lighting proves an economical solution for small stores such as these, then the sheer scale of Walmarts’ buying power should push LED prices down further.
In other Walmart news, the retailer expects LEDs to reduce energy needs in its parking lots by more than 50 percent, delivering average energy savings of over 125,000 kWh a year per site — enough to power 11 American households. Based on a demo and trial at their Leavenworth location, they also anticipate cutting maintenance costs by more than 30 percent annually.
The Leavenworth demonstration project has proved that LED specifications work in the real world. Since January 2011, Walmart has planned for over 225 new sites that will include LED parking lot lighting.