You may understand how lighting affects the general aesthetics of your quick-serve restaurant, though other aspects exist you may not know about. As an example, using CFL lights for energy savings may end up disappointing you in the problems they bring. One of those is in how hot CFL's run.
This can become a big problem in various ways, some of them obvious and others not. One thing you'll learn, though, is that switching to LED lights will bring more energy savings and burn cooler.
Take a look at why temperature matters in the lighting you use.
The Liability of Hot Lights in Restaurants
Many restaurants (including quick-serve eateries) are switching to LED lights for more than just energy savings. While it's already proven how much you can save switching to LED lighting in a restaurant (see the projects we've worked on), running hot lights can become a major liability.
During the summer, you may already use A/C in your restaurant. Yet, using hot lights won't help the comfort level. It's especially risky to install hot incandescent or CFL lights directly over your tables. On a hot day, it's just makes the temperature worse.
Of course, making your customers feel overly hot and sweaty isn't going to compel them to visit again. This also doesn't do your food any good, especially if you serve food that doesn't fare well in intense heat.
LED lights burn at only 87F, and this calculates to 20% cooler than what you'll find in CFL lights.
Using LED's over tables works well, and the directional aspects to them will highlight details of your food.
The Liabilities of Using Hot Lights in Your Grocery Store
While forcing hot lights on restaurant patrons is a major risk, it's just as much of a liability in a grocery store. Using incandescent or CFL lights over produce or your general store aisles won't do much to make customers feel comfortable.
Even if you have the lights installed up high, it could harm natural foods you have on display. A/C can probably help customers feel relatively comfortable, though it's going to require turning it up to prevent hot lights from making it feel warm.
LED lights are better for displaying produce, especially with the directional aspect. Having a cooler temperature in your store also makes people feel hungrier, compelling them to buy more products.
The Liabilities of Using Hot Lights in Retail Stores
Customers don't want to feel hot lights bearing down on them when shopping in retail environments. With heatwaves a big problem in many parts of the country during summer, you want your customers to find your store a cool sanctuary while they shop.
Since your store has to use different styles of lighting like ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting, LED's are the best for these purposes.
For one thing, using cooler LED lights means they won't burn out as fast. One reason outdated lights burn out faster is because they overheat.
Don't forget about how hot lights make your employees feel uncomfortable as well. This aspect affects not only retail stores, but also grocery stores and restaurants mentioned above. In restaurants, particularly, using hot CFL lights in the kitchen area could make your food preparers feel miserable during the summer.
Finding the Right Source for Your LED Lights
At MultiSite LED, we're here to help educate you on why LED lights are your best choice for every industry. Through our LightShare Program, we'll install LED lights in all your locations with no money down. We'll do this on your schedule to make it convenient.
Contact us to learn more about our installation procedures and about lighting heat differences.