Thursday, September 29, 2011

LED Spot Modules Selected for McDonald's Test Store

The new McCafe McDonald's franchise in Dundalk, Maryland is using LED Spot Modules. With the deployment of both selected down lights and wall packs, the store is testing the next generation of high quality LED lighting. The franchise owner wanted a sustainable, energy-efficient lighting solution while providing a warm and inviting look and feel to the newly built store.

"The franchise owner has very exacting requirements and is known as a thought leader in the Baltimore area," said Gus Apostolou, technology engineer. "In order to provide energy savings, eliminate the mercury used in CFLs and provide a better quality of light, the natural selection was the Xicato module delivered in the Wila and Duraguard fixtures."

The original specification called for 54-watt CFL fixtures in the dining room and food delivery area were replaced with 36w modules, which yielded energy savings of 61,484.69 kWh/year. Additionally, the LED modules contain no harmful mercury that is present in CFL lamps; it is rated to last 50,000 hours, compared to the CFLs' 10,000 hours, making LEDs a maintenance-free solution.

The quality of light is a critical component for the upgrade. As McCafe color schemes became warm and inviting, the lighting was selected to match. A 3000 Kelvin color temperature was employed rather than typical 3500 Kelvin. The tight color point consistency and natural light of the modules provide a rich, warm look that helps accentuate the finishes and earth tones selected for use through the store.

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