Warehouse LED Lighting: Food Distribution

By Heather Clancy | August 25, 2010, 8:45am PDT

Intelligent LED lighting tech company Digital Lumens is offering up information about one of its first major customers: Food distributor Maines Paper & Food Service from Conklin, N.Y., reports that it has cut its lighting-related energy usage by 87 percent through an upgrade to the Digital Lumens technology.
The facility was especially hard to retrofit because it combines both freezer and refrigerator space with dry areas. Pat DeOrdio, vice president of Maines Paper & Food Service, said he researched close to 10 different technologies before settling on the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System.

“Food distributor Mines Paper & Food Service from Conklin, N.Y., reports that it has cut its lighting-related energy usage by 87 percent through an upgrade to the Digital Lumens technology”

One of the reasons DeOrdio selected the Digital Lumens LED technology is because it was the best solution for the cold environments in his company’s 460,000-square-foot headquarters facility — able to turn on and off in a matter of seconds. Comparable fluroscent lights that he evaluated were required to stay on perpetually in order to stay warm enough to light all the way. This would have required Maines Paper & Food Service to pump more cooling into its freezers and refrigerators. Digital Lumens was able to cut not only the lighting costs but also cooling costs for the facility, he says.
In all, there were 484 lights installed in the facility, a retrofit that DeOrdio says will take about 1 year to show a return on investment.