Big Sandy Superstore enhances retail shopping with energy-saving LED retrofit

Jan. 8, 2014
Light Efficient Design’s Customized LED Lamps Reduce Energy Consumption 75% and Improve Color Rendition

CARY, ILL/FRANKLIN FURNACE, OH – Big Sandy Superstore, one of the top 100 furniture retailers in the U.S., today announced the successful LED lighting retrofit of four of its showrooms, which average 49,000 square feet, and one 80,000 square foot warehouse.

Undertaken to reduce energy costs and the stores’ carbon footprint, Big Sandy Superstore replaced approximately 700 lamps total. To date, the retailer has achieved a greater than 75 percent reduction in energy consumption per lamp.

Working with distributor King Companies, Big Sandy selected the latest LED retrofit lighting technology from Light Efficient Design, for the project. Light Efficient Design provided the retailer with a custom color temperature that provided a warmer, residential feel for the retail environment. “LED lighting is the solution to getting both energy savings and a better color rendition in our large showrooms,” says Mike Miller, Director of Maintenance for Big Sandy Superstore.

In addition, Light Efficient Design’s LED-8026 is multi-voltage which made the retrofit even easier. “We have different power sources at each store and the LED-8026 could accommodate each of those,” explains Trey Van Hoose, President of Big Sandy Superstore. “From a labor standpoint, it was quicker and simpler.”

Van Hoose adds that the project qualified for rebates from American Electric Power, which helped defray the costs of the lamps, creating more cost savings.

Pleased with the aesthetic and energy-saving results of the LED retrofit, Big Sandy Superstore plans to install LED lamps in a new store opening soon in Lancaster, Ohio. “We’re proud to be leading the way in giving our customers the best possible, energy-conscious shopping experience,” says Van Hoose.

About Big Sandy Superstore
Founded in Ashland, Kentucky, in 1953 by Robert Van Hoose, Sr., Big Sandy Superstores has grown into a regional powerhouse and one of the nation’s top 100 furniture retailers. Big Sandy is employee-owned and operated with 600 employees and multiple store locations in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Big Sandy operates its business on the golden rule and strives to give the best possible value for the money spent. Big Sandy supports local charities and youth sports throughout the communities it serves. In 2013, Big Sandy launched the “Big Sandy Cares” program, which donates 3 percent of the purchase price to charitable organizations when a customer is referred to Big Sandy.

Big Sandy Superstore
8375 Gallia Pike
Franklin Furnace, OH 45629

About Light Efficient Design
Light Efficient Design is a Division of TADD, LLC. It was founded as a supplier of quality LED retrofit products with a focus on the Electrical Distribution channel. Its product line includes niche products like LED High Bays, Post Tops and Wall Packs, as well as PAR, MR and T8 Lamps and Retrofits. Light Efficient Design supplies a full line of LED products to meet commercial, industrial and municipal demand.


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