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We have all heard of fluorescent and LED lighting, but do you truly understand the difference between the two? If your goal is to improve the lighting in your grocery store, then learning which is best for you should be top priority. Using the right kind of lighting in your store and, specially, in you refrigerated display cases, can make your showed products stand out or fall flat.
Advantages of fluorescent lighting
Fluorescent lighting provides soft light for many buildings. This type of lighting can be commonly seen in schools, businesses, warehouses, and more. Their up-front cost is reasonable and they work well to light any room. Such bulbs make good choices for general lighting. Some of types, such as the fluorescent lighting sold by Promolux, work well with sensitive produce, as they do not emit heat, meaning that products will not spoil more quickly as a result of the lighting. Promolux’s safe spectrum fluorescent lighting brings out the natural colors of the products, which is important to consider when lighting grocery display cases.
Disadvantages of fluorescent lighting
Imagine cleaning up a broken bulb; not a big deal, right? Now imagine having to clean up a broken bulb with mercury, a dangerous heavy metal. Some bulbs contain mercury, making fluorescent lighting for display cases containing produce a poor choice. This type of lighting is also more costly to maintain, as it requires more frequent attention and replacement. In addition, such lights may flicker noticeably and produce an uneven light that may be bothersome to some consumers. Such lighting tends to be unattractive and take away from the visual elements of the display case unless creatively hidden.
Advantages of LED lighting
The main benefit of LED lights is that they last much longer than their counterparts. This means that you buy fewer bulbs over time. They also conveniently fit in standard light fixtures without requiring the use of an adapter, making the switch from fluorescent to LED lighting a smooth transition. Such lighting is rugged and strong, with less chance of breaking than fluorescent bulbs. LED display case lighting works well for decorative purposes and creating a specific effect. This is a definite positive when considering lighting display cases.
Disadvantages of LED lighting
It is true that LED bulbs cost more than fluorescent lighting. It is worth noting that the cost may lessen as manufacturing technology improves. LED lights require ambient temperature to ensure that they reach peak functionality. Such lighting must also be supplied with the voltage above the threshold and a current below the rating, which means that series resistors or current-regulated power supplies may be necessary. If your electrical systems are seriously out of date, the costs may add up for you to effectively use LED lighting.
Although the decision is ultimately yours, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each lighting choice in relation to what you hope to achieve. This will ensure that you make the right selection and do not suffer from buyers’ remorse. After all, isn’t your business worth it?