Sears in Canada and Macy’s in the US are both undergoing major LED retrofit programs.
Sears Canada said that it would replace 130,000 inefficient incandescent spotlights with energy-saving LED lighting in all Sears Home and full-line stores across Canada.
The retrofit, which the company described as one of the largest replacements of inefficient lighting ever completed internationally, was due to be completed in time for the UN’s World Environment Day on Sunday June 5.
The retrofit will reduce the company’s electricity use by more than 16 million kWh per year, saving enough energy to enable 197,000 families to use the most efficient washing machines for a full year.
Sears Canada is also banning the sale of inefficient incandescent and halogen lighting, becoming the first Canadian retailer to do so.
James Gray-Donald, sustainability leader and associate vice-president, Sears Canada, said: “Replacing inefficient lighting products with LED and CFL options is a major move to save customers energy and money, while empowering them to take sustainable steps at home.”
More LEDs at Macy’s
Meanwhile, in the US, Macy’s, a national department-store chain, is continuing its retrofit program announced last December.
As part of a wide-ranging program to reduce energy consumption and waste, Macy’s is replacing halogen lighting with LED lamps. Last year Macy’s replaced over 130,000 60-watt halogens, and in 2011 another 280,000 LED lights will be installed in over 200 stores.