Category: Retail

Arkon Power Value Engineers Lighting for Pet Supermarket

Marino Kolitsopoulos, CEO of Advanced Realty Group, Inc., had a bid in hand to light the building that would become a new Pet Supermarket at 2620 West Bay Drive in Belleair Bluffs, Florida (Pinellas County). But the price was too dog-gone high.

He remembered chatting with Arkon Power representatives at a trade show and wondered, could they engineer a solution that would save him money while providing his client the quality illumination it deserved?

The short answer: Yes.

“We sent the plans we had for the Pet Supermarket, Arkon bid the job and the prices were very competitive,” Kolitsopoulos said. “We decided right away to give Arkon the contract.”

How was Arkon able to come in under budget while providing high quality LED fixtures and ample illumination throughout the new pet store? Through value engineering and an extensive construction plan study, Technical Manager Graham Brown and his team delivered a package of interior and exterior lights that used less energy than Kolitsopoulos’ previous solution while putting just as many lumens on the ground.

“We saw the lighting plan they had in place and knew we could improve on the design,” Brown said. “We’ve done so many similar jobs, we were able to quickly see where we could provide savings in both initial cost and long term power savings.”

The finished product included 81 4-foot linear low bay lights at 90 watts apiece, four wrap around strip fixtures, two flat panels, three standard wall packs, eight emergency flood lights, four down lights and four exit sign/flood light combos.

Kolitsopoulos said the lights met his expectations, and Pet Supermarket has been pleased with the lighting.

“Arkon Power did great—it was really good working with everyone,” he said. “Graham did a great job, a lot of the extras to make sure we had what we needed when we needed it. I was very happy.”

Kolitsopoulos also noted that in specifying jobs for clients, his team has seen LED pricing decline over the past several years. On many projects where he had previously selected fluorescent lights, he said LEDs “have become the way to go.”

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Furniture Store Sitting Pretty With Archon Bulbs

Furniture Store Sitting Pretty With Archon Bulbs

  • New Bulbs Draw 25% Less Wattage
  • Store Requires 25% Fewer Bulbs for Same Light Coverage
  • Utility Rebate Saved Roughly 50% of the Project Cost

What if you could install nearly $20,000 worth of light bulbs at your business and pay only $7,000? Oh, and the energy savings from the bulbs would pay for them in less than six months. No-brainer, right? That’s what Jeff Smith, general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla., decided in early September when he learned his regional utility would offer him a large rebate for replacing his existing light bulbs with 500 of Archon Power’s 17-watt LED flood lights.

“They do a very good job of illuminating the store,” said Jeff Smith, general manager of Walker Furniture in Gainesville, Fla. “I am probably producing 25 percent more light, and I have reduced the number of bulbs by 25 percent.” Walker Furniture is the latest of a number of Gainesville-based businesses to capitalize on expiring rebates available from the Gainesville Regional Utility. The electricity provider gives businesses significant sums for efficiency improvements, and hundreds of utility companies across the country run similar programs. “There were two things for us,” Smith said. “One, GRU is increasing its business rates. Two, they are completing their rebate program. Between the two of them, it was what I would call a no brainer.”

In addition to providing energy savings, Smith said the reduction of his store’s environmental footprint was a significant consideration. Walker Furniture will not only spend less on illuminating the store, it will have to run its air condition system less due to the reduced heat given off by Archon Power LEDs. Smith praised Archon Power for its customer service. “The Archon Power representative was very good,” he said. “It was down to a decision between Archon and a company we have dealt with in the past in California, but we wanted to have someone we could talk to in person.”



Before purchasing LED lighting, you should understand what an LED is and how it works.

LED lighting fixtures are composed of three main components: the light emitting diode itself, the driver and the housing. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are semiconductor light sources. LED drivers control many factors that affect the performance of the LED and are of critical importance in white LEDs, and the housing is an engineered metal component encasing the LED assembly.


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Fishing Outlet Launch Brightened by LEDs

Fishing Outlet Launch Brightened by LEDs

  • LEDs Improve Retail-Space Light Quality and Color
  • Retrofit Kits Are Fully UL-Rated
  • Tube Replacement Yields Savings, Environmental Benefits

Captain Dave Rieumont knows the value of making a big splash. So when the renowned Tampa Bay area fisherman launched Tarpon Fishing Outfitters, he brought in Archon Power to install lights that would best highlight his merchandise.

“The new lights are excellent,” he said. “They’re much better than the old ones. There is none of the yellowing of the light.”

Updating an older store known as Fisherman’s World, Rieumont and his team decided to retrofit each of the fluorescent troffers in the building with UL-rated tube kits from Archon Power. In addition to the improved light quality, Rieumont said the company has seen a reduction in its energy costs and is interested in pursuing a second project with Archon Power in the near future.



Industry standard lighting measurements and comparisons are typically performed using photopic lumens. This measurement has come under fire in recent years, as photopic lumens do not properly represent how the human eye perceives light. Scotopic performance, a complete measure of light perception, is more accurate.


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