High street stalwart Debenhams has installed colour-tuneable lighting in the changing rooms at one of its latest stores.
There are a host of factors driving local – and regional – electricity distribution towards direct current, and with lighting installations going all LED, it’s time the lighting industry began supporting it. Here’s 10 reasons why it makes sense.
There used to be two sorts of light fitting used for retail. If it was a large store, the lighting was predominantly fluorescent either as ceiling panels or linear battens.
Allan Murray is engineering project manager at upmarket supermarket Waitrose, part of Britain's largest employee-owned retailer, the John Lewis Partnership. The brand has 352 branches across the country and a 5 per cent share of the grocery market, making it the sixth-largest grocery retailer in the UK.
Internet-connected lighting could help parents track children in supermarkets; it could assist jet-lagged travellers adjust quickly to new time zones; it could find meeting rooms, desks and colleagues in large workplaces; it could tell retail assistants and their customers the real-time back-of-house stock; and it could personalise lighting automatically by detecting a user’s smartphone.
American retail giant Target has rolled out its lighting-based indoor-positioning technology to 27 million users of its app.
Europe’s largest chain of consumer electronics stores, MediaMarkt, has installed connected lighting to market to customers via their mobile phones.
In the run-up to the first Lux connected lighting conference, a Lux team took a stroll down Oxford Street to assess the state of UK retail lighting.
The analytics partner for big retail names including Starbucks and Walgreens is to focus on lighting as a platform for its advanced services, it has announced.