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12/10/2013

Bloomingdale’s Chicago Lighting the Way to Energy Savings

POSTED UNDER Energy & Lighting

Bloomingdale’s aggressive re-lamping campaign for its stores achieved another milestone, with the Medinah Home Store in Chicago becoming the first Bloomingdale’s location to completely convert to LED lighting in January 2012. 

This is just one of many accomplishments for the program, which focuses on replacing thousands of halogen lightbulbs with energy-efficient 25-watt metal halide bulbs. Bloomingdale’s was able to make substantial progress in the program’s first year thanks to strong commitment from company principals and a number of rebate programs offered across the country. 

However, a number of stores did not qualify for rebates and kept the 47 watt halogen bulbs in place. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right one to come along, and that’s exactly what happened in the Medinah Home Store.   

The new bulbs are 17 watts and provide a good combination of energy savings and light output. This new LED bulb uses 64 percent less energy than the old 47 watt halogen bulbs. This wattage reduction will also cool the store down by reducing air conditioning use during summer months, enabling the store to reap even more energy savings.

1,930 bulbs were replaced in the store, which resulted in overall energy use reduction of 10 percent. With the help of utility rebates, the payback is only 18 months, well below the two year payback threshold.

There are many other advantages to using LED bulbs in our stores, especially since the bulbs will last up to 10 years:

  • Our engineers and lampers won’t have to spend the current man-hours replacing them
  • The expense of purchasing new bulbs dwindles
  • Reducing operating costs in the store will raise the profitability of the site
  • Less bulbs disposed into landfills

The re-lamping of Bloomingdale's Medinah Home Store in Chicago serves as a flagship for other similar sustainability projects in Bloomingdale's portfolio. As of 2013, LED general lighting is being used in all new stores to reduce energy.

By early 2014, nine other Bloomingdale’s stores have been retro fitted with a total of 38,000 LED lamps.  By the end of 2014, it is expected that 16 Bloomingdale’s stores will be converted to LED using 63,000 lamps.