PowerLine Vol. 54, May 2019
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Shopping Centers a Bright Spot for Arkon Power

A Winn Dixie-anchored outlet in Florida is the latest in a string of shopping center jobs Arkon has completed.

Arkon Power continues to grow its position in the shopping center lighting space. The firm has completed dozens of lighting upgrade projects for customers across the country; the latest job brought upgraded lighting to the Mariner Village shopping center, anchored by grocery giant Winn Dixie in Spring Hill, Fla.

“Arkon has done several shopping centers for us," said Paul Frahm, construction manager for Bruce Strumpf Inc., which manages more than 4.3 million square feet of Florida-based commercial property, including Mariner Village. "Everyone is making the move to LED for energy conservation and cost."

Frahm said Arkon has become his go-to provider for LED fixtures and technical solutions. He said Arkon is consistently lower on cost and more efficient than other suppliers.

According to Technical Manager Graham Brown, Arkon Power has become an expert at developing photometric plans for grocery-anchored shopping centers. Arkon truly understands the needs of national grocers, Brown said. Winn Dixie, for example, typically demands 6 foot-candles on the ground throughout its parking lots.

Using its in-depth knowledge of photometrics, LED light fixtures and custom bracketry, Arkon is able to deliver lighting to any shopping center’s specifications while saving the property owner money on energy and maintenance.

"In the case of Mariner Village, I said, 'look, the guys from Arkon are going to give us the best price,” Frahm said. “And the improvement is a huge added value.”

In addition to saving money, shopping center lighting upgrades attract new real estate tenants, draw in retail customers, enhance safety for after-dark customers and eliminate light pollution.

“There is no way we would ever go back to putting metal halide or high pressure sodium bulbs in,” Frahm said.

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