Arkon, Hybridge Team Up to Brighten Publix
When the expansive Alafaya Square Shopping Center needed a lighting upgrade, LEDs were the ideal choice.
Real estate advisor and developer Hybridge had to deliver for the anchor tenant at one of its Florida shopping centers.
The high-volume Publix grocery store in the Oviedo-based Alafaya Square Shopping Center needed improved lighting for the safety of its many after-dark customers. The solution, provided by Arkon Power, was high-powered, sunlight-like LED fixtures.
“The brightness from the existing metal halides just wasn’t adequate,” Arkon Technical Manager Graham Brown said. “The safety benefit of LED lighting, for Publix, is immeasurable. And the end result looks fantastic.”
Working closely with Hybridge Director of Asset Management Chris Dowd, Brown and his team were able to drill down on Alafaya’s requirements and deliver a solution that would pay for itself in just over two years while providing significantly more light than the shopping center previously enjoyed.
Arkon replaced Alafaya’s 63 1,000-watt metal halide fixtures with 68 320-watt LED streetlights. Even with the addition of five lights, Hybridge expects to see its power bills reduced by nearly 70% for the property, in addition to significant savings on maintenance costs.
Arkon developed custom bracketing to optimize the position of each of the 68 new fixtures, increasing efficiency and eliminating light pollution. The LED provider was able to save Hybridge on up-front costs by using Alafaya Square’s existing light poles.
“It’s really quite a large area to light,” Brown said. “We enjoyed the challenge of dialing in the photometrics throughout the parking lot and near the retail areas.”
According to Arkon Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis, Hybridge has been pleased with the results.
“They’re a great customer and told us how happy they were with the service,” she said. “We’re already quoting another project for them that we're excited about.”
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