02 Sep '11, 12pm

Can One Million Bulbs Save One Billion Dollars?: Macy’s is in the midst of what could be one of the lowest-imp...

Can One Million Bulbs Save One Billion Dollars?: Macy’s is in the midst of what could be one of the lowest-imp...

Macy’s is in the midst of what could be one of the lowest-impact energy efficiency retrofits around. The department store chain is swapping out 60-watt-plus halogen bulbs in its stores for LED spotlights that consume 10 watts to 16 watts from MSI. Over 300,000 bulbs have been swapped out in 100 stores in New York, San Francisco and Ohio. Ultimately, Macy's will replace 1 million bulbs that will save $1 billion in electricity costs and maintenance over a 10-year period, according to Luke Classmen, a regional sales manager for MSI . The best part, perhaps, is the relatively simple nature of the switch. The LED bulbs just screw into the existing sockets. “There are a lot of light sockets out there,” he said. Macy’s started in those three states because of high utility rebates and financing plans, which can cover 50 percent or more of the cost of the bulb. Although most people...

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