Shop & Retail

Shop & Retail

Lighting advice Shop & Retail sector

Despite the emergence of e-commerce, many will continue to consider shopping as a non-disappearing activity. Brick-and-mortar is a way of shopping in which the experience in the physical store contributes to the image and the shopping fun of the visitor. Retail experts talk about visualizing the marketing concept and the effect of design on the eventual result. A luxurious brand name in a shopping alley with budget lighting doesn’t make any sense. In the land of shopping and retail, it is important to match the used lighting with the aimed proposition. Lighting affects one’s decision to enter a store or not, and to eventually buy - or not. Lighting creates enthusiasm and affects visitors’ buying behavior. In the past years, mostly CDM-T lamps were being used. The downside of CDM-T lamps is the energy consumption and the high heat build-up. In this way, lighting accounts for 42% of the energy bill. When switching to LED lighting, in most cases it is achievable to yield energy savings of 50% with a payback period of 2 years. Despite a high energy savings potential, saving energy in the shop and retail sector is not the most important goal, but an additional benefit. On the long term, good lighting creates brand value and customer experience. On this page, you will read more about the guidelines for lighting in the shop and retail sector. This includes stores, post office, supermarket, barber shop, etcetera. Examine this page to obtain a good overview of the benefits of LED lighting for your building. Noxion, in cooperation with a wholesaler and/or the installer, will always give lighting advice without any commitment and can take the switch to LED lighting completely off your hands.

The standards for the shop and retail sector for maintained illuminance (Ēm) in lux, glare rate (UGRL),illuminance uniformity on the task area (Uo), and color rendering (Ra) according to the IEC NEN-EN 12464-1 are given below, listed by type of area, task or activity.

Type of area, task or activity
(shop and retail sector)
illuminance uniformity on the task area
color rendering
Sales area 300 22 0,40 80
Cash register area 500 19 0,60 80
Wrapper table 500 19 0,60 80




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Switching to LED lighting

Before switching to LED lighting it is important to determine the purpose of the switch. Is the aim to increase revenue? More customer experience? Maximum energy savings? Or a combination of factors? Are we talking about renovation or new construction? Within what term should the installation be completed? Since LED lighting affects the eventual customer experience and store results, it is important to always arrange a replacement by means of a professional lighting calculation and lighting plan. In most situations, shelves or alleys of a store can be imitated with a 3D simulation, which makes it possible to visualize the current and future situation. In short, creating the ultimate shopping environment and energy savings through LED lighting can only be realized when this happens in a professional and well-thought manner. When making the switch to LED lighting for the shop and retail sector, you should therefore always make sure to get professionally advised.


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Switching to LED lighting or installing a completely new LED lighting system can be challenging. Noxion Lighting provides you with free lighting advice and lighting calculations. A fully 3D-simulated lighting plan is also possible so you can view your new environment virtually. With our lighting partners we can provide a turn-key solution at any time and we make sure that your entire project is realized within budget and on time. Please enter your details below so we can help you in the best possible way.

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