Tops® Markets was considering a fluorescent T5 system for their new store in Geneva, NY, but the prospect of 70 percent energy savings and unsurpassed vertical light levels made a Cree® LED lighting system the logical solution.
Over the past 50 years, Tops® Markets has grown to be a leading full-scale grocery retailer in the northeast, operating 153 full-service supermarkets in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
In order to thrive in this competitive business, Tops leaders have had to experiment with ideas that were ahead of the times. Clearly, that spirit of ingenuity remains as Tops has integrated the latest in store lighting technology. So when it came time to select a lighting solution for the new store in Geneva, New York, who better to turn to than the leader of a lighting revolution — Cree.
Recently, Tops had been specifying fluorescent T5s for its linear aisle fixtures. According to Dan Jaszka, Energy Consultant for Tops® Markets, Tops has always been progressive in designing energy efficiency into its store. They had been watching LED technology progress for a number of years and when they heard about the Cree® CS18™ linear luminaire, they did a test installation in Buffalo, New York. The results were excellent, and Tops made the decision to go with Cree fixtures at the Geneva location.