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Lighting is one of your retail stores most important sales tools. Ineffective or improper lighting can detract your customers, whereas, the right light can draw your customers in creating the in-store ambiance you seek while vibrantly displaying your merchandise (without busting your budget). 


Dim or poorly-lit retail environments create a harsh visual experience and can negatively affect buyer behavior and employee morale. Stores without a strategic approach to lighting fail to draw people into the store and enhance the appeal of products. Not only do these systems perform poorly but they are more expensive to run, you are literally paying more for worse performance,


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We seek to understand the needs of customers and employees to enhance the look and feel of your retail space. Our innovative technology and knack for lighting design will bring measurable, concrete improvements to your business — and keep your customers coming back for more. On top of these these solutions will reduce energy use, reduce energy bills and help meet your sustinability goals.


An LED lighting retrofit in your retail space will impact your business on a grander scale by displaying your product more effectively, cutting down on your energy costs, while improving employee morale and safety. By learning your specific goals we’ll implement a lighting solution that:

Merchandise products effectively

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Create the right in-store ambiance

Improve customer experience

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Reduce energy bills

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Maximize state & local energy incentives

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Provide optimum light levels

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Improve customer and employee mood

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Meet sustainability goals

Proven, tested and known

We’ve worked with some of the biggest retailers in the world to improve the lighting quality in their stores while saving energy and meeting business-wide KPI objectives. These projects help improve the mood and morale of employees, and the in-store experience for customers.

IKEA LED Lighting Retrofit

53% Energy reductions & $4M+ annual savings

With 74 projects across 23 states, our projects are generating massive efficiency gains and savings for IKEA.

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Over 600 & 1000 projects

A massive operations with a large volume of stores. Rolling out entire regions of stores throughout the U.S. and Canada simultaneously & managing dozens of projects at once.


48% energy savings and vastly improved lighting

See the difference for Daltile with energy efficient LED that show their merchandise in it’s best light.

PEC has proven to be an expert in developing and implementing custom LED lighting solutions. They successfully helped us develop an LED retrofit scope of work and then proceeded to roll this out over 600+ Costco Wholesale warehouse locations.

We are continually impressed by PEC’s ability to manage dozens of projects at once. It is not uncommon for us to roll out entire regions of stores throughout the U.S. and Canada simultaneously. PEC is with us every step of the way. With a developed national network of competent installers throughout North America, they are able to execute at a very high level. We have found Pacific Energy Concepts to be a professional and efficient. We know they will always do the right thing for the team members here at Costco Wholesale. We Will continue to partner with PEC for the foreseeable future as they help us to achieve our sustainability goals.

-Manager, Energy Systems Costco Wholesale

Retail pain points

Your store’s lighting is one of your most important sales tools. The right lighting makes the products or experiences your business sells appealing and draws in customers. The wrong lighting does the exact opposite–and makes attracting people to your store a much more difficult proposition.

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Retail businesses keep a lot of lights on for all hours of operation. If these lights don’t run efficiently, they could waste enough power to seriously cut into your bottom line.

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Your retail business operates on a strict budget. Your lighting needs to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

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Poor experience

Properly lighting a retail space is essential for both customers and employees. Well-lit retail spaces draw in more customers and help keep your employees happy.

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Bad for the environment

More retail companies are making and seeing the value in sustainability goals. This also aligns with a growing consumer awareness of sustainability issues.

Our impact

When we design a custom lighting solution, we strive for impact. We want our lighting solutions to have a measurable, positive impact not just on your bottom line, but on your entire retail business. The PEC process makes this impact a reality by helping you:

Run Efficient

Long last, energy-efficient LED lighting systems provide a better store experience with less energy use. Advanced lighting controls give you complete control of your systems allowing to custom tune your lighting exactly how you want it.

Save Money

LED lighting consumes far less power than their traditional counterparts. Switching to LED lighting can substantially lower your power bill. PEC’s lighting installations also last longer and require less maintenance.

Work Happy

Properly lit environments have been demonstrated to provide a better experience for both employees and customers alike. LED lighting projects have been proven to improve mood and morale for workers.

Protect the Planet

In terms of meeting your sustainability commitments, LED lighting retrofits are a low hanging fruit. This is an easy and cost effective to create an ongoing energy impact at your locations and meet those sustainability targets.

Not all LED solutions are the same

There are huge variances in both LED fixtures and implementation. Lower quality fixtures and unplanned, or poorly implemented systems will not produce adequate results.

Unlike some companies we are manufacturer agnostic. This frees us to focus on one thing and one thing only — what’s right for your project and ultimately your business. We start at the solution and only select high performance products that augment that solution with zero compromises. 

Retail Lighting FAQ's

How Does Retail Lighting Balance Aesthetics, Functionality, And Energy Efficiency?

Retail Lighting and Its Aspects

Retail lighting refers to the design and implementation of lighting solutions within retail spaces such as stores, showrooms, malls, and other commercial establishments. It’s a specialized form of lighting that focuses on creating an optimal shopping environment to attract customers, enhance the visibility of products, and ultimately drive sales. 

It aims to balance aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency, and its key aspects include:

  1. Ambiance:

    Retail lighting is used to create a specific atmosphere or ambiance. This can range from bright and inviting lighting in a clothing store to soft and warm lighting in a high-end boutique. The ambiance is carefully tailored to the brand and target audience.

  2. Product Highlighting:

    Effective retail lighting is designed to showcase products in the best possible way. This involves using accent lighting, spotlights, and other techniques to draw attention to featured items, new arrivals, or promotions.

  3. Color Rendering:

    The ability of lighting to accurately render colors is crucial in retail. Shoppers need to see products as they truly are to make informed decisions. Retail lighting systems often have a high Color Rendering Index (CRI) to ensure accurate color representation.

  4. Energy Efficiency:

    While creating an appealing shopping environment is essential, retail lighting also focuses on energy efficiency. LED lighting, for example, is commonly used in retail because it consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan compared to traditional lighting sources like incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

  5. Adaptability:

    Retail spaces often change layouts, displays, and products. Lighting systems need to be adaptable to accommodate these changes without requiring significant reconfiguration while ensuring customer comfort by minimizing glare and shadows.

What Role Does Effective Lighting Play In Enhancing The Retail Shopping Experience?

Effective Use Of Lighting In Retail Spaces

The strategic use of lighting can turn a mundane shopping experience into a memorable one. Lighting can draw customers in, highlight your products, and create a compelling atmosphere. It’s not just about brightening a space – it’s about crafting an environment that resonates with your customers, enhances their overall shopping experience, and ensures energy efficiency.

At PEC, we understand that effective lighting in retail spaces goes hand in hand with energy efficiency. When you’re ready to transform your retail environment, make every shopping trip unforgettable, and save on energy costs, contact us for lighting solutions to brighten your path!

What Are The Different Types Of Retail Lighting?

Types Of Retail Lighting

The right lighting sets the stage for success, so let’s look at your retail lighting options:

  • Ambient Lighting:

    This sets the overall mood and provides uniform illumination throughout your retail space, ensuring a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for shoppers.

  • Accent Lighting:

    If you want to draw attention to specific areas, products, or displays, accent lighting is your go-to choice. It adds drama and highlights key features, making them stand out.

  • Task Lighting:

    For workspaces like checkout counters or product inspection areas, task lighting enhances functionality by providing focused and glare-free illumination.

How Do You Select The Right Luminaires For Retail Lighting?

How To Select The Right Luminaires For Retail Lighting

To ensure you’re making the best choices for your retail space, consider these crucial factors:

  1. Energy Efficiency:

    Your lights must reduce operational costs and environmental impact.

  2. Aesthetics:

    Your lighting should complement your brand and store design. 

  3. Durability:

    Investing in durable luminaires is a smart choice for long-term cost savings. 

At PEC, we understand the intricacies of retail lighting, and our LED lighting solutions are designed to meet specific needs. Contact us today for personalized solutions to a brighter and more cost-effective retail future!

What Is The Best Color Temperature For Retail Lighting?

A color temperature of 3000 to 4000 Kelvin is often recommended for retail spaces as it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere while accurately representing product colors.

Can Retail Lighting Affect Employee Productivity?

Well-designed lighting can positively impact employee productivity by providing a comfortable and well-lit work environment.

Are LED Lights The Most Energy-Efficient Option For Retail Stores?

LED lights are highly energy-efficient and have become the preferred choice for retail stores seeking to reduce energy consumption.

How Can I Calculate The ROI Of Upgrading To Energy-Efficient Lighting?

To calculate ROI, subtract the cost of lighting upgrades from the energy savings over time and divide by the initial investment cost.

What Is The Difference Between CRI And CCT In Retail Lighting?

CRI (Color Rendering Index) measures how accurately colors are displayed, while CCT (Correlated Color Temperature) defines the color appearance of the light source.

Are There Specific Lighting Regulations For Retail Spaces?

Regulations can vary by location, but retail spaces typically need to meet lighting safety standards, especially regarding emergency lighting.

How Can I Reduce Glare In My Retail Lighting Design?

To reduce glare, consider using diffusers, indirect lighting, or fixtures with anti-glare features to create a more comfortable shopping environment.

What Is The Lifespan Of LED Retail Lighting Fixtures?

LED fixtures can last up to 50,000 hours or more, significantly longer than traditional lighting technologies, reducing maintenance costs.

Can Smart Lighting Systems Be Integrated With Existing Retail Lighting Setups?

Many smart lighting systems are designed for easy integration with existing retail lighting infrastructures, making upgrades convenient.

Is It Possible To Control Retail Lighting Remotely For Multiple Store Locations?

Advanced lighting control systems enable remote management of lighting across multiple store locations, offering energy savings and convenience.

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