Marks & Spencer (M&S) Environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy have stated that they will be rolling out LED lighting to every M&S Food Hall over the next few years. The company says that LED lighting is more energy efficient and longer lasting than more traditional forms of lighting, but it also argues that it is better for its customers, playing a role in ensuring a better visual experience. As a result, M&S is expecting cost savings and commercial benefits from this move. Many of the UK's largest retailers are looking to reduce energy usage as part of their individual CSR strategies.
TÜV SÜD Light Studio worked with Balfour Beatty on the roll out. A complete food hall was modelled prior to the roll out across the stores to test the concept design to ensure the vertical illuminance was correct to highlight the product displays while ambient lighting is provided to the aisles.
The lighting design consists of a modular track and spot system. Linear LED utilising a bat-wing light distribution which highlights the products while also providing the general ambient lighting. Adjustable spot lights where required break up the linear LED to highlight the end of aisles and any special products or promotions that need to be caught by the customers eyes.