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The Science of Grocery Store Lighting.

The science of grocery store lighting

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Welcome to Fresh Food Lighting.

Promolux low radiation lighting protects food from discoloration, off-flavoring, tanning and wilting. This allows perishable food to burst with color and fresh flavor.

The need for specialty lighting is very significant for supermarkets especially when it comes to designing a new layout for their store. A store has many perishable food display cases and self-serve cases.

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These display cases have different requirements when it comes to lighting and the type of lighting installed can mean a cost difference of thousands of dollars.

The first and foremost reason that a department manager needs to be concerned with what type of lighting they install in their perishable cases is because it is well documented that lighting causes oxidization of perishable products.

The UV radiation from lighting (visible and non-visible spectrum) can cause meat to turn color and dry out decreasing the value and integrity of that product. There is also the danger of bacteria growth which can be encouraged under the wrong lighting, again a concern of many department managers.

If a supermarket makes the wrong decision and installs incorrect lighting that was not specifically designed for perishable applications the end result will be sizable shrinkage (spoiled food that must be thrown out) and the dollar value loss associated with losing the sale and having to throw out the spoiled product.

Perishable foods including fruits and vegetables, deli meats, deli salads, cheeses, and packaged meat are the most severely affected by poor lighting. Dairy products like milk may be affected as well as many other beverages including beer and wine, the only difference with beverages is that the type of packaging plays a key role in just how much oxidization of the product occurs.

Promolux lighting has lights to fill the needs of all these applications.
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