Frequently Asked Questions
We asked first time buyers and repeat customers to find out their biggest questions when it comes to buying convenience store lighting. If you cannot find the answer below, please call (888) 423-3191 and one of our lighting experts will assist you.
What Is the Best Lighting for Convenience Stores?
It’s hard to say one light is the best light for convenience stores as there is no one light that meets all needs. A store that uses ceiling panels will need a different solution than one that uses surface mount ceiling lights. Feel free to contact us and we will help you find the best light for your store.
Are Wall Packs or Flood Lights on the Building Better for Lighting Up the Outside?
Both have different purposes, so it depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Trying to light up a dark corner is hard to do with a wall pack. Trying to add good general lighting around the perimeter of the building is best accomplished with a wall pack.
What Does NSF Mean?
NSF is the National Science Foundation - an organization that, as part of what they do, certifies lights for food service and preparation. In terms of what that means for lighting, we do have food safe NSF certified lighting.
Do the Lights Used in a Convenience Store Need to Be Food Safe?
No, but your health inspector will be able to answer this better since they are the ones who set the code in your area.
My Lights Are on 7x24. How Long Will New Fixtures Last?
Quite long actually. You should expect 5-7+ years of life.
How Much Money Can We Save Switching to LED?
Across the board, you can expect a savings of 50%-75% when converting to LED lights.
Before You Buy
Can I Retrofit the Existing Fixtures I Have or Do I Need New Fixtures?
You can retrofit the fixtures, for example, change out fluorescent tubes with LED tubes. If you want a cleaner look, you may want to install new LED panels. For the outdoors it’s the same, we have parking lot light retrofit kits but also offer new shoebox lights. This is more of a preference than a rule.
What Light Level Is Best for a Convenience Store?
Brighter is better than dimmer, so indoors, you should try to achieve a foot candle reading of 20-50 foot candles. Outdoors, lighting up the parking area to 2 - 5 foot candles is ideal.
Do You Sell Refrigerator Lights?
We sell LED tubes that can be used inside refrigerator display units, and we also sell cold storage lighting.
Can I Flood My Parking Lot or Do I Need the Lights to Shine Down at the Ground?
That question has more to do with local codes. If the area you reside in requires dark sky compliant lighting, then shoebox lights are a better option than flood lights.
Fixtures and Fittings
Can I Use Less Fixtures and Get the Same Amount of Light?
Yes, but it depends on the space. We’d be happy to create a lighting plan and help determine if we can reduce fixtures in the space.
Can I Use the Ballast with My Existing Fixtures or Do I Need to Rewire?
Some of our tubes are ballast compatible. But we do not have any LED kits that can work from a metal halide or high pressure sodium ballast.
What's The Best Way to Convert the Lighting in your store to LED?
The best way is to start with a lighting plan.
An indoor or outdoor lighting plan creates a report that shows how bright and balanced the lighting will be.
It identifies the locations of lights, and select the best fixture to use. We have done 1000's of FREE indoor and outdoor spaces.