LED lamp technology certainly can go a long way in making a building more energy efficient. Brinker International, parent company of Chili’s Restaurants and Maggiano’s Restaurants, has taken this to heart by doing a massive roll out of LED lighting to its 827 corporate restaurants.
The restaurant chain company worked with Eco-story, a LED light provider, on the project, which involves 125,000 LED lamps in the interior and exterior of each of the restaurants. It is believed to be the largest U.S. roll-out of LED lamp technology to date. An initial test of the LED lighting in 10 of Brinker’s locations estimated an annual savings would be approximately $87.00 per store, per week, totaling more than $3.7 million per year in savings for the company. The company also happens to feel the lighting improves “the look and ambiance of the Chili’s restaurants versus traditional lighting.”
“This was a huge project with the most important goal of saving money while maintaining or improving light quality over traditional incandescent lamps,” added Bill Stauffer, co-founder of Eco-story, in a statement. “The Chili’s stores look fantastic and the savings and ROI that Brinker will realize is simply amazing.”