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A lighter, brighter ASDA

exterior of asda store

The 100,000ft2 ASDA store in Lower Earley gets a brighter, more efficient lighting system.

The old store lighting was 25 years old and made products on the shelves appear dull with poor colour definition. So Asda commissioned an upgrade of over 400 fittings. 79 handled the whole process, including surveying the site, designing and manufacturing the fittings and the installation. 79 had to design the luminaire upgrades to fit into the existing 1200 x 1200 lighting units as they formed an integral part of the ceiling. The installation was carried out with minimum disruption to the store’s normal operations – no easy task in a 24-hour store.

The 79 M&E installation team reduced the impact on customers by carrying out the work at night and keeping to designated work areas. The whole project was completed in just eight nights, including the safe and legal removal of all the waste.

ASDA Operations Manager, commented: “Throughout the project, the 79 team worked in a very professional manner. Communication with all parties was first class.”

The end result for the project was an increase in light levels of 50% and a reduction in energy consumption of 7% for the sales floor lighting. The improved lighting environment had a positive effect on the customer experience when visiting the store, which has transferred though to sales performance.

Asda General Store Manager, said: “I was shocked at the massive improvement. 79 have transformed the look of the store.”