how to choose led track lighting for supermarket

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The Importance of Lighting in Improving Supermarket Purchase Rates

For any space, lighting is essential. In the case of supermarkets, a well-designed lighting system can create a comfortable shopping environment, effectively highlight product features, and increase sales and customer satisfaction. Here are several aspects of the importance of lighting in supermarkets:

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Good Product Display

Proper lighting can make products in display cases look more vibrant and appealing. High-quality lighting can accurately present the color, texture, and details of products, attracting customers’ attention and stimulating their desire to purchase.

Create a Shopping Environment

Lighting can create various atmospheres to meet the needs of different areas of the supermarket. For example, using high-color-rendering lighting in the fresh food and produce areas can make food look fresher, while using soft lighting in the clothing and home areas can create a comfortable and fashionable shopping environment.

Guide Customers

A reasonable lighting layout can effectively guide customers to flow through the supermarket and ensure that they can easily find the products they need. Bright aisle lighting can improve the supermarket’s accessibility, and specific spotlighting can guide customers’ attention to key products and promotional activities.

Enhance Brand Image

High-quality lighting design can help shape the supermarket’s professional image and brand value. By using lighting devices of different styles and color temperatures, the supermarket can create a unique shopping experience for customers, leaving a deep impression and enhancing customer loyalty and word-of-mouth.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection

Using energy-efficient lighting equipment can reduce heat emissions and energy consumption, saving electricity costs for the business, while also enhancing the company’s environmental image and attracting more customers who value sustainable development.

Ensure Safety

A good lighting design should consider the supermarket’s safety comprehensively. It should be bright enough to ensure that customers can clearly see shelves, stairs, and other facilities during the shopping process, avoiding accidents. Using products that meet standards and are energy-efficient can also reduce safety risks such as fires.

What are the Advantages of LED Track Lights Compared to Other Track Lights?

LED is the most popular track lighting system today, and it has many advantages over traditional halogen and fluorescent track lighting. As an expert in the field of lighting, Kosoom advocates the use of LED lighting systems in all spaces, especially in commercial spaces such as supermarkets. Here are some of the main advantages of LED track lighting:

Energy Efficiency

LED lighting fixtures are far more energy-efficient than traditional lighting equipment (such as halogen and fluorescent lamps). LED track lights usually consume more than 60% less energy than other track lights, which can greatly reduce energy consumption and electricity costs. The low radiation heat of LED lighting fixtures helps maintain indoor comfort.

Long Lifespan

The lifespan of LED track lights is longer than that of traditional lighting equipment, usually reaching 25,000-50,000 hours, greatly reducing maintenance costs and replacement frequency. This means that in the long run, LED track lights can save owners more time and money.

Environmental Protection

LED track lights do not contain toxic substances, and they do not produce toxic substances such as mercury during manufacturing or use, which helps reduce environmental pollution. Due to their longer lifespan, LED lamps have a low replacement frequency and generate less waste, reducing the burden of waste disposal.

High Color Rendering

LED track lights have excellent color rendering performance and a wide range of color temperatures to meet various lighting needs. High color rendering helps improve product display, especially in shopping malls, supermarkets, and galleries.

Good Dimming Performance

LED track lights have convenient and excellent dimming performance, making it easy to adjust brightness and color temperature. This feature is very necessary in supermarket spaces, which is beneficial for supermarkets to adjust product layout or create festive atmosphere.

Quick Start-up and Instant Light Output

Compared with other lighting equipment, LED track lights have the characteristics of quick start-up and instant light output without preheating time, which makes them more practical in situations that require frequent switching.

High Safety Performance

LED track lights have a lower operating voltage, usually 12V or 24V, making them safer to use. The housing of LED track lights is generally made of high-strength, fire-resistant materials, which can effectively prevent the risk of fire.

Good Anti-Interference Performance

LED track lights have strong anti-interference ability against power supply voltage fluctuations and electromagnetic interference. When encountering power supply fluctuations or electromagnetic interference, LED track lights can maintain stable brightness output, avoiding flicker and unstable lighting problems.

Strong Adaptability

LED track lights can still operate normally in low-temperature environments, and they have strong adaptability to harsh conditions such as humidity and vibration. This makes LED track lights suitable for various harsh environments and occasions, such as cold storage and humid areas.

Easy to Install and Maintain

LED track lights are easy to install and usually only need to be fixed on the track. In addition, due to their long lifespan and low failure rate, LED track lights require almost no maintenance during use.

How to apply LED track lights in supermarkets?

There are multiple areas in supermarkets, and although LED track lights are suitable for supermarket lighting, they cannot replace other types of lighting. LED track lights need to be used in combination with other types of lighting based on the characteristics of the supermarket. Here are some of our suggestions:

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Aisle area

LED track lights are typically used to illuminate promotional items on both sides of supermarket aisles. Using LED track lights in combination with linear lights can provide comfortable aisle lighting for customers, and also attract their attention to promotional items, which helps increase product exposure.

Display area

The area in which LED track lights are most commonly used in supermarkets is the display area. To highlight the color and details of products, we can choose track lights with a CRI of over 90 and adjust the direction of the light source to illuminate specific products, thereby guiding customers to focus on and purchase them.

Promotion area

Another area where LED track lights are frequently used in supermarkets is the promotion area. Increasing the brightness of promotional items can make them stand out from the entire space, and bright and eye-catching lights can stimulate consumers’ desire to purchase.

Fresh food area

The fresh food area requires special lighting color rendering index (CRI) to maintain the freshness of the food. By using LED track lights, we can select light sources with higher color rendering to make the colors of the food more realistic and attractive.

Clothing area

There are two factors that attract customers to purchase clothing: the style of the clothes and the workmanship and fabric of the clothes. Installing LED track lights with a high color rendering index in the clothing area can highlight the texture and color of the clothes by adjusting the direction and brightness of the light source, and also create a fashionable and comfortable atmosphere, enhancing the customer shopping experience.

Showcase display area

Using LED track lights in the showcase display area of supermarkets, we can brightly illuminate the products on display, highlight the promotional information or texture of the products, and attract passers-by to notice and enter the store, thereby increasing the store’s foot traffic.

From the above, it can be seen that LED track lighting is required for areas that require key lighting in supermarket spaces. Although it cannot completely replace all lighting fixtures, it plays a very important role in supermarket lighting.

What are the three installation types of LED track lights?

There are three main installation types for LED track lights: ceiling-mounted installation, pendant installation, and embedded installation. Although all three types are suitable for supermarket lighting, the specific situation of the supermarket space, such as ceiling height and the presence of suspended ceilings, should be taken into consideration. Below, we will discuss the safety considerations for each type of installation.

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Ceiling-mounted installation of LED track lights

Ceiling-mounted installation is the most common type of installation, where one or more tracks are mounted to the ceiling, and the LED track lights are connected and adjusted using sliding connectors on the track. This type of installation is easy to maintain and has the following advantages:

Linear track installation and removal do not require much consideration, such as embedded ceilings or suspension wires, resulting in lower maintenance costs.

Pendant installation of LED track lights

Pendant installation is a method of suspending LED track lights from the ceiling using wires or chains. This type of installation can increase the visual effect of lighting to some extent, creating a unique atmosphere. The advantages of pendant installation are as follows:

Adjustable height: The hanging height of LED track lights can be adjusted as needed to achieve a multi-level lighting effect and adjust the display height of products.

Creative space: Pendant installation can create a unique visual effect and increase the design sense of the indoor space.

Embedded installation of LED track lights

Embedded installation is a way to install LED track lights inside the ceiling, forming an integrated whole with the ceiling. This installation method has a high aesthetic value and is suitable for scenes with high visual requirements. The advantages of embedded installation include:

High aesthetic value: Embedded installation makes LED track lights blend seamlessly with the ceiling, presenting a clean and tidy visual effect.

High space utilization: Embedded installation does not occupy indoor space, which is conducive to increasing space utilization.

How should supermarkets choose the installation type?

The three types of LED track light installations—linear track installation, pendant installation, and embedded installation—have their own characteristics and advantages. When choosing an installation method, lighting needs, scene characteristics, and design styles should be taken into account to achieve the best lighting effect and space utilization. Here are some suggestions:

For supermarkets with high ceilings, pendant installation can provide better lighting effects while increasing the sense of space levels.

For supermarket spaces that require flexible lighting layout adjustments, such as department store areas and gift areas, linear track installation can provide high flexibility and facilitate the adjustment of lighting layouts according to changes in display products.

For scenes with high visual requirements, such as high-end chain supermarkets, embedded installation can provide a clean and tidy visual effect and create a high-quality space atmosphere.

Choosing the appropriate installation method for LED track lights can not only provide a comfortable lighting environment but also highlight the personality and beauty of the space design, bringing a better visual experience to supermarket spaces.

What angle of track lights should be chosen?

There are multiple beam angle options for track lighting. When choosing the angle of track lights for supermarkets, factors such as product display, lighting requirements, and spatial layout should be considered. Here are some suggestions to help you choose the appropriate angle for track lights in supermarkets:

Product display area: For the product display area, especially for areas that need to highlight specific products, it is recommended to choose LED track spotlights with a smaller beam angle (such as 15° to 36°). A smaller beam angle can better focus on specific products, creating a contrast effect and attracting customers’ attention.

Aisle and corridor areas: For aisle and corridor areas, it is recommended to choose track lights with a larger beam angle (such as 55°). Typically, there are more products in these areas, and we need a larger beam angle to illuminate more products.

Fruit and vegetable and meat areas: For these areas where color reproduction is important, track lights with a medium beam angle (such as 36°) can be chosen. This can help to highlight the vividness and freshness of the products while ensuring sufficient lighting.

Clothing and home areas: For these areas where atmosphere is important, suitable beam angles can be chosen based on specific needs and spatial layout. Generally, medium beam angles such as 36° can be used for displaying clothing on models, while a narrower beam angle of 24° can be used to highlight shoes and bags.

Adjustable beam angle: When choosing track lights, products with adjustable beam angles can be considered. This way, lighting angles and ranges can be flexibly adjusted according to actual needs and changes in the scene to meet the lighting requirements of different areas.

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Choosing the wattage of track lights

Determine the illumination requirements

The illumination required for the key lighting of supermarket products usually needs to be determined based on the basic illumination, such as the illumination of the aisle and the environmental illumination. The key illumination of the product is usually 3-6 times the basic illumination. For example, if the illumination of the aisle is 300Lx, we need the key illumination of the product to be between 900Lx and 1800Lx, which also depends on the overall atmosphere of the supermarket.

Calculate the wattage of the light fixture

Calculating illumination is a very complex task. You may have tried to calculate the illumination of a space or a product before, but may have been overwhelmed by its complicated formulas. We are pleased to inform you that, based on the experience of our lighting experts, we can roughly calculate the required wattage of the light fixture for you.

We first list a very simple formula: luminous flux of product key illumination = luminous flux of light fixture / distance between light fixture and product squared. Let’s take an example.

We use the KOSOOM TRL003 model light fixture, which has a power of 35W and a luminous flux of 2860Lm under a color temperature of 4000K. It is installed at a height of 3 meters and illuminates the product 1 meter away.

The luminous flux of the key illumination of the product = 2860 / (3-1)2 = 2860 / 4 = 715Lm. Of course, this result is not exact and may have some degree of error, but it is within an acceptable range.

This method can help us choose a rough range of wattage for LED track lights. If you need an overall lighting solution for your supermarket, please contact KOSOOM. We can provide you with a professional supermarket lighting solution.

What color temperature track light should I choose?

The selection of LED track lights’ color temperature should also be adjusted based on different supermarket areas and product characteristics. Usually, we need to determine the color temperature based on the environment lighting or basic lighting, and the color temperature deviation should be within 500K. For example, if the basic lighting adopts a color temperature of 4000K, the color temperature of LED track lights can be selected in the range of 4000K to 4500K, which is conducive to the unity of space color.

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However, for some special areas, we recommend selecting specific color temperatures to create different lighting effects. For the fresh food area, it is recommended to choose LED track lights with a color temperature of 2700K to 3500K, which can create a warm and natural atmosphere and make the products more vivid and natural. For the cooked food area, it is recommended to choose LED track lights with a color temperature of 2700K to 3000K, which can highlight the color and taste of the food and stimulate customers’ appetite. For the daily necessities, cosmetics, and clothing area, it is recommended to choose LED track lights with a color temperature of 3500K to 4000K, which can create a natural and soft atmosphere, highlighting the color and gloss of the products.

How to control supermarket LED track lighting?

When choosing a control method for LED track lighting in supermarkets, several factors should be considered:

Energy efficiency: The control method can help supermarkets reduce energy costs, so it is necessary to choose a control method that can achieve energy efficiency, such as automatically adjusting the brightness of lighting based on the supermarket’s operating hours and customer traffic.

Lamp life: The control method can also affect the life of LED track lighting, so it is necessary to choose a control method that can protect the lamp and extend its life, such as over-current and over-voltage protection.

Lamp effect: The control method can affect the lighting effect of LED track lighting, so it is necessary to choose a control method that can improve the lighting effect, such as adjusting the brightness and color temperature.

Ease of operation: The operation of the control method should also be convenient and easy to use, so it is necessary to choose a control method that is easy to operate and control.

Taking into account the above factors, the following are some common control methods for LED track lighting in supermarkets:

Manual adjustment: Manual adjustment is a simple and easy-to-use control method, which can control the brightness and color temperature of LED track lighting through manual switches or remote controls. However, this method requires manual intervention and cannot be automatically adjusted, so it is not suitable for large supermarkets.

Photosensitive control: Photosensitive control can automatically adjust the brightness and color temperature of LED track lighting by sensing the brightness of the surrounding light. This control method is more suitable for outdoor or occasions that require lighting to be adjusted at any time.

Time control: Time control can automatically control the brightness and color temperature of LED track lighting based on the supermarket’s business hours, saving energy and extending the lamp’s life. This control method is suitable for supermarkets with strong business regularity.

Intelligent control: Intelligent control can automatically control the brightness and color temperature of LED track lighting based on the actual situation and needs of the supermarket, such as automatically adjusting the lighting effect based on customer traffic and different area needs. This control method is more suitable for large supermarkets, as it can achieve energy efficiency, protect lamps, and improve lighting effects.

How to design the track lighting layout in the supermarket?

When designing the layout of track lighting in a supermarket, it is necessary to consider various aspects such as lighting requirements, product display, and customer flow. Here are some suggestions to help you design a suitable track lighting layout:

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Zone planning: Firstly, analyze the layout of the supermarket, such as the fruit and vegetable area, meat area, clothing area, home furnishing area, etc. Choose the appropriate track lighting type and brightness according to the characteristics and lighting requirements of each area.

Combining main and auxiliary lighting: In the aisle and passage areas, main lighting such as linear track lighting can be used to provide sufficient basic light. For specific product display areas such as promotion and new product display areas, auxiliary lighting such as spot track lighting can be used to highlight the product features.

Flexible adjustment: Choose adjustable track lighting so that the lighting angle and range can be adjusted according to actual needs. This helps to adapt to changes in supermarket product display and promotional activities, while meeting the lighting needs of different areas.

Guiding customer flow: A reasonable lighting layout can effectively guide customers’ flow in the supermarket. By setting bright aisle lighting and specific area spotlight lighting, customers can be guided to focus on key products and promotional activities.

make your choice

The above are all the considerations and selection methods for LED track lighting. We hope it can be helpful for you. Please note that we should first consider the overall space layout, then choose the installation method of LED track lighting, and then select parameters such as power, color temperature, beam angle, and color rendering index. This will help improve your store’s conversion rate.

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What are the advantages of using LED track lighting in supermarkets?

LED track lighting has the following advantages: high efficiency and energy-saving, ultra-long service life, environmentally friendly and green, high color rendering, good dimming performance, fast start-up and instant light output, high safety performance, good anti-interference performance, strong adaptability, easy installation and maintenance.

In which areas of the supermarket can LED track lighting be used?

LED track lighting can be used in the following areas of the supermarket: aisle areas, display areas, promotion areas, fresh food areas, clothing areas, and storefront display areas.

What are the three installation methods for LED track lighting?

The three installation methods for LED track lighting are: ceiling-mounted installation, suspended installation, and embedded installation.

What angle of LED track lighting is suitable for display areas?

LED track spotlights with an angle of 15° to 36° can better focus on specific products, creating a contrast effect of light and shadow to attract customers’ attention.

How to choose the wattage of LED track lighting fixtures?

This depends on the installation height of the fixtures, the illumination height, and the key lighting requirements of the products. A simple formula can be used to estimate the luminous flux for key lighting: luminous flux of the fixture / installation height squared. The results should be verified using professional software such as DIALUX.

What is a convenient way to control LED track lighting fixtures?

For very large supermarkets, we recommend using intelligent control methods to control LED track lighting fixtures, which can not only be conveniently controlled, but also automatically adjust brightness and color temperature.

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