Coffee Shop Chain Turns to LEDs

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Big companies like Wal-Mart have promised to be more eco-friendly by using LEDs. Now, one of the biggest coffee shop chain, Tim Hortons, is going to make the same promise. OAKVILLE, ON, April 21, 2014 /CNW/ - As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability and promoting green building practices in its more than 4,400 restaurants, this Earth Day, Tim Hortons is announcing a new initiative to replace all existing lighting fixtures in restaurants across Canada and the United States with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting from Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA). The conversion program will see 485 restaurants outfitted with LED lighting in 2014 alone, translating to an estimated 6.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in energy savings. In partnership with Philips, the global leader in lighting, all newly-built and renovated Tim Hortons restaurants will have their existing fluorescent and halogen lights replaced with energy-efficient Philips LED fixtures, which use up to 40 per cent less energy than fluorescent bulbs while providing soft, balanced direct and reflected light for a minimum of 50,000 hours. The whole story at WSJ


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