Pilot Flying J has teamed with Cree Inc. to install indoor and outdoor LED lighting at select locations in order to provide a better light experience while saving on energy and maintenance costs.
The agreement provides for a retrofit of interior and exterior lighting, to include parking lot canopies, downlights and area luminaires for various new and existing travel centers. Using Cree’s high-performing LED lighting with SmartCast Technology, the project is anticipated to generate significant energy savings and eliminate nearly all lighting-related maintenance costs over the duration of Cree’s industry-leading 10-year warranty.
The program is underway, with Cree LED lighting retrofits completed at nearly 100 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers to-date and plans to roll out dozens of new stores annually over the next five years.
“Cree’s canopies, troffers and area LED lighting provides better light that enhances customer experiences at the pump and inside our travel centers,” said Bryan Martin, Pilot Flying J energy manager. “As Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers are open 24 hours each day, this upgrade will also generate long-term energy reductions and material maintenance savings due to avoiding ballast and lamp change outs.”
Travelers will enjoy enhanced color quality and vibrancy in the stores with Cree’s CR Series of LED downlights and in select locations Cree’s ZR Series LED troffers with SmartCast Technology. As Cree’s intelligent lighting solution, the SmartCast equipped ZR Series LED troffer provides a combination of extreme energy productivity and a personalized light experience that is intuitive and simple – it just works. The CR Series of dimmable LED lights provides higher efficacy and longer life than compact fluorescent lamps, with the beautiful color quality that customers demand. LR6 downlights deliver exceptional efficacy up to 100 lumens per watts to maximize energy savings.
“Cree believes better light changes everything, and deploying better LED technology can generate more than 50% energy savings while unlocking tremendous business potential,” said David Elien, Cree senior vice president, lighting. “Pilot Flying J is the leader in making life better for drivers, including well-lit travel centers and parking lots, and continues to lead in business innovation by tapping the value of LED technology from Cree.”
Outside, OSQ Area and Flood luminaires will provide even light distribution that blends extreme optical control, advanced thermal management and modern clean aesthetics. Cree’s high-power CPY Series of canopy fixtures will offer slim, low-profile aesthetics that will lower operating costs while providing safe and visually appealing lighting.