Tim Hortons: a place where incandescents fear to tread
April 22, 2014 - As part of its commitment to “environmental sustainability and promoting green building practices” in its more than 4400 restaurants, Tim Hortons announced it is replacing all existing lighting fixtures in restaurants across Canada and the United States with LED lighting from Philips.
By Anthony Capkun
“At Tim Hortons, we are always looking to new technologies and designs to improve energy efficiencies in our restaurants and reduce our overall environmental footprint,” said John Macey, manager, sustainable design, Tim Hortons Inc. “Switching to LED lighting is an easy way to save energy while improving the light quality and atmosphere in our restaurants to ensure the best possible guest experience.”
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The projected annual energy savings for a standard 2500-sf restaurant with more than 60 lights (from exterior signage to illuminated menu boards to overhead lighting in the kitchen area, washrooms, and dining room) is about 18,336 kWh. With 485 North American restaurants scheduled to receive LED lighting by December 31, 2014, the program will save about 6.4 million kWh of electricity this year.
Michael Gentile, vice-president, Philips Lighting Canada, said the company is “proud to work with an environmentally conscious company like Tim Hortons, to present its restaurants in the best possible light, while also supporting its ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint”.