At last count, we shop at 47,000 shopping malls (or centers) in the global market. Barring subtle differences in mall descriptions and classifications, the basic categories are dividing into eight descriptors ranging from the Mega Mall — such as the Cevahir Istanbul in Turkey, Europe’s largest — to an open air, strip mall — such as 280 Metro Center in Colma, Calif. — that offers patrons attractive anchor stores including Nordstrom Rack, Marshall's, Pier 1 Imports and Home Depot.
One key element of a shopping center’s basic infrastructure is good outdoor lighting. With millions of aging light fixtures ready for upgrade, many shopping centers are taking advantage of this opportunity to upgrade to sophisticated lighting networks that incorporates LED lighting resulting in better light control/monitoring, cost and energy savings, and improved safety.
One such mall that has updated its lighting system to Lumewave by Echelon, is the before mentioned, 280 Metro Center. The center’s owner, Kimco Realty Corporation, recently received three awards for the upgrade from the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign for Lighting. (see full news release)
Kimco owns approximately 745 leasable shopping establishments across 39 states plus Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Chile. Kimco is noted as North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers.
The 280 Metro Center shopping center upgraded its parking area to Lumewave by Echelon wireless lighting control system that provides two-way communication via a central gateway device and cellular modem. Lumewave is engineered to provide a highly efficient and flexible solution for monitoring parking lot lighting. The installation is comprised of 79 high-performance 217 Watt LED area fixtures equipped with passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors along with 0-10V dimmable drivers with a Lumewave wireless lighting control node fitted to each fixture. The benefits the center received from the wireless control solution include:
- Additional savings of approximately 30 percent, compared to dusk-to-dawn operation through late-night scheduled dimming and motion-activated control
- Fixture-level control system enhances safety and security at the center due to the motion sensing that can actively deter unwanted activity
- Fault detection notifications from the system can help reduce maintenance inspection costs and can aid the resolution of any lighting outages more quickly.
The winner is: For parking area lighting upgrade, Kimco won the “Best Use of Lighting Controls at a Single Facility”, “Greatest Absolute Number of Facility Upgrades” and “Largest Absolute Area of Facility Upgrades.”
Congratulations to our customer, Kimco!