Conn’s Distribution Center El Paso, Texas
ChallengeConn’s is a company with a proud 132-year history. The company was formed in 1890 as a small plumbing and heating service business in Beaumont, Texas. Today, Conn’s is one of the top consumer goods retailers in the country, with more than $1 billion in revenue and more than 4,500 employees across the southern United States.
In El Paso, Conn's operates a distribution center that serves 10 area locations in south Texas, west Texas, and New Mexico. For Conn's on-site management, the existing 400-watt, high bay metal halide lighting in the El Paso warehouse was a constant source of frustration. The legacy lighting delivered 15-minute start-up times, incomplete illumination between storage racks, and required never-ending maintenance and repair of burned-out lamps and buzzing ballast units. When the facility owner gave Conn's the opportunity to take advantage of an LED lighting upgrade program it offered its tenants, Conn's jumped at the chance. To execute the project on a tight year-end timeline, Conn's turned to FSG's El Paso branch.
SolutionFSG installed 448 high bay LED fixtures to replace the legacy metal halide units in the 200,000 square-foot warehouse. During installation, FSG also adjusted the placement of the high bay lighting so that the aisles between racks were completely illuminated. As part of the project, FSG also installed 30 surface mount strips, 15 wall pack exterior lighting units, and four aerial lights outside the facility.
Importantly for Conn's, the lighting upgrade project also included the provision and installation of a network of lighting sensors to automatically dim and brighten the high bay lighting in response to activity below.
ResultThe lighting upgrade project for Conn's distribution center in El Paso was completed in just two weeks. FSG leveraged the depth of its national lighting distribution business to ensure there were no supply chain delays for this project with a hard year-end deadline. All work was completed without any interruption to the normal flow of operations at the warehouse.
For Conn's, this lighting project was an immediate, unqualified success. Instant OPEX savings resulted from the conversion to energy-efficient LED, and the light sensors provided an added level of savings for management. Most importantly, the new lighting inside the warehouse was brighter and quieter, providing immediate on-off functionality and complete illumination to improve employee safety and elevate overall operational efficiency.
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