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Oakbrook Shopping Center

A major Chicagoland shopping center slashed operating costs with SmartLume and IoT controls

Oakbrook Center searched for a robust and sleek LED area lighting solution for their parking areas and surrounding ring roads. Schréder Lighting’s SmartLume was the answer. The existing installation featured bulky, inefficient, shoebox-style 1000-watt and 400-watt metal halide fixtures, and SmartLume’s slim design was the perfect, energy-efficient upgrade for the center’s modern aesthetic, which now features 238-watt and 111-watt replacement LED fixtures.

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As one of Chicago’s largest shopping centers, Oakbrook Center has over 160 stores and over 2 million square feet of retail space. The center hosts numerous restaurants, a hotel, a 12-screen luxury theater, and is conveniently located within Chicago’s metro area. To reduce operating costs and enhance visibility for evening shoppers and moviegoers, Oakbrook Center searched for a robust, intelligent and sleek LED area lighting solution for their parking areas and surrounding ring roads. Schréder Lighting’s SmartLume was the answer.

Schréder’s SmartLume solution reduced operating costs dramatically, and helped deliver a positive, vibrant feel throughout the facility. The existing installation featured bulky, inefficient, shoebox-style 1000-watt and 400-watt metal halide fixtures, and SmartLume’s slim design was the perfect upgrade for Oakbrook’s modern aesthetic. Schréder replaced the metal halide fixtures with over three hundred 238-watt SmartLume 3 and over one hundred and ten 111-watt SmartLume 2 luminaires. Overall, the retrofit project reduced energy consumption by over 75%, increased light levels, and maintained a high degree of uniformity across the installation. 

SmartLume’s IoT controller further reduced energy consumption by allowing facility managers to manage each luminaire from any internet-enabled device. Facility managers may now actively monitor energy consumption and see if fixtures are operating properly and providing light only when needed.

Oakbrook Center now saves over 850 kWh per year and has eliminated lamp maintenance, resulting in an accelerated return on investment. Due to SmartLume’s stronger light levels, visitors to the Oakbrook can enjoy a more vibrant atmosphere within a safe, pleasing environment. For facility merchants this is good news, as happier visitors tend to stay longer at a facility, in turn making more purchases.  Thanks to SmartLume, the facility has reduced energy consumption, upgraded area/site illumination, delivered a modern cohesive aesthetic.  Overall, Oakbrook Center now provides an enhanced experience to over 20 million visitors annually.

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