Letters to the Editor

Light saver

August 8, 2007


To the editor:

I visited a local department store recently and was somewhat surprised to see that about one-third of the overhead lights were turned off. The store was noticeably darker, but there seemed to be plenty of light for shopping.

I commented to a clerk that dimming the lights was a good idea, and she replied that the store was much cooler. Sounds like a win-win-win decision. Employees are more comfortable, the business has lower utility costs, and our community reduces its contribution to global warming by a smidgen.

I hope other businesses - and households - will consider turning down the lights.

Sandy Beverly,



Sandy Beverly 10 years, 8 months ago

Yes, it is Sears. I mentioned Sears by name when I submitted the letter, but the LJW editors changed to "local department store".

KS 10 years, 8 months ago

Well Sandy, why don't you jst tell us who it is so we can shop there?

LogicMan 10 years, 8 months ago

Well ... Lawrence's southern Wal-Mart is far more advanced. It has skylights to provide "free" daylight, and detectors that automatically dim or turn off many of the overhead lights.

But overall the store is underlit, IMHO.

~96F is the design temperature for here, so if its getting hot inside at or below that, either the AC is undersized (or has been off for a while), needs maintenance, or the owner/operator is too cheap to keep people comfortable! :-)

P.S. The Sears building is the original Lawrence Wal-Mart building. Is the building still owned by Wal-Mart's property division?

bigbrown 10 years, 8 months ago

I think LogicMan works or has alot of stock at walmart. Sears is doing their part to save energy so give them credit! I myself go to sears alot and enjoy their store. I love their appliances and adore a salesman named Daniel! I asked him about the lights and he was happy to share how sears is being proactive when it comes to saving energy!! THANK YOU SEARS!!!!!!

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