What do lighting products and pizza have in common? Well, not much, except when you’re paying too much for lighting that means you might have to skimp on the sauce. Sauce Pizza and Wine, a premier restaurant chain in Arizona, believes in cooking from scratch and creating an artisanal Italian collection of delicious pastas, bruschetta, appetizers, and other foods. With 11 neighborhood eateries for fast casual dining, Sauce Pizza and Wine has the cure for every appetite.
As Sauce Pizza and Wine began to grow, they knew the need to lower energy costs while maintaining a warm, inviting dining environment was imperative. It was then that the Arizona restaurant chain made the decision to convert its lighting to LEDs for all of its locations. With a desire to reduce electricity consumption, lower maintenance costs, and maintain the controls of light levels at every location, Sauce Pizza and Wine knew finding the right LEDs was a must-have.
As Sauce Pizza and Wine locations can range from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet, the “front of the house” contains the dining room and open kitchen, while the back of the restaurants include the dishwasher, equipment and inventory. To find appropriate lighting for the restaurants, Sauce Pizza and Wine met with Don Bartelt, senior energy advisor for Energy Efficiency Pros, a specialty LED Lighting provider based in Scottsdale, Arizona. At Energy Efficiency Pros they focus on providing products and solutions for highlighting volume applications, which was perfect for Sauce Pizza and Wine.
After his assessment, Bartelt recommended Energy Star rated MR16 and BR30 EarthBulb LEDs from EarthTronics for the dining rooms. The six-watt, MR16 EarthBulb LED bulb provides 3000K color of light with a 38-degree beam angle, easily replacing the 50-watt halogen MR16 product being used. It is ideal for use in dimming recessed lighting, track lighting and display lighting applications, and the high power LED performs for 25,000 hours and provides 85-percent energy savings. The eight-watt, BR30 LED replaced 65-watt incandescent and is also is rated to last 25,000 hours, provide 85-percent energy saving and maintain the light levels to provide warm, comfortable restaurant atmosphere.
In the open kitchen area where guests can watch the chefs in action, seven-watt PAR20 and seventeen-watt PAR38 EarthBulb LED floodlights were selected and installed to optimize the visual experience. These PAR lamps render the entire visible spectrum, with a brilliant color rendering index of >90. The EarthBulb LED PAR20 and PAR38 lamps deliver 500 and 1200 lumens, last 25,000 hours and save over 80-percent in energy cost providing an excellent replacement for 50 and 120-watt incandescent and halogen floodlights. The LED PAR lamps are designed with the same form factor and beam pattern as the PAR lamps that they are replacing. In addition, they feature a durable lightweight plastic design with an integral aluminum cooling system that reduces stress on fixture components.
In Sauce’s “back of the house,” energy-efficient linear T8 LED tubes from EarthTronics replaced existing fluorescent tubes. These Design Light Consortium (DLC)-listed bulbs feature nearly 50-percent energy savings and a glass tube construction that ensures proper system cooling to support high lumen maintenance over the 50,000-hour rated life of the product.
With an overall reduction of energy consumption by 80-percent, as well as reduced maintenance time and costs, Sauce Pizza and Wine is able to turn those energy savings directly into more pizzas, sauce, and other artesian foods for families throughout Arizona.
At EarthTronics, we believe in providing innovative, energy efficient solutions that will help our clients save money, become more efficient, and enjoy the high-quality lighting solutions that meet all their needs. While lighting solutions may not have much to do with pizza, both EarthTronics and Sauce Pizza and Wine believe in providing a high quality product that brings a smile to those around it. We’re thrilled to be lighting the smiles that get to enjoy the fine, artesian foods of Sauce Pizza and Wine while helping improve efficiency, innovation, and helping the environment in every lighting solution that EarthTronics is a part of.