The Southern Co-operative based in Portsmouth, Hampshire with over 157 retail stores trading across 10 counties in the South of England wanted to improve its lighting quality and save electricity. In July 2010 Vision Accendo, LED Lighting specialist based in Eastleigh in Hampshire. in conjunction with IDC Electrical and dci Refrigeration, worked with The Southern Co-operative to investigate new LED lighting technologies to reducing carbon emissions while improving the lighting quality in their stores.
From site surveys at selected outlets, Vision Accendo created a lighting design using only LED lights. Vision Accendo had to select suitable lighting for a variety of settings, including open retail spaces, food display, and refrigeration units, and outdoor areas. The objective, besides reducing power costs, was to maintain existing lux levels in each store while improving color rendering.