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Watt Stopper Lighting Controls Produce Savings for Panera Bread Franchisee

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Aware of the energy savings potential and convenience of lighting controls, Breads of the World sought a control system for its Panera Bread retail stores. The company's goal was to find a solution that offered both energy efficiency and simple, flexible automated operation.

Before the decision to install an automated control system, executives encouraged managers at the bakery-cafés to turn lights off in an attempt to save energy. Although this worked for short periods of time, lights were often left on when managers became busy with other projects.

After researching lighting controls, Breads of the World decided on an integrated control solution from The Watt Stopper. The system, which  includes a lighting control panel, occupancy sensors, and photocells, were installed at select Panera stores in Colorado and Ohio.  

Panera selected The Watt Stopper's SmartwiredTM Lighting Control Panel to provide flexible scheduling. It allows overlapping days and blink warnings of lighting prior to shut-off. The panel works in conjunction with dataline switches for simple timed overrides. With the store's long daytime operating hours  combined with nightly baking hours, varying weekday/weekend hours, and with managers often working throughout the night, this level of control flexibility is essential for maintaining a comfortable and hassle free work environment.

To read the complete case study visit Watt Stopper at www.wattstopper.com/newsroom/casestudies_view.html?docid=1012952100 

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