Pinot’s Palette

“The team over at LED Source was able to meet and exceed my expectations with their quick turnaround and experience. We are rolling out this LED lighting solution to franchisees across our system. Our customers are in love with the ambiance that it has created.” – Charles Willis, President, Pinot’s Palette


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Pinot’s Palette LED Lighting Case Study

Paint. Drink. And have fun!

That’s the motto for Pinot’s Palette – a pioneer of “paint & sip” – an experience that puts a new spin on the traditional night out.

In 2009 Pinot’s Palette opened its first location in Houston. The concept was simple: open a painting studio that created a relaxed and fun atmosphere, where friends can gather, socialize and gain expert guidance from local artists, over wine and snacks.

Since the company’s humble beginnings, it has grown into a successful franchise that currently boasts locations nationwide.

Part of Pinot’s Palette’s mission is to utilize state-of-the art technology to enrich the experience for franchisees and customers alike. The company’s President, Charles Willis, sought to further increase profitability for Pinot’s Palette franchisees by reducing in-studio power consumption while enhancing the customer experience. One of the ways this was accomplished was by eliminating the hot halogen lights – that required the HVAC units to run longer to maintain the temperature in the studios and replacing them with an energy- efficient LED solution. Charles needed help rolling out a new lighting plan that would take advantage of the many benefits of LED lighting and improve the mood and the light quality for their customers.

Painting Under The Right Light

Charles began a search for an LED lighting company that could handle Pinot’s Palette’s specific requirements on a national level and create a program that would ensure consistency in lighting throughout their entire system. Upon speaking with LED Source® and learning about its National Accounts Partner Program, Charles was confident he’d found a compatible solutions provider.

Previously, Pinot’s Palette used traditional halogen lamps to light their locations. This consisted of PAR20, PAR38 and BR40 lamps that consumed a total of 14,892 kWh annually. These lamps not only wasted energy, they made the environment uncomfortable due to the excessive amount of heat emitted.

One of the first new Pinot’s Palette locations to utilize LED lighting was in Naperville, IL.

To meet the client’s goals, the team at LED Source® designed and implemented a solution utilizing state-of-the-art LED lamps. This reduced energy consumption to 2,606 kWh annually – representing over 82% in energy savings.

It is estimated that Pinot’s Palette will save annually $373 in maintenance and A/C costs and $1,228 in lighting energy. Total annual savings is estimated at $1,601.

The LED lighting solution achieved three goals for Pinot’s Palette: it helped lower energy and operating costs, created a comfortable atmosphere for clients and improved the quality of light at their locations.

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