Fairweather store in Mississauga doubles in-store foot traffic by updating lighting

Thanks to the deisgner’s trust in MERCOR’s toronto office for their lighting consulting and judicious product choice for this application, the revamped lighting at Fairweather’s Mississauga store brought in twice the foot traffic by attracting a younger demographic with their upgrade.

You can read all about it at: http://vmsd.com/content/fairweather-mississauga-ont


New Quebec Regulations and ECO-FEES for mercury-containing lamps recycling program

The Quebec Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises obligates all “brand owners/first suppliers” of mercury-containing lamps (including manufactures, distributors and retailers) to either operate or be a member of an approved program to recover and reclaim end-of-life mercury-containing lamps in Quebec.
Product Care Association (PCA) has been chosen by the lighting industry to manage our obligations and has finalized an agency agreement in June with RECYC-QUÉBEC, the oversight agency in Quebec for product stewardship programs.  Product Care is a non-profit association registered in Quebec under the name Association des Producteurs Responsables (APR) and as such, has implemented a “recovery and reclamation system” for mercury-containing lamps on behalf of its members, pursuant to the Regulation. Any enterprise that is obligated under the Regulation is invited to join the Product Care program in order to satisfy the requirements of the Regulation.
Product Care’s recycling program was launched in Quebec on July 14, 2012, however, collection of fees is delayed until October 1, 2012 for the replacement lamp market, and July 14, 2013 for lamps integrated into fixtures.

Regulation requirements:
The program will be funded by “eco-fees” applied to the sale or supply of new mercury-containing lamps in the province of Quebec on a per-unit sold basis. These fees will be paid to PCA/APR by the program members (manufacturers, distributors, retailers etc).
MERCOR must ensure that all obligated parties comply with this new regulation, and non-members will see the new eco-fees added, when applicable, to their invoices for orders placed as of October 1st, 2012.

Eco-Fees for Quebec will be as follows:

Lamp category Typical Size              Eco-Fee/unit
Fluorescent tubes (=<2 feet) 2 feet $0.30
Fluorescent tubes (=<4 feet) 4 feet $0.50
Fluorescent tubes (4<=8 feet) 8 feet $1.00
Fluorescent tubes (CFL) CFL $0.20
Metal Halides, Mercury Vapour, etc. All $1.10

For more information on this legislation and program, please consult these websites:


A new wonderful addition to the Mercor family

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Isabelle Hartmann to our Mercor family.
She is bringing with her 15 years of solid experience in the lighting industry in sales support, lighting calculations and renderings (using the latest AGI32 software) to help us achieve a new level of assistance to our retail and property management clientele: She will help in optimizing their results and offer an added value to your projects.
Isabelle will start in her new position immediately, and she will be working closely with all our business units.

Isabelle Hartmann pic


Arrow Furniture – Effective Cost-Cutting Thanks to Mercor and GE Lighting LED Lamps

New Source: WiredPR News.com
08/27/2012 (press release: nvisionsolutions) // Toronto, Ontario, Canada // Jason Michaels

To ensure that dining room sets, area rugs, office décor and accents for every room in the house are beautifully but economically lit, the retailer recently selected energy-efficient LED lamps from GE Lighting to replace halogen bulbs in its stores. After all four installations are finished early next year, Arrow Furniture will stand to save $23,000 annually as the result of using 232,000 fewer kilowatt hours (kWhs) of electricity to illuminate its locations.

“We looked at different types of energy-saving lighting including LED options for about three years,” said Israel Adud, operations manager for Arrow Furniture. “Many products were offered to us by many vendors, but none of the bulbs were sufficient to light the merchandise on the floor.

“Of course it’s great to save money, but if I can’t sell furniture, I don’t care how much less I’m paying.”

Toronto-based distributor Mercor Lighting introduced Adud to a new LED lamp from GE Lighting. GE’s Retail LED PAR38 lamp consumes just 17 watts of electricity compared to the 90 watts used by Arrow Furniture’s old halogen bulbs. More important, the lamps’ light output, color consistency and uniformity met Adud’s exacting standards for in-store illumination.

“After looking into GE’s vast LED repertoire we found the new Retail PAR38 lamp best served the requirements set out by Arrow Furniture,” explained Eric Tordjman of Mercor Lighting. “When sampling product at the store level, the crisp, white light emphasized the true color of merchandise better than competing lamps our customer had previously evaluated.”

With assistance from Mercor, Arrow Furniture has already retrofit 345 GE LED PAR38 lamps at one of its Greater Toronto Area (GTA) stores. Installations at a second same-size location, as well as two larger stores housing 550 fixtures each, are to be completed by spring 2013.

“Mercor came to us with a great solution,” Adud said. “The overall response has been very positive. The new LED lighting gave our store a fresh look that we’re excited to continue with at our other locations.”

Arrow Furniture’s smaller stores will each reduce their annual electricity use by 44,746 kWhs thanks to the new lighting, a nearly $4,500 savings based on 12 hours of operation a day and $.10 kWh rate. The company’s larger stores, meanwhile, will save approximately 71,000 kWhs and $7,100 each after retrofitting of all in-store lamps.

Totaling its four GTA locations, Arrow Furniture’s switch to energy-efficient LED lighting soon will yield a $23,000 annual cost benefit.

Mercor Lighting also helped qualify Arrow Furniture to receive a $20 return from the Canadian Lighting Rebate Office for every LED lamp installed. As part of its turnkey solution, Mercor applies rebate incentive programs from all power utility service providers across Canada (www.clro.ca for information).

“Including combined utility savings and rebates, the cost of our complete lighting update will be recouped in about two years,” noted Adud. “To provide our customers with a brighter shopping experience while spending less is a win-win proposition, certainly.”

Did you know…?

As a Top 5 partner of Hydro-Quebec’s and Ontario Hydro’s subsidy programs, Mercor is authorized to get you any “Hydro Rebates” in Canada you would be entitled to. With seasoned professionals and lighting experts to guide you in making the right choice of light source and materials, both for your specific tasks and for maximizing your returns and rebates, you are in good hands for any lighting and energy-savings project.

As Canada’s largest independent distributor with access to all major brands and their latest products and technologies, Mercor is a solution provider with all the right answers to cover your lighting needs. But did you know: Mercor will do all the work – from calculating light output to lamp counts and wattage savings reports – and fill out all the paperwork for the Hydro rebates for you, at NO CHARGE?!

With over 15 realized major eco-energy projects under our belts, which have been subsidized by Hydro’s rebate programs, and over 1,5 GWh in overall energy savings for our clients, we bring our expertise to you, at no extra cost, to drive substantial energy-saving results, better visual comfort and productivity, and excellent ROI. No need to research products and work overtime to comply with the maze of Hydro rebate programs when you have a trusted lighting supplier and partner to match the right solutions to your needs that is just a phone call away – No Charge, No Sweat!