Introducing the New U.S. Cooler Walk-in Door.

U.S. Cooler walk-in cooler

Here at U.S. Cooler®, we work hard to bring you a quality product at a reasonable price with exceptional attention to the needs of the customer.  So, with that in mind, starting today, all walk-in coolers and freezers will come standard with our break-through Vert-Ergo™ handle, new adjustable hinges, efficient LED lighting, and a dual-temperature display with touch switch.  Below, we have more information about each of the new products, but what does this mean for you?  In short, our new Vert-Ergo™ handle provides a more ergonomic hand position while increasing your leverage to make opening your walk-in cooler or freezer easier.  The new adjustable hinges allow easy adjustment of door alignment with standard spring-action door closing.  The efficient LED lighting offers a reduction in electrical usage, plus a decrease in heat generation for further savings.  Lastly, the thermometer with built-in light switch offers dual-temperature display with an easy-touch switch, as well as multiple other add-on features for further energy control.  We work hard to ensure that every detail of your walk-in cooler and freezer is built to our superior quality standard and is manufactured with your needs in mind.

Vert-Ergo™ handle

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  • Vertical handle design for easier opening.
  • Ergonomic positioning for a comfortable feel.
  • Reversible for mounting on either a right hand or left hand door.

LED Light

1808 LED Light
  • Designed to reduce electrical usage by 85%.
  • Minimal heat generation will lower utility cost.
  • Exceeds Federal Energy Act Requirements.
  • Rated for 50,000+ hours of life.

Adjustable hinges

1346 Performer Hing
  • Strap adjusts horizontally, providing door lift and rotation to compensate for unlevel or uneven floors.
  • Built-in spring action is standard.
  • Left and right hand hinges use the same component parts for faster mounting and replacement.

Dual-temperature display with touch light switch

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  • Dual-temperature display changes between freezer and cooler temperature probes.
  • Designed for (wet & dry) in-door and/or outdoor locations
  • Light relay with touch technology
  • Quick Installation, No connectors required

Lighting Options for Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

incandescent fluorescent and LEDOn average, lighting contributes 20% to 50% of a business’ electricity usage. As an operator of a walk-in cooler or freezer, your choice of lighting is of even greater importance. Every bit of heat that is added to the walk-in’s environment is going to increase the load on your refrigeration, ultimately resulting in inflated energy costs. While fluorescents offer a huge step up from incandescent bulbs in energy efficiency, they still create nearly 9X the heat of LED lights.

Lighting Technology Comparison
Efficacy (lumens per watt) Heat Emitted Lifespan (hours)
Incandescent 10-17 85 btu’s/hour 750-2,500
Linear Fluorescent 30-110 30 btu’s/hour 7,000-30,000
LED 50-100 3.4 btu’s/hour 35,000-70,000

View a full comparison chart of the major lighting technologies.

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4ft LED light for walk-in ceilings.

Fluorescent lights are generally standard in walk-in cooler and freezer installations, with LEDs being available as an upgrade. LEDs offer advantages in a walk-in because they don’t run the risk of failure in low temperatures and high humidity environments as other lighting types do. LEDs (and incandescents) turn on instantly and don’t need time to warm up to reach full brightness. They also don’t contain mercury which could contaminate your stored food if a fluorescent bulb breaks. LEDs can be used for overhead lighting in the walk-in and are very prevalent in merchandising coolers typically found in convenience stores. The LEDs in merchandising glass doors provide a brighter light than fluorescents to better illuminate products. Some convenience store operators are even opting to upgrade their fluorescent lights with LED retrofit kits which can result in energy savings up to 85%.

StarFire LED Lighting System for Commercial Refrigeration Applications

Anthony International now offers the StarFire LED lighting system designed specifically for the commercial refrigeration industry.  This industry leading light output system is designed to handle the harsh cold environments for both the normal and low temp applications.  This patent pending design offers light pointed directly where it needs to be, at the merchandise to aid in increased product sales.

StarFire led lightsStarFire delivers a less than two year payback on your LED investment. Reducing compressor run time, reducing wattage, eliminating maintenance cost, while providing the most light output of any other LED on the market.

This energy efficient StarFire design can save you up to 85% of your current energy cost and also remove the amount of heat that is added to your cold environment, therefore reducing compressor run times.  The Anthony StarFire design has an exclusive power supply integrated into the light bar. When you add up all the benefits of the StarFire LED lighting systems you will enjoy a fast payback on your lighting investment.

Anthony Quanta StarFire walk-in cooler lightsFor more information, please download the StarFire Data Packet – PDF.

Note: The StarFire was previously known as the CrossFire sold by Schott Gemtron.

Does your company manufacture a commercial refrigeration product or accessory you’d like us to feature? If so, email Kristin[at]uscooler.com with details on your product, quality images, and links to more information.

 

Retrofitting LED Lights Can Pay Off In Your C-store

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Anthony Optimax Retrofit

As a convenience store owner, if there was a change you could make to increase merchandise sales, lower your electric bill, reduce maintenance costs, and be environmentally responsible would you make the change? The opportunity to do just that is here with the advent of LED Retrofit Kits. These kits replace the existent fluorescent lighting on your glass door merchandising walk-in cooler and freezer with 4’, 5’ or 6’ long LED light strips.

LED lighting provides a 68 to 85% energy savings over the fluorescent lights typically used in coolers and freezers. LEDs use only 15 watts for a 5’ model and 18 watts for 6’. They also produce less heat than a fluorescent light, which will lessen the load on your refrigeration system. But if energy savings was the only advantage, adoption of LEDs wouldn’t be near where it is today. The real difference is the attractive quality of the light it gives off. LEDs give your products a beckoning glow and more uniform illumination than fluorescent.  You can choose between lights that give off a neutral or slight red or blue hue. Conventional wisdom suggests that the more appealing the product presentation, the more likely a customer is to take notice and purchase it.

Community Discussion: Ideas to Outfit a Beer Cave

Beer caves can offer huge benefits to businesses. Decorating your beer cave to be inviting to consumers is of the utmost importance. We recently received this message from Jody Seck of Stop-A-Sec Inc.

We are adding a walk in beer cave to our convenience store. I need great interior lighting ideas for the inside of the cave that will have a black interior. The doors are LED. Ideas welcome.

What’s the most creative beer cave design you’ve seen? If you have any suggestions for Jody or any other stylistic ideas for walk-in beer caves, leave your comment below!

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Lighting Efficiency of Incandescent & CFL vs LED

LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular in the gas station c-store industry. This is not only due to the lower energy consumption of the LED lamps, but the new lighting also makes the beverages in the coolers more visually appealing!

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors recently released their findings from a study on the life-cycle assessment (LCA) of LED lamps. Here is a summary of their findings.

LED life-cycle assessment

Light Emitting Diodes are among the most energy-efficient light sources available on the market. LED lamps are already today more than five times more efficient than incandescent lamps and future technical achievements offer additional potential for the coming years.

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At present, artificial lighting accounts for around 19% of global electricity consumption – that corresponds to 2.4% of worldwide primary energy consumption.