Now a best practice requirement
As the climate warms and the dangers to the planet increase, it is vitally important that all businesses do their part in acting in a sustainable way. This is widely regarded as of great importance to consumers who expect the brands with which they shop to behave in a responsible manner.
LED lighting has always offered the benefit of extended life to retail chains. However, like all electronic products, there are parts of each product that can be susceptible to failure, most notably the capacitors within the electronic drivers. It is for this reason that luminaire manufacturers limit their warranties to 5-years (typically) despite the fact that the LED chips will likely continue to outperform the warranty limit.
What happens when the warranty period expires, the store has a refurbishment or the retailer takes a new store space with LED lighting? Typically in the case of warranty expiration, the retailer will purchase a new product to replace the failed unit before disposing of the failed item. In the case of refurbishment, the lights will often be disposed of into landfill even though the majority of them may continue to work and the same is true of the new store space.
None of these outcomes are positive for the environment.