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Payless Shoe Source

Payless Shoe Source Various Locations

  • Client: Payless Shoe Source
  • Architect: Callison
  • Photos: © Callison / Chris Eden

The lighting for the new Payless prototype needed to be functionally effective, convey the new “lab concept” and be easily replicable. The upgrade from existing stores with acrylic lensed troffers was tremendous, so the new design had to be cost effective as well. In the resultant design, the overall high-end look betrays the extremely simple lighting solution based on just two lamps, a 3000K, 80+CRI T8 fluorescent and a 39 watt, 3000K 80+ CRI T4.5 metal halide lamp. Maintenance and energy usage is reduced with the use of appropriate fluorescent, metal halide and LED technology. Readily available, off the shelf fixtures ensure quick installation in new locations.

The high-end feel was created by integrating these off-the-shelf lighting fixtures into the interiors to emphasize visual contrast and providing a glare free environment. Well defined point-of sale locations with decorative pendants and warm LED lighting in ceiling coves contributed to the overall store appeal.

Finally, the added value of the new lighting design extended to meet the most stringent energy codes. Overall the lighting was successful in reviving the store brand with a bold, cost effective and yet easily-maintainable design that has been implemented in multiple stores nationwide.

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