LEDs shrink airport operator's lighting bill by 90 percent

December 18, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Airports are busy day and night. In such busy places, light is an important item. At the same time it is a cost driver. The Air Cargo Center at the Munich Airport now has replaced its conventional floodlights through LED systems. The move reduces the electricity bill for the cargo operator by 90%.

In the commercial segment, functional outdoor lighting represents a big junk of the operating costs. However, for operational and safety reasons, light is indispensable and in most cases cannot be reduced. For this reasons, the management of the Munich Airport Cargo Centers chose the replace their existing conventional lighting solution through LED Floodlights. At the siding of the spatially extended building the company installed a total of 26 floodlights with 93 watts each. They replace the same number of halogen-metal vapour lamps of which each one consumed 2 x 400 watts. Thus, the power consumption could be reduced by almost 90%. Since LED spotlights do create only very low scattering losses, the new LED system achieves the same illumination level than the one it replaces. Extrapolated to the energy consumption of an entire year, the electricity bill for the LED lighting is 7400 euros lower than before - per year.

Another advantage of the new floodlight is it superior operation life. Over the entire lifetime of 60.000 operating hours, the light quality does not change. For this reason, also the maintenance costs can be reduced significantly.

The LED installation including luminaires and power supplies has been provided by Toshiba Lighting Systems.