Glasgow Airport Upgrades Airfield Floodlights

Glasgow Airport is replacing the LED floodlights that illuminate its airfield with a more sustainable model.

Throughout the year-long project, a team of engineers from Dewhurst Airfield Services will replace just under 120 fittings within the 20-metre-high floodlights with a model that is 25 percent more energy efficient.

Floodlights Glasgow Airport
The new Modus 650 lights are brighter and deliver great coverage using less fittings, as well as offering a longer lifespan

As part of the airport’s efforts to become more sustainable, around 75 percent of the components housed in the outgoing Sparta lights will be collected and recycled by Lumicom, a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) company, before re-entering the supply chain.

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said:

“We launched our Sustainability Strategy last summer and a key area of focus is the decarbonisation of our infrastructure and operations by the mid-2030s. As the current lighting is nearing the end of its lifecycle, we are not only gaining further energy efficiency and improved lighting by installing the new Modus 650 LED series, but the overall project will also support our circular economy commitments by ensuring the Sparta lights are also recycled.”

Glasgow Airport Floodlights at Night
The project will replace replace the fittings within the 20-metre-high floodlights positioned across the apron where aircraft are parked

In 2013, Glasgow became the first airport globally to upgrade to a fully LED-lit apron in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation requirements. At the time, the switch from high-pressure sodium apron lighting improved energy efficiency by 60 percent.

Glasgow Airport is now again working with leading LED lighting designer and manufacturer, Midstream Lighting, to complete the latest upgrades.

Yuli Grig, Commercial Director at Midstream Lighting, said:

“We are really pleased to be working with Glasgow Airport once again to upgrade the first-generation LED floodlights with the latest generation, which will generate further energy savings and lighting improvements. Midstream Lighting is proud to continue supporting Glasgow Airport in being a true leader in the fight against climate change through energy reduction and sustainable business practice.”

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