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TCI airports adopt energy efficient lighting
Published on April 28, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version

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PLS International Departures Lounge

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PLS Arrivals Hall

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PLS Airport Roadway

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) has adopted energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the newly renovated terminal facility and roadway.

This lighting solution is reported to be approximately 90% more energy efficient compared to conventional light bulbs. This means that they would generate a lower electrical cost and burn less fuel to generate the energy needed, making it a green lighting solution. The LED lights are also nontoxic as they have no mercury and are 100% recyclable. This will limit the carbon foot print by some estimates as high as 40%.

The results of this implementation means that the traveling public will have a much better experience as they flow through Providenciales International Airport. The lighting will be sufficient in all areas as the general light disbursement is wide ranging. This is most evident in the new roadways, as the new light poles are extensively lit in the evening to allow better vision and a safer environment. The durability of these lights allow for indoor and outdoor usage.

“The outdoor lights needed to be rugged and able to withstand wind, dust, vibrations and other elements. The LED lights easily allowed the TCIAA to find a solution to handle all of these challenges in our extremely warm climate where conventional lights could be a challenge.” said John Smith, CEO of the TCIAA.

The LED lights chosen for the airport include a wide variety of flexible designs. The international customs hall has circular pendant lights ideal for the indoor high curved ceilings. The check-in area also has circular pendant lights ideal for outdoor weather in addition to oblong lights in the roof overhang.

The street lights have rectangular flat panels rugged enough to handle vehicle vibrations but stylish enough for the new roadway. The bathrooms and general areas have 2x2 square ceiling panel lights as well as inset panel ceiling lights. Where possible all bulbs were changed to meet the new green standard.

Robert Koening of LED Industrial Group/Lightdec America in Florida was the person that principally assisted in directing the TCIAA to this green solution. His company prides itself on being the pioneer and most advanced manufacturer of LED lighting products. This company is able to meet the differing needs of their consumers by offering a wide range of products and have worked with Florida International University (FIU), Miami Dade Transport and even the City of Hialeah to name a few.

The long life cycle of the LED lights was one of the main reasons that they were selected for use in the airport. The lights are normally on and functioning for very long periods of time within the terminal. With the new lighting, one bulb that is used approximately eight hours per day is said to have the potential to last 15-20 years before a replacement is needed, cutting down the maintenance work tremendously.

Since the TCIAA has embraced the move to sustainability with a strong commitment to incorporating the best possible environmental practices, other airports have not been left out.

The Grand Turk Airport has been retrofitted with LED lighting to help lower operating costs and the South Caicos Airport will also have an integrated green approach during its construction.

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