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LEDs replace lighting at Copenhagen’s Airport

09 March 2010

Using a simple analysis persuaded the BTS (Building Technical Service) at Denmark’s airports to switch to Werma 280 series LED obstruction beacons in order to save cost, reduce carbon imprint and reduce down time.

LED lights replace traditional lighting at Copenhagen’s Airport
LED lights replace traditional lighting at Copenhagen’s Airport

An LED beacon from Werma has a life of approximately 100,000 hours compared with 2,000 hours offered by a traditional incandescent bulb. A traditional light source has an effect equivalent to approximately 80W whereas a comparable LED light uses only 9.6W. The LED beacons will be much more environmentally friendly greatly reducing the estimated 52 tons of CO2 produced by the traditional obstructions lights on the airport sites.

Furthermore the LED obstruction beacons will improve operating efficiency thanks to their long life – such beacons are required to operate 24/7, are often located in quite inaccessible locations and bulbs can be difficult to replace when broken and can cause potential disruption to the safe operation of the airfield. WERMA was able to confirm an operating guarantee of 5 years for its beacons.

Last but not least, the airport authorities were reassured by the product’s compliance with legal requirements from the ICAO regarding light intensity etc.

Jesper Stegmann, Project Manager of the Energy Administration who is now re-fitting Werma 280 series obstruction beacons to over 100 applications on the airfields in Denmark which include illuminations on terminal buildings, control towers as well as on the many airport manoeuvring and apron areas.

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