LED Potential on the Airfield

Light emitting diode (LED) technology for airfield lighting holds the promise of greater operational efficiency, cost savings and improved safety over traditional tungsten halogen lamps. This article discusses the benefits and obstacles of using LED technology for general aviation and commercial airfields. Small general aviation airports in the U.S. have been among the first to adopt LED technology, including remote airports with limited power capabilities. For these airports, solar powered LEDs offer a low initial investment, easy installation and low operating costs. In the UK, LED technology has been successfully tested at Heathrow Airport, but implementation has still not been approved. Approval will probably first be granted for comparatively low risk areas such as taxiways and apron areas. Actual LED technology requires further development before it can provide the luminescence required for approach lighting on runways.


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  • Accession Number: 01010487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2005 9:58PM