Recently, the Hong Kong Airport Authority decided to invest in Highbay LED lighting solutions for the country’s largest airport. The newly-renovated Terminal 2 now boasts higher energy efficiency and 50% fewer light fixtures overall, drastically reducing maintenance and energy costs.
Located on the island on Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong International Airport is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the busiest passenger airports. As a regional shipping centre, the airport operates 24 hours a day and consumes a substantial volume of energy. Lighting accounts for around 10% of the total energy consumption at the airport.
Back in 2009, the airport launched its LED replacement program, which was the largest of its kind in Hong Kong at the time. The airport authority collaborated with the government to develop standard specifications for LED lighting, which became a benchmark for other organizations in the country.
Terminal 2 opened in 2007. After ten years, the authority decided it was time to update the facility with modern fixtures and amenities. In addition to a brand-new shopping and dining area, the airport authority sought to boost energy efficiency with commercial LED lighting in the airport’s second terminal.
The goal was to replace the existing light fixtures with energy efficiency commercial LED lighting that used less energy and could cover more space. This lead to the decision to install highbay LED lighting.
Highbay LED lighting solutions are appropriate in large indoor facilities with high ceilings and vast horizonal spaces. They’re common in manufacturing facilities, large gyms, warehouses, and other commercial spaces. Highbay LEDs were the lighting of choice for the Hong Kong Airport’s energy efficiency facelift, as they provide a higher quality light at a lower energy cost.
Typically, highbay lights hang from the ceiling with hooks or pendants to cast a wide area of light. They have a longer lifespan than conventional light bulbs and require less frequent maintenance. For an airport with no downtime, maintenance was another important consideration.
Installing these lights enabled the airport to cover the 14,000 square meter space of Terminal 2 with 50% fewer light fixtures than before.