“As we continue the work to reimagine LAX, we are making important safety and operational improvements which include installing lighting that both provides brighter illumination and reduces energy use. To be able to see these gains while at the same time reduce energy demand is definitely a win for LAWA.”
— Michael R. Christensen
Facilities Maintenance and Utilities Group Deputy Executive Director
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
As the second-busiest airport in the U.S., LAX served nearly 81 million travelers in 2016 alone. When airport administrators determined that a new apron lighting system was needed for Terminal 4, they knew that whatever solution was chosen would have to deliver much greater energy efficiency, improve visibility for ground crew, and avoid creating glare that could impact pilots and air traffic controllers.
The answer was LED technology to replace the existing HPS lights. But as they explored various options from different manufacturers, they quickly found that not all LED lighting produced the high-quality results they needed. In the end, LAX decided to partner with Musco and have its Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ system retrofitted onto the existing poles at Terminal 4.
Key benefits of the project included:
- Improved Visibility – the system’s custom optics designed around the LEDs deliver a much whiter and more uniformly distributed light, improving visibility and operations for ground crews.
- Total Light Control – patented light control technology applies light only where it’s intended, with remarkable cut-off to prevent light from spilling into unintended areas or the night sky above LAX.
- Reduced Glare – TLC for LED virtually eliminates glare from impacting pilots or the night sky.
- Retrofit Solution – the new LED fixtures and custom brackets were retrofitted onto the terminal’s existing poles, helping to minimize installation costs.
- Energy Efficient – the new apron lighting will reduce energy consumption at Terminal 4 by 28 percent compared to the previous lighting, and CO2 emissions will be cut by 468 metric tons over the next decade.
With Musco’s 10-year warranty that covers parts and labor—backed by a global team of technicians that provides on-site service—LAX won’t have to handle any maintenance to the apron lighting, or pay for it, for the next decade.