Aircraft Maintenance Service hangars are typically equipped with energy-inefficient hangar lights that fail to produce the recommended light levels for airplane hangars, U.S. Military Bases and maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) stations. Many aircraft maintenance hangars have higher high bay ceilings within the buildings. The overhead hangar lights must be able to produce an efficient amount of lighting.

U.S. Air Force bases are aggressively upgrading military hangars to energy efficient lighting. Are you looking to replace your old, dimly lit, inefficient lighting? Call for pricing today toll-free 1-844-LED PROS (1-844-533-7767)

Aircraft maintenance hangars must have high levels of visibility and good color rendering in order for personnel to detect defects in airplanes and make repairs. Poor illumination levels and color rendering can obscure or mask the appearance of items that would otherwise be perceptible

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Airplane Hangars. When installing airplane hangar lights, you have to light a large vertical area. For maintenance and cleaning of an airplane, you’ll need good lighting near the top of the hangar. But to keep things safe at ground level, you’ll also need clear lighting. High bay hangar lights make the most sense here.

The quantity and quality of light in the aircraft hangers is extremely important given visibility factors that can create various safety issues if they are not working the way they are supposed to. According to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), hanger lights in aircraft maintenance facilities should produce a minimum of 75 foot-candles (fc) 

Fixed Base Operator (FBO): An airport-based business that parks, services, fuels, and may repair aircraft: often rents aircraft and provides flight training. The term was coined to differentiate FBOs from businesses or individuals without an established place of business on the airport

LED Pros WorldWide understands that hangar lights plays a very important role in the performance and profitability of a fixed-base operator and its employees. With utility costs continuing to rise, adopting an energy-efficient lighting system is a necessity to a company’s bottom line. Our goal is to not only provide our customers with hangar lights, but to offer solutions by designing energy-saving systems that improve work conditions and reduce maintenance costs. 

“Because lighting systems are easy to upgrade and the precise energy savings gained by upgrades are already known, building owners and lessee are encouraged to focus on lighting improvements first.” – US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

LED Pros WorldWide employs experienced aviation pros who will conduct an energy analysis for your aircraft maintenance repair and based on the facility needs, will help design a hangar lights system that maximizes energy efficiency while achieving desired light levels. With proper lighting design, energy and maintenance costs can be reduced while improving employee performance. Also, proper illumination levels and color accuracy have a positive affect on workers’ energy levels and their productivity.”

Today there are many solutions to choose from. One such solution is LED in hangar lighting and the other is induction lighting. Offering energy savings, utility rebates, a lighting retrofit of an aircraft maintenance hangar with induction lighting is the best alternative. Induction light fixtures typically offer 50% or more in energy savings compared to metal halide or high-pressure sodium fixtures. In comparison to other solutions, the Induction lamp is the total package, offering individual or area motion sensors, photo-cells, timed energy management systems or manual switching.

Let’s look at the different types of lighting and hangar lights problems found in an aircraft maintenance hangar. Problems with direct glare and problems with indirect glare are typical hangar lights problems.  Methods to solve this problem include:

• Place the lighting units far from the operator’s sight line.

• Use lamps with prismatic lenses or reflectors

• Use light shields, or visors

• Use surfaces that help to diffuse the lights like non gloss paper, and flat paint.

• Change the layout of the workplace until you have the maximum amount of visibility 

Induction lighting can be seen as one of the most energy-efficient ways to light a room or building. One benefit of Induction lighting is that it has about 100,000 hours of maintenance free lamp life. This contributes up to 70% in energy savings. The High Bay type lighting technology which is what most aircraft hangers are suited for is better with Induction lighting.

Lamp and ballast replacement in an aircraft maintenance hangar is a costly project involving the rental of a lift and the scheduling of down time for the fixed-base operator. That is why Induction lighting is one of the best choices for hangar lights as it provides an energy-efficient and cost reduction way of getting the lighting they need. One of the best choices for a fixed based operator is to retrofit with induction technology lighting instead of metal halide lamps. By switching over to the more energy efficient induction lighting technology they will see a short ROI (return on investment) from this decision.

For induction lamp retrofit case studies; see Mountain Aviation Induction Lamp Retrofit and XJet Induction Lamp Retrofit

Summary of Induction hangar lights Benefits:

  • Instant on/off
  • Long Lamp Life – Induction lamps are rated at 100,000 hours which will significantly reduce maintenance costs compared to other fixtures.
  • Lumen Depreciation – Induction lamps only depreciate by 7% at the end of life where halides experience up to 50% by end of life.
  • Lighting Management – Occupancy sensors and photocells are available to help increase energy efficiency.
  • Light Quality – Induction lamps have a very high Color Rendering Index (CRI). With a rating of 85 (the highest being 100, outdoor sunlight), colors will become more vibrant and objects will be seen more clearly.
  • High Bay Lighting
  • For years (HID) metal halide fixtures were the only solution available for high bay applications. The Induction lamp technology now provides the highest light quality available, along with maximum energy savings for high bay applications.

The bottom line is for aviation repair stations, aircraft maintenance, fixed based operators and U.S.Military Bases aiming for energy efficiency, it is best to go with the induction lighting technology to see rebates and money back from the initial startup cost and investment. One of the best features of the induction lighting for hangar lights is their long lamp life of being maintenance free.

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2015 Update: The newest LED luminaires now incorporate the latest LED technology COB (chip on Board). COB LEDs are such an advancement that we now recommend LED high bay fixtures for all hangar lighting and especially where the fixture height is 60ft and above. The visual foot candle readings of the COB LED fixtures exceed the aircraft hangar lighting requirements and deliver exceptional lighting to the work plane.    


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