Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fifth busiest airport in the world, accommodating more than 61 million travelers per year. In September 2006, LAX installed a major new LED lighting system to improve visual impact and reduce energy and maintenance costs.
The lighting renovation called for approximately 1,800 ColorBlast Powercore LED floodlights to replace the five-year-old metal halide lamps that had illuminated the LAX Gateway, 26 pylons leading to the airport entrance. The pylons range in height from 7.6 to 33.5 m (25 to 110 ft) and create a colorful and welcoming experience for airport visitors.
ColorBlast Powercore luminaires can produce 16.7 million colors at the push of a button while consuming only 50 watts each. Since they were installed four years ago, the LED luminaires have cut energy consumption by 75%, reducing annual electricity costs from $73,000 to $18,000.
The entire system runs 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and requires minimal upkeep, cutting maintenance costs from $1 million to just $20,000 annually.
Since then, the airport purchased more than 200 additional ColorBlast Powercore luminaires to serve as backup inventory when older luminaires need to be replaced.
Due to the success of the initial installation, Los Angeles World Airports has expanded their use of LED lighting luminaires from Color Kinetics. Most recently, 50 eW Blast Powercore floodlights were installed inside Terminal Four to provide general illumination and highlight architectural details.
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