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DOTD Field Tests Solar-Powered Taxiway Lights at False River Regional Airport

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The La. Department of Transportation and Development recently announced that it has launched a test program of a new LED solar-powered airport lighting system at the False River Regional Airport in New Roads.

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The new lighting system is expected to reduce the airport’s current taxiway energy consumption by more than 90 percent and could one day serve as a model for airports worldwide.

This is the first time a system of its type has been used.

The new technology was developed by ADB Airfield Solutions, an Ohio-based company that manufactures airfield lighting systems and components worldwide. The test program is also part of a low-profile LED fixture design developed by Allen Taylor, DOTD airways systems manager, in conjunction with ADB.

The system consists of 164 low-voltage LED lights that are installed flush with the ground. The LED lighting fixtures are expected to last between 50 and 100 years and use a combined total of 800 watts of power at maximum intensity, with a rated lifespan of approximately 100,000-200,000 hours.

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