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.
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.