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Airport puts energy-saving lights in parking lots

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson, speaks to the media about the energy-saving light fixtures that will be installed in the airport’s north and south, covered parking lots.

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson, speaks to the media about the energy-saving light fixtures that will be installed in the airport’s north and south, covered parking lots.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport seems to be looking a lot brighter these days. The airport is replacing its 4,342 metal-halide fixtures, with energy-saving lighting in the north and south, covered parking lots, said Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson.

He said the 210-watt metal halide fixtures will be switched with Cooper Lighting’s 80-watt, light-emiting-diode fixtures. “This is amazing, because where we are standing with these new lights, they are not only brighter for our passengers, but they last a lot longer ... It is a lot less energy that we use,” said Miller, during a press conference at the airport.

The aviation general manager said the new lights will help reduce the carbon footprint produced by the old lights, the equivalent, he said, to removing more than 600 cars off the road.

Miller said the airport’s innovation unit designed a sleeve device to be used during installation, which serves as a working platform, and at the same time, shields parked vehicles in the lots. “The sleeve will allow installation to continue safely around parked cars, resulting in no loss of revenue, and no impact on the availability of parking spaces for customers,” he said.

The airport’s innovation unit, and the City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability, played key roles in making this project a reality for Hartsfield-Jackson, Miller added.

Doug Strachan, manager of the innovation unit at Hartsfield-Jackson, said 40 of the 4,342 LED lights have been installed, and it will take about two months for the installation to be complete. He explained that it took about two years to get to the installation of the fixtures, because of the discovery, development and implementation phases.

“What we wanted to do, we wanted to increase the passenger experience and save a significant amounts of energy,” Strachan said. The change in lighting is projected to save the airport about $500,000 a year.

The project was funded through a $5.89 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, said Bill Hosken, budget policy manager of the Office of Sustainability. A portion of the grant was used to fund the project, he clarified.

Denise Quarles, director of the Office of Sustainability, said the office’s policy, practices and procedures are all geared with a focus on sustainability. “This project here at the airport will help us realize that goal of being more energy efficient,” she added.

Mark Eubanks, president of Cooper Lighting, said as a metro Atlanta resident and frequent flyer, he is excited that his company, headquartered in Peachtree City, is a part of the project. “This project not only demonstrates the technical capability of Cooper’s LED lighting, but also helps us in providing a more sustainable environment,” he said.