McCarran International Airport retrofits lighting



A state-of-the-art LED lighting system was installed at McCarran International Airport (LAS) which significantly enhances light quality, improves efficiency, and eliminates maintenance, the company said.

The nation´s eighth-busiest airport, LAS replaced its previous high-pressure sodium lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures on more than 170 lighting poles near the airport´s gates.

This allows workers on the ramp to see more clearly, and more significantly, reduces glare to pilots as they maneuver aircraft in and out of the busy Las Vegas airport. The changes also reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent while still improving lighting levels and coverage in the affected areas.

After exploring several options, LAS chose to partner with Musco–regarded as the world provider of large area lighting. Musco´s LED system is complete with lighting fixtures, structural, and electrical components designed to work together, providing the airport with a reliable, trouble-free solution.

A key feature of the new LED system is its ability to control light in a way that creates a setting virtually identical to daytime hours in the areas intended to be lit, without spilling light or creating glare above and around the airport–a crucial consideration for pilots, air traffic controllers, and neighbors as the city continues expanding around LAS.

Installation was handled by Helix Electric, and completed in May. Musco´s system design and project management expertise helped ensure that the install didn´t impact daily operations at the airport. With the system in place, the energy savings is predicted to remove the CO2 equivalent of taking 1,604 cars off the road for a year.

The project is being partially funded by a USD 65,000 rebate from the Nevada Energy´s SureBet incentive program. The new system is backed by a 10-year parts and labor warranty, eliminating the need for LAS to handle or pay for any maintenance. With an expected savings of USD 1.3 million in energy and maintenance costs over the next decade.

McCarran International Airport is located in the shadows of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and is the gateway for nearly half of the people who visit Southern Nevada each year.

Since 1976, Musco Lighting has specialized in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting solutions around the world. Musco has pioneered systems using metal halide and LED technologies that have made dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and provided affordable ways to control spill light and glare. For more information on Musco´s innovative lighting solutions, visit: www.musco.com.