Heathrow Terminal 5 gets LED makeover

The last frontier of the LED revolution has been high-power applications such as high-mast area lighting, where fixtures with massive lumen packages are required. It now looks like that last frontier is being well and truly conquered, as organisations switch from discharge technologies. A good example is Heathrow Airport in London, one of the busiest airports in the world. The apron lighting at Terminal 5 has now been upgraded fom high-pressure sodium to LED. The focus of the project was to provide a high quality energy efficient LED scheme specific to the requirements of Heathrow Airport, with minimal disruption to the airport’s meticulous schedule.

The difference in light quality from sodium to LED is evident across Terminal 5. The CU Phosco FL800R fixtures provide best-in-class control which minimised obtrusive light, glare and upward light without compromising the lighting performance. This means the conversion has not only created an improved environment on the aircraft stands, it has provided a substantial energy saving of 55 per cent.

A plug-and-socket system was included in the lantern design so that the majority of the wiring could be completed in the control environment of the factory, minimising time on site.

All the FL800R LED fittings were manufactured in the UK, meaning that CU Phosco could react quickly to operative feedback on site and alter production to improve the installation process. 

It became apparent from the start of the project that there had to a very flexible and streamlined installation process to operate efficiently in the strict working window given each night when flights stopped.


Therefore CU Phosco adapted the FL800R product to reduce the installation time. Each procedure was rigorously scrutinised so that all activities were completed on time.

The facility management company, Mitie, is now set to roll out the LED upgrade across the remaining terminals of Heathrow Airport.

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