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Three Turkish airports go LED

New LED lighting is saving Istanbul's Atatürk Airport huge amounts on maintenance and energy bills

Three of Turkey’s biggest airports have gone LED in a major upgrade that aims to make big savings on maintenance and energy costs.

The LED project covers Atatürk Airport in Istanbul – the busiest in the country and one of the busiest in the world – as well as Esenboga Airport in Ankara and Adnan Menderes Airport in Izmir, the country’s fourth and fifth busiest respectively.

LED downlights, floodlights and car park lanterns have been supplied by Turkish manufacturer Vestel – best known for making TVs and washing machines, and now a growing provider of LED lighting.

Vestel supplied downlights for all three sites, including 6,000 for Istanbul’s international terminal, and more for the domestic terminals in Ankara and Izmir. The new glass-free LED downlights are more robust than fluorescent or halogen, and are designed to withstand the ambient sound and vibration of an airport.

All three airports are operated by TAV, which also runs a further 11 across the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. TAV says the new lighting paid for itself in just seven months.

‘With immediate cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint, this project benefited us, passengers and the environment at once,’ the company said in a press release.

Vestel’s head of lighting, Vic Harasimow, said: ‘For a project such as this, where continuous light is required, longer lasting lighting can make all the difference.  It not only minimises the cost of operation, but also the disruption that would otherwise ensue if the lamps had to be more regularly replaced.’

The new luminaires also provide more even and consistent light, Vestel said, creating a more welcoming atmosphere.

Istanbul has also replaced 1,100 floodlights with LED equivalents which are expected to last 50,000 hours. And in Izmir, the car park is now lit with LED streetlights, cutting the amount of electricity needed by 80 per cent. Vestel says the new lights are ‘shadow-free’, thanks to its wide range of brightness levels and custom optics.

TAV says the LED solution has enabled it ‘to achieve greater efficiency, but also, importantly, a better travel experience for all our airport passengers’.