Transport

Manchester Airport overhauls its lighting controls

A corridor in Manchester Airport
The new control system at Manchester Airport is based on the Dali-2 protocol and includes thousands of presence and motion detectors to ensure light is only delivered at full brightness where and when it’s needed.

MANCHESTER Airport’s £1 billion transformation programme has included a major overhaul of its lighting control technology.

The huge project is designed to turn the airport into a world-class hub by significantly enhancing and expanding its facilities. 

The plan involves extending the airport’s Terminal 2 building to be more than double its size. 

This includes a new international departure lounge with more than 50 food, beverage and retail outlets, cementing Manchester Airport’s role as the global gateway in the north of England.

The new-look terminal has been created with the customer experience at its heart, enabling people to flow seamlessly on their journey from parking all the way through to departure lounge. 

The design of the space has also been carefully thought out from ceiling heights, materials and textures of wall and ceiling coverings to lighting schemes.

The control system is based on the Dali-2 protocol and includes thousands of  presence and motion detectors to ensure light is only delivered at full brightness where and when it’s needed. 

As well as updating the passenger terminals, Manchester Airport’s facilities team is also installing detectors in the airport’s new 3,800 space multi-storey car park which opened in April 2019.

Various models of Dali-2 multi-sensors from BEG were specified for this redevelopment work including the PD4N which gives coverage of up to 24 metres diameter and the corridor with a specially designed lens which provides detection of up to 40 metres coverage of up to 20 metres either side.

‘This product was especially useful because there are long walkways to be covered heading out to the various gates meaning the lights will be switched off when the area is not in use and, turned on automatically when anyone walks into the area’, BEG Lighting Controls sales chief for UK and Ireland, Paul Jones, told Lux.

The PD2N – which has up to 10 metres of coverage – has been used for specific smaller areas.

The Loytec L-Dali was the chosen lighting control system to work with BEG Luxomat Dali-2 presence and motion detectors.