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NVC “Light the Way” for Aircraft Maintenance


When specifying the lighting for two new aircraft hangars for EasyJet at London’s Gatwick Airport, Platinum Electrical Engineering opted to work with industry experts at NVC Lighting. The result was an installation that met strict industry regulations, energy efficiency and budgetary requirements.

As well as fulfilling the need to store aircraft when not in use, the hangars are required for regular maintenance, overhaul, repair, and inspection tasks. With the aviation industry operating 24/7/365, it is vital that this specialist and often intricate work has the correct lighting levels needed to perform these tasks around the clock, whatever the weather. No stranger to dealing with complex lighting requirements for industrial buildings, NVC’s solution provided the combination of appropriate illuminance levels across a huge space, the need for continuous operation and a requirement for effective energy and operational efficiency.

Leman Harris, Head of Sales at NVC, commented: “There is a danger that some installers will specify high intensity lamps to meet cost constraints and lighting levels. This can push maintenance bills up to thousands of pounds per year, not to mention the additional costs of downtime caused when replacing lamps and luminaires. This installation with Platinum Electrical Engineering utilised the latest energy efficient LED technology, strong product warranty with the benefit of minimal maintenance – complete with a high lighting level during the hours of day and night.”

The energy efficiency, superior light quality and minimal maintenance requirements of NVC’s Oregon LED luminaire made it the ideal choice. The height of hangar ceilings can make changing lamps and fittings a laborious, time-consuming and expensive task. The project needed a light source that would not require frequent replacement, resulting in less expense, enhanced energy efficiency and reduced downtime.

Leman continues, “We worked closely with Platinum Electrical Engineering to revise our original LED suggestion to the Oregon 36,000 lumen output solution, a proposal which resulted in utilising fewer fittings with the same overall illuminance level. As well as a further energy saving of 10% over the original LED proposal, the fact that there were fewer wiring points reduced the overall cost of installation.”

Stephen Maltby, Owner of Platinum Electrical Engineering, explains: “The kind of precision work undertaken during aircraft maintenance cannot be performed under low or poor illuminance levels. The size and shape of a hangar makes it especially challenging to light adequately. NVC Lighting used their industry knowledge and expertise to provide an ideal solution which met industry requirements whilst also offering reduced cost of ownership in terms of greater longevity, reduced energy consumption and minimal downtime.”

For more details on the OREGON LED range, visit our OREGON LED product page.

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