Ace Airport Parking gets energy efficient at Melbourne Airport with a significant lighting system upgrade. “We want to improve the efficiencies and quality of lighting throughout our airport facility and minimise the environmental impacts of our services”, says James English, General Manager of Ace Airport Parking, “this project has not only seen a 15% reduction in electricity costs , but has seen a significant reduction in Co2 emissions by 32%.”
The energy efficiencies project required the redesign of the existing lighting system to better utilise both natural and artificial light. The new lighting system included the installation of movement and lux sensors, timers, and a more efficient lighting plan incorporating the latest LED (light emitting diodes) technology, as well as technologies for power factor correction and voltage reduction.
In recent years, energy use for lighting in Australia has rapidly increased. Most businesses can reduce the amount of energy they use for lightning by 70% or more by making smarter lighting choices and moving to more efficient technologies such as LEDs.
Today’s most efficient way of illumination and lighting gives you an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light.
In Australia, traditional inefficient incandescent light bulbs have been phased out. There are other more efficient types of lighting available, including LEDs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
The major advantage of installing energy efficient lighting is the strong, long life span. LEDs’ life spans up to 80,000 hours, which will last you up to eight to 10 times longer than standard halogen lamps.
LEDs lighting technology offers useful alternatives to traditional lighting technologies such as halogen downlights.
LEDs are 4 to 7 time more efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen equivalent. They have a lifetime of 15,000 to 50,000 hours and last 5 to 10 times longer than a halogen bulb. Even though LEDs are more expensive to buy, they are cheaper overall when considering lifetime energy use costs.
Ace Airport Parking embarked on this project to improve the quality of lighting within its airport car park, reduce its environmental footprint and energy costs through utilising more energy efficient technologies, but they didn’t expect to see the exceptional results already achieved in such a short period of time. They continue to look for more ways to improve their new lighting system and other innovative technologies they can use to improve their parking facility for both customer and environment.
Ace Airport Parking is an off-airport car park servicing Melbourne Airport since 2011, with some 760 parking spaces it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.