GLASGOW Airport is set to replace its LED floodlights with a new model that is more energy efficient. 

When the Sparta Series LED floodlights were installed in 2013, this meant that Glasgow Airport was the first in the world to upgrade to a fully LED-lit apron.

Now, a new £130,000 programme will see the floodlights' parts replaced by the more energy efficient Modus 650.

These new lights are brighter, have great coverage, use less fittings and carry a longer lifespan, as they are 25 per cent more energy efficient. Glasgow Times:

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We launched our Sustainability Strategy last summer and a key are of focus is the decarbonisation of our infrastructure and operations by the mid-2030s.

“Glasgow Airport led the way in 2013 when we upgraded the lighting system on our apron ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and improving our energy efficiency by more than half.

“As the current lighting is nearing the end of its lifecycle, we are not only gaining further energy efficiency and improved lighting by installing the new Modus 650 LED series, but the overall project will also support our circular economy commitments by ensuring the Sparta lights are also recycled.” Glasgow Times:    

A team of engineers from Dewhurst Airfield Services will replace just under 120 fittings in the 20-metre-high floodlights.

A total of 26 floodlights have already been swapped out in an area of the airport that was allocated for COP26 delegates in November. 

Up to 75 per cent of the parts from the outgoing lights will be collected and recycled by Midstream Lighting, before going back into the supply chain. 

Yuli Grig, Commercial Director at Midstream Lighting, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Glasgow Airport once again to upgrade the first-generation LED floodlights with the latest generation, which will generate further energy savings and lighting improvements.

“In keeping with the sustainable aims of both Midstream Lighting and Glasgow Airport, we use Lumicom Services - an approved Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection and recycling company. Approximately 75% of all WEEE collected by Lumicom is recycled and put back into the supply chain, with the rest going through waste to energy routes, which minimises waste going to landfill and is a real-life case of the circular economy in action.

“Midstream Lighting is proud to continue supporting Glasgow Airport in being a true leader in the fight against climate change through energy reduction and sustainable business practice.”