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Manchester Airport Terminal 2

Manchester Airport (MAG) instantly achieved 57% energy savings with Waveguide Lighting.

The Challenge:

In 2009, Manchester Airport Group (MAG) made a major commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and set out to be the first airport group to have carbon neutral ground operations by 2015.

Waveguide Lighting’s first project at MAG in November 2010 saw 2140 LB Lite LED lights fitted in their multi-storey car parks, achieving overall Co2 reductions of 3170 tonnes over the products lifetime. The MAG team were keen to continue the momentum from the first project and turned their attention to Terminal Two Arrivals and Departures concourse and baggage reclaim hall. The arrivals and departures concourse and baggage reclaim hall is busy at certain times, but the lights remained permanently on, significantly contributing to the Airport’s energy usage. The project needed to fit MAG’s stringent criteria and not cause any disruptions to the Airport’s daily operations.

Our Solution:

Waveguide Lighting replaced 280watt metal halides (including ballast losses) in Terminal Two Arrivals and Departures concourse and baggage reclaim hall.

Waveguide installed their award-winning High Bay TiLite, which is just 123 watts with ballast and delivers 300 lux to the floor. These lights replaced the metal Halides on a one-for-one basis and not only improved lighting levels and uniformity within the concourse but instantly achieved a 57% energy saving. As part of this project, the highly skilled team at Waveguide Lighting integrated a control gear into the High Bay TiLites that that works seamlessly alongside the Airport’s Building Management System, which in turn works alongside aircraft flight movements interface.

This means that MAG have the potential to do clever things like dim the lights in empty passenger zones, but automatically switch the lights back on when aircraft have landed.


“We were particularly impressed with the speed and efficiency of Waveguide Lighting to design fit and test their products to our stringent criteria. Waveguide Lighting is demonstrating right here at Manchester Airport that with forward thinking design, it is possible to improve light levels, while reducing energy consumption and carbon impact.” Jonathan Beswick, Manchester Airport project technician

“Often no-one manufacturers the luminaire we want. We’re always finding that there are areas that don’t seem to be covered by the main manufacturers. For example, when we did our car parks we struggled to find a true retrofit replacement for a Low Bay application and we struggled with the flexibility of some of the major manufacturers. As a result we ended up working with local manufacturer Waveguide Lighting as they offered us a bespoke solution. For those niche areas where we struggled, we’ve been quite lucky in that we can now work closely with Waveguide Lighting. They have become an invaluable design outfit that can fill all the important gaps for us.” Andy Sheridan, Services Facilities Manager at Manchester Airport

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