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Apr 10 2024

Making the Switch to LED PAPI: A Wise Investment or Overkill?

When it comes to Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lights, the choice between traditional halogen and LED options can be crucial for airports and airfields. While the upfront cost of switching to LED PAPI lights may seem daunting, long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. Let’s delve into the considerations for switching to LED PAPI lights and see if it’s worth it.

1. Reduced Maintenance Costs – LED PAPI as simple as halogen PAPI

LED PAPI lights boast an impressive lifespan of up to 100,000 hours, significantly longer than halogen bulbs (500 hours). This means fewer replacements and less frequent maintenance, translating to substantial cost savings.

What’s more, S4GA’s LED PAPI lights are designed primarly for easy maintenance (just like halogen lights) and feature a modular design, making all parts easy to replace on site without need for OEM technicians. It saves labour costs and ensures efficient operation with minimal downtime.

Installation of S4GA LED PAPI System
Installation of S4GA LED PAPI System

2. Enhanced Safety for Maintenance Personnel

Conventional halogen PAPI lights often rely on high-voltage 6.6 Amp power supplies, its well known fact that poorly maintained can create safety risks for maintenance personnel. In contrast, LED PAPI lights offer safer power options with 24 VDC and 230 VAC configurations, ensuring the well-being of electricians and maintenance teams.

3. Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

Compared to halogen bulbs, LEDs consume significantly less power (about 80% less), reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. This makes LED technology a preferred choice for modern airports due to global environmental initiatives.

Additionally, S4GA offers a solar-powered version of LED PAPI lights, further enhancing their eco-friendliness and minimising their carbon footprint. S4GA Solar Series LED PAPIs are suitable for both permanent and portable installations, even in remote locations.

S4GA Solar Engine Max for LED PAPI Lights
S4GA Solar Engine Max for LED PAPI Lights

The advantages of LED PAPI lights are well-known and provided by the technology itself. But what sets S4GA apart from other manufacturers? Why are our LED PAPI lights better and what exactly makes them the number one choice for airports?

Advanced Features for Safety and Precision

S4GA LED PAPI lights have advanced features that improve maintenance experience, safety and accuracy during approach and landing:

  • Modular design for easy maintenance
  • Excellent visibility range of over 10km
  • Compatibility with Night Vision Goggles (NVG)
  • Certified with FAA, ICAO, CASA and EASA requirements

Check out S4GA’s LED PAPI video overview for an up-close look at our innovative lighting solutions.

S4GA LED PAPI Lights Installed in Croatia
S4GA LED PAPI Lights Installed in Croatia

S4GA Experience and Global Reach

S4GA has experience installing LED PAPI systems in multiple countries with different weather conditions and regulations. Our team has successfully installed LED PAPI systems in the UK, Europe, Canada, Thailand, Uzbekistan and many other countries. Explore more case studies on our website.

When considering the switch to LED PAPI lights, it’s important to compare the cost with traditional halogen options. Halogen PAPI lights might seem cheaper upfront, but in the long run, LED technology offers more benefits. Reduced maintenance costs and reliability make LED PAPI lights a wise investment for airports looking to upgrade their lighting systems and prioritize safety and sustainability.

Upgrade your airport’s lighting system with S4GA’s advanced LED PAPI lights. Contact us today to learn more about how our solutions can enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

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