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LAX Gateway Entrance Pillars

Los Angeles, California, USA




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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the fifth busiest airport in the world, accommodating more than 61 million travelers per year. The iconic pillars that form a gateway entrance to the airport are now known world wide and represent Los Angeles almost as much as the famed Hollywood sign. In September 2006, LAX installed a major new LED lighting system to improve visual impact and reduce energy and maintenance costs.

The lighting renovation called for approximately 1,800 ColorBlast Powercore LED floodlights to replace the five-year-old metal halide lamps that had illuminated the LAX Gateway, 26 glass pylons leading to the airport entrance. The pylons range in height from 25 to 110 ft (7.6 to 33.5 m), and create a colorful and welcoming experience for airport visitors.

ColorBlast Powercore fixtures can produce 16.7 million colors at the push of a button while consuming only 50 watts each. Since they were installed four years ago, the LED lighting fixtures have cut energy consumption by 75%, reducing annual electricity costs from $73,000 to $18,000.

The entire system runs 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and requires minimal upkeep, cutting maintenance costs from $1 million to just $20,000 annually. Twice a year, a maintenance team clears dirt and sediment off the lenses. Over the life of the installation, only 70 fixtures have needed replacement — the result of a faulty waterproof electrical box rather than fixture failures.

"We are extremely pleased with the installation, and if we had to do it again, we wouldn’t change a thing," said Bill Cameron of Los Angeles World Airports. "It was a significant investment for us, but over the past four years it has paid us back in energy and maintenance savings more than three times over. On top of the economic benefits, the pylons are more uniformly lit from top to bottom and the colors are so vibrant."

Project Credit to: Artist Paul Tzanetopoulos Manuel Cheng Los Angeles World Airports