KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD
The Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing is located in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Air National Guard Base. These fine men and women provide worldwide theater airlift for U.S. military and humanitarian operations, so naturally we were proud to provide them with the highest quality precision lighting technology available on the market today.
The existing flight line and apron lighting consisted of high pressure sodium luminaires that had been installed in 1994. This setup was not able to provide the desired photometry readings and energy efficiency required of a top tier military base and so our team was called in to provide a much-needed upgrade to the lighting infrastructure.
The challenge for the SpecGrade team was to retrofit the existing 5 relatively low 42’ tall poles with LED luminaires while throwing light a distance of 533 feet over a width of 1,830 feet, all while minimizing the glare.
After our installation of the 5 preliminary poles, high-ranking personnel and pilots of the 123rd Airlift Wing along with Four Seasons Environmental Inc. and Eco-Engineering conducted a lighting evaluation to determine if the desired results had been achieved and the investment in precision LED instrumentation made sense for the rest of the base and the other 140 National Guard locations across the states.
According to those assembled on the clear, moonless night, the results were better than expected. Pilot infrared testing provided positive results and the pilots found that the lights did not negatively affect their Night Vision instruments. All attendees approved the installation, concluding that the flight line and apron areas were far better lit by the new units and provided enhanced safety and maneuverability.