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FAA Tower Lighting Requirements

A1 Tower

Typical A1 Tower
(150' - 300', painted)

Lighting Requirements:

  • (1) L-864 red beacon, 50 percent "on" time
  • (2) or (3) L-810 red side marker lights, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$895
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$820
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$1,715
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$2,870
    Payback2 years






    A2 Tower

    Typical A2 Tower
    (351'-700', painted)

    Lighting Requirements:

  • (3) L-864 red beacon, 50 percent "on" time
  • (6) L-810 red side marker lights, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$1,140
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$2,305
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$3,445
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$8,040
    Payback2 - 3 years






    D1 Tower

    Typical D1 Tower
    (200'-350', non-painted)

    Lighting Requirements:

  • (1) L-865 white beacon, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$1,870
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$308
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$2,178
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$6,670
    Payback3 years

    D2 Tower

    Typical D2 Tower
    (351'-500', non-painted)

    Lighting Requirements:

  • (3) L-865 white beacon, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$5,210
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$925
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$6,135
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$20,000
    Payback3-4 years

    E1 Tower

    Typical E1 Tower
    (200'-350', non-painted)

    Lighting Requirements:

  • (1) L-864/L-865 dual red/white beacon, 50 percent "on" time
  • (2) or (3) L-810 red side marker lights, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$2,177
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$424
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$2,601
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$7,000
    Payback2-3 years

    E2 Tower

    Typical E2 Tower
    (351'-500', non-painted)

    Lighting Requirements:

  • (3) L-864/L-865 dual red/white beacon, 50 percent "on" time
  • (6) L-810 red side marker lights, 50 percent "on" time

    Payback analysis:
    Existing System Annual Maintenance Costs$6,130
    Total Annual Energy Savings ($)$1,106
    Total Annual Maintenance and Energy Savings$7,236
    Total LED System Upgrade Costs$27,000
    Payback3-4 years

    Notes:

  • All payback calculations are based on an energy rate of $0.11 kWh.
  • No calculations take into consideration scheduled tower painting, which may cost upwards of $20,000 and would drive the payback down even further.

    Schratz is director of marketing for Dialight Corporation.




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