GE lighting retrofits cargo facility MH lighting with fluorescents

An air-freight cargo company expects to save $300,000 annually after installing a T5 High Bay system using products from GE Lighting and Hi-Beam in a warehouse application.

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Fluorescent lighting in a narrow aisle

MASkargo, the air freight division of Malaysia Airlines, has retrofitted its 25-year-old cargo warehouse with a T5 High Bay system using products from GE Lighting and Hi-Beam. Replacing metal-halide (MH) lighting has enabled MASkargo to increase light levels while cutting energy usage by about 50%. The company expects to save $300,000 per year in energy costs.

"As a leading air freight company like MASkargo, operating 24 hours daily, it is vital that the lighting solution provides adequate illumination while being efficient in its energy usage," said Ong Pang Wai, GE project and green lighting specialist. "After discussions with our clients and a thorough study of the work area, the team specified their Hi-Beam T5 High Bay system for this key cargo complex, which is a lighting system that has been proven over time to be working well for a multitude of warehouse facility areas."

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Uniform light in open warehouse

The MASkargo Advance Cargo Centre spans 108 acres and handles up to 1 million tons of cargo annually. Previously, the facility was lit by 404 250W, 911 400W, and 155 1000W MH fixtures. On average the installation generated 80 lx across the warehouse.

The cargo center retrofitted the warehouse using Hi-Beam Lighting T5HO (high output) fixtures, GE ELBS ballasts, and GE T5HO 47W Watt-Miser lamps. The fluorescent lighting is delivering an average of 200 lx across the facility. Moreover, the fluorescent lights will require far less maintenance than did the legacy MH lighting.

"Highly energy-efficient products from Hi-Beam and GE Lighting met our expectations for energy savings and brighten up our work areas," said Mohd Zulkefly Ujang, senior manager MHCS at MASkargo. In addition to the savings in energy costs, the retrofit will eliminate 13,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.

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