Aircraft Hangar LightingAircraft Hangars are large area spaces with high ceilings where airplanes are stored and worked on. Having good lighting is paramount, especially when planes are being maintained. Getting the light to the ground from high heights requires specialized lighting. We can easily replace existing in aircraft hangar lighting - 1 for 1 - or completely design a new lighting layout. Get Your Free Aircraft Hangar Lighting Plan
What Is Aircraft Hangar Lighting?
Aircraft hangars are typically large open areas with high ceilings. High Bay lights are perfect for this area as they can deliver the power and lumens to light up the hangar. For really tall ceilings, you may want to consider adding a narrower beam optic to ensure the light is delivered to the aircraft and the floor space below.
How Important Are Reflective Surfaces in a Hangar?
It will certainly help light up areas that may block direct lighting, like under wings. Having highly reflective surfaces on walls and floors will help redirect light from those surfaces to areas blocked by the aircraft. This can also be corrected by having fixtures mounted closer together.
How Many Foot Candles Do You Typically Want for an Aircraft Hanger?
If the hangar is used for storage, then 30 to 50 foot candles is more than adequate. If the hangar is used to work on aircraft in need of repair, 50-100 foot candles may be required. Portable lighting can also be introduced to provide horizontal lighting and light up areas that might block the light out, like under wings.
How Do You Reduce Lighting Glare in a Hanger?
There are several options for lighting, like adding acrylic dome or frosted lens cover to the high bays. Both will reduce the “LED dots” and reduce the glare significantly. Many fixtures also come with special ribbed optics to reduce side glare.
What Is the Best Lighting for an Aircraft Hanger?
Based on our experience, we really like how high bays perform inside hangars. We have many options that can easily replace metal halide and multi-tube fluorescent lights 1 for 1. However, finding the right combination of power, lumens and beam angle to light up the floor and aircraft below requires some planning, starting with a lighting plan. We’re proud to offer free lighting plans for aircraft hangar owners and contractors.
How Much Light Do I Need If I Only Store Planes?
Between 30 to 50 foot candles should be more than enough. The reason the high end of this range is at 50 foot candles is to allow the space to be dual purpose - storage and the occasional maintenance.
Are There Any Certifications Needed for Lighting in a Hangar?
There are no certifications, per se. But providing adequate and proper lighting to perform aircraft maintenance is important. That is why aircraft hangars tend to be very bright areas.
Before You Buy
It Gets Up Over 100 Degrees in the Hangar During the Summer. Is That a Problem for the Lights?
Not necessarily, but it pays to do your homework and look at the temperature the light can operate in. ‘Cheaper’ lights, which may seem like a bargain at the time of purchase, tend to have lower upper end ranges than higher quality lights. We have UFO High Bays that can easily handle 130F to 150F without affecting performance or lifespan.
Can I Use Fewer Higher Power Fixtures to Cut Down on the Quantity Needed for My Hanger?
The two most important things to consider are the light levels and light balance. Achieving one without the other means the light isn't bright enough or well balanced. A lighting plan will discover any issue before any purchase is made. So, after we do a plan for you, and confirm the light levels are where they need to be at, and the light is balanced, you can rest assured that there will be no surprises after the installation.
How quickly can you ship aircraft hanger lights to my location?
Depending on where you are, and where what warehouse we ship from, it usually takes 1 to 7 business days to get product to your location.
Fixtures and Fittings
Are Light Fixtures for an Aircraft Hanger Impact Proof?
Yes, they can be. If you need impact proof fixtures, we would generally recommend UFO fixtures over linear high bay fixtures. We offer UFO fixtures with an impact rating of IK08 and a series of linear fixtures that have a high impact rating of IK10. They are available in 150 watt and 300 watt, if you prefer linear fixtures over round ones.
Is It Better to Use a UFO or Linear Style Fixture in an Aircraft Hangar?
That really is just a matter of preference. If you like ‘metal halide’ fixtures, then choose round UFO fixtures. If you like fluorescent tube fixtures, then linear style panel fixtures would be your choice. If you need a high impact rating, then UFO fixtures offer more options. If you have really tall ceilings, then there are more optic options available with UFO fixtures.
What Is the Best Way to Mount Lights in an Aircraft Hanger?
We offer many different options to mount lighting in hangars - eye-hook, pendant and chain mount, that we can suggest or match your existing fixture mount.
How Do I Replace Aircraft Hanger Lights?
For the most part, this is an easy task for a qualified electrician. LED Lights come with the same mounting options as metal halide and fluorescent lights, and there are only three wires to connect to the junction box.
Why Are Aircraft Hangar Lighting Plans Important?
Aircraft maintenance staff need good, bright light to perform their jobs. Making sure the light is bright, and even, can make the difference between doing the job right or not. Buying off the shelf lighting is no guarantee of lighting success. To often we here of lighting conversion failures because the customer thought they were buying a 'similar' light (based on watts and color temperature) and then asked us to 'fix it'. Unfortunately, fixing is hard to do. Avoiding these pitfalls can be done easily by creating a lighting plan.
Fortunately, we provide Free - No Obligation - Aircraft Hangar Lighting Plans. We want your conversion to LED be a success!