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Aircraft Hangar Lighting Standards

The first question when working on a project is often: How Many LED Lights Do I Need for an Aircraft Hangar? A hangar lighting fixture layout is the ideal first step to ensure your aircraft hangar LED lighting gives the desired foot candle level and bright light. Keep the space bright and the lighting balanced with a hangar lighting design photometric plan.

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Aircraft hangar lighting design uses sophisticated lighting design software to model aircraft hangars. It calculates the number of lighting fixtures you’ll need inside aircraft maintenance hangars for maintenance tasks. It will show you where these fixtures should be installed. And it will provide light levels on the floor or a work plane, and light balance.

Converting to LED to replace metal halide and high-pressure sodium lamps for energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption is great. But not at the expense of a bad result.

Light balance is just as important as light levels. Creating a lighting solution that is not only bright but balanced to achieve lighting uniformity is the difference between noticing how good the light is and how bad it is. Understanding light quality ( color rendering index ) and hangar lighting requirements, and how to avoid glare is crucial in creating a great result.

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  • General Work / Storage: 30-foot candles
  • Aircraft Maintenance with some detailed tasks: 30-50 foot candles
  • Aircraft Maintenance with fine detailed tasks: 70-100 foot candles
  • Drilling, Riveting, Screw Fastening: 75-foot candles
  • Final Assembly: 100-foot candles
  • Inspection: 50-200 foot candles
  • Welding: 50-foot candles

If the hangar is used for storage, then 30 to 50-foot candles are more than adequate. If the hangar’s used to work on aircraft in need of repair, you may need 50 to100-foot candles. You can add portable lighting to provide horizontal lighting. It will light up areas that might block the light out, like under the wings.

There are several options for the LED lighting system. Like adding an acrylic dome or frosted lens cover to the high bays. Both will reduce the “LED dots” and reduce the glare. Many light fixtures also come with special ribbed optics to reduce side glare.

Between 30 to 50 foot candles should be more than enough. The reason we stated 50-foot candles is to allow the space to be dual purpose. As storage and the occasional maintenance.

There are no certifications, per se. However, providing adequate and proper lighting to perform aircraft maintenance is important. That is why aircraft hangars and maintenance facilities tend to be very bright areas using powerful overhead lighting.