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Charles de Gaulle Airport, France

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport, France
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Orus LED ensures a relatively high amount of light is emitted from the lamp compared to the amount of power used to produce it.

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    With its Flat Beam® technology Orus LED allows precise beam control to maximise useful light and to provide the light where it is needed.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Precise optical control and luminaire aiming minimises spill light, so no energy is wasted lighting the wrong area.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.


Charles de Gaulle airport is France's largest international airport and one of the world's principal aviation centres. Handling more than 62 million passengers and around 500 000 aircraft movements every year, it is the second busiest airport in Europe. In 2011, Thorn worked with Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Sobeca Installers to commission Thorn's innovative low level Orus HID road lantern for Charles de Gaulle's internal road network. Ideal for use in the vicinity of airfields, the lantern was chosen because of its innovative bi-directional optic which creates a unique light distribution, excellent uniformity with no glare, low energy consumption and above all, low mounting height of just 0,9m.

Lighting objective

Satisfied with the Orus HID installation, Charles de Gaulle airport once again needed a supplier to illuminate a new 700m stretch of internal road. As previously, the request was for a discreet solution avoiding the use of high columns. Having established a strong relationship with ADP through an agreed lighting retrofit program which involves monitoring and controlling energy usage, Thorn was selected to submit a proposal.

Lighting solution

Having recently launched Orus LED Thorn proposed it for the new road. Orus LED provides all the features of Orus HID but with the added benefit of significantly reducing energy consumption. Charles de Gaulle airport was so impressed with Orus LED, it requested a review by Thorn and ADP Consulting into the feasibility and benefits of also replacing the Orus HID fittings with the new Orus LED. Thorn consequently installed Orus LED on the new road as well completing a point for point replacement on the old road network.

Results and benefits

Compared to Orus HID, Orus LED more than halves energy consumption and carbon emissions (52% reduction). The annual SLEEC-L (W/cd.m-2/m²) is reduced from the previous already excellent 0,33 to just 0,19. As well as reducing energy costs, the highly efficient LED offer an 80 000-hour lifetime (@L70B10) and therefore reduce maintenance requirements and costs. The highly accessible fixtures also mean glass cleaning is easy with no requirement for an elevated platform. Importantly, Orus LED's low mounting height is discreet and ensures the lighting integrates into the landscape without interfering with the aeroplanes, specific airport lighting or guidance lighting. In addition to many lighting performance benefits, the new LED lighting strengthens the image of Charles de Gaulle airport as a modern and environmentally conscious facility. Christophe Durand, Functional Lighting Segment Manager at Thorn Lighting explains, "Orus LED is not only an effective choice in this location but could be considered the only solution to answer the constraints an airport presents. Looking at the lighting performance Orus LED provides excellent uniformity with superior visual comfort with no glare, all at less than a metre high. It also meets the required standard of 1cd.m²." "The main difference between the HID and LED solutions is the energy efficiency and intelligence of the luminaire. Orus LED allows you to go even further in optimising energy consumption; I mean we are replacing a 35W lamp with a 27W system. In addition to that we are able to centrally control the level of lighting to match the road usage patterns and collect information on each individual lighting point. Furthermore the LED light source is more stable and requires fewer replacements so the airport benefits from a reduction in maintenance inconvenience and cost."

Key facts

• Road lighting provided from a low mounting height of just 0,9m
• Energy consumption and carbon emissions reduced by 52%
• SLEEC-L (W/cd.m-2/m²) is reduced from 0,33 to just 0,19