AMTRAK Stations Solar Lighting

About the Project

Last year marked a significant milestone with the completion of an ambitious development—the AMTRAK Stations Lighting Project—a project that saw the revamping of lighting systems across five stations. This project not only enhanced the functionality and safety of the stations but also set a new standard through the adoption of smart solar lighting.

A Key Feature of the Project

A key feature of the project was the integration of Dark Sky-compliant light shields, a crucial design element that ensured train operators were not blinded by glare when entering the stations. At the Mobile, Alabama AMTRAK station, this consideration was essential in balancing visibility and safety. The dark sky light shields were also critical in directing the appropriate light levels to important high-speed rail lines. In addition, the SUNLIKE Dark Sky Compliant Light fixtures also helped eliminate unnecessary light pollution, delivering IES Type III lighting distribution to critical zones.

To support lighting distribution and performance, SOLTECH provided comprehensive lighting layouts for all five AMTRAK stations. These layouts were meticulously crafted to deliver optimal illumination while adhering to the stations’ specific aesthetic and functional requirements. The lighting designs were carefully selected for each station and followed a strict approval process focused on reliability.

In Mississippi, SOLTECH teamed up with AECOM’s engineering and architecture teams to assess the success of solar lighting at various stations. Bay Saint Louis (BAS) and Gulfport (GUF) Stations both required new platform lighting that was adaptable to existing infrastructure. Installed at 12’ heights, the SUNLIKE 30W Dark Sky fixtures were selected to support an easy install that avoided the hassles of wiring and trenching. This helped AMTRAK eliminate the need for underground electrical, which is a lengthy and expensive process that would have impacted daily operations, detrimental to the rider’s experience.

At Biloxi (BIX) and Pascagoula (PAG) stations, a similar platform lighting approach was followed. Meanwhile, at Mobile, Alabama Station, fixture heights needed to be raised as poles would be installed at ground level. In all cases, SOLTECH worked closely with AECOM and sales rep Moxie Lighting to ensure that all the customer’s needs were met. This included providing stations with heavy-duty poles capable of withstanding high speed wind conditions. The poles found at the AMTRAK stations have been carefully manufactured to outlast wind speeds of up to 140 MPH while supporting lighting fixture EPA. This was key to engineering teams as the project was able to move forward with strong structural support and versatile lighting.

Aside from facilitating the various lighting projects, SOLTECH provided fixture programming recommendations to meet all foot candle requirements. This site-specific programming ensures reliable lighting performance even during difficult winter months. With solar lighting products, the cold and rain often pose challenges; however, utilizing energy efficiency modes can help overcome difficulties.

Ultimately, the AMTRAK project serves as a highlight of SOLTECH’s dedication to delivering off-grid lighting solutions that are not only efficient and reliable but also tailored to the unique needs of each project. Through collaborative effort and a deep understanding of the client’s vision, SOLTECH has once again illuminated the path to success.

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