Queens Midtown tunnel in New York is to receive a new tunnel lighting control system from Nyx Hemera and luminaires from Schréder once restoration of the vital highway crossing is completed after the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
The 2km long highway tunnel which connects Queens to Manhattan will benefit from the new system which is operated remotely and will use the existing electrical wires to control the new lights, and to save money.
The new tunnel lighting addressable control system (TLACS) comprises a luminance camera (LCAM), local product controllers (LPC) and network controller (NWC). The camera helps to reduce the black hole effect at the tunnel entrance by sending a signal to the NWC to adjust the brightness of the luminaires inside and at the entrance of the tunnel to achieve a safe and comfortable output for drivers.
LPC units are installed in the luminaires, in this case the controllers are Shréder OMNIstar and LEDNova systems, to turn them on or off, up or down. This is a system which is both efficient and energy saving.
Nyx Hemera Technologies will also provide a dedicated remote control system, which will help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority –Bridges and Tunnels (MTABT) in day-to-day operations as they will be able to remotely and individually monitor the electrical parameters of all 2,000+ luminaires and maintain a better control over the entire lighting system.
“We supplied the TLACS to improve the life cycle of the lighting system by monitoring and controlling the internal luminaire temperature,” said Pierre Longtin, President of Nyx Hemera Technologies.
“The MTABT will benefit from additional energy savings and also eliminate unnecessary equipment and operations, which in turn will reduce the overall carbon footprint of the tunnel connection.”
The Nyx Hemera TLACS is installed in more than 30 tunnels around the world with LED and HPS lighting systems.