Today runway airport lighting systems are equipped with basically the same incandescent light bulb technology that was invented by Thomas Edison more than hundred and thirty years ago, which is vastly inefficient.

As a solution to the problem airports have begun to install light emitting diodes (LED’s) as runway edge lights and taxiway lights, in hope to increase safety and reduce costs of runway operation. LED’s are the most energy efficient of all lighting systems. Furthermore, LED lights last for up to 100 000 hours.

This results in airport and helipads which are brighter (therefore safer and easy to spot), and cheaper to run and replace and that last a lifetime. That sounds like a great idea.

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We use AGL (Aerodrome Ground Lighting) systems that have been accepted by the CAA as meeting both UK aerodrome licensing criteria and internationally agreed standards and recommended practices.

We work around you, creating solutions exactly for your needs, without any fancy language or massive bills.

Because all our systems run of 230 volts, rather than 3000v with CCR’s like before – we can install the runway in a matter of days, use smaller cabling and produce a runway that will use less electricity over 24hours than it takes to boil a kettle. Welcome to LED power.

Plus, we usually beat competition prices by half. Is it time for you get in touch?


Runway Edge Lighting is located along the edges of the area declared for use as the runway delineated by edge markings, and may be provided either by elevated or by flush fitting lamp fixtures. All our flush or elevated units use roughly 0.03 watts, about 90% less than the old style incandescent lights. A basic 800m runway with our edge lights uses about a 1/6th of a single incandescent unit, leading to significant price reduction (about 70% less)

These can be in white (edge & centreline lighting) blue (taxi & extended threshold edge) yellow (taxi centreline) red (stop way & stop guard)


Our runway threshold lights show both red and green at 180 degrees respectively. These are fitted at the end of the runway, or at the side for a displaced threshold. These lights are sometimes ignored by smaller airfields, but they significantly improve approaches and also runway rolls, as the end is clearly visible. And due to the low cost of the units, it is a fantastic upgrade to any runway.

They provide a market leading brightness, with visibility from up to 20km away.


A variety of approach lighting systems, based on the centre line and cross barconcept, are in use at aerodromes throughout the UK. These systems range from the simple low intensity centre line and cross bar to the more complex Calvert System comprising centre line and 5 cross bars for day and night use on ILS equipped runways. Simple approach lighting systems normally commence 500 m prior to the runway if possible. Most approach lighting is white in colour. We also provide PAPIs and APAPIs

Approach Lights make operating on a runway in poor weather or night much easier. PAPIs or APAPIs make a huge difference, day or night.


Smooth Aviation offers both Ident Beacons, that emit a green flash in Morse code of the airfield identifier. These type of beacons can also give other colours and flashes for signals to aircraft. A simpler, single colour (white or red) beacon exists for smaller airfields, making the airfield easy to spot from 30 miles away.

LED windsocks are also available, a must if conducting night operations.


Custom control units can be made to suit your requirements. This can be just ON/OFF or can allow dimming adjustments, control of beacons, On/Off of certain sections, timers, Push To Talk radio On/Off for control from a aircraft and even a mobile receiver, for remote on/off via SMS (Charges can be applied)


Get in touch with one of our friendly team and have a quick chat or send a email with what requirements you have, and they’ll give you a free, no obligation quote. Contact us here.


Download the Catalogue Here: Aviation Lighting Catalogue 2019