Porta Susa Station in Turin is the first in the world to be lit exclusively by LEDs. Destined to become Turin’s main station for international and national traffic, a futuristic lighting solution was essential.
- Project Description
- Why LEDs?
60,000 LEDs and nothing more
Porta Susa is destined to become Turin's main station for regional, national and international rail traffic, for the transport of both passengers and freight. It will regularly welcome a distinguished guest: the TGV, bound for Eastern Europe.
The project for the illumination of the stations is part of a wider national plan that envisages the radical transformation, both structural and operational, of all the stations in the high-speed network by means of the redevelopment of the interior spaces, which implied the study of lighting.
Therefore one of the primary objectives of the new lighting scheme was to reach the best possible equilibrium between safety for those who work there and for travellers, considering that the stations is one of Turin's main arrival points.
In 2008, over 60,000 LEDs were installed to replace all of the traditional sources lighting the Porta Susa Station.They are distributed in Neos 1 and 2 LED floodlights, both inside and outside the station, but more particulary along 3300 metres of Astral profiles either recessed in the ceiling or suspended above the platforms. Each profile is 5.5 metres long and comprises 3 luminaires, each made up of 30 LEDs.
From requirements to reality
Led by the renowned international installation contractor, Sifel, the project was able to satisfy all the requirements of the customer, Astaldi: to list this building as one of the great urban creations of our time, one that combines functionality and aesthetics.
Beyond expectations: the most technologically advanced station
The official inauguration of the Porta Susa Station took place on the 14th December 2008 and was largely covered by the Italian media. It has even been classed in the category of the 5 key national scale projects that will have the most impact in Italy, over the next 15 years.
Danilo Tognarini, General Manager of Schréder in Italy, describes the distinctive characteristics and strengths of Porta Susa Station. The "all-LED" Porta Susa Station is a world first. What were the main arguments in favour of such an installation? The two main arguments are the energy savings generated by the LEDs and the consequent reduction of costs. Why was the Porta Susa Station chosen? What were the specific developments in the context of the move from the traditional Astral light installation to the LED source ?
Resolutely modern and looking to the future.
The first estimates show that it is possible to make savings of up to 22% compared to a standard installation with the metal halide lamps, as envisaged in the initial project. In addition to a concern for saving energy, there are maintenance difficulties. The Porta Susa Station, 10 metres below the street, is a fine example of this. It is often necessary to close a site like this when it is necessary to carry out repairs and maintenance works, and that is a substantial loss of income. The long lifetime of LEDs makes it possible to drastically reduce maintenance costs.
It must also be said that the quality of light is better than that of classic solutions.
In the near future, Porta Susa will welcome the east-bound Paris-Turin high-speed TGV train. It is therefore a strategic choice, with international reach. LED technology and its high-tech nature were thoroughly suitable for a project of this scale. Porta Susa also fits into a vast plan to revitalise the city: the whole outer part has already been rethought. The access roads are now lit by Neos 2 LED luminaires on Tekton columns, each equipped with 80 LEDs. The concept will then be extended to another transit station, which is also associated with the TGV expansion, Rebaudengo, where a 2200-metre linear LED system is planned.
We developed the Astral-LED, composed of 30 LEDs. The Astral-LED presents the particularity of being able to be mounted in the cable trays of the classic Astral. The luminaire is supplied with two types of deflectors: symmetrical and asymmetrical. The Astral installation also incorporates the station's loudspeaker system, as well as surveillance cameras. The functional aspect was priomordial, but the mechanical mountings were also aesthetically thought out by the architect Giovanni Bucchimuzzo.
Another particular characteristic: not only are the actual platforms lit, but so are all of the entrance paths to the station, both inside and outside. For the well-being of the users, "relaxation areas" have been set up, with seats lit by Neos 1 LED luminaires fitted with 36 LEDs on Tekton columns.
Safety marker lighting along the platforms, with amber-coloured LEDs, for the visually impaired, has also been installed.
This project was set up quickly: it started in April 2008 and was already installed at the beginning of December.
This being the case, why not envisage revisiting Rome's metropolitan station?
Danilo Tognarini, General Manager of Schréder in Italy, describes the distinctive characteristics and strengths of Porta Susa Station.
The "all-LED" Porta Susa Station is a world first. What were the main arguments in favour of such an installation?
The two main arguments are the energy savings generated by the LEDs and the consequent reduction of costs.
Why was the Porta Susa Station chosen?
What were the specific developments in the context of the move from the traditional Astral light installation to the LED source ?