Energy-efficient LED lighting

The largest project of its kind in Europe

To ensure that its parking facilities take full advantage the latest energy-saving technologies, Q-Park is partnering with Future Energy Solutions (FES) to install state-of-the-art LED lighting in its parking facilities.

The project is being simultaneously rolled out across the Netherlands (72 sites), Germany (32 sites), France (50 sites), Belgium (22 sites), United Kingdom (47 sites), Ireland (10 sites) and Denmark (15 sites).

The huge investment, exceeding EUR 15 million, going into this LED lighting transformation project will add more than 260 locations to the ±100 parking facilities already fitted with LED lighting in the period 2013–2016.

The project will be completed by December 2019, bringing forward the benefits and savings. Energy consumption will drop by more than 20%, equivalent to more than EUR 2.7 million, accompanied by a CO2 reduction of more than 7,200 tons per year. These savings are cumulative, so by 2025 Q-Park will have saved more than 140 GWh of electricity, equivalent to more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2.

In addition to more than 65% energy savings using LED lighting, installing smart lighting controls will contribute to an extra 10% energy reduction.

This project means a major financial and environmental benefit for current and future Q-Park stakeholders and portfolio partners: Project developers and Public & Private Landlords. Due to its scale, Q-Park has negotiated a 40% reduction on cost per light product.

By December 2019, the lighting experience at 260 parking facilities will have been transformed with more than 100,000 installed luminaires.

Enormous benefits for stakeholders and customers

LED lighting offers a wealth of benefits compared to traditional alternatives:

  • Higher energy efficiency – LEDs deliver energy savings of 80-90 percent over incandescent or halogen technologies, and up to 50 percent compared to fluorescent lamps.
  • Longer lifespan – LEDs last two to three times longer than fluorescent bulbs and over 50 times longer than incandescent lamps. An LED typically lasts up to 50,000 hours, reducing replacement and maintenance costs.

The black line shows 80% light (lumen) output after a service life of 50,000 hours

  • Reduced carbon emissions – Lighting currently represents about 20 percent of global electricity consumption. LED lighting offers a means of reducing this.
  • Eco-friendly – LEDs contain no mercury or hazardous chemicals, making disposal much easier and cleaner.
  • Instant illumination – Many fluorescent lights take time to warm-up and reach full brightness. LEDs light up immediately.
  • Lower heat output – Unlike filament bulbs, LEDs do not emit infrared heat, making them safer in terms of fire risk.
  • Greater durability – LEDs are solid state in form, enabling them to withstand lower temperatures and higher levels of vibration and shock compared to incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
  • Easy connection to control systems – LEDs can be easily connected to wireless control systems that not only allow the creation of completely new lighting experiences, but also help reduce energy consumption.

Beyond minimum standards

To maintain its characteristic high standards, Q-Park aims to exceed minimum European lighting requirements for its parking facilities. The new, enhanced LED lighting will enable parking facilities to offer a more welcoming and safer environment for customers. The Q-Park LED transformation project focuses on three key aspects: energy efficiency, customer experience and quality consistency.

As a result, Q-Park has detailed requirements for various lighting parameters.

  • Light levels have to be sufficient to allow clear visibility in all the various zones in a parking facility.
  • Light levels also have to be uniform throughout a car park, without dark spots caused by a sudden drop in illumination.
  • Uniform light levels also prevent shadows.
    • This improves customers’ sense of safety and
    • increases visibility on CCTV cameras.
  • Finally, the light levels should allow for light loss factors over time due to aging luminaires, dirt accumulation and equipment failures.

Q-Park lighting requirements

  • 85 lux - parking spaces, driving aisles
  • 100 lux - staircases, lift lobbies, toilets
  • 200 lux - parking equipment areas
  • 300 lux - payment areas
  • Uniformity factor - 0.5
  • Maintenance factor - 0.8
  • Light colour
    • 4,000K in most countries
    • 5,000K in Germany

Light colour temperature

International quality and local expertise

Q-Park has appointed FES, a leading energy performance solutions provider to manage and coordinate the project. The company will provide a full turnkey solution from survey and design, to installation, commissioning and maintenance.

To ensure the highest quality, FES has selected leading international LED luminaire manufacturers to supply efficient and best-in-class solutions. FES’s buying power enables it to reduce the cost per light product by more than 40 percent, which is a major benefit for stakeholders.

There will be a rollout plan for each country and FES will configure a custom solution for each parking facility. Depending on light level and ROI requirements, installation will either involve a straightforward point for point replacement, a total redesign of the lighting concept or, in some cases, optimisation of the existing lighting infrastructure and its controls.

  • Point for point replacement - 171 sites
  • Total redesign - 28 sites
  • Optimisation of existing infrastructure - 61 sites

Installation and maintenance will be carried out by local providers in each of the countries.

Big energy savings

By optimising the installed base in parking facilities, the Q-Park LED transformation project will deliver an energy reduction of over 65 percent, which translates into an energy saving of over 20 GWh per year. As a result, the project is expected to recoup its costs within 5 years.

Project benefits:

  • > 20 GWh energy reduction per year by 2020
  • > 140 GWh energy reduction by the end of 2025
  • > 7,200 tons carbon footprint reduction per year by 2020
  • > 50,000 tons carbon footprint reduction by end of 2025
  • > 65% energy reduction by using LED lighting
  • > 10% energy reduction by using lighting controls

Win-win for all

By the end of 2019, a significant proportion of the purpose-built parking facilities in our portfolio will consume less energy compared to 2018. In this way, we contribute to the aims of the Paris Agreement, which set ambitious targets for reductions in carbon emissions.

Furthermore, all new parking facilities will be brought in line with the new energy and cost-saving standard. With these achievements, the Q-Park LED transformation project creates a win-win situation for the environment, landlords and customers alike.


Thanks to Wikipedia for help with some of the definitions.

Illuminance: Illuminance is a measure of how much luminous flux is spread over a given area. We can consider luminous flux (measured in lumens) as a measure of the total ‘amount’ of visible light present, and the illuminance as a measure of the intensity of illumination on a surface. A given amount of light will illuminate a surface more dimly if it is spread over a larger area, so illuminance is inversely proportional to area when the luminous flux is held constant.

Kelvin: Kelvin is a unit of measure that indicates the colour temperature of a light source. The higher the Kelvin value of the light source, the closer the light's colour output will be to actual sunlight. Light products with an output of 3500 K or lower on the scale will have an amber hue.

LED: LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. A LED is an electrical light source that only allows an electrical current to flow in one direction. LEDs contain two conductive materials that are placed in contact with each other - once electricity is applied to the diode, the atoms in one material become charged with energy. This energy is then released in the form of electrons into the other conductive material - this release of energy is what creates light. The process of generating light is what distinguishes LEDs from traditional lighting, as regular incandescent bulbs produce light by creating heat.

Lumen: Lumen is the standard derived unit of measure of luminous flux. It is a measure of the total amount of visible light emitted by a source. It is weighted according to a model of human eye sensitivity to various light wavelengths. Lumens are related to lux in that one lux is one lumen per square meter.

Lux: Lux is the unit of measure used to denote light intensity or illuminance. One lux is equal to one lumen per square metre. A flux of 1,000 lumens, concentrated into an area of 1 square metre, lights up that square metre with an illuminance of 1,000 lux. However, the same 1,000 lumens, spread out over 10 square metres, produces a dimmer illuminance of only 100 lux.

Maintenance factor: The maintenance factor describes the lumen output of light products prior to replacement (maintenance), hence at 'end of the product lifetime', by incorporating effects such as aging and polluting of LED products and its surroundings.

The maintenance factor caters for the fact that lighting installations gradually provide less light over time. This is due to lumen depreciation, dirt, failures and so on. The maintenance factor is a percentage of the total light output at the start of the installation life, to which the output may eventually fall. It tells you how much you need to increase the light level at the start, in order to stay above the required level during the lifetime of the installation. For example, if the required light level at the end of the project lifetime is 500 lux, and the maintenance factor is set at 0.8 (or 80 percent), then to maintain lighting at the required level, an initial 625 lux should be installed to the space.

Uniformity factor: Lighting uniformity affects the perception of the surroundings and our ability to navigate there. Uniform lighting, without sudden breaks caused by changes in lighting levels, allows people to perceive the surroundings continuously. Uniform lighting prevents shadows, which improves customers perceived sense of safety and increases visibility on CCTV footage. The uniformity factor is calculated by dividing the minimum lux level by the average lux level.

Watt: The watt Is the unit of power. It is used to quantify the rate of energy transfer. Energy consumption is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) or for larger quantities in mega or giga watt hours (MWh or GWh). A utility bill specifies the electricity used in kilowatt-hours (kWh). While a watt is a measure of power, a watt-hour is a measure of energy. If you run a 60-watt lightbulb for one hour, you've used 60 watt-hours, or 0.06 kilowatt-hours. In other words, 0.06 kWh is the amount of energy you need to run a lightbulb for an hour.

The kilowatt (kW) is equal to one thousand (103) watts. This unit is typically used to express the output power of engines and the power of electric motors, tools, machines, and heaters.

The megawatt (MW) is equal to one million (106) watts. Many events or machines produce or sustain the conversion of energy on this scale, including large electric motors; large server farms or data centres. A large residential or commercial building may use several megawatts in electric power and heat. One megawatt hour (Mwh) is enough to power about 350 homes for one hour.

The gigawatt (GW) is equal to one billion (109) watts or 1 gigawatt = 1000 megawatts. This unit is often used for large power plants or power grids. One gigawatt hour is enough to power about one million homes for an hour.