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Dubai Metro System, UAE

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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn lights first Gulf metro system

It took 49 months, 30,000 workers and £2.6 billion to build the first metro in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. It is 52 km (32 miles) in length, incorporates 29 stations and includes exclusive first-class compartments. The first stretch (Red line) opened in September 2009 and was followed by the Green line in September 2011. Another interesting feature of this transport system is that the trains are entirely unmanned.

Thorn Middle East had been involved from the beginning of the project and stepped up a gear once the award of the contract was given to ETASET.

By working with Atkins, the lead designer responsible for all civil works, and providing both lighting designs and visualisations Thorn was able to supply over 34,000 light fittings. Within the stations 35 different types of light fixtures were used, including over 12,000 downlights, 10,000 Micropak and 3,200 Arrowslim luminaires.