Hub-LINK™ Expands into LED Lighting for Transit
Challenge: Partnering Rail Transit LED Lighting
In 2012, Super Storm Sandy deluged underground transit, and the ongoing rebuild mandated safeguards against future damage. G&G Special Environments (aka G&G LED) had developed a unique water resistant LED lighting to use in their national carwash enterprise. To meet demand for energy efficient, water resistant lighting in underground rail tunnels and stations, they also worked with Amtrak to qualify a water resistant LED product for underground transit. Along with the lighting, they needed a low voltage water resistant cable the complied with NFPA 130 and NYCT specifications.
Solution: G&G LED sought out the engineering group at Comtran Cable. Comtran is well established in specialty rail transit cable. Their Hub-LINK™ line of data communications cable is already NYCT approved. Working in collaboration with G&G LED, Comtran rose to the challenge. They developed and qualified a UL wet-rated low voltage power cable under the Hub-LINK product line in a record time of five months! The cable consists of a proprietary combination of cross-linked primary insulation and a water resistant polyolefin jacket. This resulted in superior moisture resistance of the finished product, which is low smoke, zero halogen (LSZH), NFPA 130 compliant, and wet-rated.
Results: Since Comtran’s Hub-LINK™ low voltage lighting cable has received NYCT approval, the first orders have been placed for inclusion in Amtrak’s multi-year Hudson River Tunnel Project, as part of G&G’s LED lighting bid. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 on that major transportation initiative. Comtran is already fielding inquiries from other underground rail transit projects. They expect to see their LED lighting product installed in a wide range of new and rebuilt transit lighting. Some applications include bridges, tunnels, walkways, and passenger platforms. Sold as Hub-LINK™ low voltage lighting cable in 1 and 2 pair, 14 AWG through 18 AWG.