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Advanced Lighting Systems for Rail Vehicles

Saddleworth Business Park,
Huddersfield Road, Delph,
OL3 5DF,
United Kingdom
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Translec designs and manufactures modern exterior and interior lighting, and electronic control systems for use on rail vehicles. The company has advanced photometric, electronic and mechanical in-house design capabilities. Our innovative products incorporate the latest technologies and materials along with proven design experience to provide high levels of performance and reliability with minimal maintenance requirements.

Translec products are designed and tested to comply with the relevant UK and European standards (RSSB, EN, UIC, DIN, NF, etc). Our commitment to quality is demonstrated by our ISO9001 – 2000 accreditation and our quality approved supplier status with major customers including Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, CAF and Siemens Transportation Systems.

Exterior lighting for railways

Translec is a leading supplier of exterior lighting systems. Our light units benefit from the use of the latest light sources, including Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), High Intensity Discharge (HID) and long-life, high-performance halogen lamps. We can offer a fully-integrated exterior lighting system incorporating all light units, power supplies, and control and monitoring facilities to provide reduced installation time and improved operational performance.

Illumination of track and signals

Translec supplies a range of headlights including units with our own custom designed segmented reflectors which provide a precise beam pattern offering improved illumination of track and signals at night, whilst minimising glare to oncoming drivers. Their long-range visibility offers extended warning to trackside personnel.

Our LED light units incorporate complex optics to generate the required beam patterns and optimise the light sources for a particular application. They feature advanced power supplies and thermal management to provide constant light output and very high reliability with zero maintenance requirements.

Our exterior lighting product range includes:

  • Headlights (HID, halogen, LED light sources)
  • Signal, marker, tail and combined lights (LED)
  • Bodyside indicator lights (LED)
  • Door status indicators (LED)
  • Cab step lights (LED)
  • Driver’s indicator (mimic) panel
  • Control units incorporating power supplies, control and monitoring
  • Headlight aperture covers

Rail vehicle interior lighting systems

Translec designs and manufactures modern rail vehicle interior lighting systems utilising fluorescent, LED, fibre optic and filament light sources. 3D CAD and photometric modelling facilities assist with the design of aesthetically pleasing, functional luminaires that provide required illumination levels. Our luminaires and long-life lamp drivers offer significantly reduced maintenance requirements and low life cycle costs

Our interior lighting product range includes:

  • Main saloon and vestibule luminaires
  • Fluorescent, LED and filament lamp drivers
  • Step lights
  • Reading lights
  • Table lamps
  • Decorative / ambience lighting

Translec also design electronic systems including door control units, control and monitoring equipment for use on rail vehicles.

Lighting systems for new build and refurbishments

Translec supply lighting systems for new build and refurbishment projects. Recent major projects include:

  • Alstom Transport – Pendolino
  • Juniper, Coradia, Arlanda Express
  • Bombardier Transportation – Electrostar, Meridian, Turbostar, Metro, Class 315 and Voyager
  • CAF – Renfe Brava, ADR, Northern Ireland Railways, Iarnród Éireann, STC Mexico
  • Siemens Transportation Systems – Desiro UK

The success that we have demonstrated in winning these projects highlights the acknowledged benefits and improved reliability that our advanced lighting systems provide the rail vehicle manufacturers and operators.


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Translec Ltd
Saddleworth Business Park
Huddersfield Road, Delph
United Kingdom

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