Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PressExposure) August 24, 2009 -- The money was awarded under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The goal of this project is to eventually replace all incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs aboard the entire US Navy fleet.
The Navy coming on board is a testament to the benefits of energy efficient lighting; in this case, LED systems. The shift was made primarily because of extremely stringent Navy requirements for lighting, which LEDs dovetail with nicely. The new solid-state energy efficient lighting fixtures were a great fit for the job due to both their physical features and energy-usage benefits.
The most obvious characteristic for an effective ship lighting solution is that the bulbs be water resistant. Many LEDs are, and further, they possess the best anti-corrosion attributes of all the lighting options. Beyond that, the laundry list of benefits of using energy efficient LED light bulbs only grows. LEDs are small enough to fit into the tight recesses that on-board lighting requires. The lack of a noticeable starting delay means the Navy has light as soon as they need it, and their silent operation is of particular benefit to submarines. Other benefits include the fact that they are touchable when on, meaning the Navy can swap them out for different colors and brightness levels at a moment's notice. Finally, LEDs use a low-voltage power supply, which is a better fit to auto and marine applications over traditional incandescent bulbs.
The Navy, while not exactly a bastion of environmentalism will see a marked reduction in their use, and waste, of energy by switching to LEDs. Light emitting diode bulbs are very highly energy efficient. LEDs use roughly 20% of the energy needed to power incandescent to produce nearly 8X the visible light. Further, LEDs last much longer than incandescent light bulbs. This of course means a significant reduction in landfill waste. The bulbs that are disposed of (after a staggering 50,000 hours of on-time) don't contain the lead, mercury, and other hazardous materials found in other lighting solutions.
If the Navy can flip the switch, then surely we all can. LEDs, quite simply, are hands down superior to incandescent bulbs. The longer life, energy efficiency, and better physical characteristics all dovetail into a compelling reason to make the shift today. Users save money, get better light, spend less time replacing bulbs, and get the good feeling of using an eco friendly product. Further, ongoing LED research is creating some mind blowing products. Applications such as the iCOLOR tile (a ceiling or wall tile that can change color or even show movies, available from Superior Lighting) are real game changers. A conversation with a lighting expert is an eye opener into the new uses and utility of energy efficient lights. Make the change today.