Challenges of Determining LED Useful Life

LED Useful Life

The transition to light emitting diodes (LEDs) from conventional light sources brings several new challenges to lighting engineers and designers. LEDs are much different than incandescent bulbs, especially in terms of useful life. It’s easy to determine the useful life of an incandescent lamp; if the light goes out, its useful life is over. This…

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Considerations for Safely Adopting LEDs in Aerospace Lighting

LED Aerospace Lighting

The emergence of LEDs and their promise of energy savings, improved cost-efficiency, increased longevity and lower maintenance is driving rapid adoption. However, in some applications, their adoption may have come too soon. LEDs are inherently different than other light sources; thorough testing is necessary to understand how these differences impact existing lighting systems. Reducing operating…

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SAE A20 Meeting Update: MIL-STD-3009 Review, UAS Standard Needed

MIL-STD-3009 SAE A20 Review

Last month, on March 25 and 26th, I attended the SAE A20 Aircraft Lighting Steering Committee spring meeting. Twice a year, representatives from aerospace companies like Boeing, Honeywell Aerospace, Luminator Aircraft Products, United Technologies Corporation, and Airbus meet with members of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and SAE. The goal of these meetings is to…

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10 Updated SAE International Publications for the Aircraft Lighting Industry

SAE International Role in Aircraft Lighting Market

SAE International plays a critical role in the aerospace industry. However, many are unaware of their contributions and how they’ve helped shape aircraft lighting. In this blog post, Darin Bernardi highlights the organization’s role and ten publications that they released in 2014. The need for international performance and safety standards is increasing as a result…

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Smart, Connected Products Promise to Transform our Airports

Smart, connected Products Make Better Airports

Every fall, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Aviation Lighting Committee (IESALC) holds an annual conference that brings together a diverse group of airfield lighting professionals, including; FAA officials, pilots, airport maintenance specialists, testing facilities, and airfield lighting equipment manufacturers. This committee is dedicated to safely – and efficiently – guiding aircraft in and…

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