For Aviation, LEDs Pop Up on Wingtips, Landing Strips

by | Jun 22, 2009

ledUp to 5,000 new Airbus A320 aircraft will be equipped with more efficient and longer-life LED lighting on the wingtips.

The deal between Honeywell — maker of the LEDs — and Airbus is a 30-year contract covering all future A320 aircraft, reports Eureka Magazine. LED lights in the forward parts of the wings will help with navigation.

The lights will last up to 20,000 hours, compared to just 500 for conventional lights, according to the article. Honeywell estimates that using the lights can save up to $30,000 per aircraft over the life of the plane. The lights also are applicable to retrofits of existing aircraft.

When it comes to aviation, LED lights are not just for wingtips.

Marsh Harbour International Airport in the Bahamas is adding solar-powered LED aviation lights from Carmanah Technologies, according to a press release.

The lights will be used along the runway and take-off and landing strips. Carmanah designs different lighting for each application: approach lights, runway edge lights and taxiway lights.

Solar lighting from Carmanah also is in use at LAX, Chicago O’Hare and Vancouver International Airport.

Because the lights are solar, extensive wiring is not required.

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