Navy Focuses On Energy Efficiency With LED Lighting

By Vivi Gorman on August 28, 2009

The U.S. Navy just gave an extra boost to a lighting retrofit underway for navy ships to replace existing inefficient lighting with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. The LED lighting retrofit project will use solid state lighting fixtures supplied by Energy Focus Inc. that use less energy and have a much longer life over the existing incandescent and fluorescent fixtures throughout the entire Navy fleet.

The Navy invested an additional $500,000 on top of an initial $1.9 million awarded to Energy Focus by the Department of Defense. In addition to energy efficiency, the Navy set up strict requirements for LED lighting regarding light output, shock and vibration and corrosion. The retrofit is expected to save 76 percent of energy previously used with incandescent lights.

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