The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) enlisted Energy Focus to develop and install high-efficiency distributed lighting (HEDLight) systems on three U.S. Navy ships in an effort to decrease maintenance costs and increase reliability of shipboard lighting.
HEDLight systems replaced incandescent and fluorescent lighting in engineering control rooms, hangar bays, berths, welldecks and weatherdeck areas of the ships.
The project has been an overwhelming success. The commanding officer of the USS Pearl Harbor reported that EFO's LED lighting brought “a significant improvement in overall lighting quality and brightness. This is a fantastic product from which the Fleet would greatly benefit both in the near and long term. It represents advances not only in improved workspace lighting, paying significant dividends in operational effectiveness as well as personnel safety, but likewise is a viable solution toward labor and cost savings efficiency.”
Our LED lighting is indeed safer for military vessels as it removes voltage, glass and hazardous materials from the direct workspace. In addition, personnel require less time to adjust their eyes when transitioning from ambient daylight to within the darker well deck areas.
As for savings, compared to the Navy's fluorescent fixtures (typically 50 Watts), EFO's metal halide HEDLight systems provide the same level of directed light (more light on task) for half the power.