LED lighting has been used on U.S. Navy ships for two years. Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus directed in April 2015 that brighter, longer-lasting, and more energy-efficient lighting be installed in U.S. Navy ships under construction as part of a strategy designed to help increase their time on-station and decrease time spent on maintenance.
“We are continuing to become more efficient in how we use energy. The move to LED saves between 2 [percent] and 3 percent of the total fuel usage for each ship and that adds up in a fleet of 300 ships,” said Mabus in a memo at that time.
The fleet now will be able to purchase Revolution Lighting’s LED tubes – which are “Buy America”-compliant and certified through a rigorous military testing standard – through the U.S. Navy supply chain.
Revolution contracted with an independent testing laboratory to put the company’s two-foot T8 LED tubes through tests in line with Navy guidelines, according tocompanyfficials.
The certification also opens the door for Revolution to provide this LED tube to the international maritime market, including foreign navies and the cruise line industry.
Offering 50 percent greater efficiency than conventional, glass-based, fluorescent lighting, Revolution’s lightweight, all-plastic, shatterproof LED tube delivers “superior light output to significantly enhance visibility and safety standards throughout seafaring vessels,” the company claims. The “high-performance LED tube” combines a 70,000-hour lamp life and a ten-year warranty.
“We are very pleased to have received certification from the U.S. Navy, surpassing the absolute highest standards of performance and durability for our LED tube,” said Revolution CEO Robert LaPenta. “We look forward to delivering … cutting-edge LED lighting technology to the U.S. Navy, and international maritime industry.”
Revolution has received an official part number that can be used throughout the fleet to order its advanced LED tube. The National Stock Number for the two- foot tube is 6240-01-610-2124.
Finally, Revolution is not the only LED manufacturer to have its lighting certified for use in the U.S. fleet. Last September Solon, Ohio-based Energy Focus announced that the U.S. Navy Naval Sea Systems Command had qualified the entire family of Energy Focus two-foot tubular LEDS (TLEDs) and fixtures for use on new ship construction.