04-06-2011, SCHOTT North America
Readily available and unique in design
SCHOTT has developed a range of modular reading lights that offer advantages for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and suppliers alike.
Although they look different and go by different names, they belong to the same family. The five reading lights – SCHOTT Zenith™, Horizon™, Cobra™, Discus™ and Polaris™ – meet a wide variety of design needs, yet are based on a single electronic light module. This standardization is designed to make life easier in a number of ways.
“In the aviation industry, each and every development contract or product approval procedure consumes an incredible amount of time, resources and money, due to the fact that so many technical and safety demands need to be met. For this reason, the door was already open when we first came up with the unique idea of being able to create customized product designs more quickly by developing one basic technical standard and having it pre-approved,” Klaus Portmanns, Business Manager for Aviation at SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging, explains.
Portmanns is convinced that this offers advantages for all sides. The airlines can select from various lighting heads, angles of reflection, swivel arms, lengths, colors, materials and surfaces and thus give their reading lights an unmistakable look. Even the light module’s metal housing offers a variety of design possibilities. High intensity LEDs are used here to allow for extremely slim models that only use one light diode as their main light source. This also translates into lighter weight and lower power consumption – important factors for use in airplanes.
Seat manufacturers benefit from the fact that the standardized platform for the lights is designed to suit various technical requirements. For instance, the reading light family is compatible with the mandatory electrical supply voltage and covers the full normal range of 5 to 28 volts – a unique advantage, according to SCHOTT. This means aircraft manufacturers no longer need to make the same types of technical adjustments they had to in the past, including the respective approvals. This, in turn, saves a lot of time and effort, due to the fact that the standard platform only needs to be improved once, instead of having to test the technology featured in each new light. After all, the approval criteria vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and aircraft to aircraft.
Together with major aircraft manufacturers, SCHOTT has developed criteria catalogues on the basic approval of its technical lighting platform. All of these tests have been passed already. Initial shipments to customers have also taken place, Portmanns notes. “We consider ourselves to be on the way to developing a new industry standard. All parties involved now stand to benefit from products that are available more quickly, greater freedom of design and radically simplified processes – according to our motto ‘Design and Simplicity’.”
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