Carmanah wins defense order for solar-powered LED lights

The US military has ordered additional stand-alone LED airfield lighting.

Aug 29th, 2007
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Carmanah Technologies has received an additional order from the United States Department of Defense for solar-powered LED airfield lighting.

This order is valued at approximately CAN $600,000 and consists of taxiway, runway, approach, apron edge and obstruction lights. The lights are destined for multiple forward operating bases at undisclosed locations.

The company's next generation A704-5 runway edge lights feature specialized LED optics that can be toggled between visible and infrared output (for night vision goggles). In addition, there is an optional wireless control that lets users adjust the entire airfield lighting system or pre-defined groups of lights using a handheld remote controller.

"Carmanah's solar powered LED airfield lights have become the solution of choice for many of the world's largest defence organizations," said Art Aylesworth, Carmanah's CEO.

"With systems in the field since 2003, our technology has proven itself to be extremely tough and reliable. Our users also save up to 90% of the capital cost of a hardwired solution, and install our systems in a fraction of the time with relatively little training and minimal disruption to airfield operations."

According to Carmanah, the company is the largest supplier of self-contained solar LED airfield lighting in the world. The company's lights have been field-proven to endure difficult environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, poor solar conditions, sandstorms and flooding.

The lights have been used for all ranges of airfield applications, such as permanent primary lighting, temporary lighting during airfield construction or upgrades, emergency backup lighting, as well as expedited portable lighting during defence or humanitarian aid operations.

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