The small size and long life of the LEDs allowed LightGraphix to create "sealed for life" units which could be built into the carbon fiber structure of the yacht, so saving weight and helping with water integrity. LEDs also minimize maintenance requirements and remove the need to use precious storage space for replacement bulbs.
The ash paneled corridor was designed as a major feature of the yacht interior, and the lighting was critical to enhance this effect. A six-degree beam angle lens was used and set at a precise angle into the fitting to create a wash of light from floor to deck-head. The fittings are finished in brushed stainless steel to match the interior fixtures.
The LightGraphix solution also made use of red Luxeons, which were used on steps down into the yacht. This provided an additional level of safety as the red light ensures that night vision is not affected when sailing after dark. When in harbor, the step lighting can be switched to white light.
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Keith Scott, market development manager at Lumileds, commented: "The demanding environment of sailing demonstrates the many benefits of LED lighting, while showing that the opportunities for creative LED-based lighting design exist in all markets."
The yacht was designed by Dubois Naval Architects and built by premier Dutch yard Vitters, with interior design by Dick Young.