By Adam November 1, 2012 General News No comments yet

LEDs light US Navy ship top to bottom

With over 600 LED lighting fixtures, the USS Chafee has become the first US Navy ship to be fitted with all-LED lighting.

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) provided additional details including the new fixtures' 50,000-hr lifespan compared to the 1,000-hr for the incandescent globes and 7,500-hr for the fluorescents they replaced.

The ship is expected to save more than $50,000 per year using the new lights. Savings are expected to exceed $100,000 per ship per year when the scope is expanded to include T12 fluorescent fixtures.

NAVSEA also reported that, in early 2012, the USS Preble (DDG 88) is expected to receive the same fixtures as well as LED lamp replacements for the ship’s two-foot fluorescent fixtures, which are the most common lighting on DDG 51-class ships.

“The 600 LED fixtures provided include fixtures to replace fluorescent berth lights as well as a range of advanced LED globe lights to replace existing incandescent globe light fixtures,” said Roger Buelow.

Both the USS Chafee’s and USS Preble's T12 fluorescent fixtures are to be replaced, the second Navy ship to receive all-new LED lighting. The cost savings are expected to be even greater since the fixture doesn’t need to be replaced.”

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