Lighting for aviation includes lighting used in and on aircraft
and at airports and airfields. Aircraft interior lighting allows
crew members to see and use flight and system controls,
and it allows passengers to see inside the aircraft cabin.
Reading lights allow passengers to customize the lighting in
their own space. Airport lighting illuminates public areas and
marks runways, taxiways, and hazards.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected the
to join its Centers of Excellence program.
LRC researchers are involved in several aviation lighting projects,
including aircraft interior lighting and lighting systems for remote airfields.
Requirements for Runway Guard Lights - This project aimed to determine the appropriate luminous intensity and other operating parameters of LEDs used in runway guard lights in order to provide acceptable visibility and safety.
Redefining White Light Chromaticity Boundaries for Aviation - Recognition of an aviation signal include the light's color, including its chromaticity, layout on the airfield, and the chromaticity of other light sources in view. This project investigates the boundaries in chromaticity space that people perceive as white and recommended new boundaries that were independent of the color limitations of incandescent sources.