The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced a new partnership with Boeing to develop innovative and efficient lighting solutions for use aboard commercial aircraft. The LRC and Boeing will collaborate on projects to evaluate current aircraft interior lighting designs and to specify new lighting concepts and requirements. Boeing’s commitment to the LRC Partners Program also provides sustaining support to the LRC’s core mission of “advancing the effective use of light for society and the environment.” Many of the research projects to be conducted through this partnership will focus on lighting solutions for Boeing and its partners/suppliers for the new 787 Dreamliner jet, a super-efficient airplane now in development.
LRC Director Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., said, “We are pleased to have Boeing as an LRC Partner. Boeing is continually committed to improving the passenger flying experience and recognizes the importance of lighting for those onboard. Through this partnership, Boeing is investing in the future of lighting.”
Alan Anderson, Chief Engineer – Payloads Systems, said, “The Boeing – LRC partnership will benefit airline passengers by improving their flying experience through new cabin lighting design. The LRC, a world leader in lighting development, and Boeing, designer of the world’s most innovative airplanes, will use this partnership to change the way airplanes are lighted today. By bringing new lighting technology and methods of integrating lighting into the cabin architecture design on Boeing airplanes, the ultimate benefactors of the partnership will be the flying public and our airline customers.”
Last year, the LRC evaluated LED and halogen passenger reading lights for Boeing to benchmark current fixture performance and recommend new specifications to improve reading light quality. (See www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/solidstate/completedProjects.asp?ID=68 for details.) Boeing is targeting LED lighting for many of its aircraft cabins because of the technology’s potential for significant energy savings over traditional light sources.
The LRC Partners Program is a collaboration of academia, industry, utilities, public benefit organizations, public advocacy groups, and government. The program provides leadership and coordinates efforts to advance the effective use of light. Through the Partners Program, the LRC works to increase visibility of lighting-related issues at the national and international levels, coordinate efforts across the lighting and energy communities, and develop customized research and education programs. LRC Partners in addition to Boeing include California Energy Commission, GE Lighting, Genlyte Thomas, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, OSRAM Sylvania, Philips Lighting, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Xcel Energy.
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About the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner jet is a super-efficient airplane now in development. The technologically advanced airplane is estimated to use 20 percent less fuel than today's airplanes of comparable size, provide customers with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity, and present passengers with innovations including a new interior environment with lower altitude and higher humidity. The 787 is a family of three super-efficient airplanes that will provide passengers with a better flying experience beginning in 2008. The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry 217 passengers in three classes of seating with a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 kilometers). The 787-3, a model of the 787-8 optimized for shorter flights, will carry 289 passengers in two-class seating on ranges up to 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 kilometers). The 787-9, a longer version of the 787-8, will carry 257 passengers in three classes with a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,400 kilometers). Visit www.boeing.com.