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LED lighting upgrades come to the bounding main

More than 600 new light emitting diode (LED) lighting fixtures from Energy Focus, Inc. were recently installed on the USS Chafee (DDG 90).

The installation took place, “during the ship’s recently completed availability, providing the ship with longer-lasting lights that use less electric power than the replaced incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures.”

Energy Focus, Inc. provides more than 600 LED fixtures to upgraded lighting for USS Chafee. Photo courtesy: Energy Focus, Inc.

According to a Naval Sea Systems Command news release, “The new fixtures have a minimum 50,000-hour lifespan compared to the 1,000-hour incandescent globes and 7,500-hour fluorescents. 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 the T12 fluorescent fixtures…In early 2012, USS Preble (DDG 88) is expected to receive the same fixtures, as well as LED bulb replacements for the ship’s two-foot fluorescent fixtures, which are the most common lighting on DDG 51 class ships.”

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