External lighting solutions for airplanes
Whether in the air or on the ground, the external lighting on airplanes plays a major role in ensuring flight safety and the safety of ground crews. Safran Electronics & Defense offers a complete range of external lighting solutions, adapted to all types of airplanes.
Complete external lighting systems
As a major player in the airplane external lighting market for over 40 years, Safran Electronics & Defense provides complete external lighting systems including all required functions and equipment: landing lights (used for takeoff, landing and taxiing), signal and anti-collision lights. These external lighting systems can also be used during inspections and maintenance, as well as emergency lighting.
Safran Electronics & Defense draws on more than 15 years of experience with LED technology to develop an all-LED product line, replacing halogen and incandescent bulbs. LEDs offer a number of advantages, including longer life (more than 20,000 hours), more consistent lighting, better shock resistance in case of debris on the runway, and reduced aircraft power consumption.
Safran Electronics & Defense has developed a 3-in-1 landing light used for takeoff, landing and taxiing. For instance, two lights of this type are fitted to the Airbus A330neo nose landing gear.
These new lights feature high-power LED technology, an advantageous replacement to the four incandescent lights previously used on the A330. This innovative solution reduces weight by 40%, power consumption by 90% and maintenance costs by 60%. Furthermore, the lighting is improved!
While halogen bulbs have to be changed about every 25 hours, LEDs offer a long enough lifespan so that there are no mandatory periodic replacements throughout the airplane's service life.
In addition, the lens is made of polycarbonate with a protective coating, making it highly resistant to shocks and the outside environment in general, thus avoiding any danger of damage from debris on the ground.