External lighting solutions for helicopters

Safran Electronics & Defense offers a complete range of external lighting solutions, adapted to all types of helicopters.

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Complete external lighting systems


As a major player in the helicopter external lighting market for over 40 years, Safran Electronics & Defense provides complete systems including all required functions and equipment: search lights, landing lights, signal and anti-collision lights.

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.


Search and landing light in visible and infrared bandwidths

Safran Electronics & Defense has developed a new type of visible and infrared light to facilitate search and landing operations under any conditions. Integrated within the helicopter fuselage, this light relies on a robust mechanical design and an optical head whose extension and 360-degree rotation are controlled from the cockpit.

With LED lights, the system features better optical performance in both visible and infrared bands than previous-generation halogen lights. LED technology also means an 80% decrease in power consumption and lower maintenance costs.

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 helicopter'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. 

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