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VGLS - Light Emitting Diode (LED) Initiative



The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 requires FAA to transition incandescent lamps to LED technology. LED technology uses far less energy with much higher reliability, which provides significant cost and efficiency benefits. Current lighting systems use PAR- 38 and -56 lamps that will need to transition to LED lamps. To meet future requirements the FAA has determined the most economical approach to replace incandescent lamps is to use the existing infrastructure of 950 MALSRs. Commercial LED lamps do not meet this requirement, the FAA needed to develop a special LED lamp. The LED lights color and intensity must be suitable for pilots to use without degradation. Replacement lamps must be qualified to ensure pilots can use the light safely before a replacement program can proceed. 


Last updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2023