Light Emitting Diode Technology Deployment Involving an Aerospace Light Application Manufacture

Period of Performance: 01/08/2009 - 10/08/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Space Hardware Optimization Technology,
7200 Highway 150
Greenville, IN 47124
Principal Investigator


The Techshot LED Navigational Light Bulb (LED NAV LB) is the "next generation" light bulb incorporating state-of-the-art, robust solid state circuitry. A properly sized LED light grid will guarantee a long, maintenance free life at least 10 times longer than the current incandescent lamp. The Techshot LED system takes advantage of the currently approved for use bayonet lamp base as used on the M6363/3-2 incandescent light bulb. Dissipation of diode junction heat will be through a unique thermal management system while providing excellent light output across a wide thermal operating range. The Techshot LED NAV LB will be a cost effective replacement light bulb savings thousands of dollars annually across the DOD. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits of the Techshot next generation LED Navigational Light Bulb (LED NAV LB) are significant. Techshot''''''''s solution consists of a new navigational light tailored to be a drop-in replacement bulb for the old incandescent bulb requiring no fixture modification or retrofit required. The Techshot LED NAV LB will enjoy a ten-fold increase in average life per unit saving the USAF thousands of dollars in maintenance cost and aircraft downtime. The Techshot LED NAV LB will produce a light output to specification while producing a better quality light having uniform clarity and surety of color. The LED NAV LB system is designed to survive a high temperature, high vibration environment with an estimated life expectancy of 50,000 hours or more.