DoD Sustainable Products Center

Sustainable Modular Lighting System Demonstration

Demonstration Overview

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) (OASD (EI&E)) and the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) are demonstrating a sustainable modular lighting system at Department of Defense (DoD) Installations.  

Chemiluminescent lights are single use items used for lighting in a wide range of applications such as personnel, area, map, or Landing Zone/Drop Zone (LZ/DZ) lighting.  A modular lighting system was identified as a sustainable alternative technology to single use chemiluminescent lights.  Chemiluminescent lights must be disposed after one use while the modular lighting system, using battery powered Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights can be reused.  This sustainable modular lighting system can improve mission readiness through improved lighting functionality and reducing load weights, costs and waste associated with single use light systems.

Before sustainable products such as this lighting system are utilized by the Military Departments and DoD Components, their performance must be proven to meet DoD requirements.  The objective of this demonstration is to evaluate the effectiveness of the sustainable modular lighting system through pilot demonstrations in DoD operational environments.  The demonstration of the sustainable modular lighting system allows DoD end-users to determine, through firsthand experience, if the products meet their requirements for use.  

Technology Description

DoD installations expressed interest in evaluating the LazerBrite Modular Lighting System, manufactured by Tactical Lighting Solutions, LLC as an alternative to chemiluminescent lights.. The lighting system is comprised of two independent LED light heads and one translucent tube.  The system is fully modular to accommodate multiple modes of operation and light color selection.  The system can emulate a light similar to a LazerBritechemiluminescent light stick, function as a wide-angled flashlight, separate into two different lights, and produce a focused spot light.  The LED light heads are available in a Single Mode (high beam) or Multi-lux (low-high or flashing beam). The Single Mode LED head provides a continuous source of high beam light. The Multi-lux light provides three different lighting options: a continuous low beam, a continuous high beam, or a flashing beam of light. The Single Mode or Multi-lux LED heads can be interchanged to accommodate the specific application.  The LED lights are available in seven different color selections including white, red, green, blue, orange, yellow, and infrared. The LED lights do not interfere with night vision devices. The infrared LED light provides tactical lighting capabilities that are only visible through night vision devices.  Unlike traditional chemiluminescent lights, the LED lights can be turned on and off providing control during operational scenarios.

The LazerBrite Modular Lighting System LED head technology allows screw-on attachment of the LED light either pointing into or away from the translucent tube.  In addition, the system can be attached to an additional LazerBrite unit to function as a signal baton for marshaling ground traffic.  A wide variety of accessories are available to increase the LazerBrite lighting system capabilities and applications.  Common accessories include:

  • Iris Light Control Tube
  • Helix Loop Attachment
  • Illuminating Map Case
  • LZ/DZ Kits
  • Magnetic Bases
  • Tactical Pouches
  • Glow Dome
  • Replacement Battery Strips

The LazerBrite Modular Lighting System benefits include both performance and environmental benefits over conventional chemiluminescent light sticks including:

  • Improved lighting functionality:  The lighting system can be operated with various light configurations in both Single-Mode and Multi-lux and is available in multiple colors.  The system accessories increase the functionality of the system for use in various applications.
  • On/Off Control:  Unlike conventional chemiluminescent lights, the lighting system can be turned on and off providing control during operational scenarios.
  • Reducing load weight:  The lighting system is reusable, eliminating the need to carry multiple conventional chemiluminescent lights.
  • Reduced costs:  The lighting system is reusable, costing less to operate than single use conventional chemiluminescent lights.
  • Reduced waste:  The lighting system is reusable, eliminating the disposal of conventional chemiluminescent lights.

Demonstration SitesIris Light Control Tube

Demonstrations of the sustainable modular lighting system are underway or planned for the following DoD installations:

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms
  • Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC)

Demonstration Details

Overall performance criteria were established to validate the sustainable modular lighting system for use by DoD.  These performance criteria allow the evaluation of the lighting system to DoD requirements.  The following key performance criteria were identified:

  • The sustainable modular lighting system functionality must be comparable or better than the baseline conventional chemiluminescent lights.
    • Ability to Meet Mission Requirements
    • Light Emission
    • Load Weight
    • Battery Life
  • The sustainable modular lighting system must provide reduced wastes compared to baseline conventional chemiluminescent lights.

The lighting system components are distributed to personnel at each installation to be used in various operating environments in place of conventional chemiluminescent lights.  The sustainable modular lighting systems are used in applications as determined by each participating site activity.  Demonstration feedback and data is collected and analyzed to evaluate the demonstration products against the key performance criteria.

Helix lighting