The superyacht industry has adopted a new sense of urgency in the shift of traditional lighting technology to the new environmentally efficient formats. With the deadline for production ceasing for the popular halogen bulbs now less than three years away (September 2016), Lumotics Marine is working with designers and yards initiating new builds in advising clients on preparing for the near-universal adoption of ship-wide LED lighting.
While LED lighting installations have been growing in popularity in recent years halogen, as the last of the old, incandescent formats, has maintained a strong presence due to what is considered a softer light than LED and a perceived advantage where a focused beam is required. For real halogen enthusiasts, pre-existing stocks of halogen bulbs will continue to be legally available after September 2016. Yet there is no guarantee for how long, and so for new builds and refits planned from 2014 onwards owners and project managers would be well advised to embrace the new technology.
LED technology has, and will continue to, make great advances. The harshness initially associated with the format has become a thing of the past and LED spotlights are now a reality, removing halogen’s greatest advantage. Additionally the range of colours and effects possible, along with the energy efficiency, would have made LED the natural choice even without the legal ban on incandescents.
LED lighting installations do require a higher density of fittings than is traditional, but this allows for greater creativity and variation as well as greater operational efficiency, controlled by the drivers. It is these units, installed out of sight and remotely controlled, that not only regulate the current for multiple strings of LEDs, but also open up a new world of lighting options from dimming and colour control to pre-set ‘mood’ schemes and even lighting effects oscillating in time to the on board sound system.