Lufthansa Technik Shows Off Emergency Lighting

 - April 30, 2011, 9:25 AM

Photo-luminescent emergency floor-path lighting seems so simple that it appears at first glance there’s little room for improvement, but Lufthansa Technik has done that and more. At the Crystal Cabin Awards judging in Hamburg, Germany, in April, the new technology was presented with little fanfare as non-electrical and maintenance-free. But it is much more than that. It is 50 percent smaller than existing products, requires just 15 to 30 minutes of cabin light to charge the system for a 12-hour flight, comes in a broad range of colors, is barely 2.3 millimeters high and has “an unlimited lifespan.” In fact, in durability testing for use in the galley, after more than 30,000 cycles under the weight of a galley cart, the tests were suspended when a wheel on the cart broke.