Cabin electronics specialist Emteq has invested heavily in developing sophisticated lighting systems for both airliners and private aircraft. The U.S. company, which is exhibiting here at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai with its partner Talco Aviation (Booth H619), is also a pioneer in producing advanced cabin management systems (CMS).
Last month, completions center Greenpoint Technologies awarded Emteq a contract to provide LED interior lighting for a pair of Boeing 787 widebodies that are to be equipped for a VIP customer. The white wash and dome lights feature the company’s latest technology that allows them to be powered directly from a variable-frequency (wild) 115-volt AC system, saving the cost and weight of having to use a transformer rectifier. The lights can interface directly with the aircraft’s CMS.
Emteq last month introduced its new 3X Series of white wash lighting for private aircraft cabin upgrades. According to the company, which is based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, the new product provides operators with an easier way to upgrade to LED lighting, thanks to its own “bypass” installation option that allows the system to be fitted either as part of a major cabin refit or as a minor modification. It can use the same wiring as the fluorescent lights that it replaces.
According to the company, the 3X Series uses the latest LED and lens technology to deliver a high standard of color consistency and color blending. The lens used for the lights ensures a more consistent light output without diminishing the intensity of the lighting. The wider beam spread is intended to give the cabin a fuller appearance.
Emteq also offers its Quasar II full-spectrum, mood-lighting system, which it specifically introduced for business aircraft in 2012. The company says that the lower cost of installing these lights has made mood lighting a more cost effective option for private aircraft cabins.
According to chief marketing officer Rachel Bahr, Emteq is a very innovative systems integrator for cabin technology and loves the challenge of trying to meet the complex requirements of completions centers and their clients. For instance, Emteq’s eConnect router box provides a cost-effective way to control inflight entertainment systems in smaller aircraft that can be controlled from any web-enabled portable electronic device, such as an iPad. The system has been selected for the cabin of the new HondaJet, as well as for the Pilatus PC-12.