Smart LED Lamp Gets Thumbs-Up From Navy

The U.S. Navy is undertaking some dramatic and occasionally controversial green initiatives, like using algae-derived fuels to power warships. Some of its moves, however, are more akin to what we do right at home ourselves—like using more efficient lighting.

And now, according to the lighting company Energy Focus, the Navy has a new energy efficient lighting option: the IntelliTube LED lamp. The company put out word that the Navy had approved the light for use on Navy ships. The qualification means the IntelliTube can replace the bulk of fluorescent tube lamps that are currently being used aboard the country’s fleet of ships, Energy Focus said.

Navy biofuel test

image via U.S. Navy

According to Energy Focus, IntelliTube’s technology includes a tiny microprocessor that allows the circuit to detect and actively reconfigure itself, allowing it to be used in a number of existing fluorescent sockets, just by plugging it in. The IntelliTube passed the Navy’s rigorous First Article Testing IntelliTube said.

Energy Focus said it was awarded a $23 million Navy supply contract last year.

“Supplying IntelliTube to the US Navy is a tremendous business opportunity for Energy Focus,” Joe Kaveski, Energy Focus CEO said in a statement. “But more importantly the Navy can immediately begin to benefit from the significant energy savings gained through Energy Focus’ LED lighting by simply changing the light bulbs installed on every Navy vessel.”

Energy Focus is based in Solon, Ohio, with additional offices in Nashville, Tenn.; Pleasanton, Calif.; and the United Kingdom. Customers currently using their energy-saving lighting solutions include supermarkets, museums,  hotels and theme parks and more, the company said.


  • Reply April 3, 2012

    John Gilmer

    Folks should be aware that fluorescent lamps are already about as efficient as current LED based lamps.   Thus, even if they work as advertised the main saving will be the extended life of the LED assembly over the fluorescent lamp.   Indeed, most “white” LEDs are actually tiny flourescent devices with the basic LED emitting UV light and the visible light being formed by phosphors just as in the fluorescent tubes.

  • Reply November 25, 2013

    Kara yang

    LED bulbs will be hot in future lighting.

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