Traditional Lights Cannot.
Changing Navigational Lighting Forever
Centuries ago, naval explorers traversed the globe using stars, wind and sun to guide the way. Entirely dependent on the elements, these sailors worked just a squall away from misdirection or mortality. Thankfully, today we can leverage technology to navigate seas more safely, efficiently and discreetly.
As the sole trusted provider of remote source lighting technology to navy fleets around the world, RSL’s expertise in lighting solutions for marine environments is second to none. We provide lighting for the United States Navy and Italian Navy, and since 2005 we’ve installed more than 200 lighting systems on military vessels.
What makes our technology attractive to high-stakes shipbuilders is its ability to mitigate risk in myriad ways. From removing electricity to simplifying maintenance, our marine lighting systems make ships — and sailors — safer and more efficient.
Traditional marine lights mount an electric light source where illumination is needed, often in sensitive or hard-to-reach areas. But as information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies evolve, so too must other shipboard systems. Lights that house electricity at the emission point can create electromagnetic waves and impact ships’ sensitive electronics. And in the case of military vessels, this electricity can make ships more detectable to adversarial vessels.
RSL’s proprietary remote source lighting system removes electricity from the light emission point by placing its light source (a light engine) away from the actual light diffusing unit (a luminaire). Connected by our own fiber optic cable, light travels to the luminaire while the electricity of the light engine remains in a safe location.
Lower Risk, Lower Cost Maintenance
With traditional marine lights, servicing the unit can mean expensive scaffolding and manpower risk to reach far areas of the ship. This makes even bulb replacement a major task. But RSL’s remote source lighting system places the light engine in a conveniently accessible equipment area to make maintenance easier and safer.
Multifunctional and Control Panel Compatible
RSL lights are truly dynamic—they can change color, flash, even do Morse code—all from a control panel or ship-wide control system. Additionally, our system can be compatible with Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) used by pilots to operate in lights-out conditions.
As required by the U.S. Coast Guard 72 COLREGS, all RSL navigation lights like mastheads, stern and sidelights provide full failover redundancy to ensure continued ship operations.