RSL Projects

Topside Light Assessment for U.S. Navy Ships

The scenario:

The U.S. Navy sought a partner to evaluate their topside lighting configurations and modernize their specifications document to meet today’s (and tomorrow’s) standard.


The problem:

Specifications for U.S. Navy shipboard lighting were severely outdated: the DOD-HDBK-289(SH) lighting document was last revised in 1986 and couldn’t account for new technologies within the lighting industry. All equipment installed topside on naval ships is exposed to salt air, salt water, temperature extremes, and mechanical stresses. And lights used for navigation, signaling, and illumination require frequent maintenance, are prone to damage, and can malfunction compromising the mission. This makes continuous spec evaluation critical to defense capabilities.