LIGHTING digEcor aims to build an integrated flight experience that integrates IFE with in-seat power and cabin lighting
with its other innovations, such as the award-winning saf-Tglo blu photoluminescent floor path marking system, whose blue light is designed to match airline branding and offers an aesthetic improvement in both light and dark conditions. A number of large European carriers are using this system, which has been validated by the company’s inhouse approvals process (STG Aerospace has had EASA DOA status since 2016). In addition, the firm will announce new customers and projects in Hamburg. “With our system, seeing is believing,” Dr O’Kell concludes. digEcor has developed a low-cost LED cabin lighting solution, as part of its efforts to build an integrated flight experience. “We are the only single vendor in the market today who integrates IFE (embedded and portable) with in-seat power (110V and USB) and cabin lighting,” the company says. The benefit of this integrated approach is it provides the modularity to build on over time and provision for future upgrades. It is flexible enough that it can be designed to suit
specific airline requirements offering a tailored solution whether the airline is an LCC or full service carrier. It can be offered as a fully integrated solution or products can be installed as standalone. With minimal line replacement units that are shared across the integrated approach, the system is described as cost effective and low in weight. “With the right setting, colors and intensity levels, the impact of cabin lighting is surprising,” says the firm. “It can impact passenger moods, restfulness, sleep and awake times reducing jetlag. It enhances the spacial feel of the cabin creating a greater feeling of comfort and assists passengers in reaching their destination feeling revived. It can essentially offer experiences in the cabin based on time of flight – restaurant feel for dinner, cafe feel for breakfast, sunrise and sunset – and all that can be replicated based on the sector flown.” From an airline brand perspective, cabin lighting can bring to life the entire cabin experience, bringing together hard and soft products and enhancing the ambience in the cabin.
STG Aerospace Director of Innovation Dr. Sean O’Kell
The digEcor system has an easyto-use touchscreen via the Cabin Management Terminal. The cabin crew can easily manipulate the colors – over 4 billion are available – and stages of flight and they benefit from the same ambience that makes their work environment a pleasant one. For airline maintenance engineers, the system is easy to install and maintain. With installation taking hours, there are no significant out-of-service down times needed for aircraft upgrades.
Lufthansa debuts innovative lighting technology on A350-900 The new A350-900 LED technology onboard Lufthansa can provide around 24 different lighting settings © Photographer: Dominik Mentzos
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Lufthansa German Airlines will be the first airline worldwide to use a range of different settings for the onboard lighting of the A350-900, which are designed to fit with the day and nighttime biorhythms of its passengers. With the introduction of Lufthansa’s new A350-900, it has now become possible to work with and fit with the passengers’ biorhythms by providing the right type of light at the right time. Lighting effects will also be used to emulate a pleasant restaurant atmosphere onboard during mealtimes. “The well-being of our passengers is of particular importance to us. So it represents a real milestone for us that we can now achieve these improvements with this innovative lighting technology,” says Dr. Reinhold Huber, who is responsible for further development in the area of Customer Experience. The new A350-900 LED technology can provide approximately 24 different lighting settings. Following on from the A350-900, Lufthansa will also be refitting its Boeing 747-800s with the new lighting system. The use of a range of lighting settings is based on findings from research in the field of chronobiology and on known effects of our day and nighttime biorhythms. A large number of scientific findings provide the foundation for the technology, such as those by Professor Christian Gunga of Charité and by Dr Achim Leder. Warm light for relaxation is supplied during periods of rest, whereas cooler light provides stimulation for more active phases. Lufthansa has developed these various lighting moods in collaboration with lighting designers from Kardorff Ingenieure in Berlin. “Our focus is on passengers’ needs when it comes to selecting the type of light to be used. We are thus able to create a pleasant atmosphere which can significantly improve the passengers’ feeling of well-being,” explains Professor Volker from Kardorff.