Safety equipment: Dialight has announced its new Vigilant® LED Dual Red/White Strobe with Infrared (IR) obstruction lighting system. The Dual IR flash head and systems are approved through Intertek to the FAA AC 150/5345-43G and Engineering Brief No. 67D standards, with the addition of the IR LEDs to the standard red night operation to enhance visibility and safety for electric utilities, pilots, and those who use Night-Vision Goggles (NVGs).
The use of NVGs is growing quickly for improved sight distance and clarity in identifying obstacles, terrain and changing weather conditions. Yet, certain NVG filters block out the light produced by red LEDs, making the lights difficult to detect. The Dialight product utilizes IR LEDs in conjunction with red LEDs to optimize visibility of critical obstructions under all conditions.
The new IR strobe features IR LEDs (in series with the red LEDs) operating with peak intensity at 850nm to ensure 360 degrees of visibility with the latest generation of NVGs utilizing Class B or C filters. The Dialight dual fixture is fully compliant to the IR intensity and angle standards set by the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, which is widely accepted as the international standard.
At present, neither the FAA nor Transport Canada (TC) have implemented IR requirements. But, with the growing popularity of NVGs, this is expected to change soon, and the new Dialight Dual IR beacon provides a future-proof solution for U.S. and Canadian obstruction property operators.
The Dual LED/IR strobe is based on the same low-profile, high-efficiency form factor as Dialight’s standard dual strobe, with the addition of the IR LED module integrated into the flash head. The IR and red LEDs are controlled and monitored together to ensure proper night-time operation with only a negligible increase in power consumption. The IR-equipped flash head is also backwards compatible with existing Dialight red/white strobes in the field, via a simple change out of the flash head and driver.
The new Dual LED/IR beacon adds to Dialight’s growing line of IR-equipped obstruction lighting. The company already supplies L-810 low-intensity red side markers and L-864 medium-intensity red beacons, both approved to FAA AC 150-5345/43G and EB 67D standards as well. This expanding line enables tower and other obstruction owners to streamline procurement and vendor relations by sourcing all obstruction lighting needs from a single supplier.
As with all Dialight obstruction products, the Dual LED/IR strobe is backed by Dialight’s five-year, full-performance warranty for long-life reliability to dramatically reduce maintenance costs and the risk of FAA non-compliance fines compared to conventional beacon lighting technology.
Dialight is leading the energy efficient LED lighting revolution around the world for industrial and hazardous areas as well as transportation and infrastructure applications. For 40 years it has been committed to the development of LED lighting solutions that enable organizations to vastly reduce energy use and maintenance needs, improve safety, ease disposal and reduce CO2 emissions. The company is headquartered in the UK with operations in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Mexico.