A new ‘human-centric lighting’ technology is being jointly developed by Schott, jetlite, Etihad Engineering and Lufthansa Technik. The companies say the solution will offer automated cabin lighting scenarios designed to reduce jet lag and headaches, boosting passengers’ energy levels and ability to concentrate.
The collaboration aims at combining Schott’s expertise in cabin lighting systems, jetlite’s holistic solution for jetlag reduction, and Etihad Engineering’s and Lufthansa Technik’s expertise in aircraft systems integration, design certification and innovation.
The system makes use of Schott’s HelioJet LED cabin illumination technology, which was developed to enable homogeneous light distribution and high colour stability. It is combined with jetlite’s intelligent automation software, integrated into Lufthansa Technik’s nice cabin lighting control system.
The companies say the new lighting-pilot technology calculates and executes the optimum illumination sequence for any flight route and phase or any desired lighting choreography, without the need for cabin crew to intervene.
Etihad Engineering and Lufthansa Technik bring decades of experience with aircraft and systems integration, certification and validation, contributing to development capabilities in design and parts manufacturing (EASA Part 21-J and 21-G).
A first impression of the technology was on display at Etihad Aviation Group’s chalet at the Dubai Air Show, held on 17-21 November 2019.