Aircraft Interiors: IFE Products aims to be light on airline pockets
Illinois-based InFlight Entertainment Products showed a range of light-emitting diode (LED) lights designed to save the airlines money on illuminating their in-cabin logos.
Many carriers have dropped these useful brand-enhancers, turned off by the short lives and high power consumption of conventional filament bulbs. The US company believes it has the answer in a new range of high-power LED lights claimed to be two to three times brighter than traditional filament bulbs while using half the power and lasting up to 80 times longer.
The company is currently testing the lights with a number of airlines. Meantime, it has begun shipping its range of plug-and-play LED reading lights, designed to cut power consumption and heat output in the cabin.
The company also shed light on its contribution to the new wave of compact, lightweight audio/video-on-demand (AVOD) inflight entertainment systems. As well as AVOD, the company says, its In-Seat Video System can support pay-per-view programming, games, live satellite television and more.
Based on a Gigabit Ethernet network, the system comprises a media server with capacity for up to a hundred films and the same number of music channels, 8.4in and 10.2in touchscreens for economy cabins, 15in and 17in premium-class units, 10.4in and 15in flight attendant control units, and passenger control units providing on-screen navigation and games functions.