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Flash Announces New LED Safety Features

Franklin, Tenn. (February 18, 2016) – As the market for LED tower lighting continues to grow, so does the demand for increased LED safety features.

The Flash Technology Vanguard® infrared (IR) obstruction light addresses a growing need. LED obstruction lighting requires night vision goggle (NVG) compatibility, especially near military bases and emergency heliports. As their output falls within the visible light spectrum, the naked eye sees red and white LEDs. However, some NVGs and NVIS (night vision imaging systems) cannot see LED light. Because these systems detect IR wavelengths, pilots have navigational challenges.

Flash Technology introduces the Vanguard 370 IR series, an obstruction lighting system using infrared LEDs visible to NVGs and NVIS. The IR series includes a wide range of unique LED safety features.

LED Safety Features

  1. IR LEDs use the same optics as red and white LEDs. This ensures pilots with NVGs or NVIS are not disoriented if an infrared output is at an improper beam angle. As a result, pilots recognize the clean beam pattern as an obstruction light.
  2. Monitoring IR circuitry separately helps to avoid unnecessary truck rolls. It can also be combined with the night alarm if monitoring capability is limited.
  3. The IR string and red and white LEDs use the same bypass circuitry. So a single LED can fail without losing an entire string, thus prolonging the life of the flashhead.


About Flash Technology

Flash Technology, LLC is based in Franklin, TN and is a subsidiary of SPX Corporation, a global multi-industry manufacturing leader. Flash Technology designs, manufactures, installs and services FAA-compliant aviation obstruction lighting systems, tower lights and monitoring equipment. Founded in 1970, the global leader supports a wide range of business industries including aviation, broadcast, telecommunications, utilities and wind energy.

About SPX Corporation

SPX Corporation is a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation had approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2016 and more than 5,000 employees in about 15 countries. SPX Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SPXC.” For more information, please visit www.spx.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lane
322 Nichol Mill Ln, Franklin, TN 37067