Energy Focus' LED rack lamp comes with a USB drive, as seen at this week's Sea-Air-Space Exposition. (David Larter / staff)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — Anyone who has spent time in an enlisted berth knows it’s kind of a dive, despite the executive officer’s best efforts. And for sailors, it’s the little things that matter.
Now a company exhibiting at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition has come up with a gadget to make berthing life better: a re-invented rack light. Lighting company Energy Focus removed the fluorescent bulb and replaced it with an LED light. No more flickering or that annoying humming noise fluorescent lights make. It also lasts up to 50,000 hours and consumes less energy than the old lamps.
Even cooler: It features an optional USB outlet so you can charge your phone or tablet. Energy Focus executive Merl Toyer said this is the most popular feature with sailors. It would also be helpful if Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens gets his tablet initiative into the fleet.
Toyer said there are about 1,000 of these new rack lamp fixtures in the fleet today.