DoD Sustainable Products Center

LED Alternatives to Single Use Chem Lights

Demonstration Overview

The STED Program is currently demonstrating LED chem light alternatives for use in training and other operations at Department of Defense (DoD) Installations.

Chemiluminescent lights (chem lights) are single use lights used in a wide range of applications such as training, operational, tactical, and landing/drop zones.  Chem lights must be disposed after one use while this alternative technology using battery powered Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights can be reused.  These LED alternatives to single use chem lights can improve mission readiness through improved lighting functionality and reduced load weights, costs and associated waste generation.  These LED lighting systems are available in the same color configurations as chem lights, have increased light emittance stability, and are reusable.

Before these sustainable products are utilized by the Military Departments and DoD Components, their performance must be proven to meet DoD requirements.

Demonstration Products*

The following biobased products are currently being demonstrated:

  • LazerBrite Lighting System by Tactical Lighting Solutions, LLC

Additional products may be added in 2023 as the demonstration progresses.

* Mention of or referral to commercial products, services, and manufacturers herein is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement by, nor the official policy or position of, the Department of Defense (DoD), any of its Components, or the U.S. Government.

Demonstration Sites

Field demonstrations of these products were performed at the following DoD installations to evaluate their performance in Military operational environments and to raise awareness of reusable product availability:

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms
  • Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Center

Additional sites will be added in 2023 as the demonstration progresses.

Demonstration Details

Installation personnel are provided a supply of the products and asked to provide feedback on the product performance. The participating end user activities within the listed installations found that the LED alternative was sufficiently durable and resulted in improved operational performance, reduced lifecycle costs, and reduced waste.

For more information regarding the LED chem light alternative demonstration, please Contact Us.

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