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Since 2006, Bellevue, Washington-based has designed and manufactured lighted displays and custom switching products for both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. The company was founded with the goal of bringing affordable solid-state technology to the rapidly changing cockpit environment.
Luma combines creative analytical design with proven solid-state optical and LED technology to increase the reliability and performance of traditional lights, switches, and other cockpit controls. What’s more, most of the company’s technology is goggles-ready, allowing for immediate compatibility for NVIS (night-vision imaging system) operations.
Luma’s integrated LED displays replace traditional ganged and matrixed annunciator banks with high-performance LED technology combined with one or more single-piece, multicelled legend plates. This approach eliminates intermittent and burned-out lamps, scalding surface temperatures, and uneven or jammed cap assemblies common with standard assemblies.
Luma’s latest line of LED annunciators, the LT-3000 Series, features a host of traditional and low-profile packaging options. The series’ unit was originally developed as a drop-in LED solution for “Grimes” style designs used on older aircraft with traditional, screw terminal–type hardware. The product has similar applicability on Russian-made Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters and offers a quick, affordable solution for aircraft struggling with older, incandescent lighting.
Other available options include through-hole solder pins as well as low-profile versions offering panel depths as shallow as 0.7 of an inch. All annunciators use a common core electronics module with built-in power conditioning circuitry that also matches the dimming curve of surrounding incandescent devices.
Quality Control, Certification, and Innovation
To create modernized solutions and quickly respond to market trends, Luma’s manufacturing facility is ISO/AS9100 and FAA certified. A highly skilled engineering and manufacturing team oversees all production, from optical engineering and circuit design to plastics fabrication.
With more than a dozen supplemental type certificates on over 15 aircraft models, including the Bell 206/206L and 412, Boeing/Vertol CH-47D, and MBB/Kawasaki BK 117, Luma continues to innovate. The company is currently developing a family of low-profile, lighted push-button switches and annunciators geared for the next generation of integrated panels and LRUs (line-replaceable units). Each complements both networked and stand-alone integrated panel systems in today’s new aircraft programs.