In 2018, government US defense spending represented 1.8% of GDP. second only to social security. Threats against terrorism and aging equipment and infrastructure will drive CAGR of 5.4% from 2020-2025 [1]. With a fleet of 13,266 military aircraft, 39,253 armed vehicles, and 490 naval vessels, the US military is like a small country within a country. Throughout the sprawling military infrastructure, the network is command centers in the US and throughout the world, naval yards and docks,  military bases, supply chains, fuel storage facilities, air force bases, administration buildings, research centers, and military contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman Corp., and United Technologies, Huntington Ingalls, etc. The military industry is many industries in one with diverse lighting requirements to match.

Globally, the defense industry is on a drive to modernize its lighting system by replacing all incandescent and fluorescent lighting with more efficient LED lighting. It will focus on retrofitting airborne, ground, and naval platforms with a focus on airport lighting [2].

Table 1: Global military lighting upgrade focus areas to 2023 (Source: Markets & Markets)


  • Military Shelter Lighting
    • Hard Shelter
    • Soft Shelter
  • Armored Vehicle Lighting
    • Headlights
    • Convoy Lights
    • Light Bars
    • Turn Signal Indicators
    • Tail Light
    • Brake Light
  • Airport Lighting by Systems
    • Runway Lighting Systems
    • Taxiway Lighting Systems
    • Apron Lighting Systems
    • EALS
  • Airport Lighting by Position
    • In-pavement/Inset Lights
    • Elevated Lights
    • Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)
  • Combat Helmet Lighting


  • Aircraft Type
    • Military Transport
    • Aircraft Fighter Jets
    • Military Helicopters
    • UAVs
  • Aircraft Lighting
  • Interior Lighting, by Subtype
    • Cockpit Lights
    • Cabin Lights
  • Exterior Lighting, by Subtype
    • Anti-collision Lights
    • Taxi Lights
    • Landing Lights
    • Position Lights
    • Tail Lights
    • Wing & Inspection Lights
    • Hoovering Lights
    • Emergency Lights
  • Formation Lights


  • Vessel Type
    • Surface Vessels
      • Corvettes
      • Destroyer
      • Frigates
      • Aircraft Carriers
      • Amphibious Ships
    • Submarines
  • Marine Lighting
    • Interior Lighting
      • Explosion Proof Lights
      • Area Lights
      • Mini Flood Lights
      • Compartment Lights
      • Control Room Lights
    • Exterior Lighting, By Subtype
      • Pilot Eye Line Lights
      • Deck Edge Lights
      • Wave Off Lights
      • Obstruction Lights
      • Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (SGSI)
      • Deck Status Lights
      • Homing Beacon/Mast Lights
      • Deck Wash Lights
      • Navigation Lights

Nemalux luminaires can supply a number of military lighting systems. Due to their unique design, the GS DC and GS AC linear luminaires are one of the few linear luminaires to have the ABS rating. Along with optional hazardous location rating, wide operating temperature, and IP66/67 rating, it is an ideal candidate for naval marine applications in naval shipyards, armored vehicle maintenance pits, and exterior lighting on surface vessels. For retrofitting incandescent and HID lamps, the Nemalux MR is a direct replacement for 75-150W HID. For medium power, Nemalux offers the XR and for high power, the AR for high bay and yard floodlight applications such as airport lighting. The AR is excellent for temporary light towers and has been used extensively in Oil & Gas industry for this. The NL is a direct replacement for fluorescent lamps and the BL a retrofit for vapor-tight fluorescent lamps.  The MR, XR, and NL can be used for lighting hard and soft shelters. The NL and BL are designed with internal wiring for easy daisy-chaining. For temporary applications, the Nemalux LS light stringer is a quick connect system allowing end-users to quickly string together up to 30 LS units with a rugged electrical cord. The LS is perfect for maintenance crews working on vehicles, aircraft, or field equipment. All Nemalux luminaires are available in general or hazardous locations for the application in fuel storage depots, tanker farms, and other hazardous areas.

For larger installations, such as retrofits for entire bases, shipyards, or airports, Nemalux provides complimentary lighting layouts. Nemalux also understands that military applications can be some of the most demanding and specialized in the world, with no off-the-shelf solution. We’ve worked with many clients in the past to meet their unique custom design challenges. That’s why we can provide military projects our custom lighting design service and spectrum engineering. We provide a turnkey contract manufacturing  service from initial design concept to final production.



  1. Mordor Intelligence (2020). United States Defense Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020-2025). Retrieved from:

Markets and Markets (2017). Military Lighting Market by Application (Ground, Marine, and Airborne), Technology (LED, and Non-LED), Solution (Hardware, Software, and Services), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Rest of the World) – Global Forecast to 2023.  Retrieved from:

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Nemalux AR Series industrial, high lumens, high bay LED luminaire for area lighting - hazardous location class I division 2 (c1d2), marine (UL 1598), Foodsafe (NSF), Dark Sky (IDA) and DLC approved c/w slip fitter yoke mount (AR-SFY)
Nemalux GS Series Low Profile Linear LED Luminaire ideal for control panel lighting with low voltage DC as well as AC , class I div 2 (c1d2) c/w adjustable mounting bracket
Yoke mount Nemalux BL series linear industrial LED luminaire, marine and hazardous location class I div 2 (c1d2) approved and replacement for vapour tight fluorescent light
Nemalux LS Series Light Stringer modular industrial LED luminaire for temporary lighting and portable applications with IP66, marine and hazardous location (class I div 2, c1d2) certifications
Nemalux EXC series of low profile explosion proof industrial LED luminaire, IP66 and hazardous location class I div 1 and 2 (c1d1,c1d2) approved
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