Jersey City-based DuraBrite Lighting Solutions, a provider of high-output, high-efficient LED fixtures for commercial and industrial applications, was selected by the United States Department of the Air Force to provide its Portable Go Light product to three Air Force bases in the United States and Germany.
“Our ultimate goal was always to sell this to government, law enforcement, and the military,” DuraBrite Lighting Solutions President Michael Morris told NJBIZ. He said the patents and the core technology set them apart from the competition, in addition to the fact that the product can deliver a lot of light, which we call lumens and LED, for very little energy use. “When you compare that with a battery, it puts us in a playing field all by ourselves.”
The Portable Go Light weighs less than 20 pounds and illuminates 2 acres, Morris said. The device can run for more than seven hours on a single charge and is able to offload up to 800 watts of power to charge small devices like cell phones, laptops, iPads and digital cameras. High-tech features of the light include full stealth infra-red, dazzler strobes, Bluetooth connectivity and operational controls.
DuraBrite says it was awarded the contracts through the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The SBIR program funds small business research and development for companies with 500 or fewer employees.
The program holds Air Force Pitch Days throughout the year that are open to applicants of the Air Force’s Open Innovation Topic. The initiative provides small businesses with an opportunity to present their products and services in front of Air Force decision-makers. DuraBrite applied for the Air Force Pitch Day and was selected each time from more than 100 applicants to present its innovative lighting technology to a judging panel made up of U.S. Air Force representatives.
The buyers of the lights are Fort McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington for at least $49,975; MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. for $31,486; and Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, for $31,772.
DuraBrite delivered the orders within 24 hours, and Morris said he delivered the orders personally to Fort McGuire Air Force Base. Some lights have been deployed to South Asia.
According to the Air Force, each base will use the lights for ground maintenance purposes, including daily maintenance and refueling of aircrafts at night.
DuraBrite Lighting Solutions customers include governmental agencies, Public Service Enterprise Group, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, and commercial fishing operations in New Jersey and other states.