APEX Insight: Mood lighting has revolutionized the appearance of cabin interiors, but we look at the more nuanced optical illusions that are amplifying ambience. Boarding Hues Lighting company Schott suggests passengers could take boarding cues from hues. “Colors are independent from… Read more
“At STG Aerospace, we look to improve the cabin environment from the passenger’s viewpoint. We look at the ways light affects the person’s photobiological response as well as their photometric response. We call this human-centric lighting.” – Nigel Duncan, STG Aerospace CEO
APEX Insight: As LED lighting becomes increasingly prevalent in aircraft cabins, the focus is shifting towards understanding the physiological effect of cabin lighting on passengers. Airlines are putting themselves in the passengers’ shoes – or seats – to determine how mood lighting can offer the best possible in-flight experience.
“The huge advantage and opportunity of ambient and functional lighting above is the ability to allow environments to manipulate and present different appearances, thus changing user perception and even mood.”– Paul Wylde, CEO and creative director, paulwylde
Illuminating Personalized Lighting: STG Aerospace Unveils Square-Beam Reading Light
APEX Media is onsite at Aircraft Interiors Expo, covering the latest in passenger experience news. Here are the top headlines from day one. Rockwell Collins to Provide Onboard Broadband to Air Astana Rockwell Collins will provide in-flight connectivity for Kazakhstan-based Air Astana…. Read more
Illuminating Innovations: STG Aerospace’s Lighting Laboratories
APEX Insight: With its Panasonic IFE retrofit and the addition of Zodiac’s space efficient designs added to 126 Airbus aircraft, Delta becomes the first airline to receive such interior enhancements on both of its Airbus fleets. Delta Air Lines has revealed… Read more
APEX Insight: As LED lighting becomes increasingly prevalent in aircraft cabins, the focus is shifting towards understanding the physiological effect of cabin lighting on passengers. Airlines are putting themselves in the passengers’ shoes – or seats – to determine how mood lighting can… Read more
APEX Insight: Announced today, the finalists for the 2016 APEX Awards showcase a broad range of innovation in the airline passenger experience industry. Finalists – including Immfly, Global Eagle Entertainment, Skylights, Qantas, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and more – are recognized for… Read more
When cabin lights go down, innovations from STG Aerospace light up. STG Aerospace’s Innovation and Engineering Centre in Cwmbran, Wales, is illuminating with ideas. Patents designed at the facility include its color-changing mood lighting system; its square-beamed LED reading light,… Read more
Passengers can now experience a multitude of lighting palettes during a flight, with specific colors and intensities tailored to different phases of a flight. OSRAM, one of the world’s leading light manufacturers studied the effect of cabin lighting on passengers. Compared to conventional lighting, the study concluded, “with chronobiologically adapted LED lighting in the interior of airplanes, long-distance passengers during flights are more relaxed and reach their destinations in a more activated state.”
“At STG Aerospace, we look to improve the cabin environment from the passenger’s viewpoint,” says CEO Nigel Duncan. “We look at the ways light affects the person’s photobiological response as well as their photometric response. We call this human-centric lighting – how light impacts the passenger physically, rather than just visually.”
Blue Alert: Research Illuminates Effects of Aircraft Cabin Mood Lighting
STG Aerospace’s liTeMood® is designed to create an enhanced passenger ambience and contribute to well-being.
Alaska Airlines Upgrades to STG Aerospace’s saf-Tglo Floor-Path Lighting
According to Duncan, the company has been working with some key cabin integrators and MROs to develop optimal drop-in LED lighting upgrades for airplane cabins that install in a normal overnight maintenance shift. The result is simple-to-install LED systems that directly replace aging fluorescent lighting incumbent systems, and require no aircraft side modification or software.
When you hear the term “mood lighting,” you might think of an artistic sunset, a candlelit dinner table, or even a room painted by the light from a lava lamp. Now, thanks to programmable LED cabin lighting technologies, airlines can just as easily “set the mood” for passengers.
Airspace is Your Space: Airbus Unveils Passenger-Centric Cabin Brand
Delta’s Retrofit Cabins See High Tech Upgrades from Panasonic and Zodiac
APEX Insight: Even in lighting, personalization, privacy and branding are key. STG Aerospace’s square-beam reading light and saf-Tglo blu floor path-marking lights advance these trends in innovative ways. STG Aerospace has unveiled liTeMood LED reading lights as an affordable plug and… Read more
Thanks to LEDs, passengers can even enjoy planetarium-like night sky displays on cabin ceilings. Or as in the case of Icelandair’s Hekla Aurora Boeing 757, passengers are greeted with a display of the Northern Lights, mirroring the aircraft’s beautiful exterior paint scheme. “Lighting only makes sense for any branded environment when it’s a fully integrated and considered design element and part of a meaningful brand narrative,” adds Wylde. “Lighting is simply another channel that, when integrated with other elements of the cabin experience, can create a holistic statement.”
From left: Katie Sehl, Maryann Simson, Terri Potratz, Jessica Sammut. The APEX Media team recorded their day two podcast live from the Inmarsat booth at AIX. Editor Terri Potratz, copy editor Katie Sehl, community manager Jessica Sammut and freelance aviation journalist… Read more
APEX Insight: Drawing upon A350 XWB cabin interiors and features, Airbus’ Airspace brand will debut on its A330neo fleet and will establish a consistent cabin design language across the aircraft family. Beyond enhancements in comfort and ambience, Airspace also marks an… Read more
Lauren Fleming Senior Research & Development Scientist STG Aerospace Lauren graduated from the University of Dundee with a PhD in experimental physics. At STG Aerospace, she is involved in developing new products, researching the next big thing in electrical lighting,… Read more
“The huge advantage and opportunity of ambient and functional lighting above and beyond most other ‘fixed’ design elements, is the ability to change, transform and flex in real time, allowing environments to manipulate and present different appearances, thus changing user perception and even mood,” says Paul Wylde, CEO and creative director of his San Francisco- and Seattle-based branding and design company.
Lighting can play a huge role in passenger comfort and well-being when it comes to air travel and when done right, can have a soothing effect on passengers. Needless to say, there was no shortage of innovation in this sector… Read more
Nigel Duncan Chief Executive Officer STG Aerospace FAST FACTS Location: BHD The future of flight will be: Illuminating Favorite Airport: SLC Favorite Aircraft: B787-800 Boeing Sky Interior Paper or electronic boarding pass? Electronic Passport stamp you wish you had: Chile… Read more
Lighting is a fundamental design element that has been around for years. But airframers have only been able to follow the lead of other sectors for barely a decade, now that lighting systems are relatively lightweight and highly flexible. Aircraft cabins can be personalized through color, intensity, zoning and transitions. Both Airbus’ recently introduced A350, and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner were designed with lighting as a key interior feature.
APEX Insight: Blue is calming – or so we believe. Research shows that exposure to blue light might actually be keeping us up at night. Mood lighting is all the rage. Its ability to create ambience, emulate the aurora borealis and… Read more
APEX Insight: STG Aerospace today announced Alaska Airlines will install its saf-Tglo SSUL photoluminescent emergency floor-path marking system on 116 aircraft. STG Aerospace today announced Alaska Airlines has selected its next-generation photoluminescent emergency floor-path marking system for its Boeing and Airbus… Read more
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