024 JULY 2019
Conceived and developed by New Territory’s Ventures
arm, the Light Weave concept is intended to take flexible
cabin lighting systems a step further. Light Weave is an
illuminated, responsive and programmable sidewall skin.
The panels would be made possible by using the latest
OLED technology, where digital displays can become
flexible, bendable and foldable. The screens are then
wrapped with a fabric cover to reduce the glare of direct
light and to create a softer and warmer feeling in the
The idea is to place light where needed and wanted
most – from soft and localised illumination for rest,
to cabin-wide patterns of light for play. New Territory
envisages the product being used locally, so on
bulkheads, around the window frames and potentially
in more specific passenger-facing areas.
“The component parts of the Light Weave product
are readily available, but it’s the method of blending a
fabric outer skin with flexible OLED technology that has
the greatest potential,” says Luke Miles, co-founder
and creative director at New Territory. “As with any new
technology, testing for flammability and wear would be
essential, but our development also considers it as a
modular, panelled system – so in-service maintenance
is simplified, through using parts that can be more easily
replaced and cleaned.”
The company is in the process of protecting the IP of
the design and has built a mock-up to showcase it.
LIGHTING D ESIGN C HALLENGE
Aircraft Lighting International (ALI) now has FAA
PMA for its L5800 LED system, including the N2024
Dimmer Module. It is a plug-and-play upgrade to
B/E Aerospace’s 5800 and 7800 lamps and dimmer,
which leaves the connectors and controllers
unaffected, so a new CMS or wiring is not needed.
ALI says the LED reading lights are three to five
times brighter and use a tenth of the power
of incandescent bulbs, with a lifespan of
more than 60,000 hours.