Coast Guard OKs Carmanah LEDs for Buoys

Monday, August 26, 2002

Carmanah Technologies Corp. of Victoria, British Columbia, said today its 700 Series solar-powered LED (light-emitting diode) marine lights have been accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard for use on aids to navigation.

CEO Art Aylesworth said the Coast Guard has been testing versions of the 700 Series since the original design was developed in 1999 under contract to the service.

"We expect this endorsement to have a significant impact on the success of our international marine sales program," Aylesworth said in a statement.

Carmanah says the Coast Guard is doing an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of a large-scale conversion from its traditional incandescent signals to LED technology.

The company says the 700 series comes in three models, retailing between $1,000 and $1,200, all designed to operate with no maintenance for five years.