Carmanah Provides US Army with A704-5 Wireless Runway Lights

June 20, 2006
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Carmanah has received an order from the US Army for 50 units of its newly released Model A704-5 wireless solar LED runway edge lights, 20 units of its A704-5 solar LED threshold lights, 1 unit of its hand-held controller and supporting units of aviation light accessories. These units will be installed at a permanent airfield for fixed wing operations and Special Forces training.

Special Forces and US Army pilots will use the runway for training (takeoffs and landings) and standard flight procedures using both visible NVG compatible and covert infrared lighting.. As there is no electrical infrastructure on the runway using the A704-5, Carmanah’s LED lights are an ideal solution for the airfield’s lighting needs. In fact, the US Army saved an estimated $300,000 by installing Carmanah’s technology rather than a conventional hard-wired system. As well, there was no disruption to airfield operations or environmental damage during the quick and easy installation.

About the Model A704-5 Solar-Powered LED Airfield Light

Carmanah’s Model A704-5 is the world’s most advanced solar-powered LED airfield lighting solution for permanent, temporary and emergency airfield applications. As the latest generation in Carmanah’s line of aviation lighting fixtures, the Model A704-5 offers a range of new features and capabilities:

  • Improved performance and functionality for permanent, portable and emergency airfield lighting applications
  • Revolutionary new lens design with unprecedented efficiency, increased vertical divergence and improved performance
  • Optional wireless control of any number of A704-5 fixtures from the ground or the air (pilot-activated lighting) using 256-bit encrypted 900 MHz RF signal
    • Control range of up to 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)
    • Handheld wireless controller also features serial interface external connector for VHF receiver for longer range communications
    • Groups of lights can be created and each group controlled independently (for multiple runway/taxiway applications)
  • Integrated push-button manual switch for quick, hands-on control of critical lighting functions and diagnostics
  • LED output capable of meeting FAA and ICAO lighting standards
  • Can be programmed to switch between visible or infrared LED light output (optional feature for defense applications)
  • User-controlled night or day operation (ie: foggy or low-visibility conditions)
  • External power capability (military-spec connector)
    • Enables AC/DC charging capability for long-term storage and trailer transport situations
    • Enables AC/DC continuous operating capabilities for extreme weather conditions and/or poor solar environments
    • Enables the connection of external solar panels for regions with poor solar conditions or when brighter LED output is required
  • Proprietary MICROSOURCE® technology now includes Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) for more efficient solar charging
  • More powerful battery system enabling up to 600 hours of operating autonomy without additional charging
  • New integrated carry handle for easy transport
  • Can now be ordered in aviation yellow (civilian applications) or olive drab green (defense applications)

For more information about the A704-5 or Carmanah’s other unique solar-powered LED airfield lighting solutions, please visit or contact the Aviation Lighting Division at:

Toll-free: 1-877-722-8877 (USA and Canada)

Worldwide: +1 (250) 380-0052

Fax: +1 (250) 380-0062



About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in energy-efficient technologies. The Company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar-powered LED lighting, solar power systems & equipment and LED-illuminated signage.

Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has branch offices and/or sales representation in 11 cities across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is one of the world’s premier suppliers of energy-efficient products.

The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the TSX under the symbol “CMH” and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol “QCX“. For more information, please visit