Shining a Spotlight on LED Efficiency

Naval Power & Force Projection published ADS Market Director Mark Libonate's article on how the U.S. Navy’s adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) technology aboard its fleet vessels is paying dividends in energy and cost-saving, both in port and on deployment.

According to the Commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), energy bills are the single largest cost for on-shore Navy installations. At one time, they made up 28 percent of the overall shore side budget.

Since the Navy first installed LEDs on ships in 2007, more than 125 ships and submarines—almost half of the fleet—have been outfitted with more than 500,000 LED products.

Fluorescent bulbs require a replacement every two to three weeks, whereas this LED lightbulb that we have implemented allows us to plug and play and just leave it in that fixture for three to four years without ever having to replace it or do any followup maintenance.
-Lieutenant Zachary Wardelman in a recent Navy press release
Mark Libonate, P.E., CEM
  • ADS Inc. Market Director
  • Former Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic

Mark Libonate joined ADS in 2014 and is responsible for the execution of strategic company initiatives and implementation into the market teams. Prior to joining ADS, he served in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer. His Naval career highlights include serving as Chief of Staff, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and three command tours: NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 and Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 302. Libonate is a Professional Engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and earned a M.S.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy.