If you’ve spent any time in an enlisted berth — outside of gilded officer country — then you know it’s kind of a dive. This despite the XO’s best efforts. For sailors, it’s really the little things that matter: A TV that works, working showers, a working berthing iron that isn’t caked with burnt starch and an ironing board that doesn’t look like somebody was body-slammed onto it (even though somebody was probably body-slammed onto it).
Now a company has come up with another gadget to make berthing life better: a re-invented rack light. Lighting company Energy Focus removed the fluorescent bulb and replaced it with an LED light. No more flickering or that annoying humming noise fluorescent lights make. It also lasts up to 50,000 hours and consumes way less energy than the old lamps.
Even cooler: An optional USB outlet where you can charge your phone or iPad. Energy Focus executive Merl Toyer said this is the most popular feature with sailors. It would also be helpful if Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike Stevens gets his tablet initiative into the fleet. (Read more about that here.)
Toyer said there are about 1,000 of these new rack lamp fixtures in the fleet today, so if you are one of the lucky ones, drop us a line and let us know what you think of it. All in all, it looks like it could be a nifty upgrade for sailors, even if it’s not a luxury item.