A Spectrally Dynamic Berth Light for Active Circadian Cycle Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20246
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0818
Amount: $749,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-055
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-06-14
Small Business Information
32000 Aurora Road, Solon, OH, 44139
DUNS: 173823345
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Buelow
 Chief Financial Officer
 (440) 715-1251
 rbuelow@efoi.com
Business Contact
 Nicholas Berchtold
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (440) 715-1255
Email: nberchtold@efoi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A significant amount of personal injury and property damage as well as lost productivity could be avoided by speeding up the body’s adjustment cycle to new circadian schedules or re-synchronizing body schedules that have slipped or advanced. For the military, this problem is especially acute because the warfighters’ duties include dangerous equipment and a need for 24-hour operational readiness. The current navy submarine berth light is inadequate and often detrimental for circadian management. Like many fixtures, the control is limited to ‘dumb’ on/off of the white light. The white light does not accomplish the circadian resetting avoidance that amber light does, while darkness does not provide any illumination for near-sleep or relaxing activities in the berth. The white light does not maximize circadian resetting upon waking as much of the energy is circadian spectrally ineffective and the brightness is often overwhelming, while darkness is obviously even less effective. The full on or full off does not provide smooth transitions between states, and the lamp cannot turn itself on/off independently after being programmed to do so by the user. The technical problem being addressed is how best to use a berth light to positively impact navy submariners’ circadian cycles.

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