STG, specialist in LED cabin lighting, unveils the Universal Lighting family – Runway Girl


STG Aerospace, a longtime manufacturer of LED cabin lighting and emergency ground marking technology for airplanes, has remained busy with modernization projects this year, even as the COVID-19 crisis continues to hit aviation.

Many planes are change hands amid the pandemic, and aging planes from Western Europe are moving to operators from Eastern Europe. This creates opportunities for UK-headquartered STG to help carriers upgrade their cabins with its cost-effective LED ambient lighting retrofit solutions, including the company’s programmable blue / white system for the Boeing 737 and 757 jets, and its color configurable system for Airbus. A320, A330 and A340 families.

Modifying an entire aircraft with STG’s liTeMood branded plug-and-play units can be accomplished overnight in a routine.

“[T]The whole cabin is completely transformed and if the airline doesn’t like it or wants to change the colors, they can do it on the plane in 20 minutes. This gives you modularity and harmonizes older aircraft with the latest deliveries from Airbus and Boeing, ”said Pierre Michard, Director of the Electrical Products Business Unit at STG.

“A typical customer for us would have a mixed fleet of Airbus A320neo and classics and we would modernize older aircraft to match this new fleet and provide a cohesive passenger experience. “

STG’s liTeMood LED lighting for the 737, meanwhile, can match the exact color of the modernized Boeing Sky Interior, he said. In short, mood lighting can be a quick and easy way to avoid vanilla PaxEx.

The installation of liTeMood is considered a minor change for aircraft. As such, the vast majority of aircraft rental companies do not ask to remove the system when an already equipped aircraft moves to another operator, Michard told Runway Girl Network.

“We generally see the plane transition as an opportunity to engage with the next airline because [liTeMood] can be reprogrammed or reconfigured without any hardware removal, ”he said, noting that liTeMood allows airlines to put their own branding on a cabin without even having to change the carpet or seat covers.

The end result is that STG “had a pretty decent year 2021” and is even recruiting again, giving future employees the option of a hybrid structure that doesn’t require them to be on site 100% of the time. “We embraced hybrid work from the start, and it has helped us attract new talent, especially the younger generation who embrace quality of life,” said the STG leader.

Building on its extensive experience in modernizing liTeMood on Airbus and Boeing aircraft, STG is now preparing to unveil a new platform-independent Universal Lighting product family that, in effect, segments a lighting system.

Each segment is able to behave independently in terms of intensity and color transition, allowing operators to have multiple dynamic lighting profiles and scenarios, including in different cabin classes. Thus, airlines can provide a more personalized experience for passengers without requiring major modifications to the aircraft.


Unlike its liTeMood modernization work, the focus of what STG does with Universal Lighting is “very market driven level 1” and includes both Buyer Supplied Equipment (BFE) and Equipment Supplied by the supplier (SFE). Universal Lighting is “primarily intended for equipment manufacturers and integrators of monument interiors,” noted Michard.

The first member of the Universal Lighting family is already available today, but the full suite – and more details – will be unveiled at next year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

The Universal Lighting family “is perfect” to address long-haul narrow-body trends, says Michard. Even in high density settings, “you can still have all that dynamic lighting to deliver a premium experience.”

Universal Lighting also has applications for business jets as it is platform independent. Image: STG Aeronautics

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All images credited to STG Aerospace


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