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The benefits of a self-igniting lifebuoy light

Posted by Nicky Smol on August 1, 2023 in Other news

The T-ISS Lifebuoy Light is a self-igniting lifebuoy light that lights up when it comes in contact with water. This feature of lifebuoy lights offers great advantages over manual lights by:


  • providing immediate activation
  • enhancing reliability
  • minimizing user error
  • optimizing crew focus on safety
  • conserving battery power
  • facilitating compliance with international safety standards.


What are the requirements?

Self-igniting lifebuoy lights must meet the specific SOLAS requirements outlined in Chapter III, Regulation 7, and Resolution A.760(18). These requirements include aspects related to design, construction, testing, and certification. Our T-ISS LifeBuoy lights meets all these requirements, and also complies with IMO /SOLAS MSC 81(70).


How many lifebuoy lights do I need on my vessel?

The number of lifebuoy lights required on a vessel depends on several factors, including the vessel’s size, type, and the applicable regulations and standards. When it comes to the number of lifebuoys on a vessel, SOLAS mandates that vessels must have enough lifebuoys to accommodate all persons on board. The number of lifebuoys should be sufficient to provide one for each person, and additional lifebuoys may be required for use as backup or reserve units. But does each lifebuoy need its own lifebuoy light?

According to SOLAS requirements, ‘Not less than one half of the total number of lifebuoys shall be provided with lifebuoy self-igniting lights complying with the requirements of paragraph 2.1.2 of the Code…’.


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What are the advantages of a lithium battery in a lifebuoy light?

The use of a lithium battery in a self-igniting lifebuoy light offers several significant advantages, making it the preferred power source for this critical maritime safety device. Some of the key advantages include:


  • High Energy Density: Lithium batteries can store more energy in a compact, lightweight package, providing long-lasting power.
  • Stable Voltage Output: Lithium batteries in a self-igniting lifebuoy light maintain a steady voltage for consistent and reliable performance.
  • Durability and Resistance: The battery can withstand harsh marine conditions, ensuring functionality in adverse weather.
  • Lightweight and Compact: Ideal for easy integration and attachment without adding bulk.
  • Long Service Life: Lasts through numerous cycles, reducing the need for frequent replacements.