Flying just got better with the new SCHOTT® Jade Reading Light for the Aviation Market. Jade is a pioneer: the first reading light ever operated by touch-technology and made of glass – offering an unforgettable passenger experience. It is finally time to discover the magic of light and glass above the clouds.

“With our latest innovation, we pushed the boundaries of modern aviation reading lights to take on a new level of design and functionality – and the market is excited. Feedback has been extremely positive”, says Philip Fischer, Sales Director Aviation/Automotive at SCHOTT. The Jade Reading Light is interesting for a large number of decision-makers in the aviation industry: it offers benefits for airlines, seat manufacturers and passengers alike. After the launch of the SCHOTT® Opal and Sapphire Reading Lights in 2019, Jade marks the third product in the ‘Jewels in the Sky’ Series.

Passengers are going to love what they see

Air travelers will encounter a reading light that is ultra-modern in its appeal to both optical and haptic aesthetics: the sleek, thin light boasts a clean, smooth surface. The innovative use of touch technology lets passengers interact with the reading light intuitively, just like with their smart device: it gives users precise control and a direct response. Passengers will love to create their own comfort zone: soak it in light for reading and working, or create a private mood for relaxing and dozing. This experience is reinforced by the integrated ambient light in form of a subtle halo.

Intuitive touch: works like magic. Photo: SCHOTT.
Beautiful reading light with integrated ambient halo. Photo: SCHOTT.

Unlimited design options for airlines and seat manufacturers

Superseding metal as the classical casing material, the homogeneous glass cover offers several advantages: the tempered safety glass is robust, scratch-resistant and shatterproof. The SCHOTT® Jade Reading Light abandons technical components such as joints, arms and angles, relying instead on a smooth glass surface to impress with its elegant design. It resembles an artist’s canvas where design creativity is endless: from standard or metallic RAL colors to imitations of stone, fabric or ornaments, any customized decor can be printed, even 3D-effects can be added to the appearance. “This enables designers to integrate the reading light into any overall seat or cabin design”, Fischer adds.

Ben Rowan, Director at PriestmanGoode says: “Working alongside the experts at Schott, we were able to create the first touch-controlled screen reading light for the aviation market. Jade reflects a design language that passengers are familiar with, resulting in a product that is intuitive to use. It’s not just a beautiful design solution, it’s also a hyper-practical one: Jade has no moving parts, making it a much more reliable product for airlines and operators. It’s highly customizable, which means it brings an added opportunity for airlines to add a unique branded element in the cabin interiors.”

Multiple possibilities for designers. Photo: SCHOTT.
Completely customizable: unlimited design options. Photo: PriestmanGoode.

More safety, less maintenance and repair

The SCHOTT® Jade Reading Light is virtually unbreakable, meaning that user safety goes up and maintenance for the airline becomes close to obsolete. The monolithic glass surface replaces rotating and tilting parts; therefore, many of the traditional triggers for defects are simply no longer there. This lowers maintenance efforts and reduces repairs by up to 90%, leading to immense savings in time and money for the operator. The new reading light is also extremely easy and effective to clean: one wipe over the surface is enough.

What is more: since the lamps are not mechanically adjustable, there is no need to rotate and tilt them back to the “original position” for the next boarding process. Instead, the reading lights can be integrated into the cabin management system and thus, the lighting for boarding is electronically set back to the requirements defined by the airline. The integrated ambient light can be linked to the general cabin lighting system and integrated into overall mood lighting scenarios.

Technological revolution

Jade is based on a clever combination of modern capacitive touch technology and SCHOTT’s long standing expertise in fiber optics and LED technology. Instead of relying on bulky optical lenses for light transport, this product powers thin fiber optic light guides with white LEDs. Thanks to the spatial separation of LED and light guides as well as the flexibility of fiber optics, Jade boasts a compact design of 0.5’’ installation depth, allowing for a strong integration into the seat and offering easy front installation and deinstallation.

The magic of glass and light

With its latest innovation, SCHOTT pushes the boundaries of modern aviation reading lights to a new level. Living up to its claim “perfect lighting, perfect atmosphere”, the specialty glass and lighting expert once again brings the advantages of glass to aviation interior lighting, creating stunning, yet safe and aviation compliant products. “The result is a fascinating illumination experience, enabled by a reading light as incredibly beautiful and durable as any we have made”, Fischer adds.

March 11, 2020


Dr. Haike Frank
Lighting & Imaging