When Saunders-Roe was acquired by Westland Helicopters (now part of AgustaWestland, producer of the well-known WAH-64 Apache helicopter), the Betalight production was made independent under the name SRBT (Saunders-Roe Betalight Technology).
Betalight b.v. provides gaseous tritium light sources (GTLS) and gaseous tritium light devices (GTLD), which do not require batteries, bulbs, or any form of electrical power to operate.
Betalights have a continuous service life of ten to 15 years and can be recycled or disposed of with ease when they expire. They are used in various military capacities including pistol sights, military watches and compasses and can be deployed in extreme environmental conditions.
The company’s products and services are divided into:
• Raw light sources
• Tactical devices
• Safety signs
Continuous lights sources for use in military environments
Betalights are a sealed glass capsule internally coated with a phosphorescent powder filled with tritium gas, which produces a continuous light. Their rugged design and steadfast reliability in all environments makes them an ideal solution for a variety of military demands.
Light sources can be produced in straight tubes, disks or spheres. Sizes vary from 0.3mm in diameter and 1.3mm in length up to disks of 90mm in diameter and tubes of 200mm in length. They require no maintenance, are water resistant, and can operate in temperatures ranging from -60°C to 80°C.
Betalights can be used in virtually all areas where a lamp is required, including in hazardous surroundings. The unit emits a cold, clear light without the need for electricity, making it a safe choice with no risks of fire or sparks.
Tactical torches for use in challenging missions
Betalight’s product line consists of a wide range of tactical devices, each supported by a detailed, technical data sheet and identifiable by a Nato stock number. Products include self-luminous torches and watches, as well as soldier’s personal illuminators (SPI).
The company’s self-luminous torch is a compact, lightweight device with a reliable and secure illumination that does not affect night-vision. The hand bearing compass emits a constant and safe light source, preserving night-sight and ensuring readings can be taken quickly in partial or complete darkness.
The soldier’s personal illuminator (SPI) is a lightweight, compact device specially designed for use in multiple scenarios. It can be used as a torch, map-reader, personnel marker, route marker, and aiming post, enabling the establishment and maintenance of covert infantry and artillery weapon alignment in darkness.
Betalight’s self-luminous watches are a practical choice due to their ease of use, outstanding reliability, and impressive lifespan of up to 15 years.
Durable safety signs and markers for emergency equipment
Betalight’s Betalux range offers an innovative solution for signage demands and provides one of the most energy-efficient products currently on the market. Betalux is redefining the emergency signage sector with its adaptable, tough and long-lasting design.
The company’s self-luminous products meet all necessary ﬁre and building codes and are suitable for use in any location. They are designed to be rugged durable, and able to withstand the most challenging of conditions. Betalux safety signs are entirely maintenance free, generate no heat and can be used in hazardous atmospheres.
The signs can be used on buildings, parking garages, and non-electriﬁed locations, as well as offshore and underground construction projects.
Recycling and disposal of tritium light sources and other radioactive material
Tritium is a radioactive type of hydrogen. It is a naturally occurring isotope found in small traces in groundwater around the world. The Betalight technology was developed by the British MoD for applications in air travel, with original designs including helicopter rotor-tip markers, directional markers, exit signage, and in-flight refuelling markers.
Betalight’s aim is to make the process of recycling and disposal of tritium light sources or devices fast and easy. Time-expired betalights will be removed for proper recycling or refurbishment, with new lights manufactured and installed if required.
The company also has access to international disposal and recycling routes for most types of radioactive material. The complex nature of radioactive material recycling means that many companies need assistance during the disposal or recycling process. Betalight has the knowledge to advise and support you through this process.
Some examples of radioactive materials include:
• DU metal
• Uranium compounds (e.g. Uranyl nitrate)
• Thorium compounds (e.g. Thorium nitrate)
• Am-241, Am-241/Be, Cs-137
• Kr-85 sealed sources
• High active Co-60 sources