About

Before you can fully appreciate and understand the value of nightPlow you have to know its creators Protobox LLC. Protobox LLC is an innovative engineering firm located directly across from the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. We design, develop and manufacture Research & Development Flight Simulators, Visual Display Systems, Custom Circuit Boards, and LED and Solar Lighting Solutions. We have completed over 90 projects (DOD and Commercially) since our inception in 2000.

We have also been awarded several Small Business Innovative Research projects from the Air Force and Navy during this time. Our commercial customers include local companies such as Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio and national firms such as Northrup Grumman. We currently provide engineering and technical support to the Air Force Research Laboratories Aerospace Vehicle Technology and Assessment Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB.

The Protobox facility is comprised of hardware and software engineering offices, a prototyping machine shop (includes a CNC machine, mill, shear, etc.), an electronics development and custom circuit board production laboratory (includes automated SMT electronic component pick and place machine and oven), light laboratory, and a research simulator. The facility has approximately 15,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, and laboratory space.

 

What is the nightPLOW?

Protobox LLC has designed a unique portable Solar Field LED Light known as the nightPLOW (Portable Light on Wheels), that is powered exclusively by solar energy. The nightPLOW is a completely self-contained unit, built upon a compact lightweight aluminum trailer, and designed for easy storage and transportation. The nightPLOW has a very small footprint allowing the unit to be stored and transported on commercially available pallets. At about 800 lbs. total weight, it can be towed by any vehicle including ATV type vehicles.

A configurable control unit ensures the solar field light can be deployed to maximize solar exposure, energy capture, and be easily configured to utilize optional capabilities anywhere in the world. The nightPLOW exploits the latest technology and uses high efficiency and intensity LED lights with a life expectancy of over 50,000 hours. Additionally, because the solar panels have a life expectancy of over 20 years, the only components that will require replacement during the lifespan of the entire unit are the batteries.

The nightPLOW can be modified to incorporate other options such as a High Definition (HD) camera and/or infrared light. The HD camera and infrared light have been designed to operate together as an optional “STEALTH” package mode while the LED lights are turned off. The nightPLOW can be setup by two individuals in less than 10 minutes and doesn’t require any tools.

With the continuing emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint, green requirements, increasing fuel costs, and ongoing conflicts and tensions in the world, the time for a nightPLOW type solution has arrived. With defense applications abroad and domestic impacts here at home (hurricane Sandy), the use of the nightPLOW solar field light has the capability to dramatically reduce domestic and foreign spending on fossil fuels and provide remote and emergency lighting when needed.

 

Protobox LLC

Protobox LLC is an innovative engineering firm located directly across from the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. We design, develop and manufacture Research & Development (R&D) flight simulators, visual display systems, custom circuit boards, and LED and solar lighting solutions. We have completed over 90 projects (DoD and commercially) since our inception in 2000.

We have also been awarded several Small Business Innovative Research projects from the Air Force and Navy during this time. Our commercial customers include local companies such as Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney, Ohio and national firms such as Northrup Grumman. We currently provide engineering and technical support to the Air Force Research Laboratories Aerospace Vehicle Technology and Assessment Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB.

The Protobox facility is comprised of hardware and software engineering offices, a prototyping machine shop (includes a CNC machine, mill, shear, etc.), an electronics development and small quantity circuit board production laboratory (includes automated SMT electronic component pick and place machine and oven), light laboratory, and a research simulator. The facility has approximately 15,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, and laboratory space.