Candu is honored to have been selected as the Sponsor to provide specialized high- altitude lighting for Xtreme Everest 2, the largest high-altitude research study of its kind ever undertaken. The donation of our fully integrated RedBird LED linear lighting systems brilliantly illuminated the research team’s experimental labs and medical facilities.

Through March-April, 2013, in the rarified atmosphere of Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet above sea level, a vapor-tight housing permitted the lamps to perform at peak performance levels during critical operations that are central to the expedition.

"The installation of the CanDu, RedBird LED lights in the laboratories at Everest Base Camp has revolutionized how we conduct business at high altitude (5364m). The minimum draw on a tightly controlled power distribution has been essential to delivering power to critical medical equipment and maintaining fuel efficiency in this harshest of environments. The lighting has enabled around the clock medical treatment to take place, delicate laboratory work and operations including medical biopsies, where clinical grade lighting is required. We are delighted to have Candu, RedBird LED lighting providing power to the worlds highest and most unique laboratory."

James Carroll
Xtreme Everest 2 Expedition Manager

In the UK one-in-five will end up in intensive care at some point in life. Of those, 40% will die. Despite intensive care being one of the most sophisticated areas of hospital care, even now, in the 21st century, there is still limited understanding of why some people survive and some die. Hypoxia - lack of oxygen reaching the body's vital organs - is a common problem for patients in an intensive care unit.

Xtreme Everest is a dedicated team of intensive-care doctors, nurses and scientists. They conduct experiments on themselves and other volunteers at high altitude in order to develop novel therapies to improve the survival rates of their patients. Because it is very difficult to study patients in intensive care units, not least because they are so ill, the team volunteer themselves as subjects.

In order to simulate the critical conditions of intensive care, the team went to Everest, the world's highest mountain, in 2007. The oxygen levels on the summit are a third of those at sea level - similar to those experienced by patients in intensive care. The team even performed tests on themselves in the "Death Zone" (at an altitude where there is barely enough oxygen to support life). In addition, 208 volunteer subjects joined the 2007 expedition, trekking to Everest Base Camp so that they could provide invaluable data about how they adapted to the low levels of oxygen found at this altitude.

Intensive care represents the knife edge between life and death. Extreme illnesses require cutting edge research to provide solutions. Xtreme Everest is a not-for-profit organization, led by doctors and scientists from University College London (UCL), University of Southampton and Duke University in the United States, conducting this innovative, cutting edge research

We believe that Xtreme Everest 2 exemplifies The CanDu Spirit at its highest level.

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