When Apple computers released the first Macbook with a backlit keyboard, consumers went wild. Such a simple design perk had a remarkable effect on the sale of Macbooks and how they were used. Needless to say, the backlighting was a crucial feature for anyone who wanted to use a computer in the dark and today the same is true for silicone keypads in many industries. No matter what your keypad application, an effective keypad will be backlit and easily used in dim lighting.


You have probably been on a flight and noticed that cabin lights are dimmed after take off, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? According to United Airlines captain Meryl Getline, it’s actually a safety precaution. “In the event it becomes necessary to evacuate the airplane, your eyes are already adjusted. Otherwise, it takes at least several seconds to go from bright light to being able to see in the dark” says the captain. With this in mind, backlit keyboards are an absolute must for aeronautic application of all kinds. With many flights operated at night and in the dark, being able to choose the right button on a keypad or control switch is crucial.


In the Medical field, backlit keypads also play a very important role in safety. When doctors and nurses are operating medical devices, nothing should be left to chance. Being able to clearly identify the proper symbols on a keypad could mean the difference between life and death in a medical emergency. With backlighting, keypads are easily operated in any type of light.


Cruising down the highway at 70mph on a rainy evening is not the time to search for the windshield wiper button. Luckily, with backlit key components, you’ll be able to keep your eyes focused on the road. Backlit keypads are crucial in the automotive industry from operation of vehicles, to repair and maintenance, and manufacturing. With so many unique keypad components used in the auto industry, backlighting gives users the accuracy to press the right button at the right time.

From color, to backlighting, and more, we SiTECH can create a keypad that fits seamlessly into the final product. We use a unique injection molding process with Dow and GE Silicones. This combination of technology and quality offers you a competitive domestic supplier of custom keypads and other silicone rubber products. Looking for more information on quality backlit keypads? Contact SiTECH today at 757-887-8488.