LED DELIVERS ON ITS PROMISES
ING LIGHT ING
Back in the day, when LEDs were first introduced into lighting, we were promised
exciting new form factors and applications. We were told we were at the start of a
design revolution. We were told that light would be incorporated into furniture,
clothing and architecture in ways that we hadn’t seen before. We were told that
luminaires would be completely unlike anything we had ever seen before.
And while the design revolution didn’t happen as quickly or as dramatically as many
designers would have liked, it’s fair to say that today there is a whole new cohort
of striking lighting instruments, which simply wouldn’t have been possible with
traditional fluorescent and halogen technologies.
The Coelux artificial skylights is a great example. This sensational product – a
marriage of nanotechnology and modern LED know-how – is a signpost to a future
where artificial lighting seamlessly integrates and complements daylight to make
spaces feel natural and satisfying.
Another product – which appears simple at first glance – is the Garda from British
manufacturer DW Windsor: a stainless steel handrail with integrated LEDs. At once,
this product declutters stairwells, passage ways and ramps and better still, puts light
exactly where it’s needed.
The linear LED lighting products are a step-change too. Once it was difficult to do
long lines of uniform light. Fluorescent lamps had maintenance issues and, without
careful engineering at the abutments of lamps, had gaps in illumination. Cold
cathode was expensive and difficult to install. Xenon was energy-hungry and, with
its fixed warm colour temperature, inappropriate for commercial applications. Here
LEDs have created a whole new product class.
And, at last, we have a wave of new form factors – by turns playful, whimsical,
sculptural and austerely functional – that reinvent and reinterpret the conventional
forms of pendants, wallwashers and decorative lights.
All in all, designers now have an unprecedented array of lighting equipment to
create exciting interiors and exteriors for their clients.
This special supplement to Lighting magazine is designed to highlight and celebrate
those manufacturers who are innovating with the latest materials, electronics and
solid-state sources to create these unique pieces. We think we have brought together
a diverse array of fixtures that represent the state of a market in 2017. We hope you
find our selection useful and inspirational.
Ray Molony, Publisher,
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