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Ingo Schaer

 

 

In the interview, Andreas Steng, Managing Director of Steng Licht, and Professor Wulf Schneider explain the creative process of the LED lighting system Combilight and its many applications.

 

 

Combilight

Combilight

 

Emotional light of the highest quality: Optional warm color filter allow very pleasant mood lighting in the living area.
Mr. Steng, you presented the new product series Combilight at the Light&Building 2014 exhibition. The LED lamp series was designed by Professor Wulf Schneider. How did the collaboration start?

 

 

Andreas Steng: Mr. Schneider approached us or rather my father. The two have known each other for a long time. Mr. Schneider presented his first prototype of Combilight in 2012. We were immediately impressed by the design, and have, if I remember correctly, decided at the first meeting that we wanted to do that.

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: I have known the father of Mr. Steng for around twenty years. Our design office was previously primarily involved in furniture design. But now we also make stoves and the like. It has always appealed to me to do something with light, to design a lighting system.

 

 

From the first appointment to the finished product line – how long did it take until you perfected Combilight?

 

 

Andreas Steng: The base was conceptually designed by Mr. Schneider. I still have the draft that Mr. Schneider presented at that time on my desk. In general, it still looks the same today as when it was presented back then. Overall, we have worked a little more than a year on the product – which was a very intense time for such a comprehensive product line. Combilight is certainly the most tedious and cost expensive product in the history of Steng. Since we were convinced of the success of the system, we were happy to invest in the development.

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: The office of design concepts that I manage always creates a new product with people in mind. The purpose of Combilight is to give light planners and architects a tool they can use to realize their lighting design even better. The system can cover a variety of topics in a project.

 

 

Steng Combilight

Steng Combilight

 

 

Translucency and an independent form language characterize the LED lighting system Combilight from Steng Licht. In addition to the suspended version the right product variant is available for all uses.

 

 

Professor Schneider, you worked with light in the past. You were honored with the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany for your light furniture.

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: Yes, the light furniture was a sensation at the time, since something like this did not exist back then. LEDs were fairly unknown at that time and were merely used in the technical field, for example as back lights or traffic lights. We used the new medium to light furniture.

 

Andreas Steng: The LED technology currently goes through an immense change that has certainly not existed before. Today we have nearly 100 LED lighting fixtures in the project area. This extreme change opens many opportunities for a business, but poses many dangers as well. About five years ago LEDs did not have the quality of light – with regards to the issue of light color consistency and color reproduction – that we imagine. That is also the reason why we got involved with the topic at a relatively late time.

 

 

Meanwhile, LEDs do not only provide an excellent light output, but also a good light quality. We have presented several products for LED in 2012, which are still very successful. But with Combilight we have introduced a complete LED lighting family to the market during the trade show. Thanks to the different versions as ceiling, wall, floor, pendant and rail light, the series can accommodate a variety of applications – from the living room and office as well as hotel areas and museums.

 

Has the modern LED technology in the development of Combilight opened opportunities which conventional light sources would not have offered?

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: When I devoted myself again to the theme of light, I definitely wanted to do something in conjunction with LED. Because it is obviously a great thing using a new technology and therefore being able to implement completely new qualities: first of all the economy of the lighting device, but on the other hand the ease of use, because the bulb is so small. Thus, the basic conditions were present, to design a system that is very easy to use and can be combined with other devices. This would not have been possible with a light bulb or halogen technology.

 

Andreas Steng: Not in these dimensions and not with this efficiency. I think that’s the most important thing with regards to LED technology: that you can retrofit all the products, to make them more efficient. You can install a LED light source instead of a halogen lamp. But actually new products need to be designed for LED.

 

So Combilight was designed from the ground up specifically for the new LED technology?

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: Yes, it was important to us to design small, translucent, low-cost lamps with the new power-saving technology, whose light color and brightness should be adjustable. The lights should be able to be used in various application and should be esthetically approachable. Cold LED light is a thing of the past.

 

Andreas Steng: Technically Combilight is characterized by its particularly high unit efficiency: The 19-W Downlight for example has a mounting depth of only 42 mm. Something like this is hardly available on the market. I am not aware of any other product like that. This performance is achieved by the patented structural design of the LED individual modules. Through the use of warm white and extra warm white filters Combilight can be used in all housing situations and can be customized. The system is extremely flexible and offers an almost infinite number of combinations and applications.

 

 

Looking at it from the outside, the lighting system is particularly light, almost weightless.

 

Andreas Steng: For this reason we were working for the first time with acrylic, a material with which we had no previous experience. After we had tried a few things, it was clear that not only the cylinder should be made out of acrylic, but the whole package. We wanted to avoid a mix of materials. It was a process, and we had manufactured many prototypes until we found the perfect solution. It was about the smallest details, which are giving Combilight today’s value. The result is a translucent LED module that is completely new and unique.

 

 

Steng Light

Steng Light

Professor Wulf Schneider: Autonomy – that’s it, what distinguishes good design and architecture. A retirement home, a kindergarten, an office building and an industrial plant are basically being built in the same style these days in Germany. And that can not be right. When designing, it is important to reach an independently certificate of things. Combilight is the result of such an attitude.

 

As individually as the selectable options are as individually are the people Combilight has been designed for. In your book “Sense and Non-sense” you have explained your theory of “Human Design”. Is it this design standard by which one achieves human design?

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: If we make a new product, we constantly ask ourselves how the communication between the product and the user is being created. Factors such as the color effect, the lighting mood and the material play together and influence the human senses, so he decides within fractions of a second: “I like this”, or “I find that ugly.”

 

At the Light&Building exhibition you have not only presented the new product series Combilight. You have also used the exhibition to showcase the company Steng Licht in a new light. Why the new corporate identity?

 

 

Andreas Steng: Because it was the right time for us – everything was perfect. Many things have developed in the right direction in 2013, and how it sometimes happens, one thing added on to another. Moreover, my father retired from the company in the late summer of this year. All in all, it was the optimal time for a new beginning.

 

 

Downlight

Downlight

 

The downlight is ideally suited for homogeneous illumination of private and public spaces. In addition to the 9 version the downlight is available with 2×3 or 1×3 LEDs. The LED modules can be tilted to any angle.

 

You have collaborated with designer Michael Raasch for the new corporate design.

 

 

Andreas Steng: He is mainly responsible for the new logo concept and will continue to give advice related to market branding. With regards to the trade fair, it was important for us to emphasize the new brand identity with a precisely adjusted booth to communicate the changes directly and to be able to make it visible at the fair. The booth design benefited us do to the fact that it was done with Michael Raasch, Professor Wulf Schneider and me as an experienced team. Each contributed his expertise, which ultimately led to success.

 

 

Besides Combilight Steng has expanded its portfolio last summer to include the collection Michael Raasch. The assortment of Steng combines various lighting solutions.

 

Andreas Steng: We already started the development of Combilight in 2012 and have taken over the collection by Michael Raasch in the summer of 2013. Both are extensive, independent product lines that could not be easily integrated into our main catalog. That would not have done justice to the products. Therefore we also developed a new logo concept. In addition to the red logo for our main line, “Light by Steng“, we developed differently colored product line logos for “Michael Raasch by Steng” and “HeringBerlin by Steng”. In addition we have a new product line, “Hotel-Light by Steng”, under which we will present a collection especially for hotel projects in the future.

 

 

Going back to Combilight. There are already some planned additions, such as a bed reading light with an adjustable head, whose light is focused on the book and does not bother your sleeping companion. Sure, there are other ideas on how to adapt Combilight to specific needs ….

 

Professor Wulf Schneider: We are currently working on many program enhancements.

 

 

Andreas Steng: We are not running out of ideas!

 

 

Portrait

 

 

Professor Wulf Schneider

Professor Wulf Schneider

Professor Wulf Schneider studied interior architecture and design, exhibition and assembly contractions at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. He founded the “Office for design concepts” in 1976 in Stuttgart. In 1987 he published the book “Sense and Non-sense”. From 1991 to 2003 Wulf Schneider was professor of Industrial Design at the Technical College in Munich in the Department of Design. He received more than 30 design awards to date.

 

 

Portrait

 

 

Andreas Steng and Michael Raasch

Andreas Steng and Michael Raasch

Andreas Steng took over the General Management of the family company Steng in Stuttgart in the summer of 2014. He manages the company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in the summer of 2011, now in its fourth generation. Along with his father, Peter Steng, he already worked in business administration since 1997.

Ingo Schaer

 

 

They are flexible, pliable and extremely flat: you can not only design groundbreaking lights with OLED modules, you can paper entire rooms and immerse them in a pleasant, uniform light.

 

 

OLED panel

OLED panel

 

 

Perhaps the most striking feature of OLEDs is their low installation height of only a few millimeters. The filigree dimensions open unimagined application possibilities and offer a completely new design scope. In addition, the light tiles allow an extremely soft and homogeneous light image, which was previously not available in this form. In this case the luminosity does not come from a single point, but from the entire surface of each module.

 

 

There are techniques that allow the electrically conductive coloring layers to be applied to other materials with an ink printing method and to seal them afterwards. Due to the miniaturized construction height and the manufacturing processes it is even possible to bend the elements and therefore adjust the shape of the intended use. And all these are only the beginnings of a promising technique that has already been firmly established in some areas.

 

 

Eclat by Blackbody

Eclat by Blackbody

 

A flexible red OLED strip light called Éclat, inspired by ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangements

 

 

OLED and LED in comparison

 

Flat modules, flexible processing capabilities and a uniform light image – OLEDs offer numerous advantages. The fascinating technology currently comes into the focus of manufacturers, and many designers deal with the design possibilities of the new technology. Although OLED technology currently cannot be compared with the success of LED technology, it can be foreseen that the flat lighting modules will become increasingly important in the future.

 

 

Therefore a lot of manufacturers presented numerous groundbreaking designs with OLED modules at the Light&Building exhibition in spring. Not only that, the lighting tiles are becoming flatter, and their luminosity is increasing steadily. While the new technology is still more expensive to produce than LEDs, and also in terms of energy efficiency and life span, OLEDs currently cannot match LEDs in direct comparison. Yet many reputable manufacturers are currently interested in this complex technology and are investing millions and billions in research.

 

Flou lamp by Halla

Flou lamp by Halla

 

The Flou light by Halla illuminates the entire work from homogeneous. Available in various colors.

 

 

The future of light was yesterday

 

Hollywood seems to have known OLEDs for a long time. In Paul Verhoeven’s movie “Total Recall” from the 90s a complete room wall consisted of a single screen. The inhabitants were able to watch different moods or television signals in a realistic natural form. What had to be realized with more complex effect technology at the time can be implemented without any problems today. OLEDs are so flexible that one could even paper a whole apartment with them.

 

 

Just imagine the creative possibilities – a simple video wall would be even the most banal solution – because ultimately wallpaper patterns, colors and surfaces can be simulated and can be changed every second. On the ceiling you could have pleasant and extensive lighting that would make a visible light fixture in a classic style superfluous. The light could be integrated in the room and would redefine the interior completely. Due to the high cost and the relatively low efficiency of such applications, we are still some distance away. But if one considers the roadmaps of manufacturers, these developments will become reality in the long run.

 

OLED tiles

OLED tiles

Gate to a new light technology

 

However, the road has been paved and we are anxious to see what’s coming out on the market in the future. Until then we might encounter OLEDs in other areas more frequently. They are in fact ideal for battery-powered devices such as screens on smart phones, tablets and digital cameras, since they meet high standards of color and detail reproduction. In addition, due to the high contrast, they do not require a backlight – in this area they beat the efficiency of conventional values of LED and LCD displays. Therefore it is not surprising that the first flat-panel displays with this technique are already available. Problems, such as shorter life span and color shifts in the aging process can be compensated by software solutions and will experience virtually daily optimization processes due to the massively driven research.

 

 

The adventure light is awaiting us

 

 

GL350 OLED panels

GL350 OLED panels

 

A helical arrangement of Philips Lighting’s GL350 OLED panels
Although it cannot be predicted entirely yet how quickly and in what form the development of OLED technology will continue to move forward, it is already clear: OLEDs will turn our understanding of light and lighting upside down. The time of the light switch and the associated “yes-no-option” is long gone. In future, we will no longer live out our passion for light by the one-time purchase of lamps only – we will be able to redefine the countless possibilities of modern lighting solutions in our comfort zone daily.

 

 

Therefore the question of “For what?” does not exist yet, because we are not able to estimate the variety of options yet. But what it already implies is, that it promises clearly to become more than just a little gimmick of everyday life.

 

Info

 

This is how OLEDs work

 

OLEDs are composed of a plurality of organic semiconductor layers which are enclosed by two electrodes. At least one of these electrode layers is transparent and therefore allows the light, which is generated in the organic layers, as electrical energy is flowing through, to escape. In order to protect the organic elements from oxygen and moisture, they are additionally encapsulated. This material protection may consist of a laminated glass layer or a resistant lacquer coating. Due to the low installation height (the total thickness of the active layers is approximately 500 nm), the material can theoretically be applied to all forms and bring them to light.

 

 

The energy efficiency is currently significantly below the classic LED, with an average of 50 lm/W, but above the values of general service lamps and halogen lamps. The average life expectancy (the time after which the modules have only about 70% of the initial luminous flux) lies with approximately 10,000 hours of pure value between the two different lighting technologies. The CRI (color rendering Index) may be greater than 80, depending on the composition and can therefore be compared to that of the LED. All performance values were already exceeded by large under laboratory conditions, and therefore prompt improvement of all values for serial production can be expected.

 

Ingo Schaer

 

 

Hans Christian Andersen, the Little Mermaid, Soren Kierkegaard – Denmark has a rich culture. As well as with regards to luminaire design, the land of Lego bricks has plenty to offer.

 

 

Swirl by Le Klint

Swirl by Le Klint

 

 

The screwed shape of the pendant lamp Swirl provides pleasant glare-free light

 

Scandinavian design from the 1950s and 60s is still one of the major influences in European design history and is closely linked to the concept of functionalism. One of the main representatives of the influence are Eero Saarinen, Alvar Alto and Arne Jacobsen. But also contemporary designers are known for their minimalist, stylish designs.

 

 

Designed for a luxury hotel in the 1950s
Arne Jacobsen is still regarded as one of the leading Danish architects and designers. Born in 1902 in Copenhagen, he graduated in 1927 with a degree in architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to his furniture classics “Egg” and “Swan”, his lamp classic “AJ” is mostly known these days. He developed it in the 1950s, when he designed the complete interior of the luxury hotel SAS Royal – the first skyscraper in Copenhagen at that time.

 

 

Even today one can admire the designs of Jacobsen in the hotel: a sample room presents the original establishment of 1950. Jacobsen’s style shows the influence of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. He combined modern design with his love for naturalism and created functional furniture with a clear formal language. In the table lamp “AJ” the head can be pivoted practically and adjusted flexibly. Even after more than fifty years, the lamp still enjoys cultural status. The director Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Jacobsen’s designs that he used pieces of it as a prop in his film “2001: A Space Odysseey”.

 

 

Inspired by the nautilus snail
Another master of Danish design is Poul Henningsen. As a designer he was already in contact with the entrepreneur Louis Poulsen in the 1920s. From then on he developed important designs for the luminaire manufacturer based in Denmark. Among the most successful of its lamps for Louis Poulsen includes the different “PH 5” lights and “Artichoke” from 1958. Henningsen’s work concentrated on creating a glare-free light with a soft shadow casting and a cone of light which can be adjusted.

 

 

PH5 by Poul Henningsen

PH5 by Poul Henningsen

 

Glare-free light due to lowered segments: The PH5 lamp by Poul Henningsen also bears the nickname Artichoke or Cone

 

 

The lampshade of the artichoke is composed of individual segments which are connected via steel struts and arranged in the form of a logarithmic spiral. This mathematical phenomenon, which occurs as equiangular spiral in nature, provides an even light distribution. A sophisticated interplay of light and shadow, structure and mirroring emits diffused, glare-free light.

 

Rescued from the loft
Also in the Danish capital, the design label Normann Copenhagen has its headquarters. The breakthrough for the company, founded in 1999, occurred when they introduced the “Norm 69” by the designer Simon Karkov to the market. Since then, Normann Copenhagen is a flagship store for fashion, light, perfume, design accessories and furnishings – a cool hotspot for fashion shows, art exhibitions and parties.

 

Norm 69

Norm 69

The Norm 69 was designed by Simon Karkov for Norman Copenhagen in 1969. The lamp comes in a kit with 69 parts.

 

 

The number 69 plays an important role in the pendant lamp Norm 69. It is not only a small reminder of the birth year of Simon Karkov (1969), but it also refers to the 69 individual parts, which make up the light. You can assemble them yourself without much effort and without glue. As the source of the draft for his lamp Karkov used nature: “Nature is my constant inspiration. Norm 69 is inspired by flowers and cones. Whenever I have an idea I draw a sketch, which is then converted into a model. “

 

He had tried many materials and production methods until he designed the robust and flexible Norm 69. First his light remained undetected in a loft for many years, until an acquaintance of Karkov encouraged the cooperation with the Danish start-up company Norman Copenhagen. Due to the distribution of the company, the lamp quickly became a worldwide bestseller. Whoever buys this beautiful lamp should have enough time and enthusiasm to assemble a real designer piece himself.

 

Dedicated to a baroque painter

 

Carvaggio by Celilia Manz

Carvaggio by Celilia Manz

 

In addition to black and white available in different shades of gray: Cecilia Manz devoted her lighting series to the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio

 

 

A relatively new star in the Danish sky is the design company Lightyears from the small town Aahus in eastern Denmark. The label presented its first collection in 2005. The lamp series “Caravaggio” by Cecilie Manz has become a classic in only a short time. Named after the Italian Baroque painter, the straight metal lamps create dramatic contrasts between light and dark. The designer Cecilie Manz wanted to express these nuances in the gradation of brightness values in her collection.

 

 

E27 by Muuto

E27 by Muuto

The pendant lamp E27 by Muuto plays with the shape of the bulb. Cable and socket are available in various bright colors

 

She has managed to give the lamps an expression with simple, clear shapes and soft lines. Behind the name Muuto stands a young and ambitious design label, which aims to offer Nordic design at affordable prices. Pendant lights like “E27”, “Plugged” and “Unfold” are known internationally and inspire curiosity with regards to other designs. The label collaborates with young designers such as Louise Campbell and Harri Koskinen for its lighting collections. Benny Frandsen sells his light fixtures under the brand Design by Frandsen Design since 1969. The pendant lamp “Ball” from 1969 is even more popular today with its spherical shape and colorful color variations. Besides a hanging version, the light is available as a wall or table version.

 

Wooden and foldable

 

The Dane Tom Rossau still makes his lamps by hand as of today. He started his first design work, like many of his fellow countrymen, at LEGO. The international breakthrough came with the lamp “TR7”. When designing his wooden lamps he also takes into account the originality of the living material.

 

 

Le Klingt has made a name with foldable lights. In 1944 they developed the paper light “Fruit Lantern”. The founder of the label PV, Jensen Klingt, had the idea of folding lampshades, when he needed a lampshade for his oil lamp. Thus, the foundation for his enterprise was created. The suspension lamp “Joker” by Le Klingt is also well known. It can be easily mounted by hand and unfolds, depending on whether it is in operation or not, like a beautiful flower sculpture. Joker was created in 1970 by Christian Raeder and is now available again in the current Le-Klingt-Collection.

Ingo Schaer

 

 

Flexible working hours making it possible – more and more people are shifting their work to a home office. However, in order to work in your home office in a relaxed and creative atmosphere, you should consider some tips.

 

 

Algoritmo Floor by Artemide

Algoritmo Floor by Artemide

Algoritmo Floor by Artemide is perfect for people who like to re-arrange their office frequently.

 

The lighting of your home office should allow fatigue free work and a pleasant stay. Incident daylight is welcome. It should, however, be adjusted by blinds or curtains as needed. You should align the desk in a ninety degree angle to the window. As tempting as it may be, placing the computer directly in front of a window – the blinding sun might make work on the monitor extremely stressful. Basically, for the lighting of your own office, three luminaire types are available: ceiling, table and floor lamps. In addition, wall and furniture light fixtures are possible, as well as a stylish case lighting displays.

 

Colibri by Emiliana Martinelli

Colibri by Emiliana Martinelli consumes only 3 watts and is therefore particularly economical and environmentally friendly

 

These tend to be optional lamps which may be used according to your mood and are more likely to be conceived as decoration. It is important that all lighting solutions installed in the office will not blind you under any circumstances. This means that they do not distract the eye from the actual screen work and interfere, but rather should act to be supportive. Likewise, no light source should reflect directly on the screen, since this leads to disturbance with regards to the quality of work. And finally, the lighting must be bright enough – and this both during the day and after dark.

 

 

According to guidelines, light distribution in the room should be even without creating shadows and an average illuminance of 500 lux should be used. In order to achieve this, you should consult a lighting designer or interior decorator. Too many factors (the color of the walls and furniture, the ceiling height and floor coverings) have a large influence – therefore it is not easy to make general recommendations. However, if lights fixtures with sufficient light output were chosen for the room and can be dimmed, these requirements are easy to solve. Plan to rather have a few more lumen than too little.

 

 

Discoco by Marset

Discoco by Marset

 

 The Discoco by Marset creates a relaxed atmosphere at the workplace.

  

 

Direct or indirect lighting?
Best is to begin your planning with the so-called general lighting. This is preferably carried out via a ceiling connection. The light used should meet the requirements for home offices. When one thinks of the comfort factor, classic office lamps are definitely the first choice – even though there are now very decorative solutions available. If there is a risk that the ceiling lamp might reflect on the monitor, you should chose a low-glare lamp or a lamp with indirect light.

 

 

Elane by Jakob Timpe

Elane by Jakob Timpe

 

Intricate and flexible clip light: the table lamp Elane by Jakob Timpe has hidden joints that are invisible.

 

 

A torchiere or wall lights are recommended in this case, since they illuminate the home office indirectly. If you are ready for major reconstruction measures and want to change the height of the ceiling, you may consider elegant mounting solutions or cove lighting (obscured radiant light elements between wall and ceiling). In this case you should definitely consult a specialist, because he can plan the light distribution better than you might be able to do. Whatever solution you pick, it should lighten up the room completely without creating any shadows if possible. At the end you should have the feeling to be able to work at all locations in the room without any interruptions.

 

 

Light at Work
Floor or table lamp?
Especially for the workplace, there are floor lamps available, which simultaneously have direct and indirect light. Ideally, one can regulate the light output individually. This type of lighting is preferably placed on the side of the desk. You should chose such a professional floor lamp only if the general illumination from the ceiling light is not possible or not desired. It is quite conceivable that you want to place a pretty designer piece on the ceiling with impaired function to create a decorative look of the room.

Mooove by Senses

Mooove by Senses

 

Mooove by Senses offers maximum agility due to magnetic joints.

 

 

In this case, a floor lamp is definitely recommended. In today’s world, where there is a trend towards a paperless office, a desk lamp is not absolutely necessary. However, if paper work or document review is necessary, an additional light source on the table makes sense. For pure work on the screen good general lighting is sufficient. But often desk lights have a decorative value and are simply part of a desk – just as the pen holder or the family photo.

In this case the desk lamp can be selected based on a purely aesthetic point of view. If you need a classic reading lamp at your workplace, be sure that it can be adjusted as flexibly as possible. It should also illuminate a sufficiently large area on the desk. The so-called architect lights are popular for a reason. They offer maximum adjustability in height and in the positioning of the head. They can also be rotated and can be adjusted individually as needed.

There are quite a few new desk lamp models, which have a modern design and also the appropriate lighting technology and include the functionality of these classics. Nevertheless, a floor lamp can be a better and more comfortable lighting solution in some cases.

 

 

LED or classic lighting technology?
The question of proper lighting for the home office can not be answered generally and without considering the local conditions. It may even be a taste and budget issue at the moment. Quality LED lights are significantly more expensive than products with conventional lighting technology. With regards to potential energy savings, it must be noted that such a purchase in fact only amortizes when used frequently. However, there are many advantages with regards to the use of LED lights in your own office.

 

Modern LED lights offer various control options. In high-quality LED floor lamps that emit direct and indirect light, both elements can be dimmed separately. And of course, the modern design of the LED lights is often quite a buying criterion. No matter what lighting technology you choose – you should not mix different light colors (measured in Kelvin) if possible.

 

 

Kelvin – Which light color for the office?
It is neither beautiful nor pleasant when cold (> 4000 K) and warm light (<3000 K) are simultaneously turned on in a room, because the eye considers this as unpleasant and disturbing. Even if we perceive day light (> 5,000 Kelvin) usually as very pleasant, if you are in your own home, especially in your “comfort zones”, you might rather prefer warm light.

 

 

It is different in the office. Cold light is rather recommended, in order to prevent you from getting tired too early. Likewise, an illumination with day light like temperature is recommended, depending on the activity in the office. Whenever it is necessary to define or compare colors, a light source with a so-called full-spectrum lamp should be used. This simulates sunlight and tries to map the existing color range as evenly as possible. Consultation with a professional planner is recommended for such solutions to create a comprehensive and user-related lighting concept.

Ingo Schaer

 

 

Cutting, sizzling, flavoring, enjoy – the kitchen is now more than ever the center of the house. In order to have the right light for cooking and eating, you should consider the following aspects when planning your kitchen.

 

 

The kitchen is nowadays a meeting place for family and friends. Here you can jointly conjure up dishes or you can enjoy a relaxing aperitif before dinner. The family likes to gather in the kitchen for games, crafts or reading. Thus, in order for the kitchen to do justice to all these different situations, a sophisticated lighting concept is required.

 

101 XL

101 XL

 

The 101 XL is classic and modern at the same time

 

 

In spacious eat-in kitchens the cooking area is often directly connected to the living room or dining area. Thus, the guests or the whole family can be part of the action. In addition, the cook does not have to work by him/herself, but can simultaneously chat with the guests. Modern kitchens are multifunctional rooms in which practical and aesthetic requirements need to be combined: While the guests look expectantly at the steaming pots, the cook needs a good cooking light for cutting, seasonings and serving.
The next morning the kitchen becomes a simple coffee bar or dining room again. Yet, here as well, every kitchen, which also serves as entertainment area, needs to fulfill certain demands with regards to design. High-quality equipment and furniture should be put in perspective.

 

 

Proper lighting for stove and work areas

 

 

When planning your kitchen lighting it is advisable to think about the function of the lighting first and add decorative lights later. In any case you should make sure that there is enough basic brightness in the room. Ceiling lights or downlights are perfect. If you have not planned cutouts for recessed lighting in the ceiling while planning your house, suspended ceiling lights or wall floodlights are just as practicable. The greatest flexibility can be reached by a bus bar systems, where you can install your lights flexible and movable.

Concert P3

Concert P3

 

 

 

Organic design in pure white emits pleasant and glare-free light from Concert P3

 

However, a specific feature of many kitchens is that the furniture is permanently installed in most cases. Even in kitchens with freestanding elements, at least the water and power connections are fixed points, where you can start. Stove, countertop and sink remain at their original places; they can serve as the basis of your lighting scheme. Fixed lights not only have the advantage that no cables run over countertops, floors or walls, but it also means that the outlets are available for you kitchen appliances. Downlights don’t get dirty as easily as pendant or floor lamps. Furthermore, freestanding lamps take up more space.

 

 

It can be quite dangerous when hot pots touch cables or floor lamps fall into the sink. Regardless of the type of general lighting, it is important that you can adjust the brightness with a dimmer to the respective situation. Especially in a live-in kitchen, you will need great brightness for cooking and subsequently a light that can be dimmed for a casual dinner. Without dimmer separately switchable lamps are alternatively conceivable, since they create a cozy atmosphere while eating or spending some time with friends over a glass of wine. You can create a pleasant atmosphere by indirectly illuminating the walls or ceiling of the room.

Hazy day

Hazy day

 

Hazy Day is made of milky glass

 

Cooking, baking and serving

 

 

You need bright and glare-free light with an illuminance of at least 500 lux above stove and working areas. Because here you cook, prepare food and handle sharp knives. The light source should not be covered by your upper body while working – the result would be dangerous and create annoying shadows. Very handy are lights in the hood or on the underside of shelves or top cabinets. These built-in lights are practical and barely visible. Integrated lights make cleaning a lot easier, since only the area where the light emits must be kept clean and not an entire lamp.

 

 

Since you need very good color rendering characteristics of your lamp for cooking, halogen lamps or white LEDs are ideally suited. Fluorescent lights and energy saving lamps have an incomplete color spectrum and are therefore not suitable. You will save a lot of electricity with LED-light strips and simultaneously illuminate the entire work surface. Small lights can also be well integrated into shelves and cupboards, where they facilitate the selection of plates and glasses. For security purposes, you should look for the fire protection symbol “M” on integrated light fixtures. If you have glass cabinets with illumination or instead of a tile panel back-lit frosted glass in your kitchen, can conjure up magical lighting effects not only for romantic candlelit dinners.

Senses touch

Senses touch

The Senses touch lamp changes the light temperature with just one touch. Sleek and elegant.

 

Cool bar atmosphere and comfortable breakfast table

 

 

For the quick coffee at your own bar or the extensive menu at the dining table, pendant lamps, whose light emission is directed mostly downwards and thus does not create any glare, are very suitable. You should place the lamp about 60 cm above the table surface. Thereby undisturbed eye contact is ensured. For different occasions you might want to choose dimmable lamps.

 

 

While a large dining table is suited for expansive and expressive light objects, even a chandelier, a small number of hung pendant lamps or sleek bar lights are better suited for a breakfast bar. Due to the increased risk of fire and pollution while eating you should also pay attention to the material of the lamps: wood or paper lamps are less suited than glass, plastic, or metal lamps, because their materials are non-flammable and are easy to wipe off, in case your dinner might get a little messy after all.

 

Seventy seven

Seventy seven

 

 

The design of Seventy Seven was created in 1977 and is now more trendy than ever

 

Fruits and vegetables in delicious colors

 

 

How bright it is supposed to be while eating depends on the mood, the time and the guests. Of course, the entire bandwidth between candlelight and railway station brightness is possible. The latter is not recommended, since the brightness on the table should rather improve the aesthetic appeal of the food instead of putting the faces of the guests in the limelight. But not only is the correct brightness crucial for your enjoyment, a good color rendering of the delicacies is important as well. A measure of the realistic reproduction of colors is called the Ra index. It should reach the value of 90, which can be easily achieved with halogen lamps. But even good LEDs now offer this quality. Although they are slightly more expensive, they save a lot of electricity and last practically forever.

 

 

In addition, they offer completely new luminaire designs due to their small dimensions. It is critical that the type of lamp that lets you illuminate your food can be dimmable. The aspect of light color can not be ignored, because one and the same brightness can result in very different moods: a dining room, during lunch on a rainy day, illuminated with daylight white light (above 5,300 Kelvin), can change the mood of the family, while the same light color might feel uncomfortable in the evening. The human body is set to warm light colors (below 3,300 Kelvin) after dusk. To be prepared for all eventualities, several alternately operated lamps would be required. An elegant solution can, for example, be offered by combining daylight white uplights – or recessed spotlights with one or more warm white pendant lamps.

 

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