Our lifestyle is changing. We use living spaces in ways that were almost unimaginable 20 years ago. Cities are growing continuously, providing meeting points for different elements during both the day and the night, when the demands placed on light become even more complex. It is not just about offering safety and orientation, but also about ensuring the targeted presentation and modelling of working and living spaces when the sun goes down - in constant harmony with the environment.
Zumtobel will present an outdoor portfolio for the first time at Light + Building 2016, offering modular lighting solutions that can fulfil the sophisticated lighting tasks and satisfy the various different needs of people in modern night-time situations. The lightlive team spoke to Dario Maccheroni, Application Manager for the Outdoor section, to learn more about the new range of products and lighting solutions.
lightlive: Why has Zumtobel now decided to show their competence in the outdoor lighting sector?
Dario Maccheroni: It is actually a consistent and logical step. Zumtobel offers a unique interior portfolio to support people through the day and thereby seeks to enhance quality of life with the quality of light. Our approach "Active light" supports our aim to provide the right light 24 hours a day – light that is always adapted to reflect specific requirements. As a result, we naturally need to offer appropriate solutions for outdoor use.
SUPERSYSTEM outdoor was presented in 2015 as the first lighting solution for outdoor applications. This highly innovative product was developed as part of a spatial redesign project undertaken in the Austrian town of Lech am Arlberg. We have subsequently extended the portfolio with the explicit aim of highlighting the importance of light in the built environment. We have focused on three core values: the human experience of space, sustainability and adaptability.
lightlive: What really sets the new products apart?
Dario Maccheroni: We want to give lighting designers and architects tools that they can actively use to shape spaces and architecture. These tools should specifically allow them to work with several layers of light, creating three-dimensional light effects. The subtle, minimalist design of the luminaires put the focus very much on the light itself, whilst also incorporating benefits such as easy installation and simple maintenance.
We want to convey the message that light should not just be seen as a tool to fulfil functional and safety requirements. Light can also be used to enhance urban spaces, from both a social aspect and in terms of perception by influencing people on an emotional and behavioural level. In simple terms, by giving lighting designers a comprehensive “toolbox” of lighting solutions, we are offering them the opportunity (with the help of light) to transform an urban space into a place with its very own identity.
That is exactly why the issue of modularity played such an important role in the development of the new NIGHTSIGHT product family. We worked closely with the designers and experts from UNStudio to devise a portfolio of products that ensures maximum creative freedom. NIGHTSIGHT is based on a design that is available in four formats, each with a comprehensive range of optics and installation options. So now we have all the lighting tools we need to uniformly illuminate vertical and horizontal surfaces and to set specific lighting accents.
lightlive: How is the issue of light pollution handled?
Dario Maccheroni: Light pollution, or rather the overriding issue of sustainability, with all the related implications for the lighting solution, was a central aspect of the whole development process. We take a very sensitive approach to design, which essentially means precisely directing light onto the right places in the right quantity and with the right quality. There is more to it than just illuminating open areas, buildings or squares. It is actually about improving three-dimensional perception, emphasising architectural features, creating memorable aspects and shaping spaces. In this way, we can actively improve the visual comfort and quality of life within an outdoor area.
The starting point for such a lighting design is always the natural night situation – darkness. We take this and consciously define a lighting solution layer by layer, being careful to provide only as much light as is really necessary to achieve the objectives outlined above. With LED technology it is possible to direct the luminous flux of every LED (in combination with high-quality optics) exactly where we see it is required. This helps us reduce the energy consumption and simultaneously improve the visual quality and perception of urban cityscapes at night.
Find out more about how Zumtobel plans to present Zumtobel Outdoor at Light + Building 2016 and which products offer new design options in the different application areas in the "On course for #LB16" series here on lightlive.com.
For more information about Zumtobel at Light + Building 2016 and to apply for a tour of our stand (B30/31 in Hall 2.0), please click here: http://www.zumtobel.com/lightbuilding2016