Making other things visible: latest innovations in lighting technology

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Further development of technical solutions remains the driving force in lighting design. This was the top theme at this year’s Light + Building fair, recently held in Frankfurt, along with the digitalisation and the integration of lighting into architectural plans.

However, the demands for aesthetic appeal cannot be overlooked as well as the impact of light on the human wellbeing. With lighting being one of the most important aspects of interior design, CID talks to regional experts about the latest innovations in the field of lighting technology and to specific trends currently shaping the global and Middle East markets and how are they impacting demand for lighting products.

“Global trends and concepts are not only implemented in UAE but more frequently are created here,” says Shafik El-Abdellah Morillas, general manager at In-Lite. “The confirmation of Dubai as a global design hub means an increasing number of original concepts are coming into the market. There is a growth in the demand, not only of ready-made lighting solutions, but custom made items that reflect the design intent and concept. In turn, lighting brands are responding to that market request, being more flexible in accommodating clients’ needs.”

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Sergio Padula, the lighting specialist and technical manager at iGuzzini Middle East, explains that one of the most interesting and significant design trends during 2015 has been the possibility of experiencing and perceiving the space in an interactive way.

“And, consequently, the new active role that the consumer has achieved and the way he/she can engage with the surrounding environment,” he adds.

Martin Fryzelka, managing director of Preciosa Middle East, agrees that interactive lighting will remain an emerging topic in 2016.

“They have to conform to the aesthetic and functional needs of the customer who seeks modern and timeless design,” says Fryzelka. “Our clients´ frequent requests are therefore controllable scenes on various platforms. These trends impact also the purity of lighting in the sense of light and material interaction quality, where material is illuminated by the given light source.”

With smartphones becoming a tool to connect beyond just calls, Padula says that another emerging trend is the possibility to control and change ‘colour temperatures’ through smart devices.

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He explains: “One of the characteristics of LEDs is that they keep their colour temperature constant even when the light intensity varies, whereas with halogen lamps the two variables are completely dependent on each other,” explains Padula. “It is this correlation that keeps the old technology alive as the effect is extremely popular with both designers and the general public.”

For this reason, says Padula, iGuzzini has conducted research in the opposite direction to win back the reactive light of halogen lamps while maintaining the performance of LEDs.

“Warm dimming is a new function where the colour temperature varies when light intensity is reduced, but colour rendering remains constant. All this is achieved with one driver only in an incredible design that also offers formal consistency, cost effectiveness and easy-to-install components.

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