David Morgan selects his top ten discoveries among the products on show at this yearâ€™s Light + Building.
10 OF THE BEST XPRESS CASAMBI Casambi introduced its new wireless wall controller Xpress as a further development of its Bluetooth low energy based lighting control system that I reviewed in the last issue of mondo*arc. The wall controller functions are configured via the Casmabi app to allow a wide range of dimming, colour change and switching options. The range is up to 60-metres and it has a magnetic fixing to a steel wall plate so it can be moved around as required. The only component now missing (for the UK) is a Casambi enabled grid dimmer â€“ hopefully that will be included in the list of new developments for Light+Building 2018. www.casambi.com
OLED LIGHTING PANELS LG DISPLAY LG Display showed off a variety of its flexible and rigid OLED lighting panels. The technology has been developed and used in TV and smartphone applications but definitely has uses in lighting as well. The stand presented a variety of OLED applications many integrated into furniture or surfaces. A 300mm x 300mm flexible panel was the most interesting product and was the that was shown in an attractive pendant display. It is understood that this size is still at the prototype stage and the only sizes in production are 200mm x 50mm and 406mm x 50mm. LG Display seem to be one of the few companies who have actually put thin flexible OLED lighting panels into production. www.lgdisplay.com
MINIATURE WALL WASH REFLECTOR BARTENBACH The R&D division of Bartenbach, the highly innovative Austrian lighting design and lighting technology company, showed a new miniature wall wash reflector. The lit effect was very even and smooth with minimal intrusion into the space from the tiny vacuum metalised moulded reflectors. Bartenbach has an interesting business model whereby it designs and develops high performance lighting components including lenses and reflectors but does not make or sell luminaires or lighting components. These optics designs are licensed to manufacturing partners who produce and sell them to luminaire manufacturers for incorporation into their designs. www.bartenbach.com
TUA O/M I was directed towards the O / M stand by Daniel Blaker, creative director of Nulty+. This Portuguese manufacturer was exhibiting for the first time at Light+Building and showed a number of luminaires with innovative optics, some developed by Bartenbach. The most interesting product on show was the Tua LED bollard luminaire designed with architect Eduardo Souto de Moura for the Tua dam project in Portugal. Tua produces a very wide and even distribution via a custom designed asymmetric reflector optic. A series of post heights are available to light areas of different sizes. The optic creates almost no glare despite its wide area of illumination. www.om-light.com
TRI R LED BRAND TOSHIBA MATERIALS Toshiba Materials introduced their new LED array brand, TRI R, at the show. The arrays are based on a purple pump LED with tri phosphor coating to produce a full spectrum white light. This approach produces a more continuous spectrum than most white light LEDs that use a blue LED with a bi colour phosphor with resulting strong peaks and troughs in the spectral output. The quality of light is certainly very attractive and natural and I am sure there will be many applications in museum, gallery and perhaps medical lighting where these LED light sources will be very useful. www.trir-pj.com