Reinventing Office Lighting – The Making-of an Innovative Office Task Light
The office world is currently undergoing big changes. New concepts like shared offices, co-working spaces and a growing demand of home working models which are compliant to office standards are major challenges. The furniture industry is adapting to those requirements leaving the lighting Industry behind. Therefore it is time to find adequate lighting solutions for these new work models and environments. Looking at the complex demands of architecture and a user-centered office design, it is clear that the ceiling plane is not the most convenient place for the light fixture. The beloved freestanding luminaires have always been a crutch: Too big to be flexible, freestanding task lights add an undesirable new horizon into the open space and always lead to a struggle between users in terms of individually desired light quality.
With my presentation, I would like to display the development process of an innovative lighting concept leading to a new light fixture. The set of objectives for the new task light was to create an object which does not compete with the architectural concept of modern offices, to provide a fixture as flexible as a desk and a chair and to give the user the freedom of personalized light settings. The key asset of this concept is to illuminate the whole office from below the users’ eye line. This leads to a small-sized fixture which is easy to handle and needs only a socket for power supply making the concept very flexible.
Utilize lighting’s most state of the art in technologies like thin film optics, Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh and an app to control the light settings we created a powerful desktop luminaire which provides 5000 lumen by its indirect component – with the clue that no glare is produced even when viewed from a close distance. The indirect component brings a lux level of 300lx to the desk. In combination with the direct component this small desktop luminaire brings standard-compliant lighting not only to the desk, but contributes to general lighting for the space. Human Centric Lighting is more than tuneable white. Therefore, the user of the fixture is always able to change the light settings of the fixture whether he favours an automatic circadian curve tailored to his location and season or simply prefers a fixed colour temperature with a specific light level. Via specifically developed app these favoured settings can be transferred from one workplace to another within a shared office or even to a home work place setting.