Latest News 2013

  • 11/2013

    New: Version 2.0 of the “Map of Light” iPad app now available

    New convenient features have been added to version 2.0 of the free “Map of Light” so that now you can find projects even more easily.
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    The Zumtobel “Map of Light” iPad app provides you with information on and impressions of more than 1,200 architectural projects and lighting solutions across the globe. Furthermore, the app gives you access to Zumtobel's Highlights and mobile product catalogue including Zumtobel's extensive product portfolio and technical data.

    Overview of the most important new functions of version 2.0:

    1. Filter projects according to product category and individual products
    You want to find out which products were used in which projects? For this purpose, a new filter for products or product categories has been added: Simply select the product(s) or product categories of your choice, and the number and location of the projects in which they were used will be displayed immediately. When you open a project, further project information will be displayed, in addition to a picture gallery.

    2. Use a convenient scroll bar to access projects quickly
    The new scrollable project list allows quick access to projects. The list smartly adjusts to the filters you have set. No matter whether you set filters for application, location, product/product category or other project information details (e.g. architects): only those projects that precisely comply with your filter criteria will be displayed.

    3. Create a simple project list in pdf format and send it via e-mail
    The list of projects that meet your filter criteria can be exported as a pdf file and sent by e-mail. You can, for instance, quickly create a list of projects in which the product of your choice was used.

    Zumtobel's “Map of Light” app is available free of charge at the App Store. The app is compatible with iPads (from iOS 5.0).

    » Click here to download the “Map of Light” app

    Mobile access to the complete Zumtobel product catalogue is also possible via mobile devices by other manufacturers than Apple. Just go to  » on your smart phone or tablet.

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  • 11/2013

    The new “Lighting Handbook”

    The concise reference guide “The Lighting Handbook” has been completely revised and reprinted.
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    In the “Lighting Handbook”, practicians will find everything worth knowing about lighting technology and lighting applications. In addition, the Zumtobel Lighting Handbook includes reference values as well as information on lighting control, control gear and emergency lighting, thus facilitating project design.

    » Click here to download the Lighting Handbook..

    The printed version is available from your » nearest Zumtobel contact.

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  • 11/2013

    Discover the new autumn 2013 product highlights

    We proudly present new innovative products and additions to existing products.
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    This autumn we have again numerous highlights to introduce: from the LIGHT FIELDS evolution LED luminaire range, the ARCOS xpert LED spotlight and the ARCOS LED wallwasher through to moisture-proof LED luminaires and the SINUS medical supply unit.

    You will find an overview of all highlights on our website and in the pdf brochure. For each highlight, a picture of the product together with a concise summary of the product details is available. Further details regarding individual products can be obtained from the links provided.

    » Click here to go to the autumn 2013 Highlights on our website.

    » Click here to download the Highlights pdf brochure.

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  • 11/2013

    ONLITE Resclite iOS app updated and optimised for iPad

    Only 3 steps are necessary for the Zumtobel app for iPhone and iPad to design an emergency lighting system.
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    The updated version of the ONLITE Resclite iOS app has been optimised for iPad, but allows for quick and easy emergency lighting design on the iPhone 5 as well. The mounting height is set with just one finger swipe, and the maximum spacings between two luminaires are then displayed immediately.

    The most recent version of the easy-to-use design program for electricians and electrical consultants now also includes the new RESCLITE high ceilings model: a unique emergency luminaire on the market, which can be used in rooms with ceilings of 7 m to 30 m height (30 m RESCLITE antipanic; 23 RESCLITE escape) and is therefore perfect for applications such as DIY markets, warehouses and industrial bays.

    The RESCLITE luminaires have also been fitted with a new, more efficient LED and optimised lenses. The spacings between luminaires, which have consequently been increased, have been updated in the app. Increased spacings means that in order to reach lux levels in conformity with applicable standards, fewer luminaires are needed and costs are therefore reduced.

    The new NPS type of supply, which is a cost-effective, centrally supplied alternative, with optional circuit monitoring but without monitoring of individual luminaires, has been integrated in the app.

    » Click here to download the updated ONLITE Resclite app free of charge

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  • 11/2013

    Configuration of luminaire variants using myPRODUCT

    With immediate effect, Zumtobel makes it possible for you on its website to configure luminaires yourself according to your personal requirements. This means that more than 1,000,000 alternatives are added to the product catalogue.
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    In order to create a custom product variant, simply select the product range required on our website. Then go to the configurator, e.g. “myIYON” for the IYON product range, and from a variety of additional functions choose the options that suit your project requirements best.

    You can then forward the options you have chosen directly to our sales staff, who will be pleased to send you a quotation and answer any questions you may have.

    The following example (in English) based on the IYON LED spotlight demonstrates how easy it is to create your custom luminaire using myPRODUCT.

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  • 11/2013

    SFERA free-standing LED luminaire receives “Special Mention” in the context of the German Design Award.

    At the 2014 German Design Award, a “Special Mention” distinction in the “Working Spaces” category went to the SFERA free-standing LED luminaire.
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    SFERA features innovative swarmControl technology and creates accents with its no-frill design and high-grade materials. The light-weight and transparent look of the luminaire head emphasises SFERA's contemporary design.

    » Read more about SFERA and swarmControl technology

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  • 10/2013

    Zumtobel goes social

    Zumtobel is putting the social into social media by involving employees from right across the company in social media activities.
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    This new Social Marketing concept lets employees set the agenda in social media, using a basket of channels to show their professional knowledge and specific experience and to tell the world their Zumtobel story.

    These stories cover the core principles of the Zumtobel brand – knowledge, design, innovation and projects – and support our objective to create the best light for people and the environment.

    Zumtobel are realising their Social Marketing concept through a combination of established social media channels and a high quality international blog and content curation site at »

    This innovative site collects and promotes applied lighting knowledge, bringing together relevant and informative social media content from Zumtobel and trusted third parties.

    Users can read the latest blog entries, post comments, watch videos and find out about Zumtobel activities on the individual social media channels.

    A comprehensive hashtag concept enables lightlive users to quickly and easily find content on specific topics by simply clicking on the relevant hashtag.

    » Twitter: @Zumtobel_Light

    » LinkedIn

    » Vimeo

    » Youtube
    » Google+

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  • 10/2013

    Zumtobel research on lighting quality in offices

    With its “The Light.” study, Zumtobel launches one of the most comprehensive user surveys in the history of the organisation.
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    The objective of the global study is to have the lighting quality in offices evaluated by you, the users.
    Your answers will make a valuable contribution. Based on the findings of this study, it will be possible for the very first time to define lighting quality in offices with a focus on users, beyond conformity with relevant standards.

    The survey will not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

    » Click here to go to the survey.

    For each completed questionnaire, Zumtobel will donate € 3 to the » Light for the World charity. We would appreciate if you forward the link to the questionnaire to your friends and acquaintances. Every feedback will count!

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  • 10/2013
    Lighting Solution

    City Green Court in Prague wins World Green Building Council award

    The City Green Court office building in Prague sets new standards for sustainable building not only in the Czech Republic. Awarded a prize in the “Leadership in Building Design and Performance” category by the “World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)”, the office building featuring a lighting solution by Zumtobel is a beacon project also on an international level.
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    In September 2013, the “Leadership Awards” for green building were awarded for the first time by the WorldGBC with the aim of establishing and strengthening a worldwide network for sustainable building. Among more than 30 nominations from 13 European countries, the City Green Court office building designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP from New York emerged victorious. The jury's decision was based on the integration of cutting-edge technologies, used for the first time on an international level, the combination of which makes sure that the building consumes 56 percent less energy than other buildings.

    Zumtobel has supported the integral sustainability concept by providing an integrated lighting solution: the daylight-based Luxmate Professional lighting control system ensures that natural daylight is used to optimum extent and staff members can enjoy both perfect lighting condi-tions and a pleasant atmosphere. The energy-saving concept is further enhanced by the use of state-of-the-art LED luminaires, an efficient emergency lighting system and presence detec-tors.

    About the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC)
    The WorldGBC is a worldwide network of national green building organisations. It aims at promoting collaboration and research as well as sharpening the profile of sustainable building methods internationally.

    For more information, please refer to

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  • 09/2013

    Performing economic efficiency calculations was never easier than with ecoCALC!

    The new version 3.0 of the ecoCALC calculation program allows to copy product information directly from the Zumtobel website using the drag & drop function. Thus it is no longer necessary to enter luminaire data manually when performing economic efficiency calculations.
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    The drag & drop link marked by the ecoCALC Z icon can be found in the online catalogue product information for each article, next to the drag & drop links for export to Dialux and Relux. You can either click the link or drag it to the ecoCALC calculation program in order to import luminaire and component data. More than 16,000 products, luminaires and components are available in the online catalogue in this manner.

    As manual luminaire definition is no longer required for all luminaires and components included in Zumtobel's current online catalogue, analysing lighting solutions becomes more efficient, easier and less prone to errors. Of course, luminaires can still be defined manually.

    In addition to the luminaire's technical data relevant for economic efficiency calculation, such as installed load, lamp type with maintenance characteristics, dimming behaviour or maintenance type, also product images, descriptive text and article numbers are transferred, so that the results of the calculation will become easier to understand and to check.

    ecoCALC's advantage is that it allows analysis not only of individual luminaires, but also of entire lighting solutions, independent of manufacturer and time of construction. Both energy consumption and all costs associated with operating a lighting solution are taken into account.

    Other practical functions of ecoCALC you may not yet know about:
    •    Flexibly adjustable presentation diagrams with improved layout
    •    Solution and product images can be added
    •    Additional product-specific information such as article number or product description can be displayed
    •    Analysis of complex operating scenarios using a variety of lighting scenes or types of use in an extended mode
    •    Additional mode for analysing outdoor lighting
    •    ecoCALC is fully compatible with Windows 8 and all Windows operating systems from Windows XP

    A few more things you should know: ecoCalc...
    •    ....features a wizard mode and extensive contextual help for your convenience.
    •    …supports you in optimising your maintenance cycles and the associated costs.
    •    …analyses whether the required illuminance levels will be maintained over the entire course of the lighting solution's service life and also provides a graphic representation of the results.
    •    ….has so far been downloaded by several thousands of customers.
    •    …contains some 2000 data sets including lamp and control gear characteristics

    Download the latest version of ecoCALC and benefit from the new functions: »

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  • 09/2013
    Lighting Solution

    Al Bahar Towers honoured in Emporis Skyscraper Awards 2012

    This year, the Emporis Skyscraper Award has been bestowed for the 13th time already. This architecture prize for skyscrapers is awarded to the best high-rise buildings world-wide.
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    The Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi, fitted with a state-of-the-art lighting solution by Zumtobel, came second after the Absolute World Towers in Mississauga (Canada).

    » For more information on the lighting solution and the Al Bahar Towers project, please refer to our website.

    » Read more about the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2012

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  • 09/2013

    Zumtobel continues successful collaboration with universities

    This year, too, Zumtobel expert lecturers providing first-hand know-how, practice-oriented term papers and exciting excursions are on the curriculum of universities in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein.
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    academic year that has just started. Zumtobel experts will hold lectures in Germany at Darmstadt University of Technology and at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Koblenz and Holzminden, in Austria at the Universities of Technology in Graz and Vienna, and in Liechtenstein at the University of Liechtenstein.

    In these lectures, students will gain first-hand technical know-how on lighting technology and lighting design. They will also be able to directly apply and present this know-how in the practical context of project work. In addition, students will gain valuable insights into the world of light and lighting by taking part in excursions to Zumtobel plants, Light Forums and selected projects: from product development to lighting laboratories and luminaire manufacture through to finished lighting solutions.

    Should you or your university also be interested in collaborating with Zumtobel or organising excursions to Zumtobel plants, do not hesitate to contact

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  • 09/2013

    Zumtobel website now available in three additional languages

    With immediate effect, the Zumtobel website is also available in Danish, Norwegian and Slovakian.
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    Now you can find company information, news and reference projects on a total of 21 country portals in 17 languages.

    Go to Zumtobel website in
    •    Danish
    •    Norwegian
    •    Slovakian

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  • 08/2013

    Call made for ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD 2014

    From 1 September until 30 November 2013, projects can be submitted for the architectural award including prize money of a total of EUR 140,000.
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    This is the fourth year that the Zumtobel Group calls for submissions for its 2014 architectural award to enhance quality of life and sustainability in the built environment – the ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD – INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND HUMANITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

    From 1 September until 30 November 2013, architecture firms and engineering studios, urban planners and landscape architects, universities and recently established technology companies, NGOs as well as public and private initiatives can submit their current projects.

    Three categories
    The ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD is awarded in the following three categories, each presented by one of the international lighting group's three brands:

    • Buildings
    • Urban developments & initiatives
    • Applied innovations

    “Buildings” category by Zumtobel
    In the “Buildings” category presented by the Zumtobel brand, outstanding building projects that have been completed within the last two years (from 30 November 2011 to 30 November 2013) can be submitted. This category includes both new buildings and refurbishing projects. The award-winning project should meet the highest aesthetic demands and also involve innovative solutions for optimised use of resources, environmental protection and the improvement of living conditions. The jury will place a special focus on the application of cutting-edge technologies.

    Curators and awarding of prizes
    As in the previous years, the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 will be curated by Kristin Feireiss and Hans-Jürgen Commerell of Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin. From all the projects submitted, a preliminary jury will select 14 projects per category. The main jury consisting of internationally renowned experts from various disciplines will nominate five projects per category early in summer 2014 and will choose from them one award-winner in each category. The prize award ceremony will take place in autumn 2014.

    For further information on the ZUMTOBEL GROUP AWARD, please refer to

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  • 08/2013
    Lighting Solution

    Campus of Vienna University of Economics and Business to be opened in October

    Zumtobel provides lighting solutions for Austria's biggest and most advanced university complex
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    After nearly four years of construction work, the new campus of Vienna's University of Economics and Business will open its doors on 4 October. Some 23,000 students and 1,500 staff members will be researching, studying and teaching on the premises.

    In an area of about 100,000 square metres, six internationally renowned architects have created a unique ensemble of buildings. The heart of the campus is the “Library and Learning Center” designed by Zaha Hadid, which includes a large auditorium and the main library, among other things. Grouped around it are five other university buildings designed by Hitoshi Abe (Sendai/Japan), Carme Pinós (Barcelona), Eduardo Arroyo (Madrid), Peter Cook (London) and Laura Spinadel (Vienna).

    The whole campus was built in line with a so-called “green building” concept. For the various university buildings, Zumtobel developed custom lighting solutions using numerous pendant luminaires, continuous-row lighting systems, light lines and moisture-proof luminaires, and in total provided some 12,000 luminaires, in addition to a continuous row system of seven kilometres length. Zumtobel was also in charge of installation and commissioning of the luminaires, in collaboration with four electrical contractors.

    For more information on the large-scale Campus Vienna project, please visit »

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  • 08/2013

    New ecodesign requirements for lamps, LED modules and related equipment such as LED luminaires

    With effect from 1 September 2013, the requirements specified by the new EU Regulation 1194/2012 “… with regard to ecodesign requirements for directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps and related equipment” will apply in addition to the requirements of the new EU Regulation on energy labelling of lamps and luminaires. The new regulation will also apply to LED modules and LED luminaires, even if ecodesign requirements have not (yet) been placed on luminaires directly. 
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    The two regulations on energy labelling and ecodesign of products are part of a list of implementing regulations associated with EU Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EU with regard to energy-related products (ErP Directive). They supplement the already familiar EU regulations 244/2009 on “…non-directional household lamps” and 245/2009 with regard to “… ecodesign requirements for fluorescent lamps without integrated ballast, for high intensity discharge lamps, and for ballasts and luminaires…”.

    First it must be noted that the focus of the requirements set out in the Ecodesign Regulation is clearly on light sources and control gear, not on luminaires. Manufacturers of LED luminaires must meet the requirements regarding built-in LED modules in accordance with their responsibility. Zumtobel uses only highly efficient LED light sources that are also able to meet professional customers' high expectations on product quality. Thus, all minimum requirements set out in the Ecodesign Regulation are met or even exceeded at any time.

    Below please find a survey of the most important provisions set out in EU Ecodesign Regulation 1194/2012:

    The scope of application (Article 1) includes the following products:
    •    directional lamps (reflector lamps etc.)
    •    LED lamps (directional and non-directional)
    •    equipment designed for installation between the mains and the lamps, including lamp control gear, control devices and luminaires

    Please note: the EU Commission's definition of “lamp” also includes LED modules.

    Exemptions from the scope of application:
    •    Ballasts and luminaires for fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamps (covered by EU Regulation 245/2009)
    •    LED modules as part of luminaires that are placed on the market in less than 200 units per year.
    •    For special purpose products, e.g. emergency luminaires, only product information requirements have been specified so far.

    The requirements will be introduced and/or tightened in three stages (Art. 3).
    •    Stage 1:        1 September 2013 (general start including information regarding special purpose lamps, Annex I)
    •    Stage 2:        1 September 2014
    •    Stage 3:        1 September 2016

    The requirements are set out in Annex III of the Ecodesign Regulation.
    •    Chapter 1: Energy efficiency criteria:
          o    Maximum energy efficiency index for directional lamps (1.1)
          o    Requirements for lamp control gear in stages 2 and 3 (1.2)
    •    Chapter 2:  Functionality requirements
    •    Chapter 3:  Product information requirements

    Annex IV regulates the verification procedures for market surveillance purposes:
    •    Chapter 1 applies to lamps other than LED lamps and for LED lamps that are meant to be replaced in the luminaire by the end-user
    •    Chapter 2 describes the verification procedure for LED modules not intended to be removed from the luminaire by the end-user

    Important ecodesign requirements according to Annex III:
    Chapter 1.2 specifies the requirements on energy efficiency for lamp control gear from stage 2 as follows:

      No-load power Stand-by power Efficiency starting date of application
    Lamp control gear  ≤ 1,0 W  n. a.  n. a.  Stage 2
    Lamp control gear  ≤ 0,5 W  ≤ 0,5 W  n. a.  Stage 3
    Lamp c. g. with P > 250 W  ≤ 1,0 W x P/250W  n. a.  n. a.  Stage 2
    Lamp c. g. with P > 250 W  ≤ 0,5 W x P/250W  ≤ 0,5 W x P/250W  n. a.  Stage 3
    Halogen lamp c. g.  n. a. n. a.  0,91  Stage 2
    Requirements for LED lamps and LED modules
    Table 5 in chapter 2
    is of essential importance for LED lamps and LED modules:

    "Functionality requirements for non-directional and directional LED lamps":
    Functionality parameter Requirement as from stage 1, except where indicated otherwise
    Lamp survival factor at 6 000 h From 1 March 2014: ≥ 0,90
    Lumen Maintenance at 6 000 h From 1 March 2014: ≥ 0,80
    Number of switching cycles before failure ≥ 15 000 if rated lamp life ≥ 30 000 h otherwise: ≥ half the rated lamp life expressed in hours
    Starting time < 0,5 s
    Lamp warm-up time to 95 % Φ < 2 s
    Premature failure rate ≤ 5,0 % at 1 000 h
    Colour rendering (Ra) ≥ 80 ≥ 65 if the lamp is intended for outdoor or industrial applications in accordance with point 3.1.3(l) of this Annex
    Colour consistency Variation of chromaticity coordinates within a six-step MacAdam ellipse or less.
    Lamp power factor (PF) for lamps with integrated control gear P ≤ 2 W: no requirement
    2 W < P ≤ 5 W: PF > 0,4
    5 W < P ≤ 25 W: PF
    > 0,5 P > 25 W: PF > 0,9

    Requirements for luminaires
    •    There are no energy efficiency requirements for luminaires
    •    There are no functionality requirements for luminaires
    •    No requirements regarding information to be provided to the market have been specified for professional luminaires, only information concerning built-in LED modules must be provided for market surveillance upon request.

    All measures necessary for meeting the new requirements for light sources and for the information to be provided have been taken by Zumtobel and will be implemented in due time.

    More detailed information on this topic has been made available by LightingEurope :
    » LightingEurope Guide
    » LightingEurope Questions & Answers

    » The original text of EU Regulation 1194/2012 can be found here

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  • 08/2013

    ISO TC 274 Light & Lighting founded

    On 2 July 2013, the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 274 Light & Lighting was founded in Berlin.
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    18 active and 16 observer countries will in future be responsible for standardisation in the field of applied lighting technology at global level. The aim is to specify global standards for internationally operating companies and organisations using consistent terminology, methods of calculation and procedures in order to facilitate international consulting and understanding.

    The committee is chaired by Martina Paul, CIE Secretary General. Peter Dehoff, Director International Associations and Standards at Zumtobel, is the Austrian representative on the ISO TC 274 Light & Lighting.

    » For more information, please refer to the ISO website

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  • 07/2013

    Energy labelling for lamps – now also for luminaires

    With effect from 1 September 2013, the requirements of the new EU Regulation 874/2012 with regard to “energy labelling of electrical lamps and luminaires” will enter into force. Lamp and luminaire manufacturers will then have to publish information about the efficiency and annual energy consumption of the lamps and LED modules involved. The new regulation will also apply to luminaires with built-in LED modules.
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    Providing lamps and LED modules with labels indicating their energy-efficiency class and energy consumption will assist consumers in their buying decisions by giving information about the light sources' energy efficiency. With effect from 1 September, the new requirements will replace Directive 98/11/EC on “energy labelling of household lamps”.

    Extended scope of the new regulation
    While the former Directive applied to household lamps only, the scope of the new provisions has been extended to all lamps used for lighting purposes (incl. LED modules), including the following:
    • lamps with “non-directional” light and “directional” light (e.g. reflector lamps)

    • lamps used in professional lighting (TL, CFL-ni and HID)

    • LED lamps and modules

    • LV lamps and

    • luminaires for the lamps listed above that are sold at a “point of sale” to “end-users” (consumers).

    Please note: The EU Commission's definition of “lamp” also includes LED modules.

    New energy efficiency classes and weighted energy consumption indicated on lamp labels
    Energy efficiency classes (EEC) F and G were deleted, and new classes A+ and (for new LED lamps) A++ were added at the upper end of the range. The number of classes has thus remained unchanged. Equally unchanged are the limit values set for the already existing EECs A to E. In addition to the EEC, energy consumption (in kWh per 1000 h) must also be stated. The label will be placed on the lamp package as usual for end-users.

    New label for luminaires marketed to end-users
    What is also new is the “label for luminaires”, which contains information about 
    • the luminaire's compatibility with lamps and information about built-in LED modules

    • the range of possible energy efficiency classes (EEC)

    • information about the EEC of lamps (and LED modules) supplied with the luminaire

    Please note: The label for luminaires does not contain any information on the efficiency of the luminaire itself.

    The label for luminaires will not be part of the luminaire package but will be presented to the end-user at the point of sale.

    Effective dates:
    Information about lamps marketed as individual products must be provided with effect from 1 September 2013. Information about luminaires marketed to end-users must be provided with effect from 1 March 2014.

    Information regarding luminaires by Zumtobel will be added to the product data sheet on time, if not yet available. The label for luminaires will also be made available by Zumtobel to the dealers involved.

    More detailed information on this issue has been made available by LightingEurope (in English):
    » LightingEurope Guide
    » LightingEurope questions & answers
    » LightingEurope position paper

    » The original text of EU Regulation 874/2012 can be found here

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  • 07/2013

    Sustainability report published by Zumtobel Group

    For the fourth time, the Zumtobel Group has published its annual sustainability report. The sustainability report includes a Magazine section and a Facts section, documenting the advances made in the 2012/13 financial year.
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    The sustainability vision “Through light, we care.” is the basis of all business processes of Zumtobel and the other two brands within the Zumtobel Group – Tridonic and Thorn.

    One example from the current sustainability report: in the 2012/13 financial year, the Zumtobel plant in Dornbirn carried out analyses of its material flow cycles. By increasing the efficiency of resources and materials used and creating sustainable cycles, potential energy savings of EUR 1 million have been opened up at this plant alone.

    In addition to this example, the current report also contains detailed information on the challenges faced as well as the sustainability strategy and the targets achieved in the year under report. Among other things, the report addresses in detail the spheres of quality management, research and development, production and supply chain as well as social commitment.

    75% of all industrial and office lighting in Europe is obsolescent or inefficient
    The report also presents examplary projects and products as well as interesting facts: for instance, 75% of all industrial and office lighting in Europe is obsolescent or inefficient even today.

    The report was published in German and English and takes its lead from the recognised Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G3.1). This allows for transparency and makes it possible to compare companies' sustainability achievements.

    Click here to download the Magazine section of the sustainability report.
    » In English
    » In German

    Click here to download the Facts section:
    » In English
    » In German

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  • 06/2013
    Lighting Solution

    “Harpa” wins Mies van der Rohe award

    Harpa, the new concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, is the winner of this year's Mies van der Rohe award, Europe's most renowned architecture prize. The project includes a very special lighting concept implemented by Zumtobel.
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    On 7 June 2013, the winner of the Mies van der Rohe award was presented in Barcelona. The EUR 60,000 award dedicated to contemporary architecture is granted every two years by the EU Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. This year, the award was given to the Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik, which is illuminated by a Zumtobel lighting solution.

    Revitalised harbour
    Since August 2011, congresses, conferences, concerts have been held at “Harpa”, which is also the residence of the Icelandic Opera and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. This makes the building, which incorporates a 1800-seat concert hall and three smaller halls, a cultural highlight also on an international level. One of the reasons the jurors gave for honouring this project was that the building helped revitalise the harbour by providing a better connection to the city.

    The seamless interplay of local and global influences is also reflected by the designers involved: basically, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects from Denmark and Iceland, respectively, and acoustics designers from the New-York-based firm Artec Consultants.

    Lighting art and artificial lighting
    Of particular importance for the project was, however, Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson, who created the design for the building's unique glass shell and its illumination, which was implemented in collaboration with Zumtobel, his long-standing expert partner when it comes to lighting solutions. His lighting concept was based on the desire to set the stage for light as a transcendent event where the source of light remains invisible.

    In collaboration with Ólafur Eliasson, Zumtobel developed a new type of luminaire which, thanks to its design and colour, can be integrated nearly invisibly into the façade's prismatic structure, illuminating it with LEDs.

    Five finalists
    “Harpa” came out victorious against the four other finalists: Metropol Parasol in Sevilla, the Ghent Town Hall, Superkilen in Copenhagen and a senior citizens' home in Portugal. The “Emerging Architect Special Mention” prize was awarded to María Langarita and Víctor Navarro for the Nave de Música Matadero (Red Bull Music Academy) in Madrid.

    » Click here to see more details and pictures of this project

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  • 03/2013

    Great demand for Zumtobel in Denmark

    There is a clear interest and demand for Zumtobel in Denmark. This was obvious when Zumtobel Denmark held lighting seminars in Aarhus and Copenhagen at the end of February. These two events were visited by more than 100 clients.There is a clear interest and demand for Zumtobel in Denmark. This was obvious when Zumtobel Denmark held lighting seminars in Aarhus and Copenhagen at the end of February. These two events were visited by more than 100 clients.
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    The Zumtobel lighting seminars turned out to be quite popular and long awaited when held in Copenhagen and Aarhus on the 27-28th of February. All parts of the lighting industry was represented from architects and lighting designers to electrical consultants and contractors.

    The Aarhus seminar was held in ARoS Aarhus Art Musuem where the guests were given a tour in Zumtobel’s very own reference project Your Panorama Rainbow which was the result when the brilliant designer Olafur Eliasson and Zumtobel worked together. Here you can find the LUXMATE Professional lighting management system with the daylight sensor in the center of the rainbow.

    In Copenhagen there was an even greater interest at the Bella Sky Comwell Hotel where the evening began with a welcome drink in the Sky Bar on the 23rd floor, overlooking Copenhagen. The Bella Sky is also a Zumtobel reference project and when the guests walked from the elevators to the conference rooms, they could see the LED downlight 2LIGHT.

    ”The interest was greater than expected and it was a joy to see so many participants in our lighting seminars. All parts of the industry were represented and we hope to be back here soon again”, says a pleased Ronnie Eriksson, head of marketing at Zumtobel Nordic, who has solid experience of the industry and the Danish market.

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  • 03/2013

    Zumtobel wins two “red dot design awards”

    Prize-winning LED luminaires: SFERA and DISCUS Evolution
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    Two Zumtobel products have won the “red dot award: product design 2013”: the SFERA free-standing LED luminaire and the DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system could not fail to impress the jury thanks to their outstanding product design. These innovative products are exemplary for successful design based on users' requirements.

    With the SFERA free-standing LED luminaire, Zumtobel sets new standards – especially with respect to adjustability and individual lighting quality. But SFERA's energy efficiency is impressive as well, thanks to a combination of the adaptive SENSCONTROL III lighting management system and the innovative SWARMCONTROL technology used for the first time in SFERA, which allows the configuration of the luminaires into a swarm without any additional software, providing for quick adjustment to altered room layouts.

    Click here for more information:  »

    DISCUS Evolution
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system results from further development of an existing luminaire and cannot fail to impress on account of its perfectly matched light source and optic. The spotlight's flat design is now even more contemporary and minimalist. The delicate yet robust design of the spotlight created by the internationally renowned Vienna-based EOOS design studio was created for accent lighting and the sales-boosting presentation of goods.

    Click here for more information: »

    This year, 1,865 manufacturers, designers and architects submitted a total of 4,662 products. The awards will be handed over and celebrated at the red dot gala at the Aalto Theater in Essen on 1 July 2013, in the presence of international guests, among them designers, business experts, politicians and media representatives. The prize-winning products will then be on display at the red dot design museum for four weeks.

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  • 03/2013

    New SLOTLIGHT II system configurator

    Designing continuous row systems easily
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    In just a few steps, the SLOTLIGHT II configurator enables you to design a project using SLOTLIGHT II recessed, surface mounted and pendant luminaires, both as T16 and LED versions. In no time, the configurator shows you the best combinations for the required lengths of the continuous-row system as well as all components you need.

    The software is available free of charge in German and English. The most recent version is available for downloading from our website's » Service/Software section.
    » Download the software here (.zip/31,8 MB) 

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  • 02/2013

    Energy consumption over service life – a comparison

    Zumtobel uses product-specific environmental product declarations (EPD) to document the environmental impact of its products. This makes it easy to compare products, provides transparency with respect to the substances used and allows continuous product improvement.
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    EPDs are product-specific environmental datasheets verified by independent testing institutes that document a product's environmental impact over its entire service life, resulting in enhanced product comparability.

    Comparison between MELLOW LIGHT V LED (52 W) and MELLOW LIGHT V TC-L (55 W)
    The example shown in the diagram illustrates the progress in product development. Although slightly more energy is required for manufacturing the LED model, it becomes apparent that the overall environmental impact of the LED luminaire – due to its reduced power consumption – is lower than that of the comparable luminaire featuring conventional lamp technology, if the utilisation period is taken into account.

    Basis of calculation
    Primary energy consumption* is calculated from the energy required for raw materials and their processing, transport by truck to the customer over a distance of 1500 km and a utilisation period of 15 years in a typical office application, based on the European energy mix.

    Click here to view the EPDs of the two products:

    * Primary energy consumption
    The term primary energy is used in the power industry to denote the energy that is available using natural forms of energy or energy sources such as coal, gas or wind. In Europe, roughly 3.3 kWh of primary energy are needed to generate 1 kWh of electricity.

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  • 02/2013

    DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system wins iF gold award

    On 22 February 2013 in Munich, as many as four products by Zumtobel received 2013 iF product design awards.
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    At the second iF design awards night held at Munich's BMW World, four Zumtobel products received an iF product design award.
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system, the ELEVO LED spotlight, the PAN recessed LED luminaire and the ONLITE PURESIGN 150 escape sign luminaire could not fail to impress the jury thanks to their outstanding product design and efficient lighting technology.

    iF gold award for LED spotlight system
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system won the coveted iF gold award. Entries included a total of 3011 products submitted by 1920 competitors. 981 of these products have won an award. 75 of all award winners were also given an iF gold award during the awarding ceremony.

    DISCUS Evolution
    The DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system results from further development of an existing luminaire and cannot fail to impress on account of its perfectly matched light source and optic. The spotlight's flat design is now even more contemporary and minimalist. The delicate yet robust design of the spotlight created by the internationally renowned Vienna-based EOOS design studio was created for accent lighting and the sales-boosting presentation of goods.

    The spotlight's innovative thermal management using a passive cooling system with radial fins is an integral part of the design concept. DISCUS Evolution is available with a black or white housing and suitable both for installation on tracks and for recessed installation.

    » Read more on DISCUS Evolution

    » Click here for more information on Zumtobel's prize-winning products

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  • 02/2013

    New Zumtobel video “Your Light in a World of Change”

    A short video on Zumtobel's vision and application know-how
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    In times of technological, economic and social changes, our living and working spaces are permanently changing. Zumtobel has therefore identified the need for a new quality of light and produced a new video focussing on the company's vision to provide perfect light for people and the environment.

    It impressively demonstrates Zumtobel's application know-how based on the leading actor's daily routine.

    » Watch the video and see for yourself!

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  • 01/2013

    New DIMLITE design app for iPad

    DIMLITE is the ideal first step into the world of intelligent lighting management. The corresponding Zumtobel DIMLITE app is a free and easy-to-use design tool for electricians and electrical consultants.
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    DIMLITE, a simple lighting control system for individual rooms, was developed to facilitate the first step into lighting management, providing core functions such as dimming, lighting scenes, presence-based and daylight-based lighting management.

    The free Zumtobel DIMLITE iPad app quickly provides answers to questions such as:
    •    How do I meet the room user's lighting demands?
    •    Which control unit is appropriate for my purpose?
    •    How do I connect the individual components?

    As a result, the DIMLITE app produces a pdf file that includes the schematic circuit diagram and a parts list. Only a few steps are necessary to obtain this file:

    1.    Select the number of luminaire groups, luminaires per group and control signal (DALI or DSI).

    2.    Specify whether the component is to be installed in a switch cabinet or recessed into the ceiling (depends on the number of luminaire groups).

    3.    Is daylight-based lighting management required?

    4.    Design of schematic circuit diagram based on possible functions.

    The app also includes practical guidelines providing information on the functions and commissioning of DIMLITE, together with examples of how and why to use DIMLITE. The app is available in German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.

    » Click here to download the app

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  • 01/2013

    Four products win 2013 iF product design award

    The jury of the iF product design award 2013 has chosen the DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system, the PAN recessed LED luminaire, the ELEVO LED façade luminaire and the ONLITE PURESIGN 150 LED emergency and escape sign luminaire to win the award.
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    Independently and in close collaboration with internationally renowned designers, the Zumtobel product design teams develops products that are outstanding on account of their maximum utility value and unobtrusive design. Zumtobel's ambition has been acknowledged once again by the four most recently awarded prizes.

    As many as four products by Zumtobel received the 2013 iF product design award:
    • •    DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system
      The basic structure of the Discus Evolution spotlight system is an LED disc which is reminiscent of the ancient symbol of the sun. With its flat look, its efficient reflector technology, 30 W LED light source plus excellent beam pattern and colour rendering (RA 90), DISCUS Evolution is an ultramodern shop spotlight. Its newly developed LED board design allows luminous flux levels of up to 2000 lm with luminaire efficiency in excess of 65 lm/W.
      Design: EOOS

      » More information on the DISCUS Evolution LED spotlight system

    • •    ELEVO LED façade luminaire
      Mounted on windowsills and invisible to passers-by, the 3.5 mm high ELEVO façade luminaire impressively illuminates protrusions and surfaces. The luminaire is switchable or PWM-dimmable and is easily integrated into a variety of system environments. As a powerful LED luminaire with warm or cool white colour temperatures, ELEVO is ideal for direct as well as indirect façade illumination.
      Design: Zumtobel

      » Click here to learn more about ELEVO

    • •    PAN recessed LED luminaire
      With a diameter of 52 mm, PAN is the smallest commercially available spotlight for façade lighting. The luminaire can be used flexibly in a downlight or uplight position. Colour temperatures of 3200 K and 6000 K ensure the right light for various materials and surfaces. This recessed or surface-mounted luminaire features IP65/67 protection and demonstrates its ability to show off both modern buildings and buildings protected as historic monuments to full effect.
      Design: Zumtobel

      » Click here for more information about PAN

    • •    ONLITE PURESIGN 150 LED emergency and escape sign luminaire
      PURESIGN's sparing use of materials and powder-coated finish make it a perfect example of sustainable product design.

      The escape sign luminaire uses state-of-the-art LED technology; a new light guide panel ensures uniform pictogram illumination. Surface-mounted and recessed models are available with 2 rotatable ERI spots for illuminating up to 13 m of escape route. Puresign is an escape sign and emergency luminaire all in one.
      Design: EOOS

      » Click here to learn more about ONLITE PURESIGN 150

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