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  • 06/2017
    Company

    Active Light in the office

    Zumtobel study findings call for new planning approaches for greater well-being in the office
    Light is constantly providing new images and releasing emotions. It controls physical processes and affects the biological clock. Dynamic across space and time, artificial lighting supports the naturally merged interplay of humans and nature. The immense diversity of lighting moods adapts to individual needs, architecture and activities over the course of time. Hereby, an illuminance that goes beyond normative standards and is controlled with the support of dynamic lighting colours provide added value for well-being, as the findings of the latest study show.
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    The study on perception conducted by Fraunhofer IAO Stuttgart and Zumtobel with more than 2,000 participants showed that 77 % of people prefer neutral white lighting colours (4,000 - 5,000 K).  More than 60 % of the participants would prefer to work with an illuminance of 800 lx or more. However, normative planning is limited to only 500 lx in offices.

    » Click here for the “Perceived lighting quality in the office” study

    These findings lead to Zumtobel product innovations such as the new generation of MILD LIGHT with a planning approach of alternatively 500 lx or 800 lx illuminance.  The tunableWhite technology was also more strongly integrated in new product developments so that the lighting colours can be optimally adapted to one’s needs and the time of day.  Well-being increases with a change in lighting as well as concentrated working and communication. Quality of sleep, attentiveness and performance can also be improved with this innovative technology.

    However, the Fraunhofer IAO Study is based on the subjective documentation of the perception of lighting quality.  Based on these classically established findings, the Nymphenburg Group from Munich conducted an office study by means of psychophysiological measurements. A new bioadaptive lighting concept in comparison to standard office lighting was investigated. The neuroscientific tool “Limbic Emotional Assessment” (LEA) was deployed and the control room featured 500 lx at 4000 K. With identical room conditions, 800 lx and interchanging light colours of 3,000 K (warm-white) to 6,000 K (daylight white), the six psychophysiological indicators all improved.  In the dynamic setting with a higher illuminance, the participants were, for example, able to deal with stress better and were calmer.  They were able to complete concentration tasks more reliably and more concentrated because they were more relaxed. Overall, the participants exhibited a better activation level with the bioadaptive lighting.

    » Click here for the “Bioadaptive lighting” study

    Studie „Bioadaptive Lighting“

    Similar findings were revealed by a field study conducted by scientists from Graz with 36 participants in two offices of Siemens and the LKH Weiz hospital (Austria) between October and March.  This showed the significant influences of artificial lighting on the long-term stabilisation of the biological clock and the well-being of working people. High illuminance and a natural and dynamic course of intensity and light colours are recommended. Bright artificial lighting, which dynamically follows daylight conditions and therefore adapts to the natural surrounding conditions, has a more stabilising and supportive effect on humans in the long term. The study examined the effects of lighting on heart function, hormones, well-being, biological rhythms and sleep quality.

    The following significant effects of office lighting were recorded in the field study: The chosen dynamic light situations (DL1 & DL2) with higher illuminance (ca. 800lx) were subjectively preferred in comparison to the static lighting with normative illuminance. When the heart frequency was monitored, it could be seen that a higher light intensity led to stronger activation when awake and this is associated with deeper sleep and improved stabilisation of our inner clock.

    » Click here for the “Effect of lighting on the workplace” study 

    Bioadaptive Lighting
    Image: The two examined courses of lighting development of the study on the effect of dynamic lighting solutions at the workplace. Reference condition: static.
     
    An analysis of the data of the specialist literature by the Graz experts showed that time-related dynamic lighting control with higher intensity between 500 and 1,200 lx also has considerable benefits for employees.

    Active Light by Zumtobel brings the dynamic of daylight inside – into the office – supports the natural biorhythm and improves well-being and satisfaction. The concept is able to provide the right lighting in the right intensity and colour at the right time. It also increases one’s concentration ability and people’s ability to deal with stress in daily life.

    This implicitly leads to a more agreeable work climate, increased performance and a perfect work-life balance. 

    » Find out more about this on our special office page

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    Authors: Carina Buchholz, Brand Lighting Application Manager Zumtobel

  • 06/2017
    Products

    the editions – the new extended collection from Zumtobel

    Zumtobel presents creative lighting solutions with a touch of TECHxtra
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    The latest mini-collection from Zumtobel brings together creative solutions with real technological innovation. Four existing high-quality products have been technologically enhanced to create the editions – extended collection Available from June 2017, these fittings incorporate a bit of ‘TECHxtra’, demonstrating the courage to blaze a new trail through the design landscape.

    The four luminaires featured in the editions – extended collection are:

    TECTON Balanced White: Environmental well-being where you least expect it
    The highly versatile TECTON lighting system is a true highlight of the Zumtobel portfolio, providing intelligent solutions for any lighting task. TECTON is now available for the first time with Balanced White technology. This means that the colour temperature can be modified to reflect the specific demands of an application, helping to significantly improve both the quality of perception and the well-being of users.

    CRAFT Balanced White: A powerhouse goes wellness
    This powerful, compact and efficient high-bay fitting uses Balanced White technology to simulate the natural course of daylight through a finely tuned adjustable colour temperature range. This enables the lighting to be precisely tailored to suit the changing use of the area.

    CRAFT RAW: The powerhouse stripped down
    A high-bay favourite reduced to its essentials. Outstanding efficiency has helped this luminaire tackle any industrial application - and now the latest challenge is one of design. CRAFT RAW is simple, silver and unpolished, making it the ideal option for design-oriented projects with high ceilings and an industrial look, including furniture stores and exhibition halls.

    COESA: Quality lighting for quality control
    COESA is the first quality-control luminaire from Zumtobel. Sharper than the human eye, this product utilises optimal area lighting to find any faults and irregularities in installations where the highest quality is of the highest importance. Error detection is further optimised by colour temperature contrast and precise pattern lines, which can be specified in three different configurations.

    About the editions
    the editions
    is a half-yearly collection of custom-made luminaires that have been created for specific projects. Epitomising the pioneering spirit and innovative strength of the Zumtobel brand, this exclusive compact portfolio is designed for projects with special requirements and new challenges. The core concept takes inspiration from the fashion scene, where haute couture is carefully evolved into an accessible range of select “ready-to-wear” garments. the editions - where haute couture meets the world of light ...

    Zumtobel first launched an exclusive mini-collection in December 2016, under the title the editions – Capsule Collection #01. The five special luminaires blend aesthetics with innovative design and have been developed in collaboration with renowned architects and designers. The Capsule Collection enables these solutions to be exclusively showcased alongside the standard portfolio.

    Further information
    Each special luminaire from the two mini-collections has its own unique development history. Comprehensive information can be found on the editions website, including interviews with project members, technical data and references: editions.zumtobel.com

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  • 05/2017
    Products

    Golden age for Zumtobel: Four iF DESIGN AWARDS in 2017

    Innovative creative powers and outstanding product design – this is how Zumtobel won over the jury at the iF Design Awards 2017 this year and picked up four of the prestigious design prizes.
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    Zumtobel was awarded prizes for LINETIK, MELLOW LIGHT and NIGHTSIGHT in the product design category. The Zumtobel Group’s current annual report, which was developed in collaboration with the US design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, also achieved the highest GOLD award in the communication design category.

    » Go to the annual report

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  • 05/2017
    Event

    Successful Office Roadshow to continue

    The Zumtobel Office Roadshow will stop off in a total of 11 cities around Europe to present the latest lighting concepts, profound application knowledge and innovative products locally.
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    Since the beginning in November 2016, 750 visitors in cities such as London, Paris and Milan have already visited Zumtobel and gained new knowledge from specialist lectures and product presentations. The successful tour will continue. The next event will take place in Prague on 16 May.

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  • 04/2017
    Products

    These are the Zumtobel 2017 spring highlights

    Our Highlights page has all the latest, innovative Zumtobel products and product additions for spring 2017. You can also download the Highlights brochure as PDF.
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    Each highlight will be clearly presented alongside a product image and concisely introduced with the most important data. Related links provide details on the respective products.

    » Click here for the 2017 spring highlights on our website.

    » Download the 2017 spring highlights as a PDF brochure here.

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  • 03/2017
    Event

    Impressions from the retail trade fair EuroShop 2017

    The world's no. 1 retail industry trade fair, EuroShop 2017, was held in Düsseldorf from 5 to 9 March 2017.
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    With 2,368 exhibitors, more than 113,000 visitors from 138 different countries and an exhibition space covering 127,000 m2 in 18 exhibition halls, the organisers say that this year's fair was the most successful EuroShop ever. The main issues addressed were digitalisation, cross-channel sales approaches (e.g. via branches, websites and social media), and the emotionalisation of the shopping experience.

    Under the motto "Creating Light Creates Emotions", Zumtobel presented lighting solutions that are based on the results of the » Limbic® Lighting study and the Zumtobel concept » Active Light. They illustrate the growing importance of lighting as an effective sales and marketing instrument in the retail area.

    In addition, visitors could immerse themselves for the first time in a VR world at our exhibition stand and experienced how this technology is changing how we choose products.

    With Tridonic, Thorn, Zumtobel and the new brand Zumtobel Group Services, the Zumtobel Group presented a comprehensive range of retailer-focused products and services. The trade fair booth, which measured 200 m2, illustrated with various scenarios and application-related lighting concepts how lighting optimises the customer experience and how new technologies can easily be integrated into modern LED lighting solutions.

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  • 03/2017
    Lighting Solution

    INTRO - the all-rounder in shops

    The modular LED lighting system INTRO offers the right light for every sales area in a consistent design, from the shop window to the show room.
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    Innovative LED technology provides high luminaire efficiency of up to 100 lm/W, excellent lighting features and colour rendering. In combination with various light colours, light distributions and luminous fluxes, you have a broad range of options for different demands. It is also possible to integrate loudspeakers, sprinklers or cameras in the INTRO lighting system.

    » Learn more about INTRO

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  • 03/2017
    Lighting Solution

    ONICO – variable lighting tool in a standard design

    Regardless of whether track, ceiling-recessed or pendant – with ONICO it is easy to design technically consistent lighting solutions for retail areas.
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    Thanks to a discrete design and the integrated control gear, this concept is also suitable for worldwide use. The LED module and reflector are simply selected from the construction kit according to the required lighting properties.

    ONICO was given a “Special Mention” by the jury of experts at the 2017 German Design Award.

    » Read more about ONICO

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  • 03/2017
    Products

    KATALYST LED shelf lighting

    By lighting up shelves with even, vertical light, merchandise receives all the attention that each individual product deserves. KATALYST combines top homogeneity with unique brilliance – as only directed light can provide. The alternative to the light line is therefore established.
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    The two wings of the KATALYST track luminaire that can be swivelled around 90° ensure a perfect light distribution perfectly matched to the installation height, aisle width and shelf height. This means that even small products are highlighted brilliantly with vertical illuminance in shelves.

    » Read more about KATALYST

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  • 02/2017
    Products

    The MELLOW LIGHT sixth generation – MELLOW LIGHT evolution and infinity

    MELLOW LIGHT is an icon of office lighting. Its unobtrusive appearance is unmistakable. Nevertheless, Daniel Stromborg of the Gensler architecture and design office has succeeded in rejuvenating its design.
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    While the louvres of the luminaire are responsible for softening and diffusing the light, the centre part directs it onto the work place.

    During product development focus was placed on the needs of the user, which also remain central during application: MELLOW LIGHT provides the option of increasing the average illuminance to 800 lux to provide the user with even more light. As every person has different lighting needs for their particular office tasks, MELLOW LIGHT infinity enables the louvres and centre part to be switched separately.

    » Watch the MELLOW LIGHT video

    » Everything about MELLOW LIGHT evolution and infinity

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  • 02/2017
    Products

    SUPERSYSTEM outdoor – multi-zone lighting for effective design of outdoor areas

    With the LED outdoor luminaire SUPERSYSTEM, Zumtobel conveys a whole new approach to the task-specific illumination of pavements, squares, streets and façades.
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    Multiple light tubes create a uniquely refined luminaire. The modular lighting elements with different spotlight characteristics allow outside areas to be illuminated in a targeted way to create distinctive spaces.

    » Read more about SUPERSYSTEM outdoor

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  • 02/2017
    Products

    Do you know about these two fantastic products?

    Enough TECTON luminaires have been sold around the world that, if strung together, they would cover 14,000 km.
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    That is greater than the straight-line distance from Zumtobel’s headquarters in Dornbirn to our sales office in Landsdale near Perth in Australia.

    » Learn more about TECTON

    If you stacked all CRAFT high-bay luminaires sold to date, they would build a tower six times higher than the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

    » Read more about CRAFT

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  • 02/2017
    Products

    SUPERSYSTEM II – The solution for demanding lighting

    SUPERSYSTEM II is characterised by its delicate design, refined materiality, clean miniaturisation and flexibility, making it possible to create high-quality LED lighting solutions.
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    Whether general lighting or accentuation, direct or indirect beam, small or large objects, short or long distances, The multifunctional LED lighting system SUPERSYSTEM II covers all challenging lighting tasks with its wide range of easy-to-install lighting inserts – and does so with excellent light quality. Consequently, SUPERSYSTEM II provides lighting solutions across several rooms in a consistent style.

    » Learn more about SUPERSYSTEM II

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  • 01/2017
    Lighting Solution

    Zumtobel develops a cultured lighting solution for the Elbphilharmonie

    Zumtobel accentuates the magical atmosphere of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, incorporating a tailored lighting solution that uniquely brings the heart of this spectacular concert hall to life.
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    The building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, stands directly next to the River Elbe on more than 1000 reinforced concrete posts. The architectural concept blends old and new, with a spectacular marquee-like glass structure mounted on top of a former warehouse with a brick-facade. The building houses a philharmonic orchestra, a hotel, dining facilities, apartments and the Plaza viewing platform. As a key member of the project team involved in the construction of the Elbphilharmonie, Zumtobel has helped to realise a series of lighting solutions within the building.

    The customised lighting solution for general illumination in the concert hall is particularly impressive. Zumtobel has referenced the architectural philosophy of combining old and new by working closely with Herzog & de Meuron, lighting design firm Ulrike Brandi Licht and the glass designer Detlef Tanz from Wegberg to carefully craft 1200 hand-blown glass ball luminaires. Paying homage to the nearby River Elbe, the fittings appear like light-filled water bubbles emerging from the undulating acoustic ceiling, in which the luminaire housings are discretely concealed from view. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern LED technology made the development of this lighting solution a special challenge for Zumtobel. The result is a custom-made luminaire with an especially attractive appearance, which uses a colour temperature of 2700 K to create an emotive atmosphere in the room. The ball fittings are seamlessly dimmable via DMX controls and fully compatible with HDTV, meaning that video recordings made in the concert hall are completely flicker-free. A third of the luminaires are also integrated into the emergency lighting system.

    The Plaza features a further 870 machine-made plastic ball luminaires. These LED solutions are grouped in diamond shapes and provide pleasant warm-white general illumination with a colour temperature of 3000 K. Some of the fittings are linked to the emergency lighting network and the whole installation can be seamlessly dimmed with DALI controls.

    Zumtobel developed another customised luminaire specifically for the foyer and the cloakroom in front of the concert hall. This hybrid product incorporates a hand-crafted fluorescent fitting with an RGB LED module, which can be separately controlled using a DALI interface. While the conventional fluorescent lamp is used for general lighting, the RGB LED module can be regulated to deliver the right colour for the right mood. Depending on the particular event, this means that the 750 luminaires can be individually adjusted to create poignant effect lighting. A proportion of the fluorescent lamps additionally perform an emergency lighting function.

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  • 01/2017
    Company

    These were the five most popular newsletter articles of 2016

    For this year's annual review we’ve compiled the most-read Zumtobel newsletter articles in 2016. Now you can be certain that you’ve read or seen the five most important articles from last year. Recall which products, projects and events were particular favourites.
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    Please see below for the five most-read articles:

    5th place: A workplace concept for Industry 4.0
    There’s a lot of talk about the keyword Industry 4.0 and the networking of people, machines and systems in the industrial production process. A video that introduces a workplace concept developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in collaboration with Zumtobel, sparked a great deal of interest.

    » Watch the video here and find out more about the concept that provides the right light at the right time in the right place.

    4th place: Three factors for well-being at the office
    The "best light for offices" is determined by three factors: The right light at the right time, the right light for certain tasks and the right light personalised just for you. The article, which examines this topic in detail, ranks in fourth place in our best-of-the-year list.

    » Read the article here and find out everything there is to know about the best light in offices.

    3rd place: Activity-based lighting in the office
    See in our video how the intelligent ATIVO multi-zone sensor combined with the LITECOM infinity intelligent lighting management system recognises room usage and automatically selects the appropriate lighting scene from luminaires, such as MELLOW LIGHT infinity. The video was a winner amongst many of our newsletter readers.

    » Watch the video here!

    2nd place: The product highlights of Autumn 2016
    The luminaires introduced in October 2016, like MELLOW LIGHT, the pendant luminaire VAERO or PANOS, the elaborate assembly unit for architectural lighting; all implement "Active Light" ideas where artificial light adapts to daylight. This approach met with a great deal of interest.

    » See all the product highlights here once more that were presented in autumn 2016! 

    1st place: Light + Building 2016
    From March 13 - 18 2016, Zumtobel met thousands of visitors at the 340 m2 Zumtobel Group Stand in the Festhalle at Messe Frankfurt. The brands Thorn, Tridonic, acdc and Reiss were also housed over a total area of 1,280 m2. It was the first time that all the brands of the Zumtobel Group shared a presentation space. The trade fair review video was the most-clicked article of 2016.

    » Watch the video here!

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