What were the stand-out innovations in lighting this year? At Lux Towers, we’ve had the heated debate, argued the toss and come up with the top 10 pieces of kit that really stood out for us in the last twelve months. See if you agree…
1. The Blade
iGuzzini did the double with The Blade this year, winning both a Lux Award and a Lighting Design Award, the only product to manage this feat apart from the Coelux skylight. The Blade is actually a huge range rather than one product, but if we had to rescue any single luminaire in a fire it would be the fabulous 28mm wall washer, the world’s smallest. Unquestionably, THE product launch of 2017.
3. EM ready2apply
A deserved winner in the emergency lighting product of the year in the 2017 Lux Awards in November, the EM ready2apply is the only product of its type that we know that can fit through a 40mm hole and within a ceiling void of 80mm. It connects an LED and optic, a driver, a battery charging circuit, a Dali interface and monitoring circuit via strap to a LiFePO4 battery. Clever.
5. Easyfit Bluetooth switch
Say goodbye to chasing cables down a wall! Imagine a light switch you can literally stick on a wall with absolutely no wiring. And it doesn’t even need a battery. The Bluetooth wireless signal is powered by act of pushing the rocker switch, which generates enough energy to send a signal to any Bluetooth enabled luminaire or circuit. A brilliant marriage of two cool technologies to create a useful piece of kit.
7. LINEARlight FLEX Diffuse 400
This cove lighting system got five stars in our review back in October. It’s a bendable, rectangular-section strip of soft, tactile plastic material and measures just 10mm high x 14mm wide (0.4” x 0.6”). The light emitting surface is diffuse and the strip is available is either side or top bending versions. The light output is totally uniform and it’s ideal where you want long, continuous lines.
A five-star in our review of IP-rated LED tape back in April, the Hydralux is a rectangular section, IP67 tape. You can achieve up to 1,820 lm/m, (15.4W/m), so there’s a lot of output available if you need it. What we really liked is the range of colour temperatures, from a super warm 2200K up to a chilly 9600K. There’s a choice of colour rendering, CRI 80 or 90.
What was YOUR stand out product in 2017? Let’s see your specs in the comments box below…