Fagerhult making luminaire with eco-certified wood

May 8, 2023
With sustainability in mind, the company is also recovering reflective plastic from television sets for the product’s reflectors.

The eco drum keeps beating anew in the lighting industry. In the latest sounding, Fagerhult Group is building a luminaire made from what it says is 77% “recycled or renewable materials,” including a wood housing — rather than metal or plastic — and plastic reflectors recovered from televisions.

CEO Bodil Sonesson drew attention to the new Kvisten office luminaire during the Swedish company’s recent upbeat first-quarter results call with analysts. Fagerhult operates 12 lighting companies. One of those, the eponymous Fagerhult, introduced Kvisten earlier this year in Sweden, but the corporate entity had not publicized it until two weeks ago, when Sonesson told analysts that it is “one of the most sustainable luminaires on the market.”

Whereas manufacturers tend to house luminaires with steel, glass, and plastic, Habo-based Fagerhult makes the new product from pine plywood, with a birch wood veneer. The word “kvisten” translates as “small wooden branch,” Sonesson said.

According to Fagerhult, the product adheres to strict sustainability principles as it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a Bonn, Germany nonprofit group that monitors forest management to prevent deforestation and the destruction of ancient woodlands. FSC also protects biodiversity as well as fair work and community environments.

In another eco-minded feature, Kvisten makes use of reflective PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic recovered from television sets and converted into reflectors.

Fagerhult intends to build all its luminaires from at least 80% recycled or renewable material by 2030. Kvisten “is a big step in the right direction,” said Cecilia Niva, product and application manager for the Fagerhult product brand.

In similar environmental innovations in the lighting industry, Glamox recently introduced luminaires made from recycled aluminum, and Signify is offering its Coastal Breeze line manufactured with 3D printed material from recovered fishing nets. Signify has developed luminaires from other recycled materials. LEDs Magazine will report on these separately.

In a parallel movement, the industry is stepping up its efforts to retain existing installed luminaires by “remanufacturing” them. To that end, the U.K.’s Recolight will soon launch a matchmaking web portal aimed at buyers and sellers. In a similar vein, design schemes are increasingly including disassembly forethought to help in recovery of certain parts and materials.

MARK HALPER is a contributing editor for LEDs Magazine, and an energy, technology, and business journalist ([email protected]).

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