Designer-friendly LED luminaires increase conceptual options

July 19, 2005
Advances in solid-state lighting are opening up a whole series of possibilities in design and architecture that are limited only by our imagination, writes Ian Mills of Philips Lighting.
Suspended LED tile The rules of lighting design are being rewritten. Soon lighting effects will be created that were previously unthinkable: interactive benches that radiate changing colors, walkways with glowing footprints, and walls that reach out with dancing light.

This is all down to today's rapid advances in LED technology, which can be incorporated into almost any object, surface or appliance to provide dynamic lighting that can change color and intensity.

LEDs are ideal for color scene-setting in indoor and outdoor applications. The lighting effect can be diffuse or well defined, and the designer has full freedom in the use of colors. Using single-color LEDs or a combination of three-colored LEDs - red, green and blue - adds an extra dimension, opening up the possibility of mixing colors from different luminaires or within one luminaire. To achieve the optimum lighting effect, lighting controls enable the user to direct the interplay of dynamic colors and changing intensity, or to choose a predefined scene.

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