ERCO prepares to debut new outdoor LED luminaires at Light+Building

March 9, 2016
The vision of illuminating grand entrances, roofed areas, arcades and other outdoor architecture with creativity and precision whilst meeting superior standards of visual comfort and efficiency has become a reality. The new Quintessence recessed LED luminaires now take the sophistication of qualitative lighting design in indoor projects to the outdoor area. With innovative digital photometric solutions encased in robust housings, the Quintessence downlights, wallwashers and directional luminaires with IP65 rating perform equally well in indoor applications that call for a high degree of protection against moisture and dust.

Upgrading the new Quintessence range to full digital capabilities for the outdoor area, ERCO has optimised all parameters consistently for state-of-the-art optoelectronics. Embracing LED recessed luminaires as downlights, lens wallwashers and directional LED luminaires, and with a logical structure across the range, the result allows for differentiated lighting concepts with maximum freedom in design – in an architectural context, connecting spaces by interpreting transitions from the inside and outside.

Long life, low maintenance and homogeneous aesthetics of an outdoor lighting installation require an uncompromising approach to quality. With this in mind, ERCO primarily uses proprietary components – from lenses and reflectors through to LED modules and control gear. Rated at IP65, the robust cast aluminium housings of the luminaires provide complete protection against dust and jets of water from all directions, whilst sophisticated thermal management optimises the operating conditions for digital technology. For enhanced overall efficiency of the lighting concept, the new Quintessence IP65 range delivers further enhancements, such as reduced recess depths, large luminaire spacing and consistently higher light output ratios than comparable predecessors.

Downlights IP65: The new formula for efficient visual comfort
The Quintessence downlights IP65 mark the advance with optimised angles: Innovative digital photometrics produce an extra wide batwing light distribution with a 90° emission angle and a 40° cut-off for optimal uniformity, delivering a feat that previously had proved elusive. As a result, the luminaires can be spaced up to 50% further apart, thereby minimising the investment, installation and operating costs. At the same time, the optical system, consisting of diffuser lens and darklight reflector, produces a superbly uniform beam with high cylindrical illuminances that enhance aspects such as facial recognition – and with it, the sense of security in outdoor areas. The Quintessence IP65 range of downlights offers lumen packages as high as 3300lm, with a connected load of up to 24W, resulting in powerful illumination particularly from large heights, such as under cantilever roofs or in open atriums. The high cut-off angle provides efficient visual comfort. The minimised recess depth facilitates effective lighting solutions in projects involving tight spaces.

Lens wallwashers and directional luminaires for flexible design
The distinct functional design of the Quintessence outdoor range reflects ERCO’s approach to light as the fourth dimension of architecture and urban development, recognising its value as a design tool in its own right, to structure space, create scenic effect, facilitate orientation and draw attention through dynamic accentuation. As a keystone in the concept of efficient visual comfort, vertical illuminance requires special consideration. It is with this in mind that ERCO has now completely redesigned the Quintessence wallwashers IP65 to deliver superb uniformity on vertical surfaces that define spatial limits, for a bright and homogeneous impression. The special wallwasher lens with asymmetrical light distribution ensures excellent glare control with an unusually good cut-off angle of 80° on the outward facing side. As a result, the wallwashers can be spaced exceptionally far apart, taking cost-efficiency to an entirely new level.

The directional luminaires in the Quintessence IP65 range are made for applications where objects on walls or in roofed areas are to be accentuated, combining the flexibility of projectors with the formally understated mounting solution of a downlight. The beams can be tilted up to 20° from the vertical and rotated through 360°. With an optical system consisting of collimating and Spherolit lenses, supported by a darklight reflector, the luminaire sets new standards in precise light guidance with excellent glare control. The three light distributions narrow spot, spot and flood project the light flexibly and without loss onto the target surface – enabling efficient lighting solutions for outdoor projects.

Optimised for enhanced lumen maintenance
The Quintessence outdoor range covers lumen packages from 210lm (directional luminaires) through to 3300lm (downlights and wallwashers), with a connected load ranging between 2W and 24W. Light colours include warm white (3000K) and neutral white (4000K). Thanks to significant in-house development and production of optoelectronic components as well as sophisticated thermal management in the housing, ERCO is always in control of its digital lighting tools, ensuring maximum longevity. For the new Quintessence generation, this effectively means that 90% of the LEDs in the luminaires still achieve at least 80% of their original luminous flux after 50,000h. The failure rate of individual LEDs – not of the luminaire – after this period is just 0.1%. All Quintessence IP65 recessed luminaires can be dimmed down continuously to 1% and are optionally available as a switchable version or for DALI dimming.
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Castor Outdoor LED Bollard
Bollard luminaires are ideal for illuminating open areas and pathways, bringing a sense of safety and orientation at dusk and beyond. As well as providing adequate ambient lighting, they add spatial structure by creating perceptual hierarchies that accentuate and delimit movement zones and public places. The ERCO Castor is designed precisely with these diverse functions in mind. The versatile bollard luminaire offers lighting designers, building and landscape architects plenty of creative freedom in designing comprehensive lighting concepts for complex outdoor projects, such as in the context of prestigious public buildings, the gastronomy or the home.

This is the first pure LED bollard luminaire in the ERCO portfolio, and thus the Castor range enables hugely creative solutions combining consistent design with superior glare control and excellent energy efficiency. Available with 360° radial beam for open areas or, alternatively, with a light aperture designed to spread the light 180° in a semicircle onto pathways, as well as in different sizes and lumen packages, the floor washlight allows the luminaires to be spaced particularly far apart at up to 10m – producing highly precise and uniform light without compromising on the glare control. This synthesis of visual comfort, light quality and luminous power is based on the special ERCO LED technology developed for Castor, with an innovative and highly efficient light guidance ring integrated almost invisibly in the bollard’s minimalist design.

Castor is the first luminaire to enable differentiated lighting design concepts for movement zones and open areas as well as for terraces and car parks, entrance areas and pathways, using a single range of ERCO luminaires with a consistent design. The versions with a wide beam light distribution of 180° have a connected load of 8W to 12W, with lumen packages between 840lm and 1650lm, whereas the version with 360° radial beam delivers between 16W and 24W, with lumen packages of 1680lm to 3300lm. Castor comes in a height of 800mm or 900mm with two different light colours. The flexible bollard luminaires are switchable or DALI dimmable.

The “light digital” light guidance technology – an innovation blending technology and design
Castor demonstrates the approach that ERCO has taken to advance the philosophy of “light, not luminaires” into the digital age. The sealed light guidance ring in a housing with a perfectly shielded light aperture directs the light effectively, precisely and without glare onto the target surface. The result is light of unprecedented symmetry and brilliance with superb uniformity. The perfection of the radial beam in the 360° version is enhanced by the absence of any inference, such as by a fitting or other component. The ERCO Dark Sky technology prevents light from being emitted above the horizontal plane, leaving the night sky dark whilst ensuring a good view for passers-by and drivers. The light guidance ring of Castor, specially developed and produced by ERCO and made of optical polymer, combines light guidance and lens. It is mounted directly above the ring-shaped layout of the LED module with high-power LEDs, which is integrated upside down in the luminaire. The photometric system is based on the same highly precise optical principle applied to the collimating lenses in ERCO spotlights and wallwashers.

Effective floor washlight for the outdoor area
Thanks to its very attractive commercial positioning, with excellent energy efficiency on top, Castor is an effective lighting tool for projects with budget issues. With very high luminous efficacy and distribution characteristics, the luminaires can be spaced up to 10m apart, without compromising the glare control. Castor conforms to the stringent requirements of the IP65 rating, with a housing made of powder-coated cast aluminium, no glass components and electronics that are protected in the upper part of the bollard, making Castor suitable for use in snow. Needless to say, the robust bollard luminaire is equipped with the maintenance-free ERCO optoelectronics designed for a long life, to help save resources and lower the operating costs.
Kona LED Outdoor Luminaire
Public buildings such as museums, libraries or train stations stand apart as architectural landmarks in any urban context. Much like a big plaza in the city’s fabric they are nerve centres of urban life. Effective illumination enhances the fascination of these places and adds to the city’s appeal, lending it even more character. With the new Kona range, ERCO now offers versatile luminaires for a multitude of outdoor applications. Thanks to powerful luminous flux packages combined with excellent glare control, Kona is a perfect lighting tool, particularly for extended projection distances, and offers glare-free visual comfort. The robust luminaires with highly innovative ERCO LED photometrics illuminate large façades and monuments as effectively and with impressive energy efficiency results as building ensembles.

The Kona range, consisting of projectors, floodlights and wallwashers, is the latest release of lighting tools designed and developed at ERCO. Its innovative style combines visual comfort with energy efficiency in a robust housing. With astonishing lumen packages of up to 13,200 lm at just 96 W of power consumption, Kona masters large projection distances effortlessly, making the luminaire ideal for lighting tasks over longer ranges. The sophisticated design of the round, tapered housing, with an optical system set back deep inside the luminaire, guarantees optimum glare control even with maximised lumen packages. A huge range of distribution options projects the powerful light precisely onto the target surface without any loss to widen the photometric options of creative lighting design. Maintenance-free optoelectronics and the corrosion-resistant housing are designed for a long life to help save natural resources and reduce the operating costs.

Powerful and flexible
Kona is available in three sizes for total compatibility with all typical outdoor project challenges. In all three sizes, the projectors, floodlights and wallwashers excel with corresponding lumen packages and a variety of light distributions. Architectural details are emphasised effectively with the Kona projector using a narrow distribution with a cut-off angle of 30°. As a floodlight with oval flood distribution, Kona lends itself to the accentuation of tall and long objects, such as free-standing sculptures. The Spherolit lens oval flood in the round luminaire head of Kona can be rotated freely allowing precise adjustment of the elongated beam to illuminate individual objects. As a wallwasher, Kona produces absolutely uniform vertical illuminance across building façades and helps to define spatial borders.

Efficient and low-maintenance photometrics
With exceptionally uniform light produced by the Kona projectors, floodlights and wallwashers, only a few of these lighting tools are needed for a lighting concept designed to satisfy the highest standards. The specially developed Spherolit lens system, based on a combination of LED module, collimators and Spherolit lens, focuses the digital light of Kona perfectly, offering powerful lighting tools with energy usage as low as 18 W to 96 W. As well as this outstanding achievement, ERCO photometric solutions are designed for a long life, guaranteeing low-maintenance requirements with lower operating costs. With excellent lumen maintenance (specification of L80/B10), Kona is superb for operation particularly in mounting locations with challenging access, such as bridges or roof structures. The robust housing is made of corrosion-resistant cast aluminium and thanks to a double powder-coated and an IP65 rating, the system is ideal for a multitude of lighting tasks in the outdoor area as well as for indoor applications that call for a high degree of protection.


Nina Reetzke, Press Officer - ERCO GmbH