Amerlux and Peerless take bold and different approaches to indirect lighting

Oct. 30, 2012
Amerlux fixtures blend into the wall or ceiling whereas Peerless fixtures make bold, artistic statements.

Peerless and Amerlux both recently announced new LED-based indirect lighting fixtures that could serve in similar applications in a commercial or high-end-residential settings, but the approaches couldn't be more different. The Peerless Origami LED fixtures are bold, intended to be seen, and arguably works of art. The Amerlux Fino fixtures, meanwhile, are designed to be virtually invisible whether ceiling or wall mounted.

Origami LED in the modern kitchen

The Origami design is also capable of being wall or ceiling mounted, suspended in the latter case. The uniquely- and geometrically-shaped luminaires are available in bold red and black colors as well as white and painted aluminum. Peerless said that design was inspired by both modern architecture and the Japanese art of paper folding.

The geometric design serves to help distribute light as well. The multi-faceted body reflects light and the visual effect at the luminaire is a mix of color, light and shadow while the indirect lighting provided is uniform.

Power profile

In addition to the bold looks, the Origami design is targeted at energy efficiency. Peerless says that when spaced at 15 ft in an open office that you can achieve a power density of 0.76 W/ft2 and deliver 29 fc on a work surface.

Fino blends into an office wall

The baseline energy savings afforded by the LED-based luminaire is enhanced in a number of ways and an installation can further savings through the use of controls. The design uses Acuity's (Peerless is an Acuity Brand) lumen maintenance technology that lowers drive current, and therefore power consumption, early in the luminaire lifetime and gradually increases that current over time to combat lumen depreciation. Peerless says that the technique lowers energy usage by 10% over the life of the product.

Peerless also supplies a number of adaptive control options including both light sensors for daylighting applications and occupancy sensors to turn lights off when no one is present. Optionally an Acuity nLight module supports wired network connectivity for programmatic control of lighting.

The Peerless Origami luminaires are available in 4- and 8-ft lengths, providing 2100 and 4100 lm respectively, and can be used individually or linked in continuous runs. Moving to the Amerlux Fino products, you have the same option with the ability to run the length of a ceiling or wall.

Ultra-shallow design

Amerlux says that Fino is the first "ultra shallow asymmetric luminaire" on the market. We're not sure there is any such category, but Fino is only 5/8-in thick and is designed to be installed in sheet rock without reaching the wall or ceiling studs. The design does require that a modular driver be installed separately in the wall or ceiling.

Wall-mounted Origami LED

The Fino fixtures appear to be part of the wall or ceiling as opposed to a light fixture. Amerlux says the product was designed for use in indirect-ambient, wall-wash, and cove lighting applications. A snap-in lens provides diffuse light that is spread by an internal reflector.

A Fino installation uses 5 W/ft of power. The drivers support 0-10V dimming for additional power savings. Amerlux rates the fixtures for 50,000 hours of use and the company supports the product with a 10-yr warranty.

The fixtures are available over a range of 2700K to 4000K color temperatures with a CRI of 80. A 3500K unit delivers 533 lm/ft. Amerlux offers the fixtures in 6-in increments between 1 and 8 ft, and supports longer runs with a fixture joining mechanism.