- It is a way of minimizing the visual appearance of light fixtures and allowing the light itself to be the feature instead.
- Those in the know have been doing this for decades using clever detailing of builder’s work to create pockets to house standard light fixtures.
- There are now systems on the market designed to deliver the same or better effects without the need to resort to time-consuming detailing.
- The specifier needs to take care that the product or system they are specifying is well designed to ensure a quality finish.
- A well-designed product will ensure a perfect finish between the mounting surface and the product and result in a crisp detail.
So where can we most effectively utilize these new products?
Layers of Light
As surfaces over lay one another, with no apparent thickness to each layer, an unbroken wash of light emitting from each layer falls upon the next to create a truly dramatic and engaging architectural feature. This is exactly what award-winning architects ORMS achieved in their stunning design for the lobby at 95 Wigmore Street, London, utilizing the Whitegoods Edgeless Cove by Inter-lux.
The Whitegoods cove integrates invisibly with the gypsum ceiling to form a perfect leading edge and a crisp finished detail. Layers can be parallel to one another, in which case the surface will ‘step’ up or down depending on your point of view. However, in this installation layers have been angled such that the leading edge of each forms a datum.
A coffered ceiling is a longstanding and familiar architectural form delivering visually comfortable indirect ambient light into spaces, but in recent years, the world seems to have ‘gone linear’. However, that doesn’t mean that the ceiling coffer can’t have a role to play here. If you take a standard ceiling coffer and stretch its dimensions along one axis, and compress them in the other, a slot of light is created within a surface. If you then introduce a knife edge profile the up-stands of the slot disappear, delivering a crisp sharp opening from which the light can flow.
This type of linear slot can deliver plenty of light even for tasks requiring high light levels. The light may also be more focused than that delivered by larger open coffers. This upmarket hair salon for John Freida located in London uses the Whitegoods Edgeless cove again to do exactly that over the cutting stations. Additionally, of course, the light is glare-free, so it’s also perfect above the hair washing stations.
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