Variants illuminating architectural lighting

23rd November 2016
Source: Zumtobel
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Variants illuminating architectural lighting

Formally integrated architectural lighting has been introduced by the addition of the PANOS infinity luminaire family from Zumtobel. The four variants presented for the first time in November 2016 help increase the potential for lighting solutions that correspond to the finer details of every application. 

The light distribution of each PANOS version is specially optimised to reflect the different requirements in a building – including functional illumination. PANOS infinity therefore meets the varied demands placed on general and accent lighting, such as ensuring homogeneous illumination of horizontal and vertical surfaces with high light quality, enabling precise accentuation and creating a pleasant atmosphere. As a result, Zumtobel has crafted a product portfolio with high aesthetic appeal that covers every lighting task and inspires every lighting planner.

A choice of round and square designs, frameless or with a mounting frame, with diameters of 68, 100mm and now also with a diameter or edge length of 200mm, helps fuel this inspiration. The PANOS infinity 'building blocks' empower architects, lighting designers and electric planners to devise optimal task-specific lighting solutions for every room – solutions that are optimal both in terms of the overall building concept and the wellbeing of individual users. Whether in a reception area or a corridor, an office or a conference room, a lobby or an informal communication zone, a shop or a museum, one thing remains constant: both the discrete-looking downlights and the fine wallwashers blend beautifully with the interior architecture, combining norm-compliant illumination with high system efficiency and a specific lighting effect.

Precise light control with added know-how
These benefits are the direct result of high-quality lens and reflector technologies. Lens systems are characterised by exact light control, less stray light and the ability to produce various beam angles, including narrow distributions. The reflector then functions as a design element. Brightness is reduced, glare is limited and visual comfort is enhanced. The 'pure' reflector technology retains an important role in downlights with large diameters and high luminous fluxes, helping to negate the need for complex solutions with several lens systems. As a result, a diverse range with a single uniform look delivers precisely the right light control for every lighting task.

The additions introduce the possibility of 'warm dimming' and a colour rendering index of CRI> 90, along with colour temperatures of 2,700, 3,000 and 4,000K, as well as 3,500K for the American market. The PANOS infinity portfolio helps further increase its application potential.

Versions with task-specific charm
The PANOS infinity High Lumen downlight, with a diameter of 200mm and high luminous flux of up to 7,400 lumens, is suitable for use in high rooms such as atriums, airport buildings and hotel lobbies. The light distributions are defined by the reflector geometry, helping engineer two versions with specific beam angles: Spot with 13° and Flood with 30°. These high-performance 'large-scale' recessed luminaires represent useful tools for the creation of attractive architectural lighting with a uniform aesthetic character.

The PANOS infinity Accent Beam downlights put the emphasis firmly on accent lighting. The round design has a diameter of 100mm and the square version has an edge length of 100mm. High-quality lens technology has been harnessed to define three distinct beam angles: Spot with 14°, Flood with 29° and Very Wide Flood with over 50°. The model with a black reflector is a particular design highlight. This feature may have little effect in terms of lighting technology, but it means that users see a calm, uniform ceiling rather than merely 'light from above', thereby enhancing visual comfort.

Focused accents are also provided by the 'small' PANOS infinity adjustable, which is 68mm in either diameter or edge length, depending on whether the round or square version is selected. Using a specially developed lens system, the light cone can be swivelled by up to 28° and rotated 355°, guaranteeing optimal alignment without the need for any tools. The range includes Spot with a 15° beam angle and Flood with a 30° beam angle.

The miniaturised PANOS infinity wallwasher is optimised for the homogeneous illumination of vertical surfaces with up to 825 lumens of high-quality light. Boasting a diameter or edge length of 68 mm, with a mounting frame or simply frameless, these luminaires nicely complement the 'bigger' members of the PANOS infinity family.

Every architect or planner can now use the carefully thought-out PANOS infinity range from Zumtobel to truly indulge their creative instincts. The downlight, wallwasher and directional downlight 'building blocks', crafted in line with the design vision of Chris Redfern, Sottsass Associati, reflect every facet of lighting competence. Together with a consistent look, the PANOS infinity modular system offers unprecedented design freedom. The result is a raft of fascinating lighting solutions, ranging from functional lighting tasks focused on system efficiency to high-quality architectural lighting.

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