Lighting in Design

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Lighting in Design Feb March 2018Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology was invented in 2005 by Suat Topsu, president of Oledcomm – a global leader in LiFi solutions, and is a new technology that enables wireless connections between mobile devices and other networked devices using LED lights to carry data. LiFi provides data transmission by imperceptibly modulating the light emitted by an LED light. The resulting data connection is ultra-fast, secure and free of harmful electromagnetic emissions. Light signals are received and converted into data by a LiFi dongle connected to the mobile device.

“Just as clean energy is displacing fossil fuels and driving environmentally responsible innovation,” says Oledcomm CEO Benjamin Azoulay, “Light is displacing radio frequencies to provide clean, responsible connectivity.”

My Lifi first lampNow, Oledcomm has introduced MyLiFi®, the world’s first LiFi connected object available to the general public, along with its professional version, MyLiFi Pro®, distributed in North America by Global LiFi Tech.

A double award winner at the CES Innovation Awards 2018, MyLiFi® is an LED lamp with a contemporary design by Pierre Garner of eliumstudio. The lamp reinvents the broadband Internet connection with strong security and no harmful electromagnetic waves. This next-generation lighting goes beyond the visible spectrum by providing easy, secure Internet connectivity. The company wanted to materialise the non-material with this ‘smart’ light and to achieve its aim created a simple object that makes technology disappear in favour of comfort and usability.

Cradle of humankind‘Returning to the place of origin’ from the high tech future, we visit Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind where Regent Lighting Systems (RLS) was responsible for creating an eye catching lighting installation for the new picnic and event space at Gauteng’s only World Heritage site. Three new picnic sites were designed by GREENInc to function as an extension of the current museum experience. Two exhibition items – a set of stone tool sculptures and a semi-circle ring of asymmetric sliding rectangles and circles – were designed for the space.

Lighting was essential to the success of the project and RLS had to ensure that light pollution was limited. To conform to the brief, the company used standard Piazza bollard lighting along the walkways leading to the site and to light the sculptures at the entrance. However, the lighting that captures the attention is the lighting solution designed for the seating ring. The intent was to have the seating illuminated through the slits that are present. Since the diameter of ring is 30 m, something with a bit of a punch was required to create the desired effect and because there was no standard light fitting available to suit the purpose, RLS repurposed a wall washer fitting (designed to wash the façade of a building with light) using a stand and baseplate to ensure its integrity, and set a total of 27 fittings 30 cm back from the ring to provide the desired strips of light through the gaps as well as reflective light, which bounces back off the ring. The lights are on day/night switches as well as being on different circuits, so they can be switched on and off depending on the requirements of the events, and they are all set on a dimmer. The effect is captivating.

Tanzanian lighting designer Sakina DugawallaOther articles in our March issue include a fascinating interview with Tanzanian lighting designer Sakina Dugawalla, a thought-provoking piece by Anthony Tischhauser on the value of Wertschätzung in local lighting design, and an overview of two award-winning local projects.

Contact Lighting in Design

Title: Editor
Name: Gregg Cocking
Email: lighting@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Carin Hannay
Email: carinh@crown.co.za
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

 
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