The LED revolution has in many aspects, been remarkable. Yet in one critical aspect, the lighting industry has been completely lackluster: Using the flexibility and miniaturization of LEDs to launch new applications/categories of architectural lighting. But once in awhile, a company dares to try something new and typically, innovations in architectural lighting happen between common categories – hybrids, if you will.
For example, I received a marketing email by L&S Light for their new Sign product series. I immediately started to think: What “category” would this fall under?
Cove lighting? Nope.
Wall lighting? Nope.
Flex tape? Nope.
No, in reality it represents a new product category. Perhaps we should call it “architectural edge lighting”?
For sure, various styles of incandescent/xenon clickstrip and LED flex strip have been incorporated into cove lighting and architectural details for decades. But that has always been accomplished through fussy construction detailing. This Sign line is really a hybrid of “fussy architectural detail lighting” with a surface mounted rail/furniture system, minus the costly design and integration process. You know a lighting product is treading into new territory when some of the options include “paper towel holder”.
Adding lines of light “sneaking out” of architectural edge lines adds visual delight throughout even the simplest of rooms. Anything that gets architectural lighting off of the ceiling plane and onto the vertical surfaces or ground surfaces generally creates far more drama and visual richness in a space.
I haven’t seen the product in person and can’t speak to its technical qualities, but I applaud them for fusing lighting into a furniture system. Sadly, I know how difficult it might be for them in dealing with petty channel difficulties – whose construction package does this fall into? Lighting or cabinetry? That’s really why so many innovative lighting concepts never reach mainstream application.
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