| ||company: Luceplan|
product: eco-friendly lighting
company: Luceplan is an internationally known Italian design firm. Over the past two years, the company has been carrying out a special program of technological evolution and research on energy applied to lighting, with particular attention to solar light. Energy saving is one of the firm’s top priorities, meant to embrace the environmental compatibility of their entire operation – from choice of materials to the manufacturing process, from product durability to product maintenance. This means designing beyond the birth of a product. It includes anticipating the completion of its life cycle and its disassembly, designing its recycling or reuse, innovating its packaging and avoiding the use of pollutant paints and processes, all of which will combine to reduce its impact on the environment.
product: Zeno is a noteworthy example amongst the eco-friendly lighting collection produced by Luceplan. Its designers are Diego Rossi and Raffaele Tedesco, two very young Italian architects interested in the development of renewable energy applications. Zeno shapes a new philosophy of light. Following the principles that stress solar light’s therapeutic and healthful virtues, Luceplan has produced an artificial ‘natural’ light.
technical contents: Zeno is designed for direct use in places that cannot be reached by natural light, or in areas dimly lit during the day. The product is a sophisticated system that is able to integrate sunlight with artificial light from the most advanced light sources (fluorescent, halogen, halide). Thanks to a special system of optical conduits, natural light is picked up by collectors placed outside the building and conveyed to the device, which carries the solar radiation into the building in a direct and controlled way.
sustainable features: the possibility of having interfaced light sources of different efficiencies, temperatures, colours and chromatic yields makes the system extremely flexible from both a balanced light point of view and from that of energy control. Zeno makes it possible for the first time to integrate sunlight with artificial light sources. It is able to create different atmospheres using just one apparatus, for example cooler and more ‘objective’ for workplaces, warmer and more secluded for domestic interiors.
looking ahead: in a not too distant future, when sunlight collectors and optical conduits have more fully evolved, it will be possible to distribute direct light from the sun and subdivide the cost of the system amongst the tenants of an apartment block, similarly to what happens today with television signals.