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iGuzzini: Trick of the Light

[SPONSORED FEATURE] iGuzzini’s ‘Invisible Light’ range brings the allure and subtlety of natural light to the humble LED

Over the years, natural light has taken on a central role in architectural design: it is now recognised as a material in its own right, albeit one over which we have limited control. Artificial light, sadly, can rarely match the subtlety, mystery or awe evoked by natural light; think the Pantheon at midday or Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel - how can LEDs compete?

Enter iGuzzini’s new ‘Invisible Light’ range: one that seeks to rectify this imbalance. Sleek and subtle, these fittings are often so discreet and integrated that you would have to be directly underneath to notice them. Even when lit, their innovative optic technology makes it difficult to discern the light’s source. Their effect, however, is striking.

The ‘Invisible Light’ series includes several product ranges: the Laser Blade, System 53, Underscore and Trick.

The Laser Blade is the world’s first linear downlight with circular light emission. iGuzzini’s OptiBeam optics eliminate the halos and spots common to LED lamps to produce a defined circular bubble of light with no colour flaws. The lights produce so little glare that they often have to be photographed from a lower angle to ensure that they can actually be seen.

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Trick fittings

Ample opportunities are available for customisation to make sure that the Laser Blade can satisfy any installation requirement. The tuneable white model keeps colours uniform and constant from 2700K up to 5700K - even when combining a range of sizes - and a monochrome white model provides temperatures of 2700K, 3000K and 4000K to subtly emphasise the texture of lit surface materials.

The Laser Blade is also available in an extensive range of sizes to light anything from a small retail space to a railway station, and the passive heat dissipation guarantees superior life performance - maintaining a flow of 80 per cent after 50,000 hours.

Also in the Laser Blade range is the wall washer. Using a combination of reflectors and optic screens, the wall washer guarantees even, homogeneous lighting on vertical walls and eliminates the border effect typical with traditional optics by lighting right up to where ceiling and wall meet. This almost ethereal effect is perfect for galleries and museums, where light is required to be uniform and glare-free.

For an even subtler effect, there is the System 53 lighting channel system that was specially designed by architects OMA. Capable of housing all variants in the Laser Blade family, the system creates a ‘frameless’ recessed 53mm wide channel. With System 53, architects and designers are no longer limited to installation of products directly into the ceiling.

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System 53, designed by OMA, is used to evenly illuminate this office space while completely disappearing

The Underscore range is proof that just a few millimetres of light can instantly change a space. With thin strip lights available in 6, 15 or 18mm, the Underscore is designed to be completely integrated into the architecture: as skirting, at a wall or ceiling junction, under a balustrade or even on a wall’s surface to confer character.

Underscore comes in a wide range of profiles, allowing it to be mounted directly onto the ceiling, embedded into walls, or mounted flush with corners.

For example, the Underscore6 - the thinnest light strip available on the market - can be fitted as a corner profile, causing surfaces to be kept subtly apart and appear mysteriously free-floating.

Conversely, the Underscore18 supports tinted shades which, when combined with light management systems, can create magical plays of light and colour. For maximum effect, different profiles and widths can be combined. With such versatility, the Underscore becomes a tool for building with light, suited to the most minimal or striking of ideas.

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Trick fittings remain unnoticed during the day but come into their own at night.The surface-mounted luminaires cast mysterious 360-degree radial light

It is the Trick series, however, that offers some of the most dramatic redefinitions of artificial light. Designed with Croatian lighting designer Dean Skira and available as a light blade, a radial light or a wall wash, Trick’s deceptively simple- looking fittings remain unnoticed during the day but come alive at night. A toroidal convex flat lens with a microprism surface can cast dramatic ‘blades’ of light across spaces, light entire planes or cast mysterious, 360-degree radial light.

A uniform formal language allows all of these effects to be implemented within the same visual style. Trick is not designed to meet illumination requirements, but to allow designers to play with light and shadow.

Simply disguising the source of artificial lighting lends it a greater sense of mystery, but it is the ability of iGuzzini’s ‘Invisible Light’ systems to integrate seamlessly into architectural form that sees them recast artificial light as not only a necessity, but as a material as worthy of experimentation as any other.

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Lead image: Underscore6, fitted as corner profile, makes surfaces appear mysteriously free-floating

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