When Cini & Nils launched their Tenso system in 1994, it was the world's first mains (230V) cable system. At Light+Building this month, they showed another first: an exterior version. Suddenly, you can place lights where you could never have placed them before, or where you would have needed expensive and unsightly poles to put them on!
The image above shows the tensEsterni system in use over restaurant tables -- just lights, hovering in space where they are needed. The cables can be up to 200m in length, so long as they are supported (by a pole, a building, a tree -- they offer the necessary accessories) every 30m.
Besides the cables, the main component is a sphere into which different types of lamp can be placed, depending upon what you need them to do. The picture in the restaurant garden uses an opalescent sphere (the "sfera opalescente") to create general ambient lighting. There are three other options, all IP65. The sphere in close-up above (the "sfera orientabile") contains a spot light that you can orientate within the sphere to point where the light is required. Here it is in use...
-- provide directional lighting over a swimming pool (outdoors or indoors):
-- light a small courtyard from the centre, not the walls:
-- light a path with a series of lights, each one of which would otherwise have to be on its own pole:
The catalogue, with detailed technical and practical information, is available as a PDF here.
This is a spectacular technical breakthrough, which we hope will excite you to try new ways of lighting a garden, terrace, park or swimming pool. Let the world be your lobster!
(Note that Cini&Nils do not keep their data on Architonic up-to-date, so information on these lights will be missing from all the sites that use the Architonic Virtual Showroom, including ours.)