How can we possibly claim that Tobias Grau make the finest office lighting?
Well, let’s agree first that, logically, someone must! And that if anyone knows about fine lighting, it's us....
There are several characteristics that make their office lighting so special; but, in the end, it all come backs to Tobias Grau himself. He is one of a very select band of artist/designers whose exceptional abilities create unique collections for their eponymous lighting brands. Davide Groppi is another. And so is Enzo Catellani.
Tobias Grau’s lights are beautifully designed and impeccably made. (Yes, an office light can be gorgeous!) They are created to fulfil specific lighting requirements, so they are extremely practical and efficient. His was amongst the very first established decorative lighting companies to really get to grips with LED light sources, and it maintains that competitive edge.
The key principle of environmentally responsible lighting is that the light source must be as near as possible to the thing being lit. This is why lights should never be put in the ceiling except when it is unavoidable (for more on this, read my short post on the subject here).
Tobias Grau make pendants that hang from the ceiling, thus bringing the light source down:
However, the most efficient designs are those that stand on the floor by a desk, or desks. They allow the light source to be lower still, and to be sited in the perfect location. The units can be moved – around the office or, if the whole office moves, to another building. Plus there are no installation costs — at all!
The most important element, though, is the degree to which the light can be controlled. Each can have its own motion and light sensors, be dimmable, and have its own remote control. This means that the light is only on when that desk is being used, and only as bright as is needed at that specific desk at any particular time.
These characteristics make redundant lighting control systems, that are costly to buy and install, that can only react to the office space as a whole – and that are programmed by someone who is never going to use the office, before the office is even fitted out!
This is the XT-A PLUS 90:
Designed for a double workstation, it now has a rotatable head, plus improved efficiency and glare reduction.
The XT-A PLUS 70 is the single workstation version, shown at the top of this email.
Both are delivered with a 6mm deep flat C-shaped foot, so they will fit under any furniture.
The XT-A PLUS Tlights four workstations:
All provide highly uniform and targeted illumination of workstations.
Data sheets and photometric data (a DIALux plugin and a Relux download) are available from the web site.
Colour options include white/white, satin/white and satin/black. Some also come in chrome/white, chrome/black, and black/black.
Click on the names above to go to the relevant pages. Tobias Grau’s home page is here.
Now my claim that they make the best office lighting does not seem quite so far-fetched, does it!