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Understanding Follox from Casablanca – the only lighting family a minimalist ever needs!

Casablanca Follox linear pendant lighting in car showroom

When the German company Casablanca developed its new Follox system, the aim was to create a product that would meet all contemporary requirements for a system of this kind.

That includes being easy to understand and easy to install!

As is usual with their production (and that of their sister brand, Millelumen), they are beautifully made, using high quality materials, and combine a wide range of options that draw on the latest technological developments.

You can download the catalogue here.

There are two main elements:

  • the Follox 1 emits light from one side only (up or down or sideways):
Casablanca Follox ! linear pendant light detail
  • the Follox 3S emits light from three sides and has elegant integrated slats for cooling:
Casablanca Follox 3S linear light detail

Materials and finish:

  •    the metal parts are hand-brushed aluminium with a protective coating as       standard. They can also come in any colour on request
  •    the diffusers are in a Plexiglas that has been specially devleoped so as not to discolour over time.

Light sources:

  •     230V LEDs, that do not need a power supply/transformer. They are dimmable: Casablanca continuously updates the list of compatible dimmers
  •     24W LEDs (recommended for spaces where there are fast moving tools or objects). These require a transformer, obviously. Various controller options also allow a lot of flexibility, including dimming by DALI and other protocols.
  •     a wide range of LED options in different wattages, lumen strengths, and kelvin values, plus dedicated warm white, cool white or RGB.

Sizes: both Follox 1 and Follox 3S come in six standard lengths:

  •     45cm
  •     85cm
  •     125cm
  •     167cm
  •     207cm
  •     247cm.

Connectors and end pieces mean that you can create runs that are as long as you like:

Casablanca Follox linear ceiling light

How they can be mounted:

  •     surface-mounted, as above
  •     recessed:
Casablanca Follox recessed linear ceiling light
  •     suspended (see also the image at the top of this post)
Casablanca Follox suspended linear light L-shaped
  •     as pendants:
Casablanca Follox linear pendant light
  •     and on walls:
Casablanca Follox linear wall light going around a corner
Casablanca Follox linear wall light going round another corner
Casablanca linear wall light mounted vertically

Plus – the icing on the cake! – GU10 spotlights can be integrated into Follox 1 arrangements:

spot lights incorporated into Casablanca linear lighting

Photometric data:

  •     there is printed photometric data in the catalogue, on page eight of the PDF version, which is dowloadable here
  •     zipped LDT and IES files can be downloaded from here.

So you see, it really is the complete system – and from a solid, reliable German company run by nice people.

What more could you want?! Good prices? They have those too — ask us!

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At last – the perfect glass bubble!

The German product designer Sebastian Scherer, founder of Neo/Craft,  has created the perfect soap-bubble-like glass pendant light. It looks truly amazing — check it out!

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Tobias Grau make the finest office lighting. Yes – really!

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS 70  floor-standing office light

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:

Tobias Grau pendant office light

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:

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS 90 floor-standing office light

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:

Tobias Grau XT-A PLUS T floor-standing office light

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!

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Windfall at Euroluce

Windfall Eden chandeliers

Yes, this year, Windfall will be showing at Euroluce. The palazzo they have used previously during the Milan Furniture Fair was beautiful, but not very accessible. Shown above are some of the gorgeous, delicate Eden chandeliers photographed there last year.

They contrast with the more masculine Jewel series:

Windfall Jewel 1 chandelier
Windfall Jewel 3 chandelier

Lula continues the theme of multiple pendants lit from above or within, that started with the Balance:

Lula crystal pendants from Windfall

We may also see the new series that Lalique asked Windfall to create for them, drawing on the work of René Lalique:

Windfall crystal designs for Lalique

And, as a final incentive to visit their stand, you’ll see the coolest of the current crop of portable cordless lights for use inside or out, Jack – a luxurious crystal lantern!

Windfall Jack cordless crystal lantern

Here are the stand details:

Windfall Euroluce 2015 announcement
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Millelumen – for linear pendants and touchless dimming

As you know, we have great brands whose catalogues embrace many different kinds of light. But some of our strongest collections are from specialists. Millelumen is a specialist in linear lights. I introduced the collection in a previous post: click here for more details, and images.

You will gasp at their beauty and simplicity, but you should also be aware of their functionality. Many have a the option of a touchless sensor dimmer. Why? Well, in Britain, it is thought that centrally-controlled, pre-programmed “scenes” are desirable in domestic environments. Neither we here, nor the Germans, understand this.

Besides their cost and complexity, such systems do not reflect how people actually behave. If the light over a table is not the right brightness, the people sitting at that table should be able to adjust it to their exact requirements at that moment, in those precise conditions, simply by waving a hand underneath it. Isn’t that what you would want to be able to do? Thought so.

Well, that’s what you can do with the beautiful linear pendants from Millelumen. Here is a helpful picture of lady demonstrating this feature:

Millelumen linear pendant light dimming

We discovered Millelumen when we were brought up short by an array of the amazing Sculpture linear pendants as we were rushing out of Light+Building after it had closed one evening.  Basically, there is no more elegant, beautiful linear pendant in the World than this one – the shape…

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant white

…the finishes…

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant finishes

...there are also Ferrari red and gold-plated options!

The Individual collection takes the basic linear pendant shape and attaches panels to it in a range of fine materials – white or black glass, leather, wood…

Millelumen Individual linear pendant wood

The minimal Architecture and Millelumen Classic collections are finely proportioned and made. There are (of course!) some linear pendants. Here is a usefully long one:

Millelumen Architecture linear pendant long

But there is also a whole family of matching designs:

Millelumen Classic table light
Millelumen Classic wall light
Millelumen Classic linear wall light going round a corner

Note these architectural options:

Millelumen Architecture linear wall lights
Millelumen Architecture linear lighting up a stair

You can download the PDF of the Millelumen main catalogue by clicking on the image below:

Finally, there is a new design – that is not linear.! To hammer home this point, it is called Circles, "a delicate play on light and shadow":

Millelumen Circles ceiling light in gold
Millelumen Circles ceiling and wall light coloured
Mllelumen Cirlces single ceiling light
Millelumen Circles wall light

The front part of the wall light above can be moved in two planes to change its relationship to the wall:

Millelumen Circles wall light offset
Millelumen Circles wall light pointing up
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