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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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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Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light white

The tone of any business is set at the top. At the top of Millelumen is the founder, Dieter K. Weis. He was a professional photographer, so he has a heightened awareness of light. He has also been designing light fittings for over thirty years.

His preferences are for straight lines, clear and reduced shapes, concentration on the essentials, whilst always considering the impact of light. The search for purity of form means that it can take years to finalize a design. There will be no visible screw heads or fixings. The point where two surfaces meet is always carefully managed.

Here, for example, is what happens when the wire suspension cable meets the body of Sculpture (shown above):

Millelumen pendant light fixing detail

The fixing of the cable to the structure happens within the structure itself, a wider (beautifully edged) hole surrounding it.

This Sculpture collection of linear pendants stopped us in our tracks when we first saw them. It may have been the quality of the finish -- high gloss or rich matt, with carbon fibre options....

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light finishes would be seen on a very expensive motor car.

In fact, the lines of this gorgeous design...

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant light  in front of concrete

...recall fine mid-century sports cars...

Talbot Lago T130C Figoni et Falaschi 1938 airship or a dolphin. In other words, it is very streamlined, in spite of the fact that this is not a necessary attribute for a pendant light....

Millelumen Sculpture linear pendant lights kombi

They have a second collection of linear pendant lights, called Individual. You can see from this picture that the trim -- in this case, white glass -- is in the form of panels either side of the light:

Millelumen Individual linear pendant light white glass

These can easily be swapped for panels made from other materials. For example,  wood...

Millelumen Individual linear pendant light wood


Millelumen Individual linear pendant light leather

...or mirror glass. This version will fit in anywhere -- whatever the style, period or décor -- because it will reflect what is around it (making it difficult to photograph!):

Millelumen Individual linear pendant mirror glass

Millelumen's core collection is the Classic, made up of square section hand-brushed aluminium.

"From the very beginning, it has been our aim to create unique pieces of art, that stage-manage, decorate and redefine rooms and spaces".

The Classic collection (developed with Uwe K. Ruppert) includes all formats -- not just linear pendants. So there are table lights...


...another table light and a wall-ceiling light...

Millelumen Classic table and wall/ceiling light

...even a light to go round a corner:

Millelumen Classic wall light corner

In fact, so flexible is the Classic concept that they have a separate Architecture catalogue to show the bespoke arrangements that they can put together. Here for example, running up a staircase:

Millelumen Classic linear wall light going up stairs

 Millelumen is as concerned about the quality of light cast as they are about the luminaires. They use very high quality LEDs and those aluminium bodies are very efficient heat sinks. Besides LEDs in various whites, they also use ten or fourteen LEDs in a row that have a specific mix of red/green/blue. This means that a vast range of colours can be created, that can be saturated or soft pastels, allowing the light cast to be adjusted to its specific use. An infra-red remote control is an option. 

Other lights can be fitted with sensors that enable the light to be changed merely by waving one's hand underneath them. What this means is demonstrated by videos in their excellent YouTube collection, that you can access here. It is so easy and intuitive -- and cool!

But, as we said at the beginning, the tone of the business is set from the top, so do watch this short interview with Dieter K. Weis:

He quotes Saint-Exupéry, "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."  (Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher) And Mies van der Rohe (though Browning got there first, in Andrea del Sarto): "Less is more."

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