linear pendant light


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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FontanaArte at lightjunction

Our fine lighting event, lightjunction, taking place as part of designjunction during the London Design Festival (17-21 September), has a very specific purpose. It is to increase specifiers’ awareness and understanding of high quality, relevant suppliers of decorative lighting. I'm highlighting some exhibitors in these posts, to give an idea of how the brands were chosen.FONTANA ARTE

Why learn about FontanaArte?

In my previous post about Cini&Nils, I pointed out that brands can change, so we need to keep you up-to-date with what they are doing. I can think of none that has changed more radically than FontanaArte! And what they have changed to is as notable as what they have changed from. This matters, because theirs is still one of the very finest collections of contemporary lighting, with classic designs in their catalogue from the 1930s and every decade since.

What have they changed from? Strong designs from different designers and periods mean that theirs is a very varied collection, but the one thing in common has always been that they were made of glass. Glass, glass, glass. In fact, FontanaArte was created in 1932 to make glass lighting and furniture: it grew out of the Milanese glass company, Luigi Fontana.  The acquisition of Candle in 1993 gave them a second brand under which they could explore other materials. When the Candle brand name was dropped and the two collections amalgamated, FontanaArte now had some non-glass lights, but the collection was — and triumphantly still is — predominantly glass.

So, imagine the surprise when the stand at Light+Building in April had no glass lights!!! 

Actually it did have one glass light, but it was shut away behind a locked door, like the things in jars in the Salzburg Natural History Museum’s collection that are not suitable for children. But, if you were allowed in, what an exciting discovery there was: the Total Black version of the iconic Fontana, designed by Max Ingrand in 1954, available in all three sizes:

Of course, there is no such thing as black glass, so when the lamps inside are lit (in the base as well as the shade, separately switched), the Fontana Total Black reveals itself to be a wonderful blackcurrant colour:

So what have FontanaArte changed to? Well, if one did not know better, one would assume that the latest collection was from a Scandinavian company. Or, put another way, very, very fashionable!

Look at the colours. This is Cloche, an update of Pudding from 1995. There is a light grey and a dark grey — i.e. bang on the money. There is also a yellow, but it is not a bright Mediterranean yellow: it is darker, dirtier — a northern, urban, mustard yellow.

Igloo also comes in two tones of grey, and shares with Cloche a matt finish. But there is a lot more than that to Igloo. The material it is made of, for example: it has a double shell of self-extinguishing plastic technopolymer. But what is most remarkable is how much you can do with it. There is a single module. Here are nine of them in a row, all pointing downwards:

And here are another nine, this time pointing up and down:

Here is a close-up of four in a square:

As you can see, it is extremely versatile. It is also easy to use. It is, in fact, a modular, self-supporting system of spotlights that, thanks to a series of electromechanical connections, and curves and spacers, allows for the consecutive linking of up to 200 units without the need for any additional power cable! Here are two arrangements of seven hanging vertically:

It takes mains power (no separate power supply to locate) and dimmers are available. Just think how quick and simple installation could be — and how economical!

Vitro is a simple, elegant, very effective design that makes use of new materials.

The body always has a satin opal finish. It is the prismatic diffuser that can be changed: it comes in satin, transparent, chrome and bronze.

Vitro can also be ceiling mounted. So, you see? The look of it, and its name, suggest glass, but though it is from FontanaArte, it is not glass!

Actually, we should not have been so surprised by their move away from glass. There was not much glass in evidence in their 2013 collection, that included the amazing, 64cm high Odeon. This is a new type of luminaire; you have it facing a wall, so that is generates reflected light. It is the beautiful leather upholstery covering it that one sees:

And the body of Yupik is made out of polypropylene foam!

This makes it incredibly lightweight, yet robust, and a practical example of a currently-popular type of light — one that is on a long cable so that it can be hung, stood up, and moved around generally.

Needless to say, such radical and successful designs come from radical and successful studios. Yupik is by Form Us With Love, Vitro by Emmanuel Babled and Odeon is by Studio Klass, as is Igloo. Other achingly fashionable designers with whom FontanaArte are working include Studio Drift and Gamfratesi. So if you want to know what is happening in contemprary lighting design, spend some time on FontanaArte’s stand at lightjunction — for the Scandinavian aesthetic, the colours, the finishes, the materials, the new typologies, the cool designers…! In the process, you’ll also learn about a very practical, useable collection.

The light at the head of this email sums all this up. It is Lunaire by Ferréol Babin. The centre section can be moved in and out like a drawer, altering how the light is cast. Push it in, and the light emerges as a penumbra around the the larger disc. Pull it out and the centre of the larger disc is illuminated:

It comes in various finishes, so besides looking minimal and contemporary as above, it can also look luxurious:

Or mysterious…

You are going to kick yourself if you do not come along to lightjunction to experience these lights for yourself, aren't you!

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lightjunction: Licht Im Raum's Stilio -- the light that works everywhere!

licht im raum stelio chandelier

lightjunction, our new fine lighting event, will be collocated with designjunction at the Sorting Office on New Oxford Street during London Design week, 18-22 September 2013

Well, maybe not everywhere! But we have been delighted -- though not surprised -- by the range of interior designers and projects for which Stilio has hit the spot. Here it is in the foyer of a large hospital:


It comes from Licht Im Raum, one of the most respected companies in our industry. Founded 50 years ago in Düsseldorf as lighting designers, they have created their own range of luminaires (made for them by Dinnebier Licht in Wuppertal). They are therefore one of the very few companies that operate equally successfully in both the technical and the fine lighting arenas.

Steliois based on a simple oval metal module which contains glass rods that are carefully, irregularly, placed both to prevent glare from the lamp and to maximize the play of light in the rods.

The module...

licht im raum stelio chandelier detail

...can be multiplied to create very elegant, beautiful chandeliers of any shape or size, that look clean from directly above or below, making them suitable for stairwells:

licht im raum Stilio_1185_Messing_2_02_br chandelier

Bigger compositions are ideally suited to large spaces, here in a Marriott function room/ballroom...

Licht Im Raum stilio chandeliers-l-marriott

and here in a traditional vaulted quasi-religious space:

licht im raum Stilio_800_Leuchter_2_03_h chandelier
Licht im raum Stilio chandelier_800_Leuchter

Yet they are also perfect for interiors that are elegant, contemporary, art déco or modernist:

licht im raum Stilio_10_1_03_b chandelier

The module has been adapted to create a lovely table light:

stilio table light licht im raum

and here is one of the applique designs...

stilio-wall light licht im raum

...which combine perfectly with chandeliers from the same collection:

stilio-marriott-01-b licht im raum chandelier applique

There is even a lantern:

Licht Im raum stilio lantern

Now it should be clear why Licht Im Raum is so respected. Do take the opportunity presented by their showing at lightjunction to see the lights for yourself, to experience how satisfyingly made and designed they are. You can also talk to the team -- generally, or specifically about a project. Remember, they are also lighting designers, so they know exactly how their lights perform as lights, and what other lighting would be needed in a space.

Here are a few more applications. A corridor...

Licht Im Raum Stilio Sonderleuchter

...over a large rectangular boardroom or dining table:

Licht Im raum stilio-10-treutlein

And what better light could there be to go over a smaller rectangular table -- a short one...

Licht Im Raum Stilio 3 light linear pendant light

...or a longer one:

Licht Im Raum Stilio 5 light linear pendant

So, if Licht Im Raum's Stilio does not quite work everywhere, I hope that you now agree that it works in lots of places, which is why I've highlighted the ones I've illustrated in bold. Maybe a Stilio would fit somewhere in your current project...? If so, do  come and talk it over with the guys.

They come in brushed stainless steel, polished nickel, brass...

Licht Im raum Stilio pendant light in brass

...and matt black.

lightjunction 18 22 September 2013
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An introduction to GIO -- linear pendants in glass and marble

GIO LUZON linear pendant lightOne of the delights of the fine lighting industry is the really interesting people who, on their own or with their family, build a business making high quality, individual luminaires. Georg Eisenhut, of GIO, is a case in point. When he is not working on his unique collection of lights, he is thinking through, in great technical detail, issues such as what form golf clubs should now take, to keep up with the more radical permitted changes in the specification of golf balls.

His specialization is linear pendants. You can see the full collection here. He works primarily in two materials: quartz/marble, and glass. The picture at the top of this post is a Luzon in azul do macaubas. Here are some more (though note that it is a characteristic of such materials that they do not photograph well. You need to see them for yourself, and move around them -- as with crystal):

GIO cx 60 salmao linear pedant light

Azul do macaubas again:

GIO CARRE_X_60 MACAUBAS linear pendant light

Carré X/40 -- L1214mm:

GIO Carre X 40 (Estremoz) linear pendant light

Carrara marble:

GIO CARRE X 60 CARRARA linear pendant light

Part of the skill is finding appropriate and interesting marble or quartz. The azul do macaubas (above) for example, is mined from one hill in Brazil, of which the geological history has imparted both blue and brown into the quartz.

As the specifier, recognize that every one will be a little different. They are all semi-transparent, so the halogen lamps inside shine through, bringing out the character of the particular piece of quartz GIO have chosen. We have samples of the marbles/quartzes being used (and also of the glasses) for you to see.

Their visual impact is stunning: the are beautiful, unusual and clearly a natural  substance. This impact is partly due to the fact that each piece is a monolith -- a single piece of marble drilled out, not thin panels joined at the edges. (They are shipped in purpose-made hardwood crates.)

How can you use them? For example, to draw attention to the concierge desk in a hotel, or where to pay in a shop. They will glow in the underused space that is below the ceiling but above all the desks, chairs &c. to help users of the space navigate to where they want to go. The halogen lights inside them cast plenty of light down onto the table, desk or pool table below -- these lights are also very practical

Quieter, but just as beautiful, are the linear pendants that Georg makes using glass.

No design could be cleaner: the halogen capsules are small enough to fit into the depth of the glass! This is GIO's Nera:

GIO NERA GX glass linear pendant

Other shapes include the ship-like Queen Elizabeth:

GIO QUEEN ELIZABETH 110 linear pendant light

The colour of the glass can be exploited -- this is Nera XL:

GIO NERA XL linear pendant light

as can the thickness. Cuartel:

GIO Cuartel klar24 linear pendant light

These glass linear pedants are ideal for clients who want truly minimal, or for any location where you do not want the light to be distracting, or to block too much of the view -- out of a window, for example. Though when you do look at them, you want them to be beautiful!

But GIO does not only produce linear pendants! Here is a round glass Glasnost...

GIO Glasnost 105 glass pendant light

...and there is a range of wall lights, both in glass and also in the various quartzes and marbles, so that you can match them to the pendants you choose.

So what happens when Georg gives free rein to the playful side of his character? Well, this does:

GIO Golden Gate bridge pendant light

I can tell more easily than you can what is going on here, partly because, with all the world's fine lighting to choose from, I had one of these in my office. It is the Golden Gate Bridge, as a linear pendant, in the correct international orange. But it can do something the real bridge can't, best seen in the three pictures of GIO's other bridge -- the Ultra Marin:

GIO Ultra Marin linear pendant light

The ends can be folded in: fully folded out, the bridge is 160cm long. Both ends folded in, it is just L80cm. So, playful and practical at the same time.

And here is Georg's poetic side -- the En-tece-em:

GIO EN-TECE-EM linear pendant lightSo, as you can see, a fabulous, unique collection, the creation of one man doing what he loves, very well.



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