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Columbia Creates Captivating Cabs with Lighting

Louis "LJ" Blaiotta, Jr. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

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Lou’s Lessons             July 8, 2019

Columbia Creates Captivating Cabs with Lighting

High on the list of dramatic advancements in creating captivating cab designs is the treatment of lighting. While ceiling-mounted “downlighting” remains in play, largely gone are the once-standard incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. They have been replaced by LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures. Consuming significantly less energy than standard bulbs, LED is far more eco-friendy and cost-efficient. They also support building owners’ applications to obtain LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Among this technology’s most profound impacts on the cab experience is its ability to produce stunning color ambience in varied and unusual positions within the cab via use of different lighting frequencies on the Kelvin scale. Instead of placing lighting in the ceiling in a downward facing arrangement, it can now be installed above a drop ceiling to make the canopy glow. And, instead of perimeter lighting, wall panels can be made to illuminate and glow by installing LED lighting behind them. Different effects can be achieved depending on the material used for the wall, for example, by combining yellow/orange lighting with stainless steel panels to approximate a bronze look.

Lighting today is a major component of the market’s demand for advanced elevator design, allowing for astonishing wall and ceiling treatments. Another current trend is to place lighting in the throat of the jamb surrounding the elevator entrance, indicating the cab’s arrival and departure as it enters and leaves the floor.

Lighting designers today are no longer restricted to only round or tubular bulbs. LED fixtures can be virtually any other shape: square, rectangular, triangular, even in linear format to create glow behind handrails, and their small size makes them adaptable to an infinite number of lighting applications.

  • LED’s do not require the traditional glass bulb surrounding the light, making them less susceptible to damage from breakage or vibration.
  • LED’s are directional light sources, able to aim light in a specific direction, unlike conventional bulbs, which emit light in all directions.
  • LED’s are mounted on a flat surface, allowing them to emit light hemi-spherically rather than spherically, which reduces wasted light and energy.
  • LED’s are capable of turning on and off instantaneously and continuously without delay or shortening their life.
  • LED’s can significantly reduce the labor costs of replacing bulbs with their longer operational life.
  • LED fixtures don’t release heat, which would shorten their life. By contrast, incandescent bulbs, which produce light using electricity to heat a metal filament until it becomes “white” hot, release 90% of their energy as heat. 

 

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