Unlike conventional light sources, LEDs can also be used to build light into the surfaces themselves. They can respond to peoples' touch, activity or nearness, and are changing the way people perceive, occupy and enjoy spaces and buildings. In the last few years, Signify has been exploring the possibilities with different embedded lighting systems. These are now broadly available, opening fresh approaches to creating dynamic, eye-catching designs.
The dynamic, interactive lighting that has so far largely been limited to the occasional Modernist art installation is now going mainstream. It's beginning to transform hotels, shops, hospitals, airports, conference centers – anywhere people come together.
Why use interactive lighting? How and what can it add to the space?
What modalities of interaction will actually enrich an architectural space or even our everyday spaces? Interactive lighting delivers:
· function: The correct type of light, at the correct place, at the correct moment in time.
· delight: Enriching human interactions and creating memorable moments
· content: Architecture can act as a portal to the digital world, providing either ambient or detailed layers of information.
Architects and interior designers have long tried to break free from the constraints of traditional light fixtures, wanting to use light to add a visual richness to architectural surfaces. To help, Signify has developed flexible and customizable products and systems that accommodate an enormous range of creative styles, along with proprietary technologies to speed design, visualization and fabrication.
There's a variety of offerings covering everything up to a completely immersive experience with lights embedded into:
Philips Luminous textile integrates multi-colored LEDs seamlessly within fabric panels that also soften sound. The fabrics have a choice of rich colors to enhance a space, even when the dynamic content has been switched off.