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    Embedded architectural lighting moves mainstream

    Fusing LED lighting directly into architectural surfaces promises a host of advances for interior architectural lighting. Contemporary architects and interior designers, while still rooted in Modernism, are reinvigorating the visual richness of architectural design with digitally created parametric forms, geometric patterns, and innovative uses of low-cost materials.  Luminous elements that incorporate a wide dynamic range of brilliance, diffusion and shadow readily fit into these current design trends.

    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: 

    walls ...


    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. 

    architectural lighting
    Luminous patterns integrate color, texture, light, pattern, and movement. Prefabricated panels create stunning signature lighting on surfaces that otherwise might not even get noticed. There is a wide selection of distinctive colors, textures, finishes and light effects. The result is an attractive and fully customizable architectural surface that can be illuminated to create the desired ambience.
    luminous patterns

    ... ceilings


    OneSpace luminous ceiling panels give uniform, daylight-like light with a modern minimalist appearance. Hidden LEDs spread light evenly through the panel surface, so that the ceiling itself becomes the light. 

    luminous carpets

    ... even floors


    Signify also co-operated with major carpet manufacturer Desso (in the US represented by Tandus Centiva) to produce Philips Luminous Carpets. The lights are built into luxurious and hard-wearing carpets and are easily controlled by tablet and smartphone. Words and dynamic graphics can direct visitors to welcome desks, meeting rooms, toilets and exits. And during an emergency, the lights can quickly lead people to escape routes.

    luminous flooring

    Further, with worldwide home flooring leader Tarkett, Signify has developed Philips Luminous flooring. Mainly for retail and hospitality, the vinyl flooring embeds connected LEDs to enable luminous messages, animations and advertisements on a vinyl floor. It gives retailers another opportunity to interact with customers and guide them through a store or building.

    The Signify goal in all this is to help designers visualize, specify and install customized embedded lighting. Using high quality, proven technology, Philips product propositions leave designers free to concentrate on creating unique experiences and a distinctive look that matches the exact needs of their projects’ internal architectural spaces.