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Wednesday 26 March 2014

Fascinating encased gemstones for modern urban settings: modular Astro LED pole-top luminaires by Selux

Key ideas behind the new prod­uct con­cept were time­less design, a mag­i­cal atmos­phere during dark­ness, effi­ciency and vari­abil­ity. The result was the new family of Astro lumi­naires by Selux. The numer­ous con­fig­u­ra­tion options cater for the man­i­fold tech­no­log­i­cal and formal require­ments of urban set­tings. At the heart of the lumi­naire lies the optics unit, an inte­gral system of LEDs, reflec­tors, the assem­bly unit and the sur­round­ing passe-partout – ensur­ing a high level of effi­ciency and visual com­fort, with three dif­fer­ent direc­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Essen­tial require­ments for lumi­naires in urban areas include func­tion­al­ity and effi­ciency during illu­mi­na­tion. Pole-top lumi­naires can ful­fill an aes­thetic role during day­light how­ever, indi­vid­u­ally shap­ing the urban land­scape and becom­ing fas­ci­nat­ing light objects by night. With the new Astro family, Selux presents a future-com­pat­i­ble syn­the­sis of these require­ments, the design for which stems from the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Phoenix Design bureau, with a mod­u­lar system phi­los­o­phy offer­ing a mul­ti­tude of per­son­al­i­sa­tion options.

Inte­gral LED light­ing tech­nol­ogy at its heart

The heart of all Astro family pole-top lumi­naires is the optics unit com­pris­ing LEDs, reflec­tors, assem­bly unit and the sur­round­ing passe-partout. This highly effi­cient module, which is shaped like a discus, offers a high degree of visual com­fort due to its excel­lent anti-dazzle prop­er­ties. Three direc­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics are avail­able for var­i­ous appli­ca­tions: sym­met­ri­cal light dis­tri­b­u­tion, asym­met­ri­cal light dis­tri­b­u­tion for squares and asym­met­ri­cal street light dis­tri­b­u­tion. Astro is also avail­able in 3000 Kelvin and 4500 Kelvin light colours.

The inte­gral optics unit forms the basis of the new Selux system strat­egy and is used for the first time in the Astro”, explains Ralf Kittmann, Astro Project Man­ager at Phoenix Design. Excel­lent ther­mal man­age­ment adds to the reli­a­bil­ity and effi­ciency of the high-per­for­mance LEDs: Lou­vres in the inside of the hous­ing dis­charge heat from the module with­out affect­ing the luminaire’s purist design,” explains the prod­uct designer.

Mul­ti­ple per­son­al­i­sa­tion options due to a mod­u­lar system phi­los­o­phy

With the Astro family, light plan­ners can con­fig­ure lumi­naires with an indi­vid­ual, dis­tinc­tive appear­ance for each spe­cific project. For the pole con­nec­tion, there is a choice of Astro 1 vari­ants with a single-arm, asym­met­ri­cal con­nec­tion or Astro 2 vari­ants with a two-arm, sym­met­ri­cal con­nec­tion. The luminaire’s dif­fuser is avail­able in a flat, anti-reflex safety glass ver­sion, as a clear, convex plas­tic dif­fuser or as a convex dif­fuser with a pearl-finish struc­tured sur­face. This latter pro­vides max­i­mum visual com­fort and pro­duces atmos­pheric light that will brighten up any envi­ron­ment.

The corona also pro­vides addi­tional scope for design free­dom with Astro. This anodised alu­minium shape sur­rounds the Astro’s optics unit, lend­ing the lumi­naire a mag­i­cal effect due to its bril­liance effects. To start with there will be two corona ver­sions to choose from: with con­cen­tric rings or a pillow struc­ture. An LED ring between optics unit and corona is avail­able as a fur­ther option for ambi­ent light­ing, which uses white (3,000K) or blue light for accent light­ing or can be used to high­light spe­cial func­tions like on a charg­ing sta­tion for elec­tric vehi­cles. Like with other lumi­naire fam­i­lies, Selux has made avail­able a web con­fig­u­ra­tor for the Astro too, which will guide light plan­ners quickly and con­ve­niently through the pos­si­ble options until the final spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Lower energy con­sump­tion due to adap­tive light­ing

Sus­tain­abil­ity is the focus of Astro’s design con­cept. This is evi­dent not just in the luminaire’s main­te­nance-friendly design and the durable qual­ity of its mate­ri­als and sur­faces but also in the effi­ciency of its LED tech­nol­ogy and mul­ti­tude of inter­faces for inte­grat­ing lumi­naires in light man­age­ment sys­tems. This makes Astro ide­ally pre­pared for adap­tive light­ing, which will reduce energy con­sump­tion even fur­ther.

March 2014

Man­u­fac­turer con­tact:
Manuela Schn­abel, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager / Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
Selux AG, Motzener Straße 34, 12277 Berlin, Ger­many
T +49 30 72001 – 246, m.​schnabel@​selux.​de

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