Having the right sort of lighting can make or break your interior design aesthetics. Whether it is for the home or even for a hotel room, warm and comfortable lighting can make a person feel at home more effectively than any piece of furniture (okay, maybe except the bed). In the past century, technological improvements in lights have soared, making way for brighter, lighter, cheaper, and more flexible options into the market. Yet one issue persists: light glare. Rising up to this challenge is designer Todd Bracher, Humanscale, and a team of physicists who have successfully created Vessel, a series of award-winning light pendants made from quartz and an LED light source that lights up without any escaping blinding glare.
As you can see from the photo above, the quartz pendant doesn’t spill light from its sides, only from the bottom. This is due to the crystalline structure and the way light reflects and refracts within it, but I’m no physicist, so make do with this. The main point is that this allows the light to really only shine down onto the surface beneath the pendant instead of broadcasting the light in all surrounding areas like a light bulb. in doing so, certain moods can be much more easily obtained and this softer lighting makes it perfect for the hospitality industry to look into to create relaxed spaces.
This even distribution of light particles and closely monitored interaction with the human eye speaks of the future of lights. While aesthetics is important, physics is going to play a huge role in improving the way we design lights. No more glaringly bright lights shining in your face to create emphasis on the dishes when you’re dining, because Vessel will be replacing them with its steady glow. This breakthrough in ray-trace and photon management will be the first of many lighting projects to come for the lights industry.
Vessel comes in 2 colors: neutral and warm, and you can choose from 3 optic length sizes. You can either buy all in the same length and color and have them installed in a straight line for minimalist aesthetics, or mix and match the lengths to give yourself a modern chandelier for more drama.
Video Credit: Humanscale HQ
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