No invention since the incandescent lamp has created such a revolution in lighting design as the track. The track effectively liberates light and luminaires from the constraints of rigid mounting. It forms the basis for variable, flexible lighting design that can be adapted to the changing style and use of a space. A comprehensive range of accessories allows the track to be connected in a linear sequence, or for right-angle shapes to be constructed. Light structures combine the benefits of fixed and movable luminaires.
Spotlights bring flexible light to architecture: The most important characteristic is mobility, both when positioning on track and when aligning. Its primary application is accent lighting. The ERCO spotlight ranges feature different power ranges and detailed solutions for each particular area of application. Each range consists of luminaires with different beam characteristics, types of lamps and wattages while the design features remain consistent.
Recessed spotlights combine the flexibility of spotlights with the discreet appearance of recessed luminaires. Their main application is accent lighting. Tilt mechanisms allow the luminaires to be aimed both at objects and vertical surfaces. Recessed spotlights are inconspicuous architectural details and can ideally be combined with downlights.
Recessed luminaires are completely subordinate to the light they emit. They are so fully integrated in the ceiling that they hardly register as a design feature. The most important factor determining the effect created by space and objects is the play of light on surfaces. Light emitted by downlights can vary from very narrow beams to diffuse wall illumination.
The use of surface-mounted downlights is often determined by practical considerations: For example, there might not be sufficient room to install recessed downlights in the ceiling. The conscious decision to use surface-mounted downlights in a lighting concept can considerably reduce installation costs, for example in buildings with solid ceilings or in existing buildings, the layout can be easily adapted to meet existing conditions.
Pendant downlights provide economical ambient lighting with high visual comfort and are seen as succinct architectural details. They are often used to highlight particular areas or focal points in a room but also in situations where the luminaire itself assumes the role of an architectural element. Additionally, the pendant suspension system allows the exact height of the luminaire to be selected, giving optimum glare control. This ensures a high level of visual comfort, for example, when lighting tables or bars.
Wall mounted downlights can perform many different functions. Ceiling washlights provide an illumination of the ceiling with a high degree of uniformity. Additional adjustable cut-off shields restrict the projected beam to the precise section of ceiling to be illuminated. Uplights are designed for optimum efficiency and light distribution. As such, they are ideal for economical indirect lighting especially with metal halide or compact fluorescent lamps. Floor washlights are designed to provide safe illumination of traffic routes.
Recessed floor luminaires are highly visible for two reasons. They are the only light sources present at ground level and the distinctive upward light beam immediately attracts attention. In this respect they also assume some tasks of directive lighting, e. g. by marking pathways or highlighting entrances. In addition to these rather technical applications, the luminaires can also provide highly effective architectural lighting, whether individual features are dramatically highlighted or to emphasise architectural lines using a row of luminaires.