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Global standard 220V-240V/50Hz-60Hz
Standard for USA/Canada 120V/60Hz, 277V/60Hz
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Light structures

Lines are an important design element in architecture and influence the perception of buildings: for example they define and emphasize the contour, structure and three-dimensionality of a building and either create or break symmetries. Light structures combine form and light. Thanks to various light distributions, slots for spotlights and tunable white, ERCO light structures fulfill both design-related and functional lighting tasks.

3 tips for perfect lighting with light structures

What makes a good light structure? We show you how to implement a design with light structures and what you should look out for when making your choice.

Light structures

1. Matching the light structure to the lighting tasks

The combination of decorative line and functional lighting within a single system requires greater care in lighting design. The light lines and light distribution should be determined with both the architecture and the lighting tasks in mind. In an office for example, the arrangement of the desks and the alignment of the light structure must be coordinated. The same applies to the distance to the wall with linear wallwashing. Since the lines of the architecture also determine the course of the light structure, it is helpful to have different distributions to choose from. If all luminaires look similar in terms of design, the profile appears uniform even though it solves different lighting tasks.

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2. Correctly integrating light structures into the architecture

Similar to a track, a linear light structure primarily brings its own infrastructure with it. This consists of a supporting structure made of profiles for different methods of mounting such as flush installation, covered installation, ceiling-mounted variant and suspended structures. In this way, the system can be integrated into any ceiling. Corner profiles simplify L-shaped or rectangular arrangements and guarantee precise right angles. The length of a light structure is specified according to the room geometry during planning.

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3. Rely on efficient low-voltage technology

The profiles of a light structure usually also accommodate the conductor paths for the electrical supply of the luminaires as well as for wired control protocols such as DALI. Luminaires can therefore be simply plugged into the system without having to be wired separately. 48V low voltage systems are more efficient than systems with mains voltage at a load of the power supply unit of 30% and more, because conversion from mains voltage to 48V only takes place once centrally at the power feed and not at each individual luminaire. Systems that have a mechanical click-in connection between the luminaire and profile can be operated with higher electrical loads. This allows the use of luminaires with high luminous flux exceeding 4000lm as well as profile lengths of up to 20m with only one power feed.

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You should pay attention to these things when planning linear lighting systems

Light structures

1. Select your linear general lighting according to the architecture and visual task

Professional LED light structures offer the option of using luminaires with different distributions. The luminaires should be available both in linear shapes and as corner luminaires. In addition to ambient lighting, office lighting that complies to standards can also be realized via light distributions with good glare control. Similarly, illumination from large heights, such as in the foyers of public buildings, can be implemented with light structures. To illuminate a foyer from e.g. a height of 8 meters, luminaire inserts with high luminous flux and narrow distribution optics are needed that can project the light onto the target surface even over a large distance.

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2. Use uniform wallwashing

In their linearity, light structures are predestined for uniform wallwashing. The uniform illumination of the verticals creates a lighting that is based on the principles of human visual perception. Light on walls creates a higher perception of brightness and emphasizes the architectural space. If the light structure is able to continue the linear wallwashing seamlessly across room corners, this gives an immersive spatial experience. Linear wallwashing is thus particularly suitable in circulation areas as well as in offices as a pleasant contrast to self-luminous computer screens.

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3. Accentuate with the light structure

Accent lighting is used to create hierarchies of perception, for example by emphasizing architectural elements or exhibits. In light structures, individual downlights or wallwashers can also be replaced by track elements and spotlights. This opens up wide design flexibility, such as accent lighting with a 5° narrow spot optic or the sharp-edged illumination of paintings with contour spotlights.

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