Product Reviews

The only 10 lights from Lightfair you need to know about

A Ketra LED light with the 'soul of incandescent' - one of our top picks from this year's Lightfair exhibition in New York

1   The ‘swipeable’ downlight

Despite looking like a standard halogen downlight, the Osram OmniPoint actually consists of a tight array of independently-controllable LEDs. Each element of the array can be individually controlled meaning that the photometric distribution can be customizable in real-time. You can use the graphic interface (iOS or Android app) to ‘swipe’ the beam from mannequin to mannequin in a store, say, or from table to table in a restaurant. It’s like having adaptive car headlights in the ceiling!





2   The angry light

Hubbell unveiled the Cimarron CL1-ITSP, an exterior fixture designed as a deterrent to criminals. Cross an invisible line – known as a ‘geofence’ – and the light gets mad: it flashes, gives stern recorded-voice warnings and announces it’s switching on its video camera. Applications include car sales lots, car parks and industrial facilities. Not for the faint-hearted.






3   The fart light

Terralux unveiled what is believed to be the world’s first light which can both detect and deal with farts. We’re not making this up. The LEDSense range has an inbuilt gas sensor which can detect if a bathroom is left ‘stinky’, to use the company’s word. The intelligent system then turns on an extractor fan. Clearly, this is the killer application that the smart lighting industry’s been waiting for.






4   The spy light

Sensity Systems’ militaristic-style luminaires bristle with so many sensors and so much intelligence, they scare us. The fixtures can do lots of tricks beyond lighting: they can count cars and people, recognize number plates, detect pollution and report on suspicious activity. However, stung by the ‘spy light’ label, the company has developed an option which does all this without videoing people.




5   The love-it-or-hate-it light

When a manufacturer wants to add a garage light to its range, it usually does a slightly different version of the standard bulkhead fixtures that everyone sells. This is not Cree’s approach: it started with a blank piece of paper and came up with, er, this. We love it, many loathe it.







6   The light with a soul

Like Apple, Ketra believes the best results come from a closed system of integrated hardware and software. So the company makes a full set of LED lighting kit – lamps, luminaires and controls – all designed to deliver light with the soul of incandescent. Seeing Ketra’s beautiful light in action, it’s hard not to agree.








7   The light that reminds us of another

We love Cree’s office fixtures; they have innovative designs and deliver beautiful light quality. The latest design, the LN series, follows this tradition. But hang on a moment, it reminds us of something…ah yes, Zumtobel’s Orea pendant from 2001. Still, we reckon they’ve updated a classic for the LED age.








8   The light that’s 300 metres long

Canadian lighting manufacturer GVA showed its 1,000-foot long linear LED light (that’s 305 metres, metric fans). Not all of it, obviously, or else the company would have needed a really long booth. The whole thing runs on one driver – and a brilliantly engineered driver at that.







9   The light with true colour

Soraa was demonstrating generation three of its breakthrough MR16 lamps, which use gallium-on-gallium technology to deliver best-in-class colour rendering: a CRI index of 95, with the red component (R9) coming in at 95 as well. It ain’t cheap, but you gotta pay for quality…







10   The light with 250,000 options

Gotham Lighting’s Incito is a  fully customizable downlight with more than 250,000 variants. You can specify the output, the colour temperature, the beam characteristic and the CRI. It can also be dimmed to less than one per cent using 0-10V, Dali and DMX drivers. Beam angles can be specified from 10 degrees to 70 degrees in five-degree increments. The lumen package starts at 500 lumen and rises to 6,500.