Lighting sensation to be unveiled at LuxLive Middle East

The artificial skylight mimics sunlight using nanotechnology to replicate the Rayleigh scattering seen in the sky

A groundbreaking luminaire which has caused a sensation in the lighting industry is set to be unveiled to the Middle East market at the LuxLive 2016 exhibition in Abu Dhabi in April. 

The Coelux skylight has garnered a string of awards and global media attention since its introduction,  and a Lux video about it has been viewed over a million times. It uses patented technology which has been a decade in the making. 

The product, which artificially reproduces the effect of sunlight indoors, is now for sale in the Gulf region. Lighting and acoustics specialist Acoulite is now selling the skylight which won the Lux Award for Light Source Innovation of the Year in 2014.

Terry Woodley, managing director of Acoulite, said: ‘CoeLux is an amazing addition to our portfolio of lighting products, offering something truly innovative that delivers quality daylight within spaces otherwise impossible for natural light to reach.’ 

CoeLux has attracted global admiration and media attention but industry figures have hitherto doubted whether there would be any buyers for the expensive but pioneering product.

The first installation was at the the Humanitas University Hospital in Milan and features in its radiosurgery department, where patients are treated for brain tumours.

The idea is that the effect of sunlight will make patients feel better physically and mentally, while reducing the anxious feeling of being in an enclosed, windowless space.

CoeLux, the result of research by Italian inventor Paolo di Trapani, uses a layer of nanomaterials to recreate the natural effect that makes the sky blue, known as Rayleigh scattering. It also creates an illusion that the light source is further away than it actually is, so it looks like the sun.

As well as being ideal for hospitals and other healthcare settings, CoeLux’s Middle East seller advises that the skylight has ‘a myriad of potential applications’ in retail, residential and hospitality environments.  

Now the Coelux skylight will be exhibited for the first time in the GCC region.  It will be at the LuxLive Middle East show at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on April 13 and 14. To register for a free pass, visit