IoT/Smart Lighting

App enables lighting design with social distancing

Two hands hold an iPhone using the augmented reality lighting design software in a room
Users of the lighting design app can continue practicing social distancing and observing isolation guidelines amid the health crisis without affecting project timelines and progress.

AN INNOVATIVE app which combines augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has been developed to allow lighting professionals create designs while remaining safely distant from projects. 

Using the software, end users, FMs, architects and designers can view and modify custom luminaires in real-time, eliminating the need to visit project sites in person. 

They can also use the app to show their management and clients what the design would look like in the intended space.

US manufacturer Ascenti says its app is the industry’s first to combine AR and VR in one package.

It says the platform ‘provides a safe and secure solution for architects and designers to keep projects moving forward and meet deadlines during and after the coronavirus health crisis’.

The app superimposes their custom luminaires directly onto the live space through their screen. 

Users can adjust the custom light’s size and placement with their fingers to meet their exact specifications before finalising their specifications. 

They can also turn the design intent’s photometric web on and off to better understand the the products lighting effects.

John Fox, president of Ascenti Lighting, said the company wanted to equip architects, interior designers and lighting industry professionals with a simple yet powerful tool to streamline and personalise the custom lighting process.

‘This app also gives our clients the ability to overcome challenges caused by the current health crisis,’ Fox told Lux

‘Now, architects and designers can accomplish project milestones as originally planned from the safety of their homes or offices.’

The app includes a simple tutorial to help architects and designers place 3D models inside a space, giving them the ability to instantly visualise custom light fixtures with an iPhone or iPad.

‘With the Ascenti app, there’s no need to travel to showrooms or warehouses to experience to see the luminaires in action,’ said Fox. 

Users can enhance customer communication efforts with the app by sharing and presenting custom lighting options to their clients in real-time.

App users can continue practicing social distancing and observing isolation guidelines amid the health crisis without affecting project timelines and progress.

Built on a secure platform, the app gives architects and designers the peace of mind they need to complete projects while abiding by their non-disclosure agreements. 

Currently the app only works with products from Ascenti Lighting but the move demonstrates a possible direction of travel for the industry in the coming months. 

‘Our ultimate goal is to make our clients’ jobs and lives easier. The Ascenti app does that and more with advanced AR and VR capabilities. 

‘Users simply enter their personalised code, place their 3D model anywhere in the room and watch their designs come to life before their very eyes.’