Hospitality/Leisure, IoT/Smart Lighting

Library features internet-connected shelf lighting

A library with beautifully lit book shelves
The shelves feature advanced LED optics and IoT functionality so different beam angles can be employed and light can be directed specifically at books, objects, and magazines. The settings are controlled by NFC (Near Field Communication) technology via mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

DESIGNED by Atelier Oslo and architecture and urban design practice Lundhagem, Oslo’s ambitious new public Deichman Bjørvika library features 3,600 ‘intelligent bookshelves’ which use an innovative LED lighting technique to illuminate the books.

The shelves feature advanced LED optics and IoT functionality so different beam angles can be employed and light can be directed specifically at books, objects, and magazines. The settings are controlled by NFC (Near Field Communication) technology via mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

The lighting is provided by the linear LED iBond luminaire. 

The ultra-minimalistic luminaire LED units are typically integrated in a standard range or bespoke aluminium composite panel technology.

LED iBond uses the unique properties of  aluminium composite plates to integrate LEDs into an ultra-slim, ultra-efficient package. An ACP consists of two thin layers of aluminium, bonded by a PE core, resulting in an overall thickness of 6mm.

Since aluminium is both a good conductor of electricity and thermal energy, no additional wiring is required, and no additional heatsinks are required. ACPs are also economical in production, allowing new luminaire concepts to be built quickly as conventional printed circuit boards are not required.

The new library is expected to welcome over two million visitors each year. The opening was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to the global health crisis. Following a brief ceremony last month to mark the official opening, the public now has access to the library.

Henrik Fabricius, sales director at LED iBond, told Lux: ‘We have spent many development hours on this project and are actually quite proud of the outcome for one of the most technologically advanced multimedia libraries in Europe. 

‘I believe this solution can be used in many international shelf applications apart from libraries such as museums, retail, offices etcetera.’

LED iBond is distributed in London and the South East by Light on Line.