Why bother to rewire?!

ln my post The regulations that lights in Europe must meet (click here), I point out that there is more involved to convert a north American light for use elsewhere in the world than just “rewiring”!

If a light is to be used in the EU, it has to meet EU standards, proof of which is given by a Declaration of Conformity, that you can request from the supplier at any time.

The main standard, EN60598, is based on IEC 60598, which applies almost everywhere in the world except north America. It covers a lot more than just the wiring!!! To make this point crystal clear, I’ve put below the contents page of 60598. The English version of the full document is 216 pages long….

So why on earth waste your money (or your client’s money) paying someone just to rewire a light, if they are going to ignore all the other requirements? It will still be illegal and potentially dangerous, whether it has been rewired or not.

(I don’t expect you to read these contents pages in any detail, particularly since they are rather fuzzy. They are here to give you a general impression.)

60598 a

60598 b

60598 c

60598 d

60598 e

60598 f

Everything above is in part 1 of EN60598 and applies to all lights.

Part 1 is supplemented by the following sections in part 2 which address specific types of light. Thus, a table light has to meet all the requirements in part 1, plus the requirements in part 2-4.

60598 gNow do you see?!

Reflect that every light you have ever bought meets these requirements if it is from a reputable maker. They know what the rules are in advance – they are the template for making a safe light. It is quite another matter to re-engineer a light made to completely different specifications, as is the case with a light made for the north American market.

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Installations created using Tubes from Vistosi

Vistosi Tubes lighting installation at Elie Tahari, Atlanta
Tubes, from Vistosi, is tubes, but square ones! They can be employed in a variety of ways to make compositions, including attached directly to the ceiling, as above.

You can see below how they are normally mounted, with a visible metal structure:

Vistoai Tubes Oceania Business Plaza Panama

and here, where they are mounted individually, rather than in clusters:

Vistosi Tubes ceiling lights IFI Lux

However, Tubes have also been mounted directly to the ceiling. This is the Crowne Plaza in Dubai:

Vistosi Tubes Crowne Plaza Dubai

Or they can be suspended, as here, in a publicity shot from IFI for Beverly, one of their cool (in both senses of the word!) counters for bars, gelaterie and pasticcerie:

Vistosi Tubes suspension lights IFI Beverly

As standard, the glass is either polished white or semitransparent fumé.

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows details of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

Vistosi TUBES lighting installation

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Installations created using Diadema from Vistosi

Vistosi Diadema chandedlier at Le Tre Gazzelle Milan

Diadema is one of a series of designs from the great Venetian glass company, Vistosi, intended to be used in a wide variety of ways – both as standard catalogue items (chandeliers, pendant lights, floor lights, wall lights) and for custom pieces.

It consists of glass rods, as above at Le Tre Gazelle in Milan, where they are forming the spectacular chandelier, as well as the simpler wall lights.

Diadema can be made into simple pendants, like these, for Bulgari in Paris:

Vistosi Diadema custom pendants Bulgari Paris

Though more often, the rods are of different lengths, as here, in these suspensions over a bar at the Hotel Dorint in Zurich…

Vistosi Diadema suspension lights Hotel Dorint Zurich

…which match the Diadema wall lights there:

Vistosi Diadema Hotel Dorint Zurich appliques wall lights

Back to a larger scale, here’s a Diadema chandelier at the Hotel Regina Baglioni in Rome:

Vistosi Diadema chandelier at the Regina Baglioni Rome

The effect is quieter when two colours are used:

Vistosi - Diadema - Double colour

The standard glass colours are clear and topaz (as above). But blue can look very cool – in both senses! – for example.

Vistosi Diadema suspension light blue

The images in this post have been taken from the book Vistosi have just published that shows details of some of their installations. You can download a PDF of it here.

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Installations created using Giogali from Vistosi

Vistosi Giogali installation Doha Airport

That chandelier (at Doha airport) is seven metres high and contains 17,500 of these:

vistosi giogali gancio

This is Vistosi‘s Giogali system, of course – the system of glass hooks dreamt up by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1967 to make possible glass compositions that are just glass, having no metal except the slender frame from which they hang.

The shape that the resulting piece takes depends solely upon the shape of that frame. Each gancio (hook) hangs from the one above. The maximum length is 2.5m, so longer compositions are formed by having layers, like the Doha piece above, or this, in a Boffi showroom in Milan:

Vistosi Giogali Boffi Milan

Giogali can be used to create great curtains of glass, as here at a Bulgari showroom in Taipei: Continue reading

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Understanding Follox from Casablanca – the only lighting family a minimalist ever needs!

Casablanca Follox linear light

When the German company Casablanca developed its new Follox system, the aim was to create a product that would meet all contemporary requirements for a system of this kind.

That includes being easy to understand and easy to install!

As is usual with their production (and that of their sister brand, Millelumen), they are beautifully made, using high quality materials, and combine a wide range of options that draw on the latest technological developments.

You can download the catalogue here.

There are two main elements:

  • the Follox 1 emits light from one side only (up or down or sideways):

Casablanca Follox 1 detail

  • the Follox 3S emits light from three sides and has elegant integrated slats for cooling:

Casablanca Follox 3S detail

Materials and finish:

  • -   the metal parts are hand-brushed aluminium with a protective coating as       standard. They can also come in any colour on request
  • -   the diffusers are in a Plexiglas that has been specially devleoped so as not to discolour over time.

Light sources:

  • -    230V LEDs, that do not need a power supply/transformer. They are dimmable: Casablanca continuously updates the list of compatible dimmers
  • -    24W LEDs (recommended for spaces where there are fast moving tools or objects). These require a transformer, obviously. Various controller options also allow a lot of flexibility, including dimming by DALI and other protocols.
  • -    a wide range of LED options in different wattages, lumen strengths, and kelvin values, plus dedicated warm white, cool white or RGB.

Sizes: both Follox 1 and Follox 3S come in six standard lengths:

  • -    45cm
  • -    85cm
  • -    125cm
  • -    167cm
  • -    207cm
  • -    247cm.

Connectors and end pieces mean that you can create runs that are as long as you like:

Follox 02 linear light from Casablanca, Millelumen's sister brand

How they can be mounted:

  • -    surface-mounted, as above
  • -    recessed:

Casablanca Follox 11 linear light Millelume

  • -    suspended (see also the image at the top of this post)

Millelumen' Casablanca Follox 09

  • -    as pendants:

Casablanca Follox linear pendant light

  • -    and on walls:

Casblanca Follox wall light going round a corner

Casablanca Follox wall light going round a corner

Casablanca Follox wall light linear vertical

Plus – the icing on the cake! – GU10 spotlights can be integrated into Follox 1 arrangements:

Casablanca Follox linear light with GU10 added

Photometric data:

  • -    there is printed photometric data in the catalogue, on page eight of the PDF version, which is dowloadable here.
  • -    zipped LDT and IES files can be downloaded from here.

So you see, it really is the complete system – and from a solid, reliable German company run by nice people.

What more could you want?! Good prices? They have those too — ask us!

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