LuminaLine Lighting Technology from SCHOTT Receives Red Dot Award
LuminaLine lighting technology is technically based on a glass composite, the luminance of which is bundled by a fiber optic.
SCHOTT’s recently launched LuminaLine lighting technology has received the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2018. SCHOTT LuminaLine came away the winner in the Materials category against competition from 5,600 entries out of 55 countries, winning over a jury of 40 internationally recognized design experts. LuminaLine is also one of the final three nominees for the Red Dot: Luminary, the highest award presented in the Red Dot Design Award for design concepts. LuminaLine had previously prevailed as the German Innovation Award Winner 2018.
“LuminaLine is a particularly strong concept because this component can be used in so many ways, both as a versatile design element and as a resilient component for particularly harsh environments,” said Stephan Schabacker, director of Sales Automotive at SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging. “LuminaLine has its own aesthetics in both the illuminated and non-illuminated state and is easy to recycle as a glass component.”
LuminaLine is technically based on a glass composite, the luminance of which is bundled by a fiber optic. This creates an interplay of light and transparency that makes new designs possible. From a functional perspective, LuminaLine is also suitable for using concentrated homogeneous light for industrial and medical applications. However, the lighting technology is strengthened by the thermally toughened clad glass that surrounds the fiber optic. The clad is resistant to physical and chemical loads and withstands UV radiation and temperatures up to 400°C.
According to SCHOTT, LuminaLine’s versatility opens up creative applications for demanding markets. In interior design, for example, light guides can be used as illuminated room dividers or be integrated into furniture, floors, and aquariums. As contour and functional lighting, LuminaLine can illuminate day and night designs in various ways, integrating seamlessly into its surroundings.
In the household appliance industry, the technology enables ovens that communicate with users using light colors, shining green light when the pizza is ready, for instance. Thanks to heat resistance up to 400°C, the new light guides handle such tasks with ease. This strength, in conjunction with chemical resistance, also facilitates its use in medicine, where materials are exposed to extreme stresses during sterilization.
The automotive and traffic industries also offer many application possibilities. Reliable, aesthetic contour and functional lighting is playing an increasingly important role in making the car an oasis of wellbeing. LuminaLine is suited for vehicle exterior lighting and enables aesthetic and reliable functional or contour lighting, as an illuminated entry aid or for accentuating exterior doors. “Where visibility used to be the focus, lighting is now used as a form of user experience,” said Schabacker.
However, the future of mobility must not only apply to vehicles. LuminaLine can also turn traffic signal lighting into a design element. The light guides could indicate—with a green light on the platform or in transit—that trains or buses will soon be arriving.