ERCO specialises in architectural lighting.


Digitaler Lichtbericht 9

Published in July 2016
At this year’s Light + Building, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology, luminaire manufacturers and lighting institutions shifted their focus away from showcasing products as technological innovations to return to issues that address people and their needs. What is new is increased awareness of the constant change, even the parallel existence, of different user requirements – whether it be at work, at home, or in the shop. ERCO’s response to this is perception-orientated lighting concepts designed to accommodate a more differentiated and flexible approach to achieving optimal illumination for a multitude of visual tasks, without ignoring the creative or economic aspect of architectural lighting.

Lighting concepts built around different light distributions allow for individual light scenes that create the right ambience for a variety of working situations – from a prestigious foyer and open-plan office or conference room through to more informal settings – as demonstrated by the lighting solution designed for the Archimedes communications agency. The connecting element of the various different luminaire ranges deployed in the offices of the former brewery isexceptional visual comfort.

By the same token, ERCO lighting tools guarantee optimum glare control despite the great room heights of Hamburg Airport retailer Gebrüder Heinemann. Whereas at Archimedes the striking product design of the ERCO spotlights, downlights and pendant luminaires enhances the historic architecture as a design feature in its own right, Compact downlights in the offices of Gebrüder Heinemann offer discreet point light sources that add to the reduced design of the suspended ceiling panels. Thanks to the ERCO luminaire system design which ensures consistency across thevarious construction sizes, lumen classes and light distribution characteristics, no compromise was necessary in the zonal lighting at the Hamburg offices of Gebrüder Heinemann.


Spatial perception is further influenced by photometric details: Read our report on Italian seafood distributor Fiorital to discover the role of aspects such as light colour in the effective illumination of exclusive delicatessen.


Thanks to photometric precision, our LED light brings out even the finest details in sharp contours for a three-dimensional effect – be it for the presentation of products or art, such as the powerful and dynamic sculptures at the Musée Bourdelle.

A key parameter for effective differentiated lighting concepts is vertical illuminance. Whilst reducing the contrast, thereby preventing premature eye fatigue, this approach enables energy-efficient illumination of product shelving, media and art on the wall, draws the customer into the store and provides orientation by defining spatial boundaries. Our passion for detail in the design and development of our products is manifest in the ERCO wallwashers: Their efficiency, excellent glare control and superb uniformity right up to the ceiling makes them an indispensable design tool for restaurants, shops and offices as well as educational facilities such as the Bregenz State Library. Our report on this library in a former monastery addresses the creative advantages of vertical illuminance in the same context as energy efficiency. ERCO lighting tools are, at the end of the day, designed to ensure optimised performance of the visual task at hand – whilst adding a design dimension to architecture that facilitates orientation and ensures perception on an emotional level.
Two entirely different ERCO innovations launched in June offer new approaches to energy-efficient interior design: the popular range of Opton spotlights now includes a minimised version, whereas the Skim downlight is available as a highly efficient and glare-free model with extra wide light distribution.

Opton  Skim

Be inspired and get involved in the hugely creative diversity of modern, perception-orientated lighting design!

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