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NIGHTSIGHT area light
Zumtobel Lighting >
UNStudio >
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Product description

NIGHTSIGHT Area Light with softGlow optics
Excellent visual comfort for squares, pathways and residential streets is achieved by carefully controlling the direction of the light and by minimising the luminance contrast between the LED light points and the surrounding grid. An additional vertical lighting component enhances facial recognition and strengthens the feeling of safety. The softGlow optics support improved visual comfort. When a person enters the lit area, their eyes can easily adjust to the brightness and the sense of glare is reduced.

NIGHTSIGHT Projection with darkBeam optics
Façades and architectural details that are showcased with light can only be truly appreciated when the luminaires themselves do not predominate. The LED optics are deliberately recessed into a matt black grid to limit visibility of the light source from the side and thereby reduce glare caused by stray light.

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The NIGHTSIGHT concept blends the latest lighting technology and high-quality materials with the principle of “Human Scale Lighting”, creating lighting solutions based inexorably around the needs of people. Alongside Ben van Berkel and the designers from UNStudio in Amsterdam, Zumtobel has created a modular product family of LED lighting tools that uses one single design to solve a vast array of complex and differentiated outdoor lighting tasks.

NIGHTSIGHT is able to craft light spaces that present nocturnal living and working areas in a multi-layered fashion. The correct balance between artificial light, natural light and darkness provides people with optimum light that is adapted to suit particular activities during different phases of the night – from a visual, emotional and biological perspective.

Through the targeted use of light and shadow, illuminated areas and dark zones, as well as contrasting light levels, NIGHTSIGHT succeeds in enhancing the three-dimensional perception of the space, emphasising architectural details, creating recognition features and modelling spaces. As a result, people can appreciate new levels of visual comfort and wellbeing and enhanced quality of life in nocturnal outdoor spaces. The combination of specific lighting design and innovative technology, which minimises light pollution caused by stray light, simultaneously reduces the consumption of energy resources and the effect of artificial light on plants and animals.

In order to offer architects and lighting planners maximum flexibility in terms of planning and design, the NIGHTSIGHT range features four individual formats with 2x2, 4x4, 2x8 or 4x8 LED optics, alongside a selection of different light distributions, colour temperatures and installation options. The actual product is undeniably minimalistic, helping to put the focus firmly on the light itself. Zumtobel has devised two luminaire types to enable both the uniform illumination of vertical and horizontal surfaces and the setting of targeted accents: a spotlight range with “darkBeam” optics and an Area Light with “softGlow” comfort optics.

NIGHTSIGHT was honoured with the 2017 iFDesign Award and Red Dot Design Award.