Colloidal Luminaries for Architectural Lighting

Nov. 13, 2019


Nina M. Lutz and V. Michael Bove. 2019. Colloidal Luminaries for Architectural Lighting. In Proceedings of the 6th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (BuildSys '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 387-388. DOI:


Despite advances in modern architectural technology, the overarching design and principle behind architectural lighting has remained unchanged for centuries. In the current process, individually illuminated fixtures are strategically placed in order to illuminate a space. This system, while enjoyed throughout the modern world, has drawbacks in terms of electrical infrastructure and maintenance points. In this demonstration we present an alternative methodology by using light sources that illuminate multiple fixtures, which can be reliably fine tuned in color and illumination amounts. This model is shown here in small scale prototypes, along with preliminary simulations to predict lux (lumens/meter) measurements. This proposal promises a radically new way to think about architectural lighting design.

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