Unilamp at Lightcraft
THAI-BASED LIGHTING SPECIALIST COMPANY UNILAMP HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING MARKET FOR 24 YEARS SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1993,SPECIALISING IN THE MANUFACTURE OF ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURES. THE BRAND’S MOST NOTABLE RECENT PR
We spoke to International Business Development Director Mr Alan Saunders, Product Engineer and Assistant Director Mr Sebastian Fuellner and Lighting Consultant Mr Yodsak Unhavaithaya about the design concept of their lighting fixtures.
H&D:Can you take us through the brand’s history and how it branched out internationally? How did Unilamp start out specialising in outdoor lightings?
A: Our origins go back to Bangkok 1993, when Unilamp first started producing interior fluorescent products. At some stage, long before my time, a decision was made to go into exterior lighting products, which is where we are at the moment.
From around 1994 onwards, the main focus shifted to the opening of export markets. We started with South America, and from there we expanded into Europe. That took us through to the year 2000. We’ve since steadily built our brand and presence around the globe. At the moment, we’re exporting to around 60 different countries on every continent, including North America and Asia.
H&D: What is your design approach?
A: This process invariably starts with our customers. Since, we’re a customercentered company, most of what we produce is based on the feedback, demands, and needs of our customers and their markets
S: The design of our luminairesis based on specification, and are primarily task-lighting proven. We always keep our customers in mind, to ensure they don’t end up with overpriced lighting fixtures that they don’t need.
H&D:Can you tell us more about the environmentally friendly solutions on offer?
S: I would say that at a very early stage, we incorporate a lot of details in our luminaries. For example, we try to minimise the use of precious raw materials and use them only where they’re needed to help to preserve nature, and keep the impact on the environment to a minimum.
Y: While still maintaining the quality and performance of the product.
H&D: What are the environmental practices that are adopted within the organisation?
S: The best approach to being environmentally-friendly is to use good, recyclable raw materials and to use as little as possible without sacrificing the quality of our products. It’s very important for us to use
materials such as aluminum and glass which can be used for many years. We also don’t use PVC cables at Unilamp.
A: Apart from that, we follow the international license standard, ISO 14001. Essentially, we keep an eye on being environmentally-friendly from design to production.
H&D: What impacts visual comfort?
Y: You need to find a balance in contrast. You don’t want a very bright light source in a very dark area. The elderly, in particular, don’t want anything too bright because there’s too much glare, and when this happens, you can’t look outside your home. However, a sense of security can be achieved through lighting. There are so many different types of lighting designs, including soft lighting.
A: Visual comfort is considered in terms of discomfort glare and is at the forefront of our luminaire design thinking. However, there are no hard and fast methods of designing a lighting scheme. Many factors have to be considered, such as colour appearance, light distribution, modelling of objects, points of interest, level of illumination, and so forth. While some applications require shadowing, others don’t. It largely depends on the visionthe designer has for the appearance and effect on the structure or area to be illuminated.
H&D: What are the things that need to be considered when choosing outdoor lighting fixtures?
A: There are many factors involved. First and foremost is the intended application the fixtureishaving to perform. What is the task lighting used for? Would it be for general usage or to enhance visuals and ambience? What colour temperature or beam angles is the customer looking for? Consider the effects of light pollution, maintenance, construction and more; for example, would the customer like to enhance a narrow column?
Y: We have a variety of lighting outputs to suit our customers’ needs for individual lighting projects. Consider the aesthetics you’re aiming for, the colour of the product, quality, and output look. Choose the right type of light that not only matches the surrounding environment, but also consider the output look, which should be suitable for both day and night.
S: The luminaire concept as a whole need to be considered. For example, more and more of our customers don’t want to see where the light is coming from. That means for us, small aesthetically pleasing and wellengineered luminaires with good light beam control.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr Sebastian Fuellner, Mr Yodsak Unhavaithaya, and Mr Alan Saunders conducted a workshop at Lightcraft.