Unil­amp at Lightcraft


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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.

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