Oct 05 2018

Retail highlights: mobile luminaires

Rechargeable luminaires that run on batteries or solar power are very much on trend. A growing number of well-known designers and manufacturers are responding to the rising demand with new wireless light sources for indoor and outdoor use, which are proving to be a sales hit.

And it’s no wonder: the lamps are extremely practical and flexible, save energy with efficient LED bulbs, emit atmospheric light and score points for inventive design.

Battery-powered luminaires satisfy the desire for unrestricted movement in our mobile society, which explains the growing market for wireless light sources. They are popular and versatile companions – wherever there is no power connection or a cable would get in the way.

They can be used as a flexible lamp for reading or working, as mood lighting, as an outdoor light for the garden or getaways, or as a decorative floor lamp in the living room. The mobile luminaires are also environmentally friendly because they are powered by efficient LEDs that can be recharged with a USB connection or solar panel.

Thanks to powerful rechargeable batteries, the energy-saving light sources will provide light for up to 20 hours on a single charge.

Gloster – Ambient Lighting series 

The Ambient Lighting series by Gloster (design: Henrik Pedersen) includes two solar-powered models whose forms are based on patterns from nature: Ambient Cocoon imitates the structure and symmetry of a silk cocoon. The lamp body is made of robust, smooth plastic, and the buffed teak handle adds an attractive accent.

Ambient Nest, made of a plastic mesh suitable for outdoor use, was inspired by the nests of the weaver bird. Both luminaires provide a soft, atmospheric light, with three brightness levels that can be adjusted by remote control. Rounding out the range is a lantern with a teak frame, stainless steel handle and polypropylene shade.

Fermob – Balad 

Balad by Fermob (design: Tristan Lohner) provides flexible, reliable lighting for outdoor areas, even in the remotest corners of the garden. Original aluminium handles in six trendy colours – from lagoon blue to carrot – underline the elegant shape of the polyethylene body, which is available in two sizes.

Two colour-coordinated tubular steel frames transform Balad into a floor lamp with an optional small or large arm. Balad is available in versions with warm or cool light that can be dimmed to several brightness levels, depending on the model. A two-metre-long USB cable is included. One battery charge should last for roughly 12 hours.

Tobias Grau – Parrot 

Parrot, by Tobias Grau (design: Timon and Melchior Grau), is a versatile lamp that can be used for reading and beside the bed, as a floor lamp and as room lighting. The sculptural battery-operated lamp has a height-adjustable shaft and a head that can be turned and tilted 340°. Its battery life is approximately 20 hours.

Thanks to its integrated USB-C charging connector, the lamp can also be plugged into a laptop to charge. An integrated touch dimmer switch allows the luminaire to be dimmed with one fingertip. The innovative dim-to-warm function makes the colour temperature warmer as the brightness is turned down, similar to the effect of a halogen lamp.

The luminaire's flat head is equipped with a newly developed LED panel that provides glare-free light. Parrot is available in orange, light blue, off-white and black.

Weltevree – Guidelight luminaire 

The Guidelight luminaire by Weltevree (design: Floris Schoonderbeek) is a torch, work lamp and mood lighting in one. The spherical lamp head features a rotating LED spotlight. The direction of the light can be changed by turning the head. Guidelight is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

The compact and energy-saving battery-powered light is dimmable, can be recharged with a Micro-USB and provides roughly 10 hours of maximum-intensity light and up to 150 hours of dim atmospheric light. It can be set upright or hung from the handle.

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