In a move that brings science fiction predictions to reality, Philips is introducing its OneSpace luminous ceiling to the world. OneSpace integrates LED lights with a fabric to create a white light ceiling surface that hides the source of light completely. The result is a smooth and clutter-free ceiling that emits a uniform and glare-free light.
“This innovation will redefine how light can be used in architecture and design. Light is now an architectural component – it is no longer an add-on in a space,’’ said Antoon Martens from Philips Lighting. No additional ceiling is required with the OneSpace luminous ceiling, since it plays the dual role of ceiling and light.
“The ceiling is not often seen as a design element – now, it is transformed by this minimalistic ultra-thin panel of light into a design statement.’’
The luminous ceiling was predicted by American author and professor of biochemistry Isaac Asimov in a 1964 New York Times article looking at the technology of the future. He wrote that “By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use, and ceilings and walls will glow softly…’’
Architects involved in validation workshops of Philips’ OneSpace luminous ceiling described the effect of the ceiling as “peaceful’’, “serene” and “sky-like”. The ceiling emits white light that recalls the feeling of natural daylight.
It can be dimmed, used as safety lighting and be connected to building management systems enabling centralized control to switch it on or off for greater energy efficiency. It even enhances room acoustics.
Philips’ OneSpace luminous ceiling is available in customized sizes up to 10 feet by 33 feet, providing maximum freedom of design. It is especially suited for car showrooms, flagship retail stores and public spaces like airports, hotels and conference facilities to create a striking and calm space while also serving as functional lighting.
OneSpace was introduced at the Light + Building show in Frankfurt, Germany last week.