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Diffuse Lighting And The challenge Of The New! Print E-mail
Friday, 29 October 2010 20:06

diffuseDiffuse Porcelain Lighting has the feel of an ancient fundamental material. The light that is cast from their wondrous chandeliers is candle like in quality echoing the grandeur of the past. The warmth of its glow is akin to the multi tiered candelabras of the era before electricity or even gas! The challenge that Diffuse face is integrating this ancient material – first developed in China and perfected in Imperial Palaces; with the new technology that is revolutionising lighting for all of us.

LEDs have been with us now for over 30 years but it is only just recently that high power versions have become available with enough light output and the right colour temperature to complement Diffuse’s elegant range of lights.

“Designing warm white LEDs into our products has been a challenge needing a blend of new technologies – thermal management and power electronics – to integrate seamlessly into our classic porcelain styles. But the advantages that LED technology brings have been worth the effort.” Comments Jason Boatswain MD of Diffuse Porcelain.

Porcelain is the hardest of all ceramic materials and though this gives it many practical applications in science and electronics, it is primarily known as the best material available for fine vases, figurines and other decorations. It seems this natural material is well suited to the new electronic lighting technology. Testament perhaps to it longevity down the millennia. 

The benefits of LED include much longer life than incandescent bulbs (3 years continuous operation), so a massive reduction in maintenance costs. Significantly reduced energy consumption, so lower electricity costs and a benefit to the environment. For an equivalent light output, the LED chandelier uses about a third of the electrical power of an incandescent bulb version. Finally Cooler running; Less heat means lower lamp temperatures a reduction of air convection currents that can necessitate regular cleaning due to dust accumulation.

The acid test is of course the purity of the light. In this both Porcelain and LED seem to enhance each other to deliver a truly romantic ambient cast of light. Ideal for dining areas, welcoming receptions and graceful ballrooms. The buttery glow warms the hearts and flatters the complexions of all who are entertained below. It is a perfect marriage between the ancient and the modern.

“LED frees us to design outside the constraints of conventional lighting elements. LED has inspired us into new areas of form and aesthetics that would not have been possible with the old technology”. Lucy Boatswain  Design Director 

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