LEDs Light up the Shard in London

Radiant Architectural Lighting

Radiant Architectural Lighting

Towering 1,016 feet above the City of London, the Shard stands as the European Union’s tallest building. Located in the heart of the city, the impressive architectural feat promises to provide unparalleled views of London and the South East of England.

It is only fitting that building that magnificent would also have magnificent lighting.

The Shard’s lighting was designed by industrial design consultancy David Morgan Associates and lighting designer Joe Geitner from American lighting company George Saxton Associates.

Working closely with Geitner, David Morgan Associates were given a brief to design the under-cabinet and furniture LED lighting systems for the apartments. The design of the lighting systems had to incorporate slim linear LED lights, ensuring they were efficient but at the same time gave what David Morgan calls a “warm white light output.”

Radiant Shard

Radiant Shard

Building regulations specified that the lighting system must comply with a set of energy guidelines which requires energy efficiency of more than 55 lumens per circuit Watt.

David Morgan Associates had previously developed the design of larger LED linear systems which still met this criteria and were able to scale these down to fit the design specifications of the Shard.

The scaled down new adaption to the LED lighting system integrates a variety of colour temperatures and a linear prismatic controller. The system runs at up to 14 Watts per metre, which provides approximately 1,500 lumens per metre, an amount that varies depending on the LED colour temperature.

The system incorporates drivers to control the Nichia LEDs. This is said to provide a greater efficiency and thermal reliability than numerous LED certified products.

The Shard London

The Shard London

The Radiant 33D LED Flex Linear lighting systems has a wide range of interior and exterior architectural lighting applications. These lighting systems can also be used in museums, galleries and retail developments and have been installed in the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku designed by Zaha Hadid and two Burberry stores in Central London.

“This luminaire development illustrates one of the ways we work with lighting designers,” Morgan said. “If they can’t find a suitable product, then we design and produce one to meet their particular requirements. We find that if one lighting designer needs that particular type of equipment, there will be many others also interested in the using the same type of product.”

By Jemilla Russell-Clough
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