Light first. Science
Skills for society
The results of our experimentation in the field of photo-biology, namely on the biological effects of exposure to light, have become international guidelines (Which manufacturer in the industry is not talking about bio-dynamic light today? Our research started in 1988). The studies carried out with the Lighting Research Center of Troy were based on the relation between the variation of light features and the circadian rhythm of living beings. In 1992 our studies gave origin to a patent and a biodynamic lighting system used to reproduce the natural variations of daylight in artificial spaces. Not only was the system able to improve life and work quality in enclosed spaces (such as control rooms of petrochemical plants, call centres, etc.), but it also contributed to the rehabilitation activities of patients who had just come out of a coma.
Our investigation was urged by a demand for environmental quality, safety, saving, and reduction of lighting pollution. In the mid-Eighties we invented polycarbonate diffusers for public lighting. The unbreakable and transparent material, together with innovative reflectors, led to products specialized in visual comfort and energy saving. The difficulties encountered by astronomers in the difficulties encountered by astronomers in observing the night sky led to these solutions, thus determining our strong commitment against lighting pollution and stray light with the production of fittings able to prevent light dispersion.
In 2009 our know-how and the collaboration with ENEL, the largest public authority in Europe for urban lighting, allowed us to use power LEDs, once again using new optics, in one of the first fittings able to reduce energy consumption in urban lighting.
Light and democracy” was the investigation made at the end of the Nineties with Harvard University on a new light for cities. The study led to the first ever prototypes of LED fittings with RGB technology, which were programmed and controlled by software applications able to respond to environmental stress. The Town Hall square in Boston was organized according to light fluxes that indicated the different directions and crossings along the axes of space and time. From 2000 to 2007 we participated in Office21, an international research project coordinated by the Frauenhofer Institut, with Microsoft among its partners, to investigate the effect of networking on the configuration and light of work spaces. We also conducted new ways to illuminate artworks, museums, archaeological sites, and historical buildings. We have made studies and research that have produced new application modes (indirect light for outdoor spaces, diffused light with luminance control, graphic light). In 2006, with “Knowing the Shape”, a project in collaboration with the Italian Institute for Restoration and the Louvre Museum, we studied in depth the perceptive and cultural issues linked to the relation between light and artworks. Our research activities continue unceasingly