We never think about designing a product. We just create what we need. During our holiday in Maldives luxury resort, after we dined on the beach and walked back to the resort, we came up with a strong feeling that something is missing and we have to do the job.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The brand new NI Parasol redefines lighting in a way that it can be more than a luminous object. Innovatively combining a parasol and garden torch, NI looks smart standing beside sun loungers on the poolside or other outdoor areas from morning to night. The proprietary finger-sensing OTC (one-touch dimmer) allows users to adjust to desired lighting levels of the 3-channel lighting system at ease. NI also adopts a low voltage 12V LED driver generating very little heat to provide an energy-efficient power supply for the system with over 2000 pieces of 0.1W LEDs.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Interaction is the key for NI Parasol. The OTD (one-touch-dimmer) allows users to adjust the lighting according to the environment at ease with its finger motion sensors. Considering its usage in high-class environments such as hotel and museum entrance, customers may want to avoid other people touching the control by mistake. Therefore we developed a remote control that enables an administrator-only central control of 6-12 piece Parasols at the same time.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project kick-started in February 2013 in Hong Kong, China, while the initial idea came up in 2012 December. The first prototype was finished in January 2014, and was later exhibited in International Furniture Fair Singapore in March 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
NI uses strong aluminum frame with outdoor powder coating. We created a IP connector for each light, ensuring people can change the LED easily. The PCB inside is totally isolated in different layers to avoid water going in. The total power consumption of the NI system on middle level is 40W and with full power on, it can cover almost 18 square meters. We use 2200K for up light and 1800K for down light making it a perfect eye-catcher.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
NI 350, the shade uses the reputed Sunbrella fabric. Aluminum over 2.0mm thickness with structure inside. With NI opened the lower end is still over 2.3 meters. This avoids rusting by salt-laden winds as most customers will put it near sea side. Heavy aluminum and brass are used to connect inside.
NI, Parasol, LED, Garden Furniture, Garden Umbrella, FoxCat, Garden Lighting LED Parasol, Night Parasol, Light Parasol
We love outdoor dining and outdoor environment. Every time when we are sitting in restaurant or dinning on the beach there are always parasols. They are beautiful, but when the night falls they cannot function with the environment. NI is all-in-one cabling and therefore you can move it and do the set up very fast. After testing over 50 times of different LED colors, we chose 1800K LED candle light for down light and 2200K for up light respectively.
In order to overcome the challenge in cabling and water proofing so as to make it suitable for all environments, we tailor-make the molds with water proof gasket that satisfies IP Rating, ensuring real protection for the PCB inside. In making the cable all in one yet changeable is also a difficult part during the development.
TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Terry Chow, Chris Chan, Tom Rordinger, Sonia Lo, Joshua Wong and Philip Shiu
All Image: Photographer by Kiu@Shyalala Studio, illustrator by Excellent Limited in-house design