Stratas.XIC LED-Spotlight by Christian Schneider-Moll

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Stratas.XIC

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
LED-Spotlight

INSPIRATION:
We continuously improve our LED-based lighting products and react as fast as possible to the changings on the market. With the XTM- and XIM-Artist-LED-Modules, Xicato again improved the efficiency and quality of the produced light. To guaranty that our product is up to date, we started immediately to integrate this new Modules in our line of products.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
As the new LED-generations are continuously improved, with the Stratas.XIC-Spotlight we increased the efficiency while maintaining passive cooling. Additionally we eliminated the driver-box, which was unavoidable for older versions. The result is a even cleaner looking design, where the Spotlight is directly attached to the track-mount and the transition from light-source to sealing is getting more and more unremarkable.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The installation of the Stratas.XIC track mounted spotlight is simple and intuitive. The base is held into the track and locked into place with the track mounting mechanism. After installation, 1 of 3 possible lighting circuits are selectable. The spotlight is now fitted and powered up and the head can be adjusted to the desired rotation tilt. If the light distribution is too narrow or too wide, the reflectors can be changed without tools (3 included reflectors).

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
3 months development in our Berlin workshop.

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Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The Stratas.XIC is mostly produced from Aluminum. The base material is milled and/ore worked on the lathe. After powder-coating and manual assembly the product is prepared with optical features (honeycomb, reflectors, glass etc.) according to the buyers wishes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
178 mm x 80 mm x 150 (225) mm, see attached technical drawing.

TAGS:
LED, Spotlight, Xicato, track mounting, lighting

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
LED technology is developing at an alarming rate and we identify that this is the future of lighting technology and wanted to design a sustainable and long lasting product. We began searching the worldwide market for the LED module with the best quality of light. After discussions with a number of LED module manufacturers we selected the Xicato XSM Artist module as it has the highest colour rendering available in the world. From there we purchased a number of the LED modules and began the design of the spotlight specifically for this LED module. This began months of thermal testing/ re-designing and communication with Xicato to ensure we had the LED module efficiently cooled and performing at its best.

CHALLENGE:
The most important thing with LEDs is to keep them cool or the long life quality of the LED will be dramatically shortened. Many spotlights on the market have large, unsightly looking heat sinks on the rear of the product so the challenge was how to ensure efficient cooling and conceal the heat sink . After months of prototyping and testing we arrived at the solution of enclosing the heat sink in a thin aluminium tube and recessing a deep slot mid way along the body of the fixture. This allows the air into the heat sink at base of the LED module and is channelled through the fitting and out the rear where it is not easily seen when looked at from below. Of course the final proportions and details were chosen after many many tests and the final product is both very clean and the thermal testing has been approved for this LED module. We are very pleased with the aesthetics of the fixture and it is now ready for market.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-24 08:50:42

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Christian Schneider-Moll

IMAGE CREDITS:
Christian Schneider-Moll, 2014.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
STRATAS-leuchtenmanufaktur-berlin.de e.K.

PROFILE:
Established in 2005, Stratas manufacture high-end light fixtures handcrafted at our workshop in Berlin. Since 2012 we are proud to work with Xicato LED modules, providing excellence, bringing efficiency, reliability, without compromise of colour rendering. Stratas provides a complete range of lights fixtures, track spotlight and wall washer, pendulum spot and soft light and ambient light, each of them designed to be compact and discreet while keeping a design continuity. Our main focus in design is to combine the exceptional quality of Xicato LED modules with our high quality approach of functionality and a clean aesthetic. The awareness of the advantages that quality light serves, the effects and influences good lighting achieves in diverse settings and living situations. These are the topics that make us appreciate Xicato highly as a partner.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Stratas.xic Led-Spotlight by Christian Schneider-Moll is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Stratas.xic Led-Spotlight by Christian Schneider-Moll is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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