Belgian lighting brand Modular Lighting Instruments has unveiled to the North American architecture and design community a new collection of downlights that are about the same size as a golf ball.
Measuring just 1.9 inches in diameter with an aperture of less than 1.5 inches, the Smart 1.9 is the newest offering within the lightning manufacturer’s Smart family. The collection of petite downlights can deliver up to 311 lumens per each compact fixture, and are available in color temperatures that include 2700K, 3000K, and 3500K.
Smart Lotis in black
“With small-scale modern appeal, Smart 1.9 can be combined with a square or rectangular finishing plate to form a recessed luminaire with Smart Mask,” says Modular Lighting Instruments, a company that manufacturer high-end architectural lighting for various sectors. “Both fixtures and masks are available in black, white, and gold finishes.”
Minimal lighting is extremely popular among modern architects and designers because the profile of the products do not interfere with the architecture and because the products seemingly disappear from view. Very often, however, architects complain that the smaller-diameter products do not throw enough light or are only suitable for art or display items. In such cases, architects may have to add more light fixtures in the ceiling, defeating the purpose of the smaller profiles.
Smart Cake white
But Modular Lighting Instruments “provides discrete profiles without compromising high-quality illumination,” the company says.
“Suitable for high-end residential, hospitality, retail, and commercial interiors, the luminaire can be specified as 1L with a single fixture, or 2L with two fixtures within a single housing,” the company explains. “The 2L version gives users the option for a more flexible, and possibly cost-effective fixture that can be used for accent lighting and within a variety of lighting schemes.
Smart 1.9 comes in three flange designs:
Smart Cake: Notable for its gently sloping sides, this trim ensures a soft distribution of light.
Smart Kup: Distinctive for its fine, protruding circular shape that makes it ideal for seamless integration into the finished ceiling or within millwork structure.
Smart Lotis: Features a deeply recessed cone to create a versatile spotlight effect. It also comes in an asymmetrical option (Smart Lotis Asy), with an adjustable flange that can be applied for wall washing at a 28-degree angle.
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Smart Kup in gold
Smart 1.9 also offers a selection of three diffusers: frosted, solite, and clear glass. Differing from the standard clear glass, frosted glass softens light beam, while solite glass delivers light with better control without glare, the company says. All lens options provide protection in more demanding environments. The luminaire can also be specified in damp and wet environments.
Modular Lighting says Smart 1.9 has the ability to create a near-infinite amount of lighting expressions when grouped together. The product are ideal for intimate areas such as powder rooms or interior staircases for orientation. “Smart Lotis Asy 1.9 serves as a wall washer, while Smart 1.9 provides soft distribution of light, ultimately giving a creative and lively feeling to the space,” the company explains. “Smart 1.9 can also be grouped with other larger members of the Smart family for dynamic ceiling configurations.”
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Smart Lotis Adjustable in gold