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OCTOBER 2019 | 29 Lighting acutely aware of the energy efficiency and perfor- mance requirements of fixtures," says Rajewski. "Similarly, homeowner's are acutely aware of climate change and energy usage, and want to make a posi- tive environmental impact, while still having fixtures that perform well and look good." T H I N I S I N Thanks to improvements in heat dissipating technol- ogy, fixture manufacturers can provide wafer-thin LED panels that provide plentiful usable light at a low price point. It's a big deal for renovation projects, says Rajewski. "We often encounter existing ceiling spaces with little to no room for fixtures to be recessed, but these wafer surface mounted fixtures can replace the standard recessed fixtures, while giving almost the same look." This shrinking profile is true for linear LED lights as well, as the BL Lighting BL flexFORM N1 Series demonstrates. A super-slim design (just 4.5-milli- metres in profile) allows for connections to be built seamlessly into the structure and delivers up to 183 lumens per foot of high CRI LED lighting. These pack- ages are UL listed to ensure component liability isn't an issue, and are fully customizable – just one of many incredible achievements in the world of light- ing today. O F F I C E S P A C E Even traditional office lighting has received an upgrade in recent years, thanks to smart, sleek, mod- ern designs by companies like Peerless Electric. Its Arclux series takes inspiration from architectural design but offers efficient, high-tech products that can still suit a commercial workspace. The LED lumi- naires are suspended by aircraft cables and finished with powder-coat enamel, and project both up and down light for a pleasant, soft lighting. Peerless' Peerlux collection, meanwhile, is an extensive line of attractive styles available in a variety of specification grades for custom options in any environment. A great workspace fixture in today's world not only provides comfortable lighting, but helps con- trol acoustics. "The one trend that I have been seeing this year is the move toward acoustical light fix- tures," says Rajewski. "This allows for a more open ceiling space and frees up the budget dedicated to sound baffles, and hopefully makes open offices more comfortable for occupants." As many commercial office spaces have trended towards open offices with exposed ceilings, architects are looking for ways to dampen the sound. Previously this had to be done via a combination of sound baffles and sound masking systems, but crafty lighting fixture manufacturers have started building in sound absorbing material onto the body of the fixture itself. From custom designs to smart workplace solu- tions, there's a lot to love about the lighting options on offer right now. And with an industry of profes- sionals so dedicated and in tune and on the case every day, who knows where we can go from here? A Arclux series from Peerless Electric. ESTABLISHED 1964 • BONDED PROFESSIONALS CERAMIC TILE, MARBLE, GRANITE AND TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR PHONE 604-254-9864 ✪ 2121 E. HASTINGS, VANCOUVER, B.C. Celebrating over 55 years of craftsmanship Star Tile.indd 1 2019-03-22 10:07 Williams Engineering.indd 1 2017-05-10 2:55 PM December 2019 ANNUAL INDUSTRY FEATURE: Concrete Book your ad space now: Dan Chapman 604.473.0316 Alexander Sugden 604.473.0358

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