The best light for architecture
Thanks to LED technology, the presentation of buildings, monuments and landmarks is being taken to a new level. Completely new, dynamic and tailored lighting designhas become possible. WE-EF, the specialist for exterior lighting solutions, has redesigned its range of projectors and is now presenting the FLC200 as an independent range of LED projectors for the special requirements of showcasing architecture.
The FLC200 series has a modular structure and comes in four basic sizes with different wattages, tunable white and RGBW/RGBA variants for coloured lighting, and profile projector functionalities. In addition, the projectors can be precisely adjusted to create the desired lighting effect, using optical accessories such as wallwash and flood lenses, honeycomb and glare shields, and snoots.
Variants for every usage scenario
The series starts with FLC220, the smallest projector with a diameter of 190 millimetres and 6 LEDs. It is followed by the two larger FLC230 and FLC240 projectors going up to 104 watts. Nominal lumens of up to almost 18,000 lm are achieved with the largest variant in the series, the FLC260 LED projector. With a diameter of almost 400 millimetres and a weight of 18 kilograms the FLC260 goes up to 155 watts. The FLC200 LED projectors come with 3000 K and 4000 K as standard.
Highly efficient LEDs and LED lenses made of PMMA, which has been specially developed by WE-EF, ensure consistent high performance by the projectors. The CAD-optimised lenses offer symmetric wide beam [B], medium beam [M], narrow beam [E], very narrow beam [EE] and very narrow beam 'sharp cut-off' [EES] light distributions. High efficiency is ensured by the optimised opticsthat rule out all light scattering inside the lens. At the same time, it distributes the glare-free light uniformly.
Like all other components of the projectors, the LED modules can also be replaced if necessary, as a long service life is a defining feature of products from WE-EF. In addition, because cost effectiveness increases with the length of operation, luminaires from WE-EF are a good investment. All hardware components are housed in a robust die-cast aluminium body and are extremely corrosion-resistant thanks to the well-proven WE-EF 5CE corrosion protection system; here,too, the focus is on durability.
Colour changers and profile projectors for dynamic presentations
All four models in the FLC200 series are also available in a CC version. CC stands for colour changer, i.e. for luminaires fitted with RGBW/RGBA LEDs with infinitely variable colour mixing that are able to produce a huge variety of coloured lighting, including dynamic colour changing. The dynamics, progressions and transitions as well as the combination of several projectors are all controlled with a DMX system that is also part of the WE-EF scope of supply, and is available as a wired or a wireless system. This makes the colour changers suitable for temporary, dynamic coloured light applications as well as the subtle, continuous use of coloured light.
The special FLC220 and FLC230 profile projectors can project gobos (GP variant), create clearly defined circles of light (ZP variant with zoom spot technology) or precisely illuminate the contours of polygon surfaces (FP variant with framing projector technology). The FLC220 and FLC230 profile projectors are available in 3000 and 4000 K and FLC230 as a colour changer.
Systematic technology and design
In addition to the technical consistency of all families in the FLC200 series, a consistent design language is important to WE-EF. The proven guiding principle of "less is more" generally applies here; the development department focuses on criteria such as a timeless, purist, functional and intelligent design. To be precise, the FLC200 series is consistently based on balanced proportions and design features, resulting in lighting solutions with visual continuity that meet even the highest architectural demands.
WE-EF attaches great importance to details such as the transition of forms, gap widths, volumes and radii. The design is therefore created with direct liaison between the engineering and technical lighting departments in a process to optimise all parameters in teamwork. For example, this strategy is demonstrated by the integration of the heat sinks on the back of the luminaires. Instead of being hidden, they become design elements and allude to the extremely high performance of the luminaires.
Highest design awards
Although unspectacular at first glance, the sophisticated design becomes apparent on closer examination and when in operation. This also applies to the FLC200 series that won prestigious design awards shortly after its launch – projectors and colour changers won the gold prize and a Special Mention in the Focus Open 2017; the colour changers were a winner in the German Design Award 2018; and last but not least the CC variant and the projector were awarded prizes at the iF Design Awards 2018.