what is Acoustic Lighting?

Noise Reduction

Acoustic lighting is often used in open-plan offices, commercial spaces, auditoriums, restaurants, and other settings where both lighting and acoustic considerations are crucial. By combining these two functions into a single fixture, it can help create more pleasant and productive environments while maintaining a visually appealing design.

Acoustic Lighting Materials

Acoustic Lighting is a component part of a solution when designing noise reduction or noise absorption into a buildings fabric. The design and construction of the luminaire incorporates acoustic materials such as felts or fabrics which can minimise the reverberation of sound waves.

With the advent of minimalistic design many offices, commercial spaces, break-out areas and even open plan domestic environments have eliminated traditional sources of noise reduction. The current trend of open ceilings with exposed services have contributed to an elevation of noise pollution within the working environment.

 

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To reduce the impact Acoustic Lighting along with acoustic baffles and other sources of sound absorption should be considered whilst at the design stage of a project.

Acoustic lighting, sometimes referred to as “acoustic luminaires” or “acoustic light fixtures,” combines both lighting and acoustic design elements to enhance the overall ambiance and functionality of a space. These fixtures are designed to provide illumination while also addressing acoustic concerns by reducing noise and sound reflections in a room. Acoustic lighting typically features the following components:

Lighting Elements: These fixtures incorporate various types of lighting, such as LED lights, to provide the necessary illumination for the space. The lighting can be both functional and decorative, depending on the design and purpose of the fixture.

Acoustic Materials: Acoustic lighting fixtures are equipped with materials designed to absorb and/or diffuse sound, such as acoustic panels, felt, or fabric. These materials help reduce reverberation and noise in a room, contributing to better sound quality and comfort.

Aesthetic Design: Acoustic lighting fixtures are available in a wide range of designs, from contemporary to traditional, to complement the aesthetics of the room in which they are installed. They can be customized to fit specific decor and architectural requirements.

Sound Management: The integration of acoustic materials into lighting fixtures contributes to improved acoustic comfort in spaces, making them suitable for environments where noise control is important, such as offices, restaurants, classrooms, and public areas.

Flexibility: Some acoustic lighting fixtures offer adjustable lighting and acoustic performance, allowing users to customize the settings to meet their specific needs.

 

How do Acoustic materials work, how are they defined and specified?

Acoustic materials are normally found to be made from recycled PET plastics, felts and foams. For aesthetic reasons they are normally coloured or upholstered in a fabric to the choice of the specifier, architect or interior designer.

PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, and is one of the main materials used in acoustic noise reduction products. PET also is a highly recycled material which helps us achieve or sustainability goals, by using this material which can be derived from the recycling of plastic bottles or containers and once formed into an acoustic material can be then further recycled at the end of its product life cycle, striving toward a product of the circular economy.

The performance of the materials used in acoustics can be qualified through a rating known as the Noise Reduction Coefficient or NRC for short. On a short scale between 0 and 1 the NRC of an acoustic panel or acoustic light fittings can be rated. With 0 representing that the material has no sound absorbing qualities and 1 showing that the material will absorb 100% of the sound.

Many of our acoustic light fittings would have a noise reduction coefficient of between 0.5 and 0.8 NCR and would greatly contribute to the noise reduction strategy of a project.

When Specification Grade Lighting meets professional Acoustics

Specification grade architectural lighting combined with professionally designed acoustic properties. designlux stands apart from the competition as we have combined the highest level of luminaire manufacture with qualified and tested acoustic techniques.

All our products have been designed and manufactured to EN60598-1:2015 which is the European standard for general requirements for luminaires and are CE certified with declarations of conformities to EN Standards. Our acoustics have been independently tested and are sourced within the EU and are made from between 60-80% recycled materials and have a specification of EN13501-1 for Fire rating.

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