Hard Rock Hotel Madrid, the colossal guitar that vibrates to the rhythm of rock

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid is the Hard Rock chain’s first urban establishment in Spain to take advantage of the city’s close relationship with music culture to offer a place for unlimited fun. An iconic space where you can relax and enjoy all kinds of events.

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal de Lluria

Musical groups, emblematic characters and songs from all eras accompany us wherever we go, from the entrance hall to the interior of the rooms. The jewel in the crown is in the hotel’s atrium: a colossal seven-storey sculpture in the shape of a guitar – a nod to Hard Rock‘ s iconic Gibson Les Paul  which hangs like a huge chandelier and floods the space with light.

Grupos musicales, personajes emblemáticos y canciones de todas las épocas nos acompañan a lo largo de nuestro recorrido, desde el vestíbulo de entrada hasta el interior de las habitaciones. La joya de la corona la encontramos en el atrio del hotel: una colosal escultura de siete plantas de altura en forma de guitarra -referencia a la icónica Gibson Les Paul de Hard Rock- que descuelga como una gran lámpara para inundar el espacio con su luz.

The work designed by Atelier Mel and using aluminium plates and metal tubes, softly and warmly illuminates the Madrid night. Around it, runs an elegant Cougar (CO12-30-3L) perimeter light line that adapts to the organic geometry of the guitar body thanks to the great flexibility of Lluria’s LED linear systems. The strings are made of LX14.4-27-55-A digital LED strips, which create moving scenes in different shades of white that follow the rhythm of the music. Dynamic lighting controlled by the Casambi system makes a piece of architectural design that vibrates and modulates its light according to the type of melody.

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal que vibra a ritmo de rock

A special new venue with a great personality for hosting all kinds of concerts and cultural activities. The place where music and art merge into a single concept through a brilliant light sculpture that dances and shines to the rhythm of rock and roll.


Lighting solutions for passing spaces

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Proyecto de Fis Interiorismo con Viva Llum

Although they’re an essential and unavoidable part of a home’s floor plan, passing spaces are usually largely forgotten when it comes to solving the architecture and lighting. However, not taking the time to plan the lighting of these spaces can distort and ruin the overall idea of a project. Therefore, it’s important to give them the attention they deserve, as adequate transitional lighting between different rooms will redefine and enhance the design concept.

As a general rule, we recommend warm colour temperatures, close to 3000K. Excessively orange lighting below 2700K will cause strong contrasts during the day, while 5000K or 6000K colour temperatures can be very unpleasant and annoying when night falls. On top of all this, one has to take into account the geometry, dimensions, materials or possible elements that may be incorporated into these rooms such as decorative paintings, works of art or treasured souvenirs. Be that as it may, at Lluria we have a series of recommendations in order to offer these often-forgotten spaces the lighting they deserve.

Today, indirect linear lighting in ceiling pits is undoubtedly one of the most elegant ways to illuminate halls and corridors. For this, we suggest using INSIDE IP20 LED strips with powers between 9.2 W/m and 14.4 W/m, so long as the size of the hall is not noticeably larger than usual. Linear profiles such as ST4 PLUS are essential for the installation as they work well with the long life-span of the LED chips. In addition to all this, it is highly recommended to incorporate translucent or opaque diffusers as they will sift the light to achieve a perfect and homogeneous bathing of surfaces.

Another unique way to illuminate corridors or passageways is through recessed light lines on the sides of the wall, which can either be completely hidden or semi-hidden. For this we have a range of technical solutions with the ST recessed profiles. If the partitions are made of laminated plasterboard, we recommend using the STAR 69 curved profile to create a uniform and filtered linear light along the route, avoiding glares. We also suggest integrating motion detectors into the system. This will make it easier when you get up at night as you won’t have to stumble around looking for light switches.

Proyecto de Arderiu & Morato arquitectes y Puntoluz.

As a counterpart to the commonly named roof portholes, which are standard in the vast majority of homes, we propose a direct linear lighting solution to prevent spots or light cones that contribute nothing to the side surfaces of these spaces. The Altair and Avior recessed luminaires can reach up to two metres in length and their perimeter profile in different finishes will hide any defects in the laminated plasterboard’s cut hole. If the house has a continuous ceiling, you can always opt for ST surface profiles: their simple and elegant lines will add decorative value. In any case, the most important thing is to incorporate an opal diffuser that filters and emits a diffused and general light distribution along the passage.

We often take advantage of passing spaces to dress and decorate our home with paintings and other works of art. Unfortunately, in this type of situation the light is usually duplicated unnecessarily using general ceiling lighting, to which we add luminaires directed towards the decorative elements. Is it possible to unify the lighting of these spaces? With CASTOR wall lights you can adequately illuminate works of art and at the same time emit a functional, safe and transitional light. You can also select the colour temperature that best suits the finishes and choose the luminaire model that best suits the size of the work.

We can safely say that spot and direct lighting is a thing of the past. We hope that our suggested lighting solutions will help you rethink the way you incorporate lighting into the passing spaces of a home.

The five key elements in the specification of linear LED lights

Alsina Sech Lighting Projects

Light is one of the most important construction elements when designing and defining spaces. And certainly linear lighting has made significant progress in providing flexible and attractive lighting solutions. But how does one prescribe the most suitable solution for each project?

The correct choice of linear lighting products requires first of all the definition of the lighting effect and the atmosphere to be achieved. And to translate these effects and atmospheres into specific applications and products, it’s important to know the five key elements in the specification of linear LEDs:


1. The LED strip

To choose the most suitable LED strip, the first step is to ask yourself, ‘How much light do I need?’ To quantify it, values such as lumens/metre or watts/metre are used, which respectively indicate the amount of light that a metre of LED strip will emit and its consumption. Lluria’s products range from 350 lm/m–4.8 W/m for the Mini strip, to 5950 lm/m–37W/m for the Energy strip.

On the other hand, to define the quality of light it’s essential to decide the tone of the light, be it warm white, cold white or coloured, and the ability to reproduce the colours of the illuminated objects taking natural light as a reference. Lluria offers a wide range of light tones, between 2400K and 6000K, and of chromatic reproductions and spectral compositions, capable of satisfying the needs of any type of project. And it also has LED strips that allow a dynamic change between colour temperatures or chromatic tones, or digital LED strips that allow point-by-point lighting.

Another important aspect to consider is the interior or exterior location of the LED strip and whether it must cope with external elements such as water, humidity and dust, in order to define the appropriate protection index (PI).


2. Profiling

Aluminium profiles and mounting accessories constitute the light’s body, that is, the physical support that houses the LED strip, protecting it from the environment, allowing its installation and integration into the space and facilitating the dissipation of the heat emitted by the LED circuit.

In terms of choosing the right profile, the first step is to decide the type of installation: surface-mounted or embedded. Once that’s been decided, you will find different-shaped profiles or section, depending on the power of the LED strip. The shape of the profile also influences the direction of the light, as some profiles direct it towards a specific direction while others provide accessories that allow different rotation angles.

Another important parameter when determining the most suitable profile is whether the linear light will be visible or hidden and whether it will be placed indoors or outdoors. When the profile is visible, the colour can be customised, while when it is hidden in the architectural details or in the furniture, the aluminium’s natural finish is usually maintained. And if it’s going to be used outside, it should always be combined with watertight LED strips.

3. Diffusers and lenses

The diffusers and lenses that cover the aluminium profile protect the LED strip and also constitute the optical system, that is, they are the elements that filter, distribute and transform the light emitted by the LED strip.

The key decision when choosing the most suitable type of optical system is to determine whether you are looking for soft, diffused light, or whether you want to achieve a specific aperture angle. Diffusers usually have an opal finish, and as the name implies, they diffuse and soften the light emitted by the LED strip. The diffusion will be more or less intense depending on whether the diffuser is more or less dense or opaline. The shape of the diffuser — flat or curved — will also influence the opening of the light beam. The diffusers absorb some light, thus decreasing the performance of the LED strip. Lenses, on the other hand, are usually transparent and are used when you’re looking for a specific beam of light as its shape or section determines whether it’s more closed or more open.

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4. Power and control equipment

Power feeders are the equipment that allows the LED strip to be connected to the electrical network, providing constant voltage for it to work correctly. When choosing them, it’s essential to decide whether you want to be able to adjust the intensity, tone or dynamism of the light or simply turn it on and off. The number of power feeders will be determined by the total power of the installation and by the organisation of the circuits.

5. Custom application of the product

In addition to these four elements, there is a fifth aspect linked to the application and personalised use of the linear LED, which does not correspond to any specific product, but is resolved through Lluria’s technical advisory service, because each project has unique aesthetic and functional requirements that demand customised solutions. In that case, our team of experts will always be at your disposal to help you design the perfect lighting system.

Light for your well-being: wellness spaces

Spa & Wellness Hotel Cala del Pi
Spa & Wellness Hotel Cala del Pi

We live in a world where everything happens at high speed, where we hardly have time to rest and disconnect from our hectic day-to-day lives. Living a healthy life involves searching, finding and taking time for yourself. Stress has become the disease of the 21st century and a good way to combat it is through relaxation or wellness spaces. This new concept of healthy living is achieved by creating a balance between your mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Light plays an important role in this last state because, as you know, 80% of the information that human beings receive is transmitted through the sense of sight. This is why sensory perception through light is so decisive in our emotional balance. Today, treatments based on visual exposure through the use of colour — a technique known as chromotherapy — can help drastically improve our mood.

Luz para tu bienestar: el espacio wellness
Luz para tu bienestar: el espacio wellness
Spa & Wellness Hotel Cala del Pi

For this reason, spaces devoted to relaxation and rest need to be equipped with adequate lighting. Spas, saunas, rehabilitation spas or relaxation areas are purposefully located in different rooms to fulfil a specific function or treatment where water plays a major part.

At Lluria we are highly committed to your well-being, which is why we’ve developed the COUGAR and WOLF UNDERWATER IP68 systems, capable of meeting the needs of a complete underwater lighting project with more than ten different models in the range.

Spa & Wellness Hotel Cala Pi
Spa & Wellness Hotel Cala del Pi

In general, the design projects of wellness spaces try to be formally ‘friendly’, with the curved line being a widely used design resource. With the Lluria COUGAR system you can adapt to any shape and surface as it allows you to bend the line of light horizontally or vertically, depending on the chosen model. In addition, its special thermal transmission PVC coating covers the entire printed circuit and its components, which ensures a high level of tightness and high impact-resistance, making the lighting project extra safe.

In relaxation areas where there is no great physical activity or water turbulence, we recommend warm colour temperatures between 1800K and 3000K. For this type of space, the COUGAR CO12 18-30 H model fits perfectly. This model also works great for enclosed rooms with poor ventilation such as saunas, where high levels of humidity are concentrated in the environment.

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Vivienda particular. Vizcaya.

For areas with water courses or circuits, the CO12 RGB model is ideal. Its chromatic variation can be adapted to each type of body treatment, and you can set colour programmes at certain times that signal when an exercise has finished to move on to the next one. A light resource that promotes dynamism and interaction in wellness spaces.

However, there may be cases in which the same space is used for different activities, both rest and exercise. For these multi-purpose environments, you can opt for colour- or temperature-adaptable linear LED systems, such as the CO12RGBW and CO DW models respectively.

Luz para tu bienestar: el espacio wellness
QWellness Quality Fitness Club Sabadell by Novelec Egara

All Lluria COUGAR and WOLF linear LED systems offer perfect light uniformity as well as high resistance to chemical agents and UV radiation, which will guarantee their durability both indoors and outdoors.

Ultimately, the sensory experience will depend a lot on the way the light is projected. For this, the physical and sensory relaxation spaces must be correctly lit by installing professional products that offer flexibility and lighting alternatives. There’s a light for each space and for each of us. Let’s take care of our mind and time. Let’s take some well-deserved time to look after our health and well-being.

Integrated linear lighting for compact spaces

The value of a design project is independent of its scale. The success of the final result only depends on the effort made to think and rethink with dedication and creativity the formal configuration of said space. Each project must be unique and must tell its own story.

A good example is the walk-in wardrobe at Mas Canavalles, the piece of furniture designed by architect Luis Mateos Vidal for a very special home located in the town of Port de la Selva in Girona. The project aims to increase the clothing storage capacity in a room where four-point vaults and stone walls dress the space.

This essential need to maximise storage space gives rise to a new central element that respects the power of the context where it’s located while colonising it. An object that creates new circulations and that will at the same time provide the light that illuminates this spectacular rest room.

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Its design is an allusion to the reed formwork — found in the stream next to the room itself — used in the past to construct the vaults. It will be the reinterpretation of these canes that will end up configuring the furniture in the form of 40x20mm wooden slats, which will act as a visual filter and privacy element.

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The lighting — matching and integrated into the space and object — takes on special prominence. On a functional level, the uniform lighting allows one to clearly see and select the garments that hang from the wooden slats. On an ambience level, a warm atmosphere invades the space, turning the piece of furniture into a designer lamp.

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The complexity of the lighting project comes from the spatial limitations. The subtle integration of the lighting was possible thanks to the extruded ST16 and ST26 aluminium profiles from Lluria. Their minimum sections of 6.5×15.2 mm and 10.2×10.0 mm respectively make them perfect for situations where you have little space. In addition, you can choose between a white, black or aluminium finish, which will facilitate its integration into the space.

These special profiles make it possible to house the MINI MI4.8 and MI10 LED strips of 4.8W/m and 10W/m of power respectively. Both models are available in colour temperatures ranging from 2300K to 4000K. For the walk-in closet, a colour temperature of 2700K was selected.

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In daylight, the furniture with a white pickled melis pine finish blends in perfectly with the rustic look. When night falls, the white colour disappears to highlight a delicate object that lights up the room providing warmth and making this new rest space even more pleasant if that were indeed possible.

Project authors: Luis Mateos Vidal
Collaborators: Nil Brullet Francí
Execution: Pablo Lleixà
Photography: Cristina Ortega

Quality and versatility in pool lighting with LED linear lights

In the summer, swimming pools become an invaluable asset to have at home. More and more pool projects are incorporating new technological components, materials and finishes in order to achieve a more refreshing and invigorating swim. In general, we tend to associate swimming with the hottest hours of the day, but what happens when night falls?

Light is an important element to take into account when designing a pool, as a good lighting design can add tons of value. To achieve this, it’s important to take into account aspects such as the environment or setting where the pool is located, finishes, colours and materials, without losing sight of the most important thing: the atmosphere you want to achieve.

Over the last few years, lighting a pool has been reduced to the haphazard installation of spotlights or spot projectors with the sole aim of allowing one to see underwater. This creates unbalanced and heterogeneous lighting that, in addition to producing glare, diminishes the swimming pool’s functionality and architectural beauty.

Hotel Brisa. Aixut Interiorisme

Fortunately, thanks to Lluria’s WOLF LED linear lighting system you can take pool illumination so much further. Its high versatility and easy installation make swimming in your pool an experience for the senses.

Because not all pools are the same, the WOLF neon flex model can be adapted to any shape.  In addition, its wide range of clamping profiles and connection types facilitate and provide great flexibility to the installation. Added to this is its high impact resistance and IP68 waterproof rating, guaranteeing protection in the water and a unique swimming experience.

In fact, one of the best ways to illuminate a pool is around its contour, and with WOLF’s high light output you can achieve uniform, homogeneous and balanced lighting. The integrated light diffusers eliminate glares while marking the perimeter to prevent accidental falls.

Last but not least is the choice of colour temperature and the different scenes. This aspect will define the pool’s character and atmosphere. In this regard, within the WOLF range you can choose between warm or cold temperatures that range between 1800K and 5700K as well as the WL15 RGBW or WL12 RGB options, which allow you to choose the desired colour to intensify the pool’s finish, blend it into the environment, or simply create a fun and leisurely atmosphere typical of summer nights. For this last option, the WOLF DIGITAL model is ideal for events and shows, since it provides you the option to program any type of lighting effect.

In short, there are many options out there to beautifully illuminate your pool. At Lluria we offer a wide range of lighting products, in addition to all our knowledge and expertise. All that’s left for you to do is to choose the model that best suits your project’s needs in order to enjoy the best swim of your life.

LED Linears: myths and possibilities

Lluria Xperience reMM
Lluria Xperience. reMM

On 8 June, Lluria Lighting System participated in the APDI Open Doors event organised by the Professional Lighting Designers Association.  The ‘Expressive and Emotional Potential of LED Linears’ webinar aimed to share with the group of attending designers and consultants from the lighting industry Lluria’s professional dedication and commitment to quality and creativity.

In his introduction, our manager Antoni Planellas highlighted the company’s commitment to cultural change, to exploiting the innovation of the LED Linear and to anticipating market needs. As technology is perfected and as its performance is refined, Lluria’s product ranges are increasingly unique and more complete to respond to the challenges of the most demanding projects. For instance, like the latest collection for parametric design that’s about to be presented to the market.

At​​ Lluria we’re aware of the great expressive potential of linear LEDs for projects. Our mission is to actively listen to lighting professionals’ needs, helping them translate their ideas into concrete solutions and materialise their creative visions, thanks to a highly qualified and close human team. From the most experiential and immersive projects, such as the Hotel SB Glow lobby in Barcelona or our company showroom, to the most technical and personalised architectural solutions for residential or commercial spaces, our purpose is to support and promote excellence and creativity through the products and services we offer.

SB Glow Hotel

Lighting designer Michela Mezzavilla, from reMM studio, echoed the broad creative and inspirational aspects of the light line during her speech at the ‘The Expressive and Emotional Potential of LED Linears’ webinar. Illustrating the importance of linear light phenomena in her personal imagination as a designer, she explained how lighting and visual suggestions influenced the conception and development of the Lluria Xperience Showroom project.

ReMM studio, made up of Michela Mezzavilla and Roberto Eleuteri, handled the lighting and architecture project for the Lluria Xperience, a space to advise and provide personalised solutions, integration details and dynamism and control features. According to Michela Mezzavilla herself, ‘the double-height space had to provide a sensory and immersive, changing and dynamic experience that evoked and reinterpreted certain natural and architectural atmospheres in a way that would be inspiring. We were looking for a light that could be as similar as possible to sunlight and capable of reproducing striking and emotional colour atmospheres.’

To achieve this, two star Lluria products were combined. On the one hand, the 19.2W Nature LED strip in the Tunable White version, which thanks to its exceptional CRI and the option to adjust the colour temperature, reproduces the best features of sunlight. On the other, the 14.4 W/m Titan RGB + W digital strip, which with its exceptional colour ranges and the added value of digital control can create infinite atmospheres and dynamics. This combination is the basis for all the lighting in the main space, integrated into different supports and profiles, to fine-tune the effects and adapt them to the various specific applications in the space.

SB Glow Hotel

During her speech, Michela Mezzavilla highlighted the importance of having personalised advice and constant support from our technical consultants. Specifically, how the close and human relationship of the assigned team was key to interpreting the design needs, on this and many other occasions.

The third part of the webinar was a conversation and open exchange between Michela Mezzavilla and lighting expert Laia Puig from Lluria, in which they talked about their collaborative experiences on common projects. Laia Puig, who has extensive training and experience in lighting design and teaching, accurately highlighted the five most common myths about the LED Linear: that it emits very cold light, that it doesn’t provide enough light, that the point of light is visible, and that it can’t be used for accent lighting nor on curved surfaces. Busting each myth one by one, she outlined a selection of typical applications to solve these and other common problems in cove lighting, pits and indoor and outdoor lighting projects.

If you’ve also come across these or other ‘myths’ about LED Linears, we suggest you watch the webinar on the APDI YouTube channel.  Whether you missed it or you want to rewatch information of interest, here’s the video:

Maraba Studio illuminates Nores Dental Clinic in Arrecife

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Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio
Iluminación Clínica Nores Maraba Studio

Maraba Studio collaborated on a project for the new Nores Dental Clinic headquarters, located in the Lanzarote town of Arrecife, to meet the needs of both patients and medical professionals. The studio relied on Lluria’s products and technology to create comfortable and warm lighting in the waiting areas and more precise lighting in the exam rooms.

Responding to the client’s requirements, Maraba Studio developed a lighting project with a contemporary aesthetic, but at the same time maintaining traditional dental clinic elements such as white and bright lights.

The star feature of the applied concept is the line of light that runs through the corridors, the waiting area and the reception. ‘For us it was essential that the pathway within the clinic was very simple and obvious for the patients. That’s why we set out to create a ring of light that will guide them instinctively,’ explain Paula and Cristina Martínez Abad, co-founders of Maraba Studio.

The light ring progressively varies in colour temperature, with a very warm heart that gradually cools down as the client approaches the examination rooms. Thus, the vertical light lines in the reception area have a temperature of 2700k and 3000k on the ceilings, increasing to 4000k in the corridors and reaching 5000k in the work rooms.

In the background, the indirect overhead light integrated into the pitched ceiling provides indirect lighting and accents to prevent the light from becoming monotonous.

Another outstanding feature of the project developed by Maraba Studio is the bioclimatic pergola installed in the waiting room in the clinic’s inner courtyard, which provides a distinctive and unique touch as well as great versatility throughout the year. When opened, its modern retractable roof lets in the sun’s rays, and when closed it keeps the rain and cold out. The linearly lit floor has been covered with a translucent opal glass, allowing the light to spread diffusely.

In the corridors, the exam rooms have been signposted in a very visual way with backlit numbering on laser-cut wood.

The treatment rooms, on the other hand, have been solved in an aesthetic and functional way by means of artificial skylights that extend from wall to wall, bathing the space in a light that provides a high level of visual comfort. Although each room has only one light switch, the intensity of the 5000k cold light can be readily adjusted.

How to apply LED strips to achieve integrated lighting

AlsinaSech Lighting Projects

LED strips or linear lights offer interesting integrated light applications in architectural elements such as false ceilings, walls or floors, providing a solution for the different layers of lighting, be it ambient, accent or task lighting. The most outstanding feature of integrated lighting is the fact that, in general, only the light effect is visible, meaning the light source is completely hidden. This is something that makes integrated lighting potentially compatible with any type of space, architectural style and interior design.

One of the most common applications is the placement of perimeter light lines around rooms. This application is ideal for living rooms, hallways and bedrooms. Usually, the light strips are built into plaster ledges or valances in a ceiling or high on the walls of a room. This type of solution has a specific name: cove lighting.

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Indirect perimeter lighting

When the perimeter LED strip emits light towards the ceiling indirectly, a visual effect of lightness of the illuminated surfaces is achieved. It’s a common application in spaces with low ceilings, since it provides a visual sensation of greater height. The LED strip can be installed around the perimeter of the space, or be used in a specific area, more or less wide, creating a more overall or focussed lighting effect. The main elements to take into account are: the distance between the ledge and the ceiling, which will determine the reach and the uniformity of the light projection (the greater it is, the further the light will reach); the colour of the ceiling (if it’s white or clear it will contribute to more light diffusion) and how it will look from below, to define the detail of the ledge and to avoid the linear light being in direct view. For this application, we recommend using Lluria’s Moon or Basic ranges as they provide great flexibility.

If the perimeter light is emitted towards the vertical walls instead, the visual sensation will be one of expansion towards the sides, and the room will seem wider. There are several ways to execute this type of lighting, depending on the type of effect you want to achieve and the cove you plan to use to hide the linear LED. There are basically three options for placing the LED strip: lighting upwards, downwards or towards the wall. Each of these options has its nuances and specificities, but thanks to Lluria’s range of accessories and optics you’ll be able to further refine and fine-tune the final result, using different profiles, diffusers, emission angles or types of anchors.

AlsinaSech Lighting Projects

Orientation of the LED linears

Generally, by directing the LED upwards, the light level on the vertical wall will be lower and an indirect and soft luminosity will be achieved.

When the LED looks down, its optics and directionality will be more evident and the wall will be more illuminated, which will allow you to highlight any textures or finishes on the material. To achieve this effect, you can install crown moulding made of wood or plaster where your wall meets the ceiling, or you can use Lluria’s Star35, whose aluminium profiles already include a visor that covers the LED.

With the LED facing the wall, the upper part will have a fairly marked luminosity, but the light intensity on the vertical plane will be greater than that achieved with the ‘pure’ indirect lighting integration detail. This solution can also be applied to the perimeter of curved walls, providing an elegant vertical gradient thanks to Lluria’s Moon or Basic strips.

Maraba Studio
Maraba Studio

Curved lines lighting

Solutions for creating curved light lines deserve a special mention, as they’re often not obvious and have to be studied in each case. On the one hand, there are specific Lluria products such as the Side Way that allows the LED to be rotated laterally and produces a direct vertical wash of light on curved walls. Another great option is the Snake strip, which as its name suggests, can adapt to curvatures in various directions. But even LED linears that haven’t been specifically designed for curved surfaces can be customised and adapted to them, thanks to a careful selection of accessories, optics, and modulation and anchoring systems.

If you want to illuminate towards the floor, the effect achieved is that of a subtle and discreet signalling. For this you’ll need smaller details that can be integrated into light sockets or grooves. It’s important to consider the floor finish with these types of applications, as matt surfaces tend to distribute light perfectly while glossy floors can generate unwanted reflections. The detail can be done by including LED linears such as Moon or Basic in the design of skirting boards. Alternatively, Lluria offers the Star 29 profile, which has LED strips already integrated into an element that acts as a reflector, a heatsink and as protection against blows.

Each project is different and each integration detail requires careful sizing as well as a careful selection of LEDs, profiles, optics and accessories to apply the product in the best way according to the desired effect. For this reason, Lluria offers personalised advice to architects, lighting designers and interior designers when defining the specifications and the most appropriate solutions to the requirements of each space.

Mariel Fuentes & Michela Mezzavilla illuminates the “Comuneros: 500 years” exhibition

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LED linear lights have become an indispensable tool in exhibition lighting due to their small size, low energy consumption and their many customisation possibilities. In museum lighting, the specifications and installation methods must be taken care of down to the smallest detail to achieve the best result.

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This was precisely the challenge set by lighting designers Mariel Fuentes and Michela Mezzavilla when they studied how to solve the lighting of the “Comuneros: 500 years” temporary exhibition, launched on 22 April at the headquarters of the Cortes of Castile and León in Valladolid. “We needed an LED strip with an excellent colour rendering index, a variety of supports and very complete optics to solve the lighting of a set of pieces that are very different from each other,” explain the designers, “and for that reason we opted for the Lluria Nature range.”

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Coordinated by Patrimonio Inteligente, and designed by interior designer Beatriz Rubio, the exhibition is dedicated to the organisers of the Revolt of the Comuneros and to those who worked to keep the political, social and historical legacy of the defenders of the communities alive. It exhibits a total of 150 pieces, donated by prominent Spanish institutions and organisations such as the Congress of Deputies, the Prado and National Archaeological Museums, the National Library, Patrimonio Nacional, the Royal Chancery and the Army Museum, as well as private collectors, temples and other institutions of a different nature. The exhibition includes tapestries, paintings, weapons, coins, sculptures, miniatures, bas-reliefs, old documents, books and a wide variety of pieces of great historical and artistic value that are being exhibited together for the first time.

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The aim of the exhibition is to represent a key historical moment through different perspectives, to offer a contained, impartial vision, so that it is the viewer who draws their own conclusions.

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At the entrance, consistent with this approach, large backlit cylinders welcome the visitors, instantly immersing them in large-scale images of the time for them to observe at leisure, playing with their individual point of view. Specially designed for the exhibition, each of these cylinders is lit by four stretches of LED Nature lights.

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Inside the lobby, the pieces are organised along a large red columnar structure and placed in different display cabinets or on pedestals and supports, depending on the origin and nature of each item. In this sense, the use of LED Nature strips has been key to obtaining an excellent final result, due to its ability to optimally and realistically reproduce the reds and the rest of the colour ranges, in addition to the various materials displayed in the exhibition.

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The light discourse translates the non-partisan and “democratic” stance of the exhibition story into a simple yet effective light display, providing the same lighting level to all the collections and pairing a specific linear lighting solution with each type of piece. “We categorise different types of pieces and, from there, we work out seven types of lighting, combining different elements of Lluria’s systems: optics with a more closed or open angle and fixed or adjustable frames that are hidden or visible,” Mariel Fuentes points out.

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The tapestries and large paintings make use of the ST2D profile, due to its orientability and its more concentrated optics. The profile is hidden in a detail specially conceived by the lighting designers.

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Alcoves are lit with 45˚ profiles positioned in different ways depending on the dimensions, the materials and the type of pieces, with different integration details. Freestanding display cabinets also generally make use of built-in 45˚ profiles. Some of the sculptural pieces placed on pedestals are illuminated by integrating the ST2D profile in a custom-designed uplighting detail, for a more dramatic effect.

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A purpose designed system with an arm is used to light the most volumetric pieces mounted on the surface of the exhibitors. The texts are also lit with linear lighting, either from the front or through light boxes, depending on the relevance and placement of the text itself within the exhibition.

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All the LED strips are DALI dimmable in order to be able to adjust the lighting levels required for the most fragile pieces. The lighting level of each one of these has determined the reference lighting, which the rest of the exhibition has been adapted to.

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“In this project it was essential to work very closely with the interior architect from the beginning, to coordinate and define the details of all the linear luminaires in the display cases and cabinets, achieving optimal integration. It is a project carried out with great dedication and attention to detail, taking care of each solution and each item so that it shines to the fullest,” adds Michela Mezzavilla.

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It is worth mentioning that the deadlines for executing a project are usually very tight in temporary exhibitions, so, according to the designers, another reason for choosing Lluria was because of the quality of the service offered and the ease of receiving all the material cut to size and organised, ready for installation.

Temporary exhibition “Comuneros: 500 years”
Promoter: Fundación Castilla y León
Project: ElArte Ideas and Patrimoio Inteligente
Museographic design: Studio Azul
Production coordination: Beatriz Rubio from Studio Azul
Lighting Design: Mariel Fuentes from LDLUZ and Michela Mezzavilla from reMM
Photography: Francisco J. De las Heras