Light within the product
Most lighting companies work in the field of general lighting. This involves lamps and lights – where the primary purpose of the product is to provide lighting and the focus is on the lighting in the room. At MENTOR too, (almost) everything revolves around light. But our core field is light within the product. We are specialists in product-integrated lighting solutions, which offer wide-ranging added value and can be used in almost any custom designed product.
Light within the product: function – aesthetics – emotion – branding
The variety of sectors in which lighting can be used within products is just as wide as the range of benefits that product-integrated lighting brings. Using the lighting solutions we have developed for and with our customers, and also other examples that did not originate in our company, we would like to show you exactly what lighting within products – including your products – can achieve.
Light creates atmosphere, provides a guide and offers convenience
Another benefit of product-integrated lighting is that it creates mood and atmosphere. Attractive lighting scenarios can be created by coordinating the light from several different products or by using the space around the product as part of the showcase. The car industry uses built-in lighting to welcome and say goodbye to its products’ users; this demonstrates the impressive effects that are possible if light is orchestrated in a certain way. Undoubtedly, a similar effect can be achieved by using sophisticated lighting to showcase furniture or home décor in larger or smaller rooms.
At the same time, light is perfect for using as a guide. One example of a product that combines the benefits of guidance, convenience and atmosphere in an impressive way is the Monolith Plus toilet from Geberit. It has built-in ambient lighting which is activated by a proximity sensor; the light is bright enough to act as a guide in the bathroom so there is no need to turn on the glaring overhead light. The colour of the light can be adjusted to the owner’s personal taste. Equally as convenient are motion sensor-controlled lighting solutions on beds. They provide enough light to allow the user to find their way around their bedroom without waking up the person next to them.
Good examples of this are the interior lighting in modern cars. The lighting can be adjusted automatically to the driver’s preferences, for example using information on customised keys, the driver can adapt the lighting to a given situation, plus lighting can perform or assist warning functions in emergency situations, for example if the driver nods off for a few seconds. Similar solutions that can be customised using coloured light are possible for a whole range of other products: in other vehicles and aircraft, in furniture, in clothing and so much more.
Light is aesthetics and emotion
“Soft” factors are becoming more and more important, but not just in areas where the “hard” functional benefits of a product can no longer be leveraged usefully. Soft factors include the aesthetics of a product of course, but also – to an increasing extent – the design of a product’s emotional dimension. Light embellishes and decorates a product in different ways, and when used to best effect it truly brings a product to life. In certain scenarios, the use of light in product design not only affects the product itself, but also the space surrounding it. This is where product design becomes both a job and an opportunity.