Credentials – Product Integrated Lighting
Product integrated lighting solutions connect people and technology. When we think of light we often think of design and forget the great communicative added value that lighting solutions provide: from simple status displays to complex control elements. Classical lighting functions can be expanded with new colours and functionalities and enable intuitive understanding and use. Whether household appliances, industrial plants or products intended for use in public areas – here we’re presenting to you a selection of MENTOR credential projects from the field of non-automotive lighting solutions.
Application examples from the field of lighting solutions
WERTELOBERFELL – FUTURE FASHION
The cloak-like garment used in the IGNOTUM design project implemented by the design studio WertelOberfell is a centre of attention in the real world. In the digital sphere, however, the poncho has the opposite effect and acts as a camouflage. The textile’s special composition and the integrated LED lights ensure that the wearer is protected from the prying eyes of surveillance cameras with facial recognition and remains invisible in the virtual world.
VIEGA – TOILET FLUSH PLATE
A combination of an individually developed light guide and a diffusor plate provide indirect illumination for the Visign for More 205 sensitive flush plate from Viega. The integrated lighting solution makes the flush plate easier to use and serves as a guide in the dark.
BERKER – ILLUMINATED SWITCHES AND FRAMES
The long-established company Berker makes high-quality switches and building automation – from classic, timeless designs to contemporary, state-of-the-art models. The company, which is part of the Hager Group, has integrated frame and switch lighting in several series of switches in the premium segment in collaboration with MENTOR: Berker is presenting four design lines in the best possible light.
INNOGY – SMART WALLBOXES
The eBox smart and eBox professional wall boxes from energy supply company innogy SE allow electric cars to be charged reliably. The current charging status of the connected vehicle is indicated using an integrated lighting solution – no matter what the outside light conditions.
Grohe – Blue Home
GROHE is one of the leading global brands for complete bath solutions, kitchen fittings and innovative sanitary products. Not least, numerous design prizes have confirmed the company’s success. Product-integrated light plays a crucial role in the Blue Home intelligent tap system – in terms of handling, design and user experience.
Vorwerk - Thermomix / Bimby TM5
Vorwerk, the family business from Wuppertal, is successful worldwide with high-quality cult products such as the Vacuum Cleaner Kobold or the smart Thermomix / Bimby food processor. The TM5 features a special gadget: Cook-Key, which connects the device via WIFI to the online recipe portal Cookidoo. Since Vorwerk pays attention to highest quality in all product components, they trusted in the competence of MENTOR for the development and production of the integrated light guide system. The result: a perfectly homogeneous ring of light all around in bright Vorwerk green signals to the user that the recipes have been transferred to his Thermomix.
For almost 150 years Busch-Jaeger has been renowned for its innovative products for close to 150 years. Design and functionality characterise the product portfolio. The company has an active cooperation with MENTOR, and has realised many award winning products with MENTOR lighting solutions, i.e. the wall modules Busch iceLight and Busch Masterlight.
The Busch-MasterLight® is an innovative light for the entrance door. With the highest standards of design, function and light quality. With its 200,000 micro-prisms, computer-calculated in shape and position, the integrated surface light guide developed for this purpose enables perfectly homogenous and directed light distribution.
Busch-Jaeger also relied on a customised solution from MENTOR for the wall modules ambience and orientation of the LED light series Busch-iceLight® designed by Hadi Teherani. A modular system with refractive and reflective optics is used here. From concept to development, visualization, tool construction and production, MENTOR realizes solutions like these from one source.
Light as a design element: offering orientation, Ambience and functionality. In this case: homogeneous lighting and an innovative visualisation of a fan function. In the innovative toilet module Monolith Plus, Geberit, market leader and trendsetter in sanitary technology, shows how light offers functional and emotional added value in an impressive way. The perfect homogeneity of light is made possible by a customized lighting solution with additive reflector coating from MENTOR.
The Lüneburg-based industrial company Clage is one of the leading German manufacturers of instantaneous water heaters and offers hot water appliances for all kinds of applications. The small instantaneous water heater model MCX Clage features a light guide made by MENTOR. The light guide with a special reflector coating was developed especially for this device. It is only one millimeter thick and enables an illuminated status display in the smallest installation space.
BASF - Concept Ideas
Inspired by a bicycle from 1865, the year BASF was founded, the Ludwigshafen-based company, together with the DING3000 design studio, developed a state-of-the-art concept bicycle made almost exclusively of modern plastics from BASF. The front and rear lights installed here were realized with the M-Tube system by MENTOR and clearly show the advantages of a flexible light guide system.
BASF also developed the concept refrigerator CoolPure 1.0, again the design was realized by the flexible light guide solution. The concept was realized with the M-Tube system by MENTOR..
Gauselmann Group – ZONIC PURE Multigamer
The Gauselmann Group offers various forms of entertainment, including games and slot machines. Using the flexible side light fibre system M-Fibre from MENTOR, an integrated lighting concept was implemented in the housing of the multi-game slot machine ZONIC PURE to a stunning effect. The illuminated lines are an ideal choice to enhance the simple, yet elegant look of the machine. An individual colour design can be achieved by modifying the side light fibres. This ensures that the machine’s design can easily be adapted to a wide range of interior design concepts and corporate identities.
Medica Medizintechnik GmbH – THERA-Trainer
The family business medica Medizintechnik GmbH, based in the Upper Swabian town of Hochdorf, Germany, specialises in the development and sale of professional therapy equipment and software solutions for neurological and geriatric rehabilitation – the THERA-Trainers. The THERA-Trainer bemo uses light guides from MENTOR as a diffuser lens. The device is used for circular movement training of the arms and legs of bedridden patients to help them regain mobility. The integrated lighting solution has a signalling function and indicates with a colour lighting solution that the device is in operation.
The emergency exit safety system SafeRoute from dormakaba reliably monitors doors in emergency exits and escape routes, while also regulating access times or interlocking functions in public buildings. Communication between the user and device is assisted by an integrated lighting solution, which indicates the current status of the device using different colour codes.
Kärcher, world market leader for cleaning equipment and systems, offers a much greater product range than high-pressure cleaners only. With the new WPD 100, 200 and 600 water dispensers, the company introduces innovative and environmentally conscious beverage systems. Kärcher relies on the individual lighting solutions by MENTOR. The light module features only 2 LEDs and was developed especially for Kärcher. In addition to casting a nice ambience lighting it also serves as visual indication for hot water.
As one of the world’s largest full-service providers, Crane Merchandising Systems has been manufacturing high-quality and technologically advanced vending machines for the supply of beverages, snacks or confectionery for more than 80 years. In a vending machine for hot drinks developed for Autobar (now Pelican Rouge), a flexible light guide from the M-Tube series sets special accents and perfectly underlines the modern design of the device.
Standardwerk Eugen Reis GmbH develops and manufactures cash machines, among other things. MENTOR produces the light panel made of PMMA for these self-service machines.
The Norwegian company Evry is known as an international IT company. The company also presents itself outwardly as modern and design-oriented, so when redesigning the company’s Stockholm branch, the emphasis was on a stylish ambience. For the lighting and setting the scene for a staircase, light guides from the 1282 family were used. How the VOID design office implemented design with standard components, you can see in this film.
HELLA GUTMANN – VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC TOOL
With its mega macs X, the electronics company Hella Gutmann gives a new meaning to the term “vehicle diagnostics”. Flexible and easy-to-use, the device fits into workshops of any size and enables you to quickly interpret extracted data and error codes. An integrated lighting solution facilitates communication with the vehicle as it brings about an intuitive understanding between user and device.
WÖHNER – MOTUS® C14
The MOTUS® C14 motor starter from Wöhner GmbH & Co. KG convinces with simple operability and intuitive menu navigation – supported by an integrated lighting solution that signals different device states and simplifies commissioning of the device.
The Italian company DIXELL belongs to the American Emerson Climate Technologies Group and is one of the leading suppliers of controllers for refrigeration, air conditioning and kitchen technology. The XWeb module T620T-100W0 relies on the possibilities of MENTOR’s customized light guides. By means of a very flat light guide, specially developed for Dixell, states are displayed here with an appropriate background lighting.
tbm – NoColl-Dome
Safety in the warehouse is an important issue. The NoColl-Dome from tbm hightech control enables order picking in accordance with standards and regulations by automatically controlling the speed of warehouse vehicles and also monitoring traffic. The NoColl Dome communicates by means of a light signal. For this purpose, a customer-specific 2D light guide was developed.