Humanscale’s Horizon Task Light Earns Spark Award

LED Task Light’s Groundbreaking Technology and Stunning Form Impress Spark Jury


Karen Brooking

NEW YORK, October 6, 2011 — Humanscale’s Horizon LED task light, designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, has earned a much-coveted Spark:Pro Award at the Spark level, which is the highest level attainable from the Spark Design & Architecture Awards.

Spark is a unique design competition because it is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the fact that most of today’s designers work on teams in this fashion. Spark is also multi-level or “One For All,” meaning it seeks out the best designs from all levels of society, from beginners to the most experienced. Each Spark competition uses a new, international jury, covering a full spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts.

In reflecting on the high caliber of both the entrants and the jury this year, Spark Founder Peter Kuchnicki says, “This year…the work was of a very high caliber overall. This makes it quite difficult to judge, but each and every design was considered, debated and discussed. The jury followed an expert leader in each discipline from entry to entry, as the debate proceeded. Personally, this was one of the most balanced, well thought-out and deliberative jury process I have been blessed to witness.”

A visually striking fusion of form and function, the Horizon LED task light uses Thin Film LED Technology. It overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering brilliant 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. With a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80, the Horizon LED task light uses a number of high-intensity micro LEDs that surround several layers of polycarbonate and optical films to create an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free light that casts only one shadow on the work surface. In addition, its built-in dimmer control offers seven settings for dimmability, providing both energy savings and customizable levels of illumination. This Spark Award marks the latest in the Horizon LED task light’s long list of design accolades, including a prestigious Red Dot Award for its sophisticated technology and stunning form.

The Spark Celebration, which is dedicated to the design community and honors the entrants and winners of the Spark Design & Architecture Awards, will be held in San Francisco, Calif. on October 21.

For more information about Humanscale and the company’s full range of task lighting solutions, visit or call 800-400-0625.

About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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