Element Lights Up New LED Technology At NeoCon

Groundbreaking Lamp Sets New Bar for LED Task Lights


Karen Brooking


New York, May 27, 2009 — Humanscale’s first LED task lighting solution is set to make its debut at NeoCon 2009, June 15 – 17. The new Element™ light by Mark McKenna, Design Director of the Humanscale Design Studio, offers groundbreaking advancements in LED technology, and is the first of its kind to meet all of the Department of Energy’s criteria for an LED task light.

All current-generation LED task lights use a series of LEDs in a cluster or bar to generate illumination. This solution’s biggest drawback is the series of shadows it creates across the work surface, causing vision issues. In addition, current-generation LED lights provide inadequate illumination, small or oddly shaped illumination footprints, and poor, bluish-colored light quality. The Element light eliminates each of these shortcomings with a single low-watt Multi-Chip LED that does not cast multiple shadows, meets the Illuminating Engineering Society and DOE’s guidelines for comfortable ergonomic reading, and offers a large footprint of comfortable neutral white 3500K light.
Element also offers exceptional sustainability. It’s the only LED task light that consumes less than seven watts while also providing ergonomic lighting levels—the equivalent of a 70-watt bulb. Plus, it’s constructed primarily of eco-friendly aluminum and contains up to 81% recycled content. Additionally, Element is 99% recyclable, ships in 70% recycled packaging, and can be integral to the achievement of a number of valuable LEED credits. Lastly, the light is slated to earn the Energy Star label.
Element’s unique aesthetic is born from its heat-shedding design. A series of metal fins keep the unit cool to extend the life of the LED—which is rated at 60,000 hours—and keep lighting performance at optimum levels. Easy replacement of the Multi-Chip LED also ensures a long usable life for Element, unlike most LED task lights, which often cannot be repaired and must be replaced in their entirety when the LEDs fail.
For purchasing flexibility by global customers, a single Element light SKU can be used around the globe. This is accomplished through an interchangeable plug for electrical outlet compatibility most anywhere in the world, regardless of voltage—a first for LED task lights. Further expanding Element’s flexibility and versatility, it is offered with 19 different mounts, including a series of panel mounts for systems furniture.
Additional features of the Element light include perfect internal counterbalance for fingertip adjustability and a wide range of positioning without the friction knobs or rigid joints found on most other positionable task lights. This encourages users to redirect light exactly where it’s required, and away from reflective surfaces to reduce glare and the risk of computer vision syndrome.
Designed, engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, Element has achieved a variety of worldwide certifications, including UL, cUL, and CE. It will be offered initially in two colors: all silver or white with silver trim. Element will be available July 1, 2009, and will carry a list price starting at $399.
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