Colorbeam Takes LED Lighting to the Next Level
Montreal-based Colorbeam NorthAmerica conducted presentations and demos July 13 of its low-voltage LED lighting systems – which are powered and controlled over a single CAT5 cable. The demos were hosted by Joseph Frattasi of New York/New Jersey manufacturers rep Big Apple Technology, at the new 599 West custom integration showroom run by Ed Gilmore of Gilmore’s Sound Advice. Those who attended were given a thorough walkthrough of the Colorbeam portfolio, which offers installers tunable and controllable architectural low-voltage lighting system options.
The flicker-free solutions provide energy efficiency, are compatible with all major lighting control systems on the market, and circumvent color temperature problems that are typically inherent in LED technology, explained Maurizio Gaudio and Michael Teolis, Colorbeam’s co-founders, who detailed the systems’ benefits and offered case study examples of their use in both commercial and residential applications.
“These systems have been conceived by integrators, for integrators,” said Teolis, who added that the products, four years in development, have already been deployed in over 150 high-end projects.
“The lighting control market will be a $5 billion one by 2020 worldwide, and $12 billion of that, including fixtures, will be in North America,” said Gaudio.
He detailed applications, some of which could center around matching lighting to circadian rhythms, which change at various times of day – useful in clinic and hospital scenarios but also in residential applications.
“There is also a measurable ROI in restaurant usage” of the Colorbeam systems, he said. He cited the case of a restaurant/bar in Canada, Three Brewers, which experienced a 30 percent uptick in business as the lighting was adjusted at various times in a business day. “People tended to stay longer, and spend more,” he explained.
The biggest benefit for integrators who offer Colorbeam products as options to residential and commercial clients is that the integrator can do the installation on his or her own, circumventing the need to bring in a third-party staging company. “You’ll be able to capture the entire lighting revenue stream now,” he told integrators.
Teolis also pointed out that these systems, because they are tunable on site, meant that clients “would not be stuck with investment regrets,” because the products’ Kelvin ratings were tweakable via a simple button press on a tablet to whatever temperature the client desired, even after installation.
The product line consists of a number of application-specific lights including recessed LED lighting fixtures, LED cove lighting fixtures, LED strip/tape lighting and tracks, and outdoor lighting, in tunable white and RGB+W choices; more information is available at the website colorbeamnorthamerica.com.