Post Date: 12/15/21
Every year, cultures around the world celebrate New Year’s. It is a celebration that marks both the passage of time, and a period of annual renewal. For many, it represents the opportunity to reflect on the past, and apply what we’ve learned to the future.
2020 and 2021 have given us all much to reflect on. For Litelab, this has taken the form of a critical reassessment of our business, or product, and our place within the lighting community. We took the time to review our core offerings, our corporate structure, and our outward-facing platforms in lieu of market pressures, technological innovation, and our capacity to communicate effectively with the communities that we serve. The result has been transformative to all aspects of our business.
2022 will be a transformative year for Litelab, and much of that transformation will be based on feedback from you. Please find just some of the highlights to expect in the New Year from Litelab below.
Litelab is focusing on complete fixture ecologies capable of supporting all aspects of specifications. Doing so will help ensure consistency of fixture performance across specifications. Look for new downlight, specialty downlight, cove, monopoint, linear, and track-mounted fixtures in 2022!
Litelab is also evaluating our light-engine and driver offerings in relation to conservation in cultural applications, sustainability, efficacy and wellness – look for specialty offerings that specifically address each of these aspects of our product offerings.
Finally, Litelab is updating our current lines with an eye to improved beam distribution control and output. This is in response to architectural and lighting paradigms for tall spaces, where a combination of control and output is required.
Over the course of the last three years, Litelab has made incremental improvements to our website, providing a more exhaustive selection of assets for each product, including up-to-date IES files, Installation Drawings and Revit files, and a general redesign of the site to make access to information easier and more intuitive. We have spent the last year consolidating these updates, and designing a completely new website.
The new website is more intuitive to navigate, and includes features like Product Search, Litelab Journal, and other content and functionality unavailable on our current website.
Look for the new website in January!
All of Litelab’s cutsheets have been updated to be as comprehensive and informative as possible. This takes three forms:
Comprehensiveness – all cutsheets now include all data critical to the specification of Litelab products, including IES photometric reports, dimensions of various configurations, and in some instances rules for use.
Consistency – each cutsheet will maintain a standard of organizational coherency to make searching for and finding information easy and intuitive.
Interactivity – all cutsheets are now interactive, and will exception out items based on choices to ensure that final part-numbers accurately reflect the desired product.
New Catalog Codes
One consistent message we received from designers has been that our model-number nomenclature can be difficult to decipher. This is because in the past, our model numbers were built sequentially. We have rationalized our model numbers in a number of ways:
Surface-mounted Luminaires will now be identified by a three-character code that identifies the fixture by form-factor, size, and function.
All Catalog Codes have been updated to include dimming performance information in response to the increased specification of advanced dimming controls.
Surface-mounted, Slot and Downlight luminaires now have options for Tunable White and Dim-to-Warm, where relevant.
For the last two years, we have been collecting data, implementing changes and verifying them with members of the lighting community. Your feedback and help have been critical to building a product ecology and information infrastructure that supports your specifications and your needs during the design process. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the lighting community, and strive to improve in the years to come.
Happy New Year’s!