Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

Lucent illuminates the Middle East

    Robinsons, the largest department store in Dubai, has been unveiled showing the evolution of retail design and the importance of lighting.

    Lucent recently completed the lighting for Robinsons Dubai, a spectacular 200,000ft² department store at Dubai Festival City, alongside lighting designer DPA Lighting Consultants. The expansive style space showcases more than 500 brands for fashion, beauty and home.

    Gary Campbell, Partner at DPA Lighting Consultants and Lead Designer on the project, said: “Increasingly, retailers are recognising the benefits of integrating lighting design in the very early stages and the impact it can have on the final delivery and the customer response.”

    The Robinsons department store is positioned over three floors around a main central day-lit atrium and also a smaller secondary day-lit atrium.

    Gary continues: “With many distinct departments, each with their own character and unique feature elements, lighting played a key role in creating the correct ambience and display lighting balance for each area, and with further enhancement of the interior design, provide a visually interesting journey through the store for the customer.”

    Lucent’s main source of lighting used was the Twin & Triple Gimbal Midi Trimless fixtures with its LED70 14° module. Michael Dunk, Managing Director of Lucent Lighting, discussed the lighting used within the Robinsons project: “Our ProSpex Midi Gimbal fixtures gave the client full flexibility with its dual-axis tilt and adjustment for illumination in all directions. As standard, these fixtures are supplied with anti-glare snoots to ensure visual comfort for the customer. The majority of the Midi Gimbal fixtures were specified using our 14° LED70 module which delivered an impressive punch with 29,000 Candela’s of intensity for maximum effect.”

    A key part of the overall design was the quality of the lighting scheme both for ambient and display lighting purposes. Over 100 different lighting details were developed for the display furniture lighting across the whole store. The scope of the lighting commission also included external facade lighting and the general approach was to wash the facades and green living walls with discreet but powerful LED fixtures, or integrate concealed luminaires into the facade detailing.

    The Atlantis Palm Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai and most recently completed Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel are a few hotels of note in the Middle East within Lucent’s international portfolio.

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