When the library building dating back to 1906 was due for renovation and rewiring, a decision was made to also modernize the lighting system in the reading room. With a view to improving illumination, cutting down on energy consumption and increasing maintenance intervals, the challenge here was to provide contemporary lighting technology which would blend in with the traditional interior architecture and not compromise the listed status of this period building.
The minimized design of the H-Profile-based LED solution used emphasizes the high arched ceiling and maximizes the incidence of natural light. This project is a highly successful combination of efficient modern lighting technology with period architecture.
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A variety of RIDI luminaires are used in the new building at the Aachen location. In the corridors, recreation rooms and open-plan offices, backlit ceiling sails provide pleasant glare-free background lighting produced by top-mounted VLF battens. The recessed lighting channel VENICE-E ensures even illumination of the file shelving. High-powered EBDQ downlighters provide a pleasant atmosphere in the entrance area. Side and ancillary rooms are lit by functional, durable luminaires such as PFAG and LF-T16.