Chelsom’s new Decorative Touchless System allows for contactless control of light fixtures. In this guest article, Sarah Cullen, Editor of international lighting design magazine, darc, finds out more about the new technology that suits the demands of reduced touchpoints within hospitality environments.
Chelsom’s latest innovation, Decorative Touchless System (DTS), was inspired by the growing demand for fewer touchpoints in hospitality settings. This has been influenced by the global pandemic. The customised accessory allows users to switch lighting on and off using an infrared sensor. This can detect the human hand from a distance of five centimetres. The sensor can be built into both Chelsom’s standard and bespoke lighting pieces. It is most effective and user-friendly in a table lamp or wall light application. However, the sensor can also be mounted within the base of a table or desk lamp. Additionally, it can be applied within the backplate of a wall-mounted sconce or reading light.
“The innovative system has been developed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the hospitality and marine sectors have constantly sought to reduce touchpoints in hotel and cruise ship accommodation,” says Chelsom. “As with many things that we do in product design, the DTS system fuses the latest technology with striking aesthetics so that function and beauty can co-exist.”
A practical and aesthetic design
The DTS technology can operate across a wide range of voltages, from 100 to 240VAC. It is fully compatible with both conventional and LED light sources, making it suitable for global applications.
A knurled metal collar encases the sensor and can be plated or powder-coated in an array of finishes. These include brushed brass, black bronze, antique brass, brushed nickel, satin black, and many more. This switch gives both lighting designers and interior designers the opportunity to blend both practical and aesthetic product design needs.
Managing Director, Will Chelsom, comments:
“We are fully aware that there is a demand in the market for products that can help to minimise the spread of bacteria and viruses, not least of all Covid-19. Although this switching solution will never totally stop the future spread of such things, it will significantly reduce touch points in places such as hotel guest rooms and cruise ship cabins, where regular light switching can cause multiple touchpoints in a room. We wanted to go further with the touchless technology by making it beautiful as well as practical so that interior designers can get excited about using the system from an aesthetic perspective.”
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