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26 Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Lighting Technology The University of the Arts (UdK) is also working on new forms of lighting, with the primary focus on light as a design element. The Industrial Design/Technology Chair at UdK under the leadership of Prof. Holger Neumann is investigating all aspects of light experimentally. Seminar topics include light and design, basic principles of luminaire design and lighting technology, as well as luminaire design taking into account new technologies such as LEDs and OLEDs as light sources. Aspects of product development, construction and manufacturing as well as subsequent serial production are integrated into the technically oriented product design process. Industry with history and a bright future Berlin’s lighting industry can also look back at a long history: Siemens, AEG and later OSRAM all produced light sources here. OSRAM was founded in Berlin in 1919 and has been one of the largest regional optics and photonics employers ever since. Today the Berlin plant focuses on automotive applications, for example, a glare-free matrix car headlight with 1,024 individually controllable pixel developed in a BMBF-funded project by partners such as OSRAM Specialty Lighting and Fraunhofer IZM. One of OSRAM’s latest projects is the development of innovative, actively luminous LED light modules being integrated into textiles. See the chapter regarding Smart Textiles on page 28. Lighting public spaces Berlin was a pioneer in both general electrification and electrical lighting. So, it is hardly surprising that renowned designers and manufacturers of luminaires and lighting systems are among the region’s leaders in lighting technology. One of the city’s globally active lighting manufacturers is Selux AG, known as Semperlux AG until 2012. The company’s products range from faithful reproductions of historical models to extravagant forms and designs for exterior and interior lighting. With over 500 employees worldwide, the company produces luminaires in Berlin and nearby Zachow in Havelland as well as concepts and designs for A new lighting concept puts the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church in good light © Linus Lintner public spaces and company buildings. The latest innovations include LED street lights with wireless Internet and integrated charging stations for electric vehicles. Selux products are found in the German Chancellor’s offices as well as in the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. One of the strengths of Selux are its accurate replicas of historic lighting pieces. Selux has installed the Hardenberg candelabras on Kurfürstendamm, the Witzleben candelabras in Kreuzberg and around Charlottenburg Palace. Since 1998, Schupmann candelabras once again shine in front of the Brandenburg Gate and on Berlin’s magnificent boulevard “Unter den Linden”. By the way, the company’s name also comes from Berlin history: Selux was founded in 1948 as Semperlux and initially produced batteries to help counter the power cuts during the Berlin blockade. “Semperlux” means “always light”. Sill Leuchten GmbH is another player in a similar field that has been active for more than 60 years. Founded as Franz Sill GmbH Lichttechnische Spezialfabrik, the company has been a part of Hoffmeister Leuchten GmbH since 2013. The company’s luminaires and spotlight systems are used to illuminate such Berlin icons as the Brandenburg Gate and

Cluster Report Optics and Photonics – Lighting Technology 27 the Victory Column as well as the plenary hall of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg. State-of-the-art reflector technologies and intelligent thermal management ensure safe, yet long-lasting lighting solutions. In Berlin, Sill Leuchten produces a wide range of lighting products, including high-performance spotlights and floodlights, LED spotlights, indoor spotlights, recessed floor spotlights, and industrial lighting. Lighting with style The growing influx of creative minds moving to Berlin is also reflected in the lighting industry. In recent years, Berlin has developed into one of the world’s great design capitals. Many creative, industrial, and lighting designers are also active in the field of lighting design and have made Berlin a centre of these activities. Berlin-based Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH is one of the leading European offices for technical and creative lighting design. It develops lighting concepts for museums, shopping centres, bars, office buildings and other public places. Kardorff, for example, created the lighting concepts for Dubai Sports City, the Beijing Automobile Museum, and VW’s Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden, as well as for the Brandenburg Gate. In 2017, a 3D model generated with the help of drones served as the basis for a lighting concept for the tower of the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church. For Lufthansa’s long-haul aircraft (Airbus A350 and Boeing 747/8), Kardorff implemented cabin lighting that takes chronobiological aspects into account. Daylight concepts optimise the quality of residential construction and reduce energy consumption in office buildings. The team at Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung was awarded the German Lighting Design Prize in the category Office and Administration 2017 for their lighting design work during the comprehensive modernisation of the Renzo Piano Building in Berlin-Mitte. The interior lighting in an Airbus A350 provides relaxation as the day progresses. © Dominik Mentzos/Lufthansa AG Studio Dinnebier is also specialised in the design of and with light: the company creates lighting plans and designs luminaires. From the speed skating rink and the Turkish embassy in Berlin to the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Astana, Kazakhstan, Studio Dinnebier has implemented projects in collaboration with several internationally renowned architects. The list of references includes Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, Tabanlioglu Architects, and Sunder-Plassmann Architects. Kardorff and Dinnebier are just two of many renowned names in the Berlin Brandenburg lighting industry. Lichtvision Design GmbH has designed lighting concepts for the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau as well as for Gottdorf Palace, the Zurich Police & Justice Centre, and the Hao Yi Centre in Hengqin, China. For its lighting concept in the control room of the PCK oil refinery in Schwedt, the company was awarded first place in the lighting design category at the 2017 Brandenburg Design Awards.

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