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PDC Unveils New Phenomenon in Architectural Lighting

CoeLux is a groundbreaking optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky in spaces that are deprived of natural light, thus creating the sensation of infinite space.

Born from the desire to communicate natural light, CoeLux is the result of a 12-year scientific research project by Professor Paolo Di Trapani, a physicist in the Department of Science and Technology at the University of Insubria in Como. The company was established in 2009 and headquartered in ComoNExT Technology Park, not far from the renowned Lake Como in Northern Italy.

The unique systems reproduce the true effect of natural sunlight entering through an opening in the ceiling, with a realistic sun perceived at infinite distance surrounded by a clear, deep blue sky. The effect of the warm, direct, artificial sunlight illuminates and enhances objects and completely transforms the environment by giving volume and shape through light and shadow, thus creating a new relationship between people and the architectural space which surrounds them.

Coelux comprises of three main elements:

  • A cutting-edge LED technology that replicates the sunlight’s spectrum
  • A sophisticated optical system that creates the depth of view
  • A millimetre-thick nano-structured material that recreates the Rayleigh scattering process, to produce the light and the colour of the sky in the atmosphere

The effect is the result of comprehensive work carried out by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in the field of optical physics, numerical modelling, chemistry, material science, architecture and design. "CoeLux lighting systems," says Prof. Paolo Di Trapani, the company founder and CEO, "reproduce a virtual experience of the sun and sky; especially in a below-ground environment. The effect is so powerful that it may radically change our perception of reality. It allows us to rediscover natural light in the real world in a totally new and surprising way."

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