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Artelea is first Zumtobel’s first luminaire to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified

Zumtobel Artelea freestanding office light

Zumtobel’s first luminaire to be Cradle-to-Cradle certified is a new plug-and-play freestanding luminaire called Artelea.

The company says that all aspects of the light have been designed with flexibility and circularity in mind, with the help of materials that are up to 80 per cent recyclable.

It was developed in accordance with the company’s internal ‘circular design rules’ and is both the first Zumtobel product and one of the first luminaires on the market to receive the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard Version 4.0 certification.

Zumtobel says that aluminium, steel and sheet steel are used to ensure they can be separated and reused at the end of the luminaire’s useful life. It also says that the electronics and optics have an average service life of 100,000 hours. ‘Based on usage over a standard 40-hour work week, this free-standing luminaire will last for around 48 years,’ said the company.

Further it says that all of Artelea’s individual elements can be easily accessed when the luminaires are being retrofitted, while their modular design means they are quick and convenient to remove, in keeping with its ‘Design for Disassembly’ concept.

The entire luminaire head including the individual components such as the optics or electronics can be easily replaced. Most of the components are suitable for a second or even a third usage phase which reduces not only material consumption and the associated resources, but also CO2 emissions.

Zumtobel has calculated that reuse of components enables approximately 74.2 kg of CO2 to be saved.

Artelea has an understated appearance and a high light output of up to 38,000 lumens. There are two different sizes of luminaire heads in various configurations available, in addition to a wall luminaire, equalling to nine possible variations – all individual but with a uniform look that facilitates a consistent office design language.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.