Rubén Saldaña Acle-zen Spotlight, Interior Luminaire

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(Excerpt) Interview with Rubén Saldaña Acle : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : Technically it has to perfectly fulfill the function or purpose for which it has been designed. Aesthetically it has to be original, innovative.. but not ostentatious; proportionate, balanced, simple but sophisticated, timeless. Qualitatively it has to be flawless, every detail should be carefully treated and there must be rigor within the selection of finishes and materials. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : In the briefing, the idea behind this concept was to design a spot light which offered the same performance as traditional 100W halogen spot lights but with LED instead; achieving like this, the maximum efficiency with a 90% of energy saving. Furthermore, basing on the fact that spotlights are usualy voluminous and intrusive, the objective was to design a product which had the smallest possible dimensions, with pure, neutral and timeless lines, including a great variety of finishing options for its most voluminous part so that it could be customized. These finishing options which can even be made out of natural wood such as iroko, ash or walnut, allow Zen to integrate perfectly in the environments where it is installed, without generating an invasive presence to the interior design of the places where it is located. Moreover, the intention was to design a very versatile product that would satisfy all customers' needs. Depending on the amount of light needed, Zen is available in 3 different powers and each power offers up to 2 different color temperature options; warm light (3000K) or cold light (4000K). In addition the customer can choose between 3 different types of reflectors varying the beam's angle from Flood to Medium or Spot. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : Due to its great success we are discussing about the possibility to expand this product line... We'll design a larger and more powerful version maybe. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : It took me about 3 months.. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : LED technology is in constant evolution.. I decided to design this type of product when it became viable, I mean, when LED technology could equate to halogen lamps or even to halide lamps in terms of light output. Thanks to the LED, all standards of lighting products can be redefined; taking advantage of it and of its great energy saving, it was just the right moment to go ahead with such design. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : This product is produced and distributed only by Arkoslight. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : Answerd in Q5. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Rubén Saldaña Acle : There are always historical references to look back when trying to improve actual products, however the technology change from halogen or any ot.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Rubén Saldaña Acle on Zen Spotlight, Interior Luminaire at ]

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