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21.9.2006: Meldung: Leaf by Herman Miller Illumines a Green Future

The new LED (light emitting diode) table-top light by Herman Miller, Inc., and Yves Behar will make the NextFest Green Pavilion glow

 

The Leaf light, a result of more than four years of collaborative engineering and design development between Herman Miller, Inc., and Yves Behar"s San Francisco-based studio, fuseproject, will be displayed at the WIRED NextFest exhibition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from September 28-October 1.

 

WIRED NextFest is a four-day event featuring products and technologies that encompass the future of exploration, entertainment, transportation, health, communication, design, security, and green living.

 

Advancing sustainability

 

"Leaf embodies the symbiotic relationship of sustainability and technology," notes Franco Lodato, Herman Miller"s Vice President of Design Integration. "Its form reveals how technology can be influenced by smart design--eliminating the need for excess energy consumption and materials."

 

Leaf was developed according to Herman Miller"s rigorous Design for the Environment (DfE) protocol, emphasizing sustainable processes, materials, and recyclability. Its environmental impact is perhaps most profound through its use. On average, Leaf"s LEDs consume less than eight to nine watts of power, carry a lifespan of over 60,000 hours at the full-power setting and cut energy use by 40 percent compared to a 13-watt compact fluorescent bulb.

 

Cool to the touch

 

Leaf offers maximum lighting options with minimal mass in an intriguing organic form and with controls that invite human connection. The underlying proprietary technology also addresses the most vexing problems in existing LED solutions--heat build-up and light intensity.

 

High-intensity LEDs generate significant heat, complicating design and typically requiring a motorized fan for heat dissipation. Leaf manages heat differently. Its LEDs are cool to the touch through the use of a patent-pending, heat-distribution system, achieved through an engineered heat sink and the stamp-formed, sculptural aluminum blade that allows heat to be dispersed and released without the use of a cooling fan.

 

"Eliminating the need for a cooling fan was the critical step in Leaf"s development process," says Behar. "The need to solve the heat build-up problem of the LEDs and create an energy efficient lighting experience led to Leaf"s sustainable and functional design."

 

In addition, the main PCB (printed circuit board) has an integrated microprocessor which allows the user to control both the light intensity and warm-to-cool light color within the LED driver circuits, using separate touch controls on the base. The microprocessor also remembers the intensity and color variation setting that the user last selected when the light is reactivated.

 

The list price for Leaf is $525 for standard colors including red, white, nickel, and black. A polished aluminum option is available for a slight up-charge.

 

About Herman Miller

 

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company"s award-winning products, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.7 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Herman Miller is widely recognized for both its innovative products and business practices. Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution"s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2006, the company was once again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and is among Business Ethics magazine"s "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

 

Source: Herman Miller, Inc.

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