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CoeLux: the sky light reconstruction in artificial illumination by means of solid transparent nanocomposites

Objective

The quality of artificial illumination is a major concern in modern society, where living conditions often deprive us of the comfort of natural light. The global replacement of incandescent with fluorescent or white-LED lighting, foreseen owing to energy-saving constrain, will represent impoverishment in terms of colour-rendering capacity, thus raising the problem to the level of health care. In a scenario where all scientific and industrial efforts are spent on developing low-consumption light sources with the same spectrum as that of the sun, “CoeLux” enters with a ground breaking proposal, based on the evidence that the sun cannot provide natural light in the absence of sky. With the aim of producing those colour distributions captured by artists in their masterpieces, “CoeLux” develops nanocomposite materials, incorporates them in lighting installations, and so recreates the same atmospheric light scattering that produces all colour variety in transmitted sunlight, and the blue tinge in the shade under diffused sky light. In so doing, spectacular sky-and-sun illumination in noon or sunset modes, under a clean or stormy-day sky, will be made available for apartments, working areas, malls, sport centres, railway stations, as well as for squares, parks, and stadiums, during night time. The technology is compatible with low-consumption fluorescent lamps or LED’s, being less demanding in terms of source quality. Finally, “CoeLux” will disseminate the results beyond the project by promoting a European exhibition in which such technological apparatus is shown to provide a unique perspective for a deeper understanding of the connection existing between fine art, architecture, literature, photography and our everyday experience of light.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 44 800

Participants (8)

COELUX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 598 486
Address
Via Cavour Polo Como Next 2
22074 Lomazzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEXT LIMIT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 258 750
Address
Calle Albasanz 15 Edificio B Planta Baja
28037 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKSPOBALTA
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 321 140
Address
Kauno G. 36
03203 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GRIFFIN SOFTWARE SRL
Romania
Address
Strada Popa Soare 31, P-3
023981 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BARTENBACH GMBH
Austria
Address
Rinner Strasse 14
6072 Aldrans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMONEXT SCPA
Italy
Address
Via Per Cernobbio 11
22100 Como
Activity type
Other