tambient® offers premiere task and ambient lighting solutions proven to enhance worker comfort, productivity, and energy conservation.
The architecture of modern office space is evolving from the privacy of closed offices and the sterile uniformity of cubicles to open workstations — shared amidst a more collaborative atmosphere. These new spacious and welcoming low landscape designs create dynamic, diverse and fluid work environments that address the varied and flexible needs of people, technology and the workplace while offering occupants expanded exterior views and access to daylight. As an integral part of the design, office lighting must also evolve to address the changing needs of today’s workplace.
tambient® is a portable, furniture-based lighting system that eliminates the need for fixed, hardwired, ceiling-mounted office lighting and supplemental workstation task lights; a versatile and adaptable all-encompassing lighting solution for the needs of an ever-changing office environment. tambient creates seamless personal and collaborative work environments that are visually comfortable, energy efficient, flexible, and easy to maintain.
Vital to achieving a thriving and sustainable workplace, visual comfort promotes occupant health and supports productivity. Balancing the brightness of surfaces and visual tasks within an employee’s workspace will reduce visual fatigue — known to cause a reduction in performance and productivity. In addition to delivering broad areas of personal task lighting, tambient furniture-mounted units spread light across the ceiling, balancing the brightness of the ceiling with the workstation while providing glare-free ambient light for casual collaboration and blending interior areas with daylighted perimeter zones.
Lighting personal workspaces, eliminating overhead luminaries, and reducing ambient illuminance reduces distraction and supports individual focus work in open, collaborative environments. Each tambient workstation luminaire simultaneously illuminates work surfaces, privacy panels, ceilings, and circulation areas in open-plan office spaces. When workstation surfaces are brighter than their surroundings, occupants are drawn to their work and experience fewer distractions.
With salaries and benefits comprising 75% of the cost of business operations, the impact of lighting on worker productivity and environmental satisfaction becomes an even more important driver of organizational change. Distinctive and pleasing office environments can reduce turnover and help attract new talent. Research shows that allowing employees to individually control lighting levels has a positive effect on worker satisfaction, productivity and energy savings.
Measuring knowledge worker productivity in office environments extends beyond worker output per labor hour. Motivation, persistence, and vigilance become more important aspects of measuring performance within a non-industrial setting. tambient furniture-mounted units provide individual control over workstation illuminance — known to increase the motivation of workers over the day and to persist longer with difficult tasks.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting accounts for 38% of total site electricity consumption in a commercial building. Moreover, in office buildings, traditional lighting systems indiscriminately illuminate task and non-task areas resulting in wasted energy and material resources. In contrast, tambient achieves an optimal and efficient alignment of lighting and occupant needs resulting in deep energy savings and reduced lighting power densities, well below current energy codes, making it one of the most energy-efficient open office lighting systems on the market. Eliminating overhead lighting installations can also significantly reduce the number of light sources and their associated wiring systems, thus conserving natural resources, reducing the embodied energy of office buildings, and facilitating future renovations.
A variety of tambient styles, optics and mounting details allow the lighting system to integrate with the varied landscape while providing consistent lighting performance and glare control.
tambient is designed to integrate with any "open plan" furniture system, so no matter what furniture system is selected or in place, the lighting is compatible. tambient can accommodate offices with high or low ceilings, and workstations with tambient lighting reconfigure easily without compromising lighting quality or the feeling of spaciousness.
tambient furniture-integrated luminaires are designed for installation by the furniture trade and qualify for accelerated depreciation, meaning that owners can write off the entire cost of the lighting system in seven years (furnishings) instead of 39 years (building). Maintenance costs are further reduced by eliminating unnecessary overhead systems that require ladders and disrupt business operations or require after-hours servicing. Likewise, repositioning of tambient luminaires during office renovations and realignments is easily accomplished without the need for electricians and rewiring.
What is task ambient lighting?
The Illuminating Engineering Society describes task ambient lighting as a method of lighting for offices whereby a portion of the required task illuminance is provided by general ambient illuminance and the balance is provided by task lighting deployed in close proximity to the primary task areas. This solution “can be more energy effective and visually interesting than that of an ambient system alone…” Accordingly, task ambient luminaires are designed to deliver an effective balance of task and ambient illuminance simultaneously via a single fluorescent lamp or multiple LED arrays in a single luminaire. Positioning these luminaires at primary task locations assures an optimal relationship between the task and ambient effects and the occupants. This results in elevated levels of energy efficiency, occupant satisfaction, and task performance.
Is tambient lighting compatible with my furniture system?
Yes. Our universal and system specific brackets mount to most systems. For unique situations, we can fabricate custom mounting accessories. In many cases, the same type of hardware that is used to support workstation shelves,storage cabinets, and privacy screens is used to support our luminaires.
How can indirect lighting be installed on low partitions without creating glare?
Our patented louvers and lenses shield AND direct lamp output to achieve a low-brightness appearance with maximum coverage.
Does tambient lighting work in large spaces with high ceilings?
Yes, as long as the ceiling is reflective. Matte white is preferred for best results.
How much light will I have in my workstation?
Our task ambient luminaires are designed to provide approximately 50 footcandles at the work surface. Luminaire length, mounting height, and reflectivity of workstation surrounds determine the efficiency. Workstation based lighting layouts assure that each worker receives the same high quality lighting.
How can I get a sample luminaire?
Contact your local representative or furniture dealer.
Where can I get tambient product literature?
To keep you up-to-date, tambient product information is available exclusively at thelightingquotient.com. You can print literature from our web site.
Can I purchase tambient lighting through my furniture supplier?
Yes. To facilitate project coordination, it may be of benefit to negotiate a service charge with your furniture dealer or installer to receive, deliver and/or install your purchase.
Does tambient provide installation services?
No. tambient lighting is easy to install and requires no special skills. Just hang or anchor luminaires in place and plug them in. Generally, your furniture dealer or installer is best qualified to integrate our luminaires with your furniture.
What will the construction team use for lighting if there are no ceiling mounted luminaires?
Temporary lighting that is normally provided by the electrical contractor should be maintained until the furniture is installed. Wall lighting, which is recommended for all projects, would be in place for finishing work.
Do furniture based lighting systems increase electrical system costs?
No. Even with PC loads as low as 1.0 watts per square foot, a typical 3-circuit or 4-circuit modular furniture wiring system will provide sufficient dedicated power for furniture-based lighting, and overhead lighting circuits and connections are eliminated.
How are tambient luminaires controlled?
Where switched plug-load circuits and receptacles are provided, these can be used for ON/OFF switching of tambient luminaires. To facilitate plug-load control, we offer wireless solutions for new and existing installations. Alternatively, we also offer wireless options for switching tambient luminaires that are plugged into unswitched outlets.
Do tambient luminaires work with daylight harvesting and DALI lighting control systems?
Installing task ambient lighting can reduce connected loads by 30-40% without the cost and complexity of variable lighting controls. For projects where the cost benefit of multi-level control and/or daylight harvesting is justified or required by local energy codes, we offer wireless daylight sensing and dimming solutions. Alternatively, we can provide dimmable luminaires with control circuit connections for use with third party control systems. Contact factory for details.
Can I get an emergency standby ballast in my tambient luminaire?
Our standard offering does not accommodate hardwired connections and thus cannot be used to satisfy life safety lighting requirements. Moreover, hardwiring of tambient luminaires limits the flexibility and tax benefits associated with a portable, furniture mounted solution. Custom modifications are possible; however, it is generally most economical, to have separate lighting for the purpose.
How do I justify the cost of furniture integrated lighting when ceiling mounted lighting is included in my lease?
It’s better lighting and may not cost more than the supplemental desk light that may be needed. –To help offset the cost, you can negotiate a credit for omitting an overhead luminaire and apply it universally during fit-up. Also, your developer may benefit by an accelerated fit-out and a cleaner “shell” when you vacate. Finally, if you are charged for energy use, the energy savings will help offset the cost as well.