Cooledge Lighting Inc.’s TILE Exterior is an LED system that frees light from the constraints of fixtures to illuminate any architectural geometry, scale with ease, and give designers entirely new ways to accentuate buildings without “spill light” within evening cityscapes. Designed as a complete system, TILE Exterior uniquely combines all of the critical elements required for large-scale luminous exteriors—from rigorously tested water resistance to modularity for configuration around virtually any building structure.
“Exterior lighting has long been limited to standard wash, flood, or grazing applications. Even with the potential that LEDs brought to the industry, there hasn’t been a simple, effective way to make illumination integral to architecture. With TILE Exterior, we are creating the opportunity to build with luminous surfaces rather than simply accessorize with fixtures,” says William J. Sims, interim CEO of Cooledge. “In direct response to market demand, we now have a full range of offerings to make luminous architecture easy to conceive and bring to life, both indoors and out.”
TILE Exterior, which debuted during Lightfair International earlier this month, is a robust, IP65-rated version of the company’s award-winning TILE system. The ultra-thin, flexible form easily scales to cover large surface areas, while a set of smaller-sized, pre-sealed Fit pieces allows configuration around angles, corners, and building obstacles such as standoffs, pipes, and cable penetrations. This means that unlike exterior products that must be cut to accommodate obstacles, TILE Exterior has no such requirement and therefore maintains the integrity of the original water-resistant seal. When paired with wide-ranging diffusion materials, such as glass, acrylic, and translucent stone, TILE Exterior creates luminous surfaces for façades, canopies, entrances (including arches and columns), and large-scale printed graphics. As a result, traditional and often obtrusive exterior fixtures can be eliminated in favor of clean building fronts that are uniformly illuminated from within.
Additional product advantages include the following:
- A complete systems approach to design and testing to ensure wet location integrity of every component
- Simple modular installation thanks to a proprietary, water-resistant snap connector
- Ability to mount with very narrow setbacks from diffusion material (as little as 2 in. with common translucent cladding materials)
- High-quality light with protective optics specially designed to maintain uniform color temperature over the product’s lifetime