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A Greenpeace exhibition stand aimed at highlighting the controllability and versatility of energy saving lighting has been designed by Jason Bruges Studio with the help of iLight. The interactive display was a front of house feature at the recent 100% Design exhibition in London.

The installation was part of Greenpeace's campaign to champion efficient lighting and encourage the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs. Greenpeace commissioned Jason Bruges to create an electronic, animated interactive garden of raised flowerbeds made up of hundreds of energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

iLight worked closely with Jason Bruges in providing the lighting control system to show that the CFLs could be efficiently dimmed. The newly developed Varilight lamps used are the first 'dimmer dimmable' CFLs on the European market and, unlike earlier designs, can be used with standard household and commercial dimmers.

"iLight's controllers were the backbone of the installation," said Daniel Hirschmann, Jason Bruges' senior interaction designer for the project. "Considering our tight deadlines and the gleaming new quality of the technology involved in our installation, iLight was exceptionally responsive and supportive of our needs."

iLight provided eight of its iCAN transistor dimmer units. These 12 channel source controllers were fitted with DMX input cards to interface with the Jason Bruges control system.

A custom electronic controller was used to detect touch. Once detected, animations were sent to the iLight dimmers using the DMX protocol. This caused the installation of up to 250 CFL bulbs to glow with gently undulating light that rippled across its surface and responded to people as they approached the flowerbed.

"iLight has always stressed the energy saving benefits of its intelligent lighting controls," said John Thorne, iLight's UK sales director. "We were therefore delighted to work closely with Jason Bruges in making Greenpeace's demonstration a success."


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Greenpeace's light flowerbed at the 100% Design exhibition used iLight dimmers to highlight the controllability of energy saving light bulbs.

About Cooper Controls
Cooper Controls is a market leader in energy management, architectural and entertainment lighting controls markets. A subsidiary of global manufacturer Cooper Industries, it was formed following its acquisition of Polaron plc in March 2007. It consists of the former Polaron business units, including iLight, Marata Vision, Zero 88 and Lightfactor, with their emphasis on innovative products and systems used in intelligent buildings. The group now includes Greengate Controls, a specialist in energy saving equipment for lighting and building control. For more information, visit

About Cooper Industries
Cooper Industries, Ltd. is a global manufacturer with 2006 revenues of $5.2 billion, approximately 85 percent of which are from electrical products. Incorporated in Bermuda with administrative headquarters in Houston, Cooper employs approximately 30,000 people and operates eight divisions: Cooper B-Line, Cooper Bussmann, Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Cooper Lighting, Cooper Menvier, Cooper Power Systems, Cooper Wiring Devices and Cooper Tools group. Cooper Connection provides a common marketing and selling platform for Cooper's sales to electrical distributors. For more information, visit

About Jason Bruges Studio
Jason Bruges Studio is a Shoreditch based studio producing a diverse range of work that includes interactive light sculptures, interactive environments, events and screen-based installations.

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Date: 9 January 2008

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