LIGHTING R E V IEW
Switzerland-based design agency, Design Investment has
created ‘La Causeuse’, a cabin concept based around the
idea of a single-aisle layout in a wide-body aircraft. The
design has a cosy atmosphere, enhanced by a special lighting
feature: LEDs generating a moving light source that gives the
feel of an open fire. The idea of a fire effect in an aircraft may
sound unusual, but the effect is rather pleasing. An image
doesn’t do it justice: visit the Videos section of our website
to see how pleasant a fireside flight could be.
Bombardier’s sun lover
Bombardier Business Aircraft has unveiled
the Soleil lighting system, which it claims is
the industry’s most advanced cabin lighting
technology. Designed and developed exclusively
for the Global 7500 aircraft, the system is a
circadian rhythm-based cabin lighting technology
fully integrated with the flight management
system, and complemented by a Dynamic Daylight
Simulation feature, which can help combat jet lag.
The Dynamic Daylight Simulation system
uses specific combinations of red and blue light
wavelengths that can help stimulate or suppress
the production of melatonin – which assists in
regulating the sleep-wake cycle and can help
contribute to synchronising passengers’ circadian
rhythms to the time at their destination.
The Soleil system is integrated into the Global
7500’s cabin management system, and can be
customised to a passenger’s preference for either
extended sleep or productivity via the system’s
circadian adjustment setting. The system can also
schedule optimal times for meals, allowing cabin
crew to plan service more efficiently.
Incorporating a claimed twice the number of
individual LEDs than other cabin lighting methods,
the Soleil lighting system delivers a vivid and highdefinition
colour rendering index (CRI).
PAL’S BRIGHT IDEA
Philippine Airlines is flying some unique mood-lighting
concepts in its ultra-long-haul A350s, with themes
including sunrise, fiesta and celebration, plus a slowmoving
gradient symbolising the vast sky over a land
of 7,000 islands.
The scenes were developed with Airbus and Tokyobased
LIFT Strategic Design, and the studio says the
scenes go “way beyond just pretty colours”, creating an
enhanced customer experience that is unmistakably
Philippine Airlines’ own.
The celebration scene is a dynamic light show that
could be selected by customers in advance during online
booking – perhaps to mark an occasion – creating a
potential new source of ancillary revenue.
The cabin lighting
market is predicted
to grow at a CAGR
of 5.87% to 2023
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