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Element Disc™ LED Light
Winner - Bronze
Designer: Mark McKenna, Andrew Pick, Kelly Ann Rockwell, Jon Connell
Design Type: Task Light
Designed by Humanscale Design Director Mark McKenna and the Humanscale Design Studio, Element Disc sets a new bar for LED task lighting performance, aesthetics and sustainability. Its sleek, futuristic looks allude to the next-generation technology within. Utilizing advanced Thin Film LED Technology™, Element Disc overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering brilliant 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. With a Color-Rendering Index (CRI) of 80, Disc uses a number of high-intensity micro LEDs that surround several layers of polycarbonate and optical films to create an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free light that casts only one shadow on the work surface. Above all else, Disc is designed to simultaneously provide user controllability and reduce energy consumption, all in a strikingly elegant form. Toward this end, Disc offers fingertip adjustability and effortless positioning without friction knobs or rigid joints, encouraging users to direct light exactly where it is needed and away from reflective surfaces. In addition, it features intuitive, smart dimming functionality, which affords the user seven levels of brightness and uses memory to save the last preferred light setting selected by the user. Even when not in use, Element Disc exudes minimalism by folding into a compact nesting position, with the circular form of the lamp head gracefully echoing that of the base. Built for exceptional sustainability, Disc contains 61% recycled and 96% recyclable content, and ships in 70% recycled packaging. One of Disc’s most exceptional features is its integrated Passive Infrared (PIR) occupancy sensor, which detects infrared energy changes and automatically turns Disc off or on when the user leaves or returns to the area, thus further saving energy. Engineered for incredible efficiency and hassle-free operation over its life span, Disc uses only seven watts and is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use, equal to 25 years in most 9-to-5 work environments. Due to its many energy-saving attributes, Disc can be integral to the achievement of a number of valuable LEED credits. Furthermore, unlike compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), Element Disc contains no mercury, lead or other hazardous materials and is compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive.