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REMOTE CONTROL: LIGHTING DESIGN FOLLOWS THE PATH OF TV REVOLUTION

September 5, 2021

Even if television was invented in the late 1920s, the world had to wait more than thirty years to be able to use the remote control. In the early beginnings, changing volume or channel meant that you had to stand up from your sofa and manually change the settings. When Zenith came up with the idea of a remote control in 1950s, it was a real revolution.

Almost the same is happening with lighting design: in the past few year it is becoming more and more essential especially in retail stores. When there is the necessity to set up the shop windows to exhibit new products or follow the multiple changes of mannequins and exhibited goods, remote control allows a quicker, safer and more precise process.

In fact, remote control technology gives the possibility to adjust motorized lighting fixtures without physical access to the light fitting itself for obtaining the correct beam orientation, amount of light, and colour temperature on the underlying layout.

Remote control technology provides significant flexibility to the Visual Merchandising team for setting the lighting when changing the shop windows installations and having an immediate overview of the result  or apply adjustments to the lighting fixtures even from outside the retail store.

Another fundamental advantage also consists in avoiding physical access to ceiling lighting fixtures often mounted in significant high ceiling or with limited space for adjusting the focusing on the products.

Metis Lighting has worked on various Retail projects with renowned brands like Fendi, Balenciaga, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci and so on. Each brand had a visual identity and particular architectural conditions throughout the various stores around the world. Remote control is a very useful tool for obtaining a highly flexible and sustainable lighting design project.

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