Generali office building, Paris


LED solutions for offices – creating an inspiring, future-proof environment


The responsible way forward in office lighting
As a responsible corporate citizen, Philips has a long-standing commitment to providing lighting solutions that improve people’s lives and are environmentally sound. And as the industry leader in lighting, we are constantly striving to deliver innovations that meet the present and future needs of the people who use and experience our products. New wave in office lighting With the trend toward a knowledge-based economy, human factors like staff well-being, motivation and retention are crucial for businesses today. Flexible and inspirational, lighting can play a key role in the office environment, helping to make people’s working lives more enjoyable and productive. In offices, we are seeing a clear shift from functional lighting towards intelligent, dynamic lighting. We continue to drive this trend with innovations based on sustainable, energy-efficient technologies such as LEDs.
Comfortable working environment with LED lighting

LED – the way ahead Solid-state or LED lighting represents the most significant development in lighting since the invention of electric light well over a century ago. It offers unprecedented design freedom in terms of colour, dynamics, miniaturization and architectural integration, as well as significant advances in energy efficiency and lifetime. In particular, the rapid development of high-power white-light LEDs is set to revolutionize the way we light our homes, cities, shops and offices. In our new range of LED office products, we managed to master typical LED-related challenges originating from the high brightness and the colour rendering of this new light source. All our office products are compliant with the European standards with respect to direct and indirect glare, as well as colour rendering. In exploring the needs and desires of our customers and end-users in offices, we have identified three key lighting themes – well-being, ambience and the environment.


LED solutions for offices LED Lighting

LED lighting and well-being – enabling high performance
Lighting doesn’t just help us to see better, it also affects how we feel. Daylight – the form of light with which we are most comfortable – changes in level and colour temperature throughout the day, affecting our emotions, moods, perception and performance. In high-intensity working environments like offices, the dynamics of daylight have been shown to have a stimulating and inspiring effect, enhancing staff motivation and well-being. Utilizing this potential, Philips has developed Dynamic Lighting, and it is incorporated in our LED office lighting range. These LED-based solutions can be controlled in colour temperature and dimmed. This means that office workers can also adapt the environment to their personal preferences, enabling them to perform even more effectively. Using LEDs for office lighting brings the challenge of transforming the high brightness of the LED point source into a glare-free surface of light. Philips applies advanced technologies to ensure visual comfort that meets office lighting norms.

Bringing the dynamics of daylight indoors

DayWave Philips has developed DayWave – the first LED-based luminaire for functional office lighting. Incorporating cool and warm-white LEDs and an innovative optical system, this organically shaped fixture has been specifically conceived to create a more natural, inspiring ambience, in order to enhance staff well-being and performance. DayWave uses the innovative Micro Lens Optic (MLO) with an advanced optical system to ensure full compliance with the European standards on office lighting (UGR 19, 1000 cd/m² at 65º).

DayWave – the first LED-based luminaire for functional office lighting incorporating cool and warm-white LEDs


Ambience creation through LED lighting – ever-changing atmospheres
Lighting provides a unique way to transform our surroundings and create appealing, emotionally uplifting atmospheres. Thanks to their dynamic, colour-changing capability, wall-washing effects and ease of control, LEDbased solutions enable an ever-changing palette of lighting ambiences. Colour is more powerful in evoking an emotional response than white light. In offices, (changing) coloured LED lighting can be used to create a more vibrant and dynamic working environment. It can also be used to adapt the ambience of a room for a specific purpose, for instance turning a simple meeting room into an inspiring environment for a creative brainstorm session, or making the company restaurant suitable for a business dinner with a client. Focusing attention In public areas of offices, colour and colour-changing are excellent means of directing attention. Here too, LEDs are highly effective, as their saturated colours exert a strong visual attraction. When repetition of a colour or a colour combination in a certain context is associated with a company, ‘branding’ has been successful. LED-based coloured light can also be used to increase or reflect corporate identity in office buildings.


LED solutions for offices

LED lighting and the environment – sustainable solutions
At Philips, we strive to improve people’s quality of life, as well as the quality of the world we live in. We do this in a variety of ways – for instance by reducing the environmental impact of our products and processes. Going beyond legislation, we believe we can help create a sustainable future by developing innovative lighting solutions that are kinder to the environment (minimized hazardous substances) and offer lower cost of ownership (maximized energy savings and lifetime). LED solutions like our new LED-based downlight offer significant environmental benefits. They are free of hazardous substances, highly efficient (low W/m2), longlasting, reduce waste (miniaturization) and prevent light nuisance (no spill light). In flexitime working environments like offices in particular, the energy and cost-saving potential of LED-based lighting solutions, in conjunction with our advanced lighting controls, is substantial.

LED office lighting – the future’s here today Philips covers the entire solid-state lighting value chain and is at the forefront of the development of this new technology. We now offer complete office norm-compliant LED lighting solutions that improve people’s lives and are environmentally sound. In 2008 we achieved a milestone in this regard, lighting the office of French insurer Generali on the ChampsElysées in Paris – the world’s first office to be lit entirely with LED solutions.


Rogier van der Heide is an architectural lighting designer, head of Arup’s global lighting division and a director of the company’s Amsterdam branch. Arup is a global firm of designers, engineers, planners and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to clients around the world. It exerts a significant influence on the built environment and is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable designs.

Rogier van der Heide talking about the role of LED lighting in the office of tomorrow
What are the qualities you look for in office lighting? What do you want to achieve when you’re designing office lighting? What I look for is the creation of a visual environment with sufficient dynamics – visual dynamics. This doesn’t mean the lights should go up and down: within the field of view I like to create a contrast which is pleasant to the eye, without strain, without fatigue. Although compliance with the norm is often a requirement, I’m more interested in a certain level of visual dynamics, because it offers a more attractive environment and ultimately therefore a more pleasant workplace. I can create visual dynamics by making light more targeted, more focused. But I can also work on the different materials in the office space. They can reflect differently. So even if I have to make a uniform lighting scheme, I can still create visual dynamics by changing the materials in the space. I am looking for tight integration of these elements – light and materials. How do you see LEDs helping you to realize these qualities? They can definitely help. The total system efficacy might get close to fluorescent fittings, but I don’t think LED outperforms tube light in office lighting yet. Until that changes, the benefits are more in the fact that they are small and can therefore be built into all kinds of interior elements, for example a plinth, niche, cove, etc. That was never possible before in office lighting. Clients want office lighting to be modular and flexible, because they change the layout of those spaces. Traditionally, office lighting was always in the ceiling, in a 60 x 60 cm grid. Now with LED, it has been miniaturized, we have more opportunities to put it in places where light couldn’t be put before – integrated in the components that make up the office space. For me, that is the main benefit.


LED solutions for offices

Do you see the future of office lighting being a mix of conventional and solid-state? At the moment yes. Ultimately it may all be replaced, but at the moment it’s a mix, definitely. Visual attraction is something that can be achieved easily with LED, maybe not so easily with fluorescent. Although, in our own office we have a fluorescent system, a Philips product, with uplighting, and in that way we create visual dynamics, because we have highlights on the ceiling.

Ambience, well-being and the environment: the three fundamentals of contemporary thinking on office lighting design? Yes, what I call visual dynamics is maybe more of a theoretical term, but ultimately it creates ambience and well-being. There are a lot of developers interested in how these three elements link in to productivity in the workplace. And I think developers are even more interested in that than business owners or employers. They see added value in cranking up the quality of the office spaces that they try to rent out. They are in a very competitive market. They have to offer values other than just square metres and air conditioning. So they are all looking for differentiation, and offices that specifically focus on sustainability and well-being in the workplace will have a competitive advantage.

The new Philips DayWave LED-based luminaire installed in the Amsterdam office of Arup

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DayWave – bringing the rhythm of light into your building
Philips DayWave is a LED-based luminaire designed for high-end office lighting and representative areas with a unique breakthrough design. It has been specifically conceived to create more natural, inspiring spaces, in order to enhance well-being and performance.
With subtle variations and nuances of light level and light tone, it creates natural shifts in the lighting ambience. In the early morning, the light is bright and energizing. In the course of the day, the light level may drop gradually and shift to soft, comforting warm-white. Incorporating cool and warm-white LEDs and an innovative optical system (Micro-Lens Optic), the ergonomically designed DayWave delivers a uniform, high level of visual comfort – compliant with European norms for office lighting. DayWave is available in a choice of curved-up and curved-down shapes and in fixed and dynamic colour-temperature versions. It can be used with DALI controls. There is also an option whereby the luminaire continues to emit decorative blue indirect light after the luminaire has been switched off, for example for decoration or branding purposes.


Brushed aluminium finishing

Polished aluminium finishing

High gloss white finishing



Type Light source

BPS800 Dynamic; warm-white/cool-white version: 2x 96 x LED-HP Mono-colour; warm-white version: 96 x LED-HP Mono-colour; neutral-white version: 96 x LED-HP

Light colour

Dynamic: 3000-5500 K (3000-5500) Mono-colour:    Warm-white, 3000 K (3000)    Neutral-white, 4000 K (4000), on request Indirect blue light (BLL)    Note: indirect blue light only be used when all white light is switched off

Lighting distribution Driver current Mains voltage Power consumption Ballast (integrated) Driver Optic Controls Material and finishing

White: direct ca 80% / indirect 20% 0 - 400 mA (dimmable) 100-240 V 50-60Hz 130 W (luminaire without supply unit) Electronic, 100 - 240 V / 50 - 60 Hz DALI protocol (interface integrated) Micro-lense-optic (MLO) Compatible with Philips DALI controllers Housing: extruded anodised aluminium, finishing brushed (BRU), polished (POL) or white (WH) End-caps and suspension tubes: extruded anodised aluminium, finishing brushed with polished front end (BRU), polished (POL) or white (WH) Cover: acrylic (AC-MLO) or polycarbonate (PC-MLO), micro-lense-optic Ceiling unit: aluminium

Installation Lifetime Remarks

Suspended: individual or in line; suspended mounting with a set of two suspension tubes 150 cm per luminaire (can be sawn to right length on site) 50,000 hours, 70% lumen maintenance at Ta=25°C Lighting controls to be ordered separately. Suspension set delivered with luminaire. Housing shapes: curved up (H-UP), curved down (H-DN)

Main applications Classification code

Office, hospitality, reception desks Class 1, IP20 CE, ENEC

Product shown: DayWave curved down All dimensions in mm

Product shown: DayWave curved up All dimensions in mm 17