Kawneer introduces its new InLighten® Light Shelf. By utilizing minimalist design principles, Kawneer has rewritten the energy saving value equation for its architectural light shelf. The result is a flexible and versatile solution that helps reduce the need for artificial lighting and increase energy savings in a building. At the core of their functionality, architectural light shelves are designed to reflect sunlight deeper into the interior of a building by “bouncing” natural light up to the ceiling and have been proven to reduce perimeter lighting requirements. Read on to see how the Kawneer redesign took this fundamental concept one step further by applying minimalist design principles.

The new design leverages minimal material content, sightlines, weight, installation and maintenance efforts, all while maximizing value, daylighting and design options.

InLighten® features an extruded aluminum chassis system and offers several panel choices. Since light shelves are used to reduce artificial lighting requirements and also balance the light profile within the building space, translucent polycarbonate panels are now a standard offering in addition to the traditional opaque aluminum composite material (ACM) panels. The availability of depths of up to 30 inches (762 mm) allows you to maximize the overall reflective surface area.

Keeping a clean reflective top surface is paramount to the performance of architectural light shelves. InLighten® Light Shelf’s new design makes access to the top panel surface easy by incorporating a mounting bracket design that allows the panel to be effortlessly tilted for care and cleaning.

The ability to attach the minimal sightline light shelf to multiple Kawneer curtain wall systems (e.g. 1600 Wall System® curtain wall products) and storefront framing systems (e.g. Trifab® framing system products) makes it a perfect candidate for either new or existing projects.

InLighten®’s modular design and panel options provide several fabrication and assembly advantages. The attachment bracket permits the panels to be assembled separately from anchor installation, which allows the panel assembly to be fabricated and assembled in the shop. This can significantly reduce the time spent in the field prior to installation. The bracket also simplifies site installation and hanging of the panels. And, the lightweight polycarbonate panel option makes handling and lifting of the panel assemblies an even easier task.

With superior aesthetics, enhanced performance, tilt feature and fabrication and assembly advantages, InLighten® Light Shelf is sure to impress.

Environmental Advantages
Architectural light shelves have become an integral part of the daylighting strategy for sustainable building design. Strategically placing InLighten® Light Shelf can allow for maximum daylighting and reflect natural light deeper into occupied spaces. Light shelves have been proven to reduce requirements for artificial perimeter lighting, thereby conserving electrical energy costs.

In addition to increased sun control and energy savings, InLighten® Light Shelf can help earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®*) credits in three categories: Materials & Resources – Recycled Content, Energy & Atmosphere – Optimize Energy Performance and Indoor Environmental Quality – Daylight and Views.

For more information on the InLighten® Light Shelf, visit Kawneer.com or contact your sales representative.

*LEED is a registered trademark for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).