Tubes Deliver "Cool" Look to LED-Light Columns
A new architectural lighting
project recently unveiled in
Phoenix features ACRYLITE®
Satin Ice Tubes from Evonik Cyro
LLC. The six-column display, located
directly outside the Phoenix
Civic Center, appeals to visitors
because the columns switch colors
and patterns according to the
change in seasons, as well as to
celebrate holidays and other events. However, it’s the
color – green, as in cost savings and environmental benefits
– that has city officials beaming.
Phoenix has been recognized as one of the more progressive,
environmentally-conscious cities, and this project
is a perfect example as to why. The
city earned the EPA’s 2007 Green
Electronics Champion Award, and
city officials wanted this display to
further the city’s commitment to
forward-thinking, eco-friendly projects.
“ACRYLITE Satin Ice Tubes not
only provide the functionality
required by the design, but they
bring a fresh perspective on green
building technology with an innovative
solution towards energy efficiency,”
says Debbie Sulewski, PARAPAN Project Manager.
The project was not without its challenges, but they
were all met by Las Vegas-based 4Wall Entertainment
Lighting. One of the biggest obstacles
was finding a suitable material
that could withstand the environmental
conditions, and meet the
design and illumination requirements,
according to Buddy Pope,
project manager at 4Wall.
“Phoenix, Arizona is nestled in
one of the hottest, most arid
regions in the United States,” said
Pope. “The average high temperature
during the summer is 105° F.
Choosing a material that could withstand the environment
as well as meet project specifications was a concern.”
Temperature was the least of their problems. 4Wall also
needed a material that could provide the height and feature
requirements of the job. Specifically, the tubes needed
to be seamless so as to maximize light output and the
material manufacturer had to be able to supply the necessary
heights of 9', 11' and 15'. Each tube also had to
have a 300 mm (11.8'') outside
diameter. The company that fit the
bill was Evonik Cyro.
“After discussing our concerns
with the architect, we were
referred to Evonik Cyro,” said
Pope. “Evonik Cyro was helpful
right from the get go and suggested
its ACRYLITE Satin Ice Tubes.
When we were informed that they
could extrude the tube there was really no question. No
other competitor could produce the heights we needed
The ACRYLITE Satin Ice Tubes have a frosted appearance
throughout that offers excellent, even light diffusion
while maintaining high light
transmission. Optimum light dispersion
is created by the many diffuser
beads embedded within the
tubes that continually change the
light propagation. They are UV
resistant and do not yellow like
Satin Ice Tubes were a smart
choice for more than their performance.
Like all ACRYLITE products,
Satin Ice Tubes contain no lacquers,
paints or adhesives; are free of bisphenol A, formaldehyde
and plasticizers; and are fully recyclable, making the tubes
a more environmentally friendly alternative than other
acrylic products. ACRYLITE Satin
Ice Tubes are also extruded, which
means they cost at least 3 times
less than cast acrylic tubes.
The light tubes are internally-illuminated
using only LEDs for additional
cost and environmental benefits.
Although LEDs cost more initially,
energy consumption is
reduced between 40% and 80%,
so the city will realize a payback in
only a few years. Combined with
the acrylic’s light-diffusing properties, the tubes minimize
energy and maximize results.
For more information, contact Gail Wood, Evonik
Cyro LLC, 379 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ
07054, 800-631-5384/973-541-8754, Fax: 973-541-8445, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.cyro.com or visit www.acrylite-shop.com.