|A pendant fixture over the EnviroCenter’s reception desk receives sunlight via fiber optics. Daytime light meter readings are around 41 foot candles. PHOTOS: ERIC G. HUFFMAN|
A pendant light fixture trained on the building's reception desk dims as clouds pass overhead, then brightens again in full sunlight—an effect that never fails to surprise visitors to the EnviroCenter building in Jessup, Md.
“People are always very interested in where that light comes from,” says Stan Sersen, owner of the EnviroCenter and founder of ASG Inc., the architecture firm that developed and designed the 5,000-sf center. “It's pure, natural sunlight, and people are surprised it's not a typical light fixture.”
Not typical at all. The fixture's sole light source is the sun, and the undiluted daylight is delivered to the building's interior via thin fiber optic strands bundled into cables 6 mm in diameter. The cables are connected to an outside panel with 64 Fresnel lenses that track the sun throughout the day and act as magnifying lenses to focus and direct the light.
This is the first U.S. installation of the Parans Fiber Optic Skylight system, a technology developed in Sweden and now available stateside through Huvco Daylighting Solutions, Rohrersville, Md. (www.huvco.com).
Fiber Optic Skylight Illuminates Maryland's EnviroCenter
A new fiber optic daylighting system brightens an architect's own green office building.
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