SmithGroup's Rodrigo Manríquez on io Lighting’s Line Series 2.0 LED fixture

November 01, 2007 |

io Lighting’s Line Series 2.0 LED fixture is just two inches high and two inches deep, allowing luminous accents to be delivered from tight architectural details. Suitable for both interior and exterior applications, the low-voltage linear luminaire utilizes high-brightness LEDs (including white LEDs) that are well suited for accent or general illumination applications. Individual units are available in 18-, 36-, 54-, and 72-inch lengths and may be placed end to end to create continuous rows without obvious shadows between the fixtures.

Rodrigo Manríquez, IALD, LC, IESNA, principal and senior lighting designer with SmithGroup, specified Line Series 2.0 fixtures with white LEDs to illuminate the ornate limestone exterior of Albert Kahn’s 1915 Detroit Athletic Club in the heart of the city’s cultural district. Approximately 630 linear feet of LEDs were mounted along the façade to accentuate key features of the exterior, including the ornate cornice and balustrades.

Why Rodrigo Manríquez specified IO Lighting’s Line Series 2.0 LED fixtures for the Detroit Athletic Club:

“In recognition of the legacy of this Beaux Arts-style landmark building and its intricate façade articulation, we opted to enhance the architectural texture provided by the different components with a directional, high-intensity source: LEDs.”

“Because most of these fixtures are mounted in inaccessible spaces, we needed a solution that relies on the inherent characteristic of LEDs, such as long life, beam control, and warm color options.”

“We considered conventional alternatives, such as fluorescent, cold cathode, and neon, but the energy usage would have been much greater, the effect would have been mediocre, and they would have required impractical maintenance schedules.”


Rodrigo Manríquez, IALD, LC, IESNA

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Manríquez joined SmithGroup in 1997. He currently serves as a lighting designer and co-leader of the firm’s Lighting Design Practice.

Manríquez’s current work includes a two-phased project for the Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority that will improve the lighting levels in underground WMATA stations and the renovation of the 1956 Saarinen’s Design Styling Dome at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich.

Manríquez has a BS in architectural engineering with an emphasis in lighting design from the University of Kansas.
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