MicroLouvre™ is the world’s thinnest and lightest metal louvre fabric. There are up to 700 paper-thin miniature bronze louvres woven into every metre of fabric. The fabric is usually given a protective black polyester coating for a durable, light and heat absorbing finish, absorbing and eliminating re-reflected heat, light and glare.
MicroLouvre™ metal fabric is directional, and has been used in lighting for a variety of purposes such as in trading floors in India, museum or exhibition displays, shading traffic lights, and in buildings and bridges around the globe. It is corrosive-resistant so suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
MicroLouvre™ is so thin and easy to manipulate, it can easily be integrated or retro fitted into any lighting unit.
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CONCEALED LIGHT SOURCE
MicroLouvre's ability to hide the source of the light from certain angles makes it essential for applications where the light source needs to be concealed at night, or where light trespass or light spill is a problem.
It is the ideal complement for film and photographic lighting units as it transfers minimal heat. It is also widely used in display, exhibition and museum lighting, including the Imperial War Museum.
MicroLouvre™ fitted into floodlights removes light overspill
Non-diffused, bright internal lighting creates glare and uneven levels of brightness in the visual field leading to visual discomfort for occupants.
MicroLouvre's ability to hide the light source whilst maintaining an integrated balance of glare control and high lumen transmission makes it the ideal solution for any high powered light. It is also essential to protect passers-by from unwanted glare from outdoor lighting units.
HOW IT WORKS
The angled louvres, although paper thin, block all direct light from the source except through the 80% open area. The light source is concealed from one direction whilst illuminating from the other. Standard 17 degree Louvre angles provide an asymmetric light kick. 0 degree angles provides symmetric light projection.
DIRECTIONAL LIGHT CONTROL
LIGHT SPILL AND LIGHT TRESPASS SOLUTIONS
LIGHT SOURCE CONCEALMENT
MicroLouvre's light diffusion and glare control, together with its light weight, fire and heat resistance, and versatility in shape and size, make it ideal for use in:
Luminaires and spotlights
Wall washing and wall grazing units
Display and exhibition lighting
Film and photographic units
Traffic lights, signage and street lighting
DIRECTIONAL LIGHT CONTROL
MicroLouvre's paper-thin angled louvres act as a directional lighting filter, allowing light to pass through in one direction whilst reducing the visual impact of the light source from the opposite direction - removing the need for cumbersome lighting hoods.
MicroLouvre™ can be used to redirect light onto objects or buildings and concentrating the light source to the intended direction, solving the problem of unwanted light trespass and reducing light spill and glare. With its 80% open area, MicroLouvre™ permits optimum light transfer, ensuring high energy efficient, which is key to any lighting strategy. MicroLouvre™ can provide either a symmetrical or asymmetrical light 'kick'.
MicroLouvre™ Metal Fabric is so thin and light, it can be easily retro-fitted or installed as part of the original equipment, allowing lighting to be controlled to suit the desired environment and giving optimum uniformity and glare control. Being powder-coated bronze, MicroLouvre™ is inherently fire and heat resistant, and importantly, non-combustible. Offices, hospital wards, schools and public buildings widely use traditional overhead recessed surface and suspended luminaires which are increasingly LED. These have to meet stringent regulatory requirements for health and safety and very importantly, with thermoplastic diffusers, fire resistance.