TILE Exterior from Cooledge Lighting Inc. is an LED system for exterior illumination. It frees light from the constraints of fixtures illuminating any architectural geometry, scaling with ease, and offering new ways to accentuate buildings without “spill light” within evening cityscapes.
Designed as a complete system, TILE Exterior combines all of the critical elements required for large-scale luminous exteriors—from water resistance to modularity for configuration around virtually any building structure. The entire TILE Exterior system of light sheets, connectors, cables, and LED drivers is rated for wet location environments.
“Exterior lighting has long been limited to standard wash, flood, or grazing applications. Even with the potential that LEDs brought to the industry, there hasn’t been a simple, effective way to make illumination integral to architecture. With TILE Exterior, we are creating the opportunity to build with luminous surfaces rather than simply accessorize with fixtures,” said William J. Sims, interim CEO of Cooledge. “In direct response to market demand, we now have a full range of offerings to make luminous architecture easy to conceive and bring to life, both indoors and out.”
TILE Exterior is a robust, IP65-rated version of the company’s TILE system. The ultra-thin, flexible form scales to cover large surface areas, while a set of smaller-sized, pre-sealed Fit pieces allows configuration around angles, corners, and building obstacles such as standoffs, pipes, and cable penetrations. This means that unlike exterior products that must be cut to accommodate obstacles, TILE Exterior has no such requirement and therefore maintains the integrity of the original water-resistant seal.
Proprietary IP65 snap connectors provide simple modular installation with tool-less connections unique to Cooledge TILE products. The exterior illumination solution has the ability to mount with very narrow setbacks from diffusion material (as little as 2″ with common translucent cladding materials). When paired with wide-ranging diffusion materials, such as glass, acrylic, and translucent stone, TILE Exterior creates luminous surfaces for façades, canopies, entrances (e.g., arches and columns), and large-scale printed graphics. As a result, traditional and often obtrusive exterior fixtures can be eliminated in favor of clean building fronts that are uniformly illuminated from within.
TILE Exterior features color temperatures of 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, and 5700K with a CRI greater than 80 and a 50,000 hour lumen maintenance (L80). Protective “True-Temp” optics ensure minimal CCT shift from the rated color temperature of the LEDs and the LED driver supplies up to 90 watts of 24VDC power for the system.