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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

We’re big fans of lighting designer Robert Sonneman. So we were stoked when we got to use his new creation, Quattro, for ourselves at our latest cover shoot. In the spirit of “Quattro,” we share four reasons the task light has earned our stamp of approval.

1. Its art-world inspiration. Sonneman found a muse in the Dutch De Stijl art and design movement, particularly for the red, yellow, black, and blue color option. “The offset squares and rectangles of Quattro’s head, arm, and base immediately called to mind Gerrit Rietveld's 1917 black painted chair which glorified the pure rectilinear forms with edges painted in primary red and yellow,” Sonneman says. “The approach typified the Dutch De Stijl movement in the three dimensional architecture and in the two dimensional art of Mondrian.” It’s also available in black, white, and aluminum finishes.

2. It’s flexible. Anchored by a solid square base, Quattro features internal compression and tension mechanics that allow you to position its arms and head in a surprising number of positions. (Trust us, we tried just about every pose on the shoot.) “The functionality of being able to poise and direct light where you want is a better solution than requiring the user to bend or contort to find adequate illumination from a fixed position,” Sonneman explains.

3. It dims. It’s still pretty rare to see an LED light that dims. But it’s even more rare to see one that dims well. Controlled from a touchless optical sensor on its head, the light produces three light levels: high, medium, and low. It’s mood lighting—for the office.

4. It’s glare free. There’s a lot to love about LED lights, from their long life to their low energy consumption. But glare and hot spot? Not so much. Sonneman had those common complaints in mind when he designed Quattro. The light features flat panel technology that reduces glare by redirecting the LEDs’ horizontal illumination downwards. “The result is an evenly illuminated panel that throws off little or no side screen glare but rather redirects the reflected luminous energy through a flat panel,” Sonneman says. Your eyes will thank him.

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