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  • Let there be LEDs: The Vos Pad in London is a programmable environment capable of 16 million light configurations.
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    We want total control over our lighting options at home—and will need it with 16 million color lighting combinations. The Vos Pad, which belongs to Marcel Jean Vos, is an apartment in Chelsea that the designer has turned into a light laboratory. What better antidote to London’s gray winter skies than rooms that pulsate with LED (light emitting diode) lighting?  

    In collaboration with ACDC Lighting in England and Lumileds in San Jose, Calif., Vos has installed Luxeon LEDs around the perimeter, in the ceilings, and in wall sconces to create the ultimate ode to chromatherapy.

    “Europeans have grabbed LED technology faster than Americans,” says Keith Scott, market development manager of Lumileds, which manufactures high-power LEDs. “They see lighting as an artistic expression and put a lot of effort into it, whereas Americans see it more as a commodity and the last thing on the design list.”


    Vos uses a Lutron computerized system to program his rooms digitally to glow like the sunrise as he wakes, then to shine brighter as he steps out of the shower. By late afternoon, the light reflects the sunset. And while 16 million color combinations sound enticing, Scott believes that most consumers will be content with five or six programmable options.

    The advantages of LED lights are significant. They are cold, which means they can be placed anywhere in the home. They last longer than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient (only 550 watts are consumed when the entire apartment is lit). The light source is tiny, which allows you to create colorful effects without carving huge holes in the ceiling.

    Vos has put his 1,000-square-foot “blueprint for future living” on the market for $1.2 million. In addition to the lavish lighting spectrum, the apartment comes with an Opus integrated home entertainment system, LCD TV screens embedded in the kitchen and bathroom walls, color-changing Litelogic countertops in the stainless steel kitchen and in the bathroom’s shower screen, and an Electrolux Trilobite automatic vacuum that cleans the entire apartment.

    Lumileds
    877.298.9455
    www.lumileds.com

    The Vos Pad
    +44.207.384.0714
    www.thevospad.com

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