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Light that promotes wellbeing and productivity for Mercedes-Benz

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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

The challenge

Mercedes-Benz’s Italian headquarters in Rome has recently been extensively rebuilt, with six existing buildings reconfigured and combined into one. The new open workspaces have been designed by architecture practice MPPM, with great attention paid to flexibility and modularity. The main design objective was to create a welcoming and efficient workspace, where wellbeing and productivity can be combined. From this point of view, the use of natural and artificial light were key concerns.

The lighting solution

Thorn and its sister brand Zumtobel teamed up to develop a specific lighting solution for each room of the new building, to create the right lighting ambience.

On the three upper floors, which house most of the offices and services, Thorn Lighting’s Omega LED fitting is integrated in the modular ceiling system. These large recessed luminaires feature optimum optics and technical specifications for this type of application.

On the ground floor are the main entrance hall, lobbies, conference area, company restaurant and a large exhibition area. The main entrance hall has been illuminated by integrating the luminaires into the architectural structure in order to better accompany the forms and enhance the materials used.

A number of luminaires from Thorn’s sister brand Zumtobel were used, including Panos Infinity,Tecton, Supersystem II,Intro and Craft.

The result

The new lighting at Mercedes-Benz HQ contributes to a welcoming and efficient new workspace, where personal wellbeing and company productivity can be combined.