Two New HumanscaleTask Lights Now Available

Horizon & Element Vision Set New Standards for Performance, Sustainability and Aesthetics


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK, September 21, 2011 — Humanscale’s Element Vision LED task light and Horizon LED task light are now available for order. Two years ago, Humanscale revolutionized the LED task lighting industry with its best-selling Element Classic—one of the most awarded LED task lights in the world. Earlier this year, the new Element 790 brought heightened performance and functionality to Humanscale’s offerings.  And now, these two new, groundbreaking lighting solutions further advance Humanscale’s market leadership position for innovative, high-performance LED task lighting. 

Element Vision
Designed by Humanscale Design Director Mark McKenna and the Humanscale Design Studio, Element Vision sets a new bar for LED task lighting performance.

Featuring cutting-edge advancements in MCX LED Technology, Vision utilizes a round, multi-chip LED package to produce a uniform, broad footprint of light that casts just one shadow on the work surface. And with a Color-Rendering Index (CRI) of 89, Vision delivers brilliant, warm 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution. Engineered with perfect internal counterbalance, Vision also has a compact profile that further enhances its task light capabilities.

At its core, Vision is designed to simultaneously provide user controllability and reduce energy consumption. Toward this end, Vision offers fingertip adjustability and effortless positioning without friction knobs or rigid joints, encouraging users to direct light exactly where it is needed and away from reflective surfaces. An intuitive dimmer switch located on top of the light head provides seven levels of illumination, making the light intensity—and the associated energy usage—even more customizable.

Built for exceptional sustainability, Vision contains 74% recycled and 98% recyclable content, uses only seven watts, and ships in 70% recycled packaging. One of Vision’s most exceptional features is its innovative Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor, which detects changes in the human heat profile and automatically turns Vision off or on when the user leaves or returns to the area, thus further saving energy. Due to its many energy-saving attributes, Vision can be integral to the achievement of a number of valuable LEED credits. Furthermore, unlike compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), Element Vision contains no mercury, lead or other hazardous materials and is compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive.

The unique aesthetic of Vision is born from its heat-shedding design. A series of metal fins keeps the unit cool to optimize performance and extend the life of the LED system, which is rated for up to 50,000 hours—or 25 years in most single-shift work environments.
Created by award-winning designers Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, the sleek, high-performing Horizon task light combines unprecedented LED technology with visually striking aesthetics to satisfy the focused lighting needs of any environment. With only three main design components—an ultra-thin, rectangular lamp head; an elegant, round base; and a minimal support stem connecting the base and lamp head—Horizon represents a masterpiece of minimalist aesthetics.

As the first task light to utilize groundbreaking Thin Film LED Technology, Horizon overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering brilliant 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. With a Color-Rendering Index (CRI) of 80, Horizon uses a number of high-intensity micro LEDs that surround several layers of polycarbonate and optical films to create an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free light that casts only one shadow on the work surface.

In addition to excellent light quality, Horizon also provides easy adjustability for the utmost in ergonomics. The spherical joints in Horizon’s head and base facilitate fluid, effortless adjustment of the lamp head in all directions for exact positioning. And Horizon’s built-in dimmer control offers seven levels of adjustable illumination, allowing users to customize light intensity—and energy usage—according to each task and to individual preferences. When dimmed at its lowest level, Horizon uses just one watt and serves as a nightlight.

Engineered for incredible efficiency and hassle-free operation over its life span, Horizon consumes only nine watts of power and is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use, equal to 25 years in most 9-to-5 work environments. Its 99% recyclable content and streamlined design, which dramatically minimizes the number of components and simplifies disassembly, make it one of the most environmentally friendly task lights available.

Since its preview in June 2010, Horizon has won nine international design awards, including the prestigious 2011 Red Dot Award for Product Design.

Third-Party Testing
To ensure performance and reliability, both Horizon and Element Vision were tested under the rigorous LM-79 process by an independent laboratory approved by the U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program. The results of this and all other third party testing have been reported in compliance with the standards of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lighting Facts® program, which provides labels containing information essential to evaluating products for lighting buyers and designers.

For more information about Humanscale and the company’s full range of task lighting solutions, visit or call 800-400-0625.

About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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