Humanscale's Horizon™ LED Task Light to be Featured at 2011 ErgoExpo

Innovative Task Light is First to Feature Thin Film LED Technology


Karen Brooking

LAS VEGAS, November 28, 2011—Humanscale will showcase the Horizon LED task light, which uses Thin Film LED Technology, at 2011 ErgoExpo. Created by award-winning designers Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, the sleek, high-performing Horizon LED task light pairs unprecedented LED technology with visually striking aesthetics to satisfy the focused lighting needs of any environment.

Horizon’s aesthetics represent two great traditions in modern design: platonic minimalism and organic form. Stathis and McCoy employ only three main components in the task light's design: an ultra-thin, rectangular lamp head; an elegant, round base; and a minimal support stem connecting the base and lamp head. An organic, membrane-like skin forms the cover for the lens and base, leaving no exposed wiring or mechanical fasteners to distract from the luminous beauty of the light. The resulting form is a unique hybrid of rectilinear and organic forms.

As the first task light to utilize the groundbreaking Thin Film LED Technology, the Horizon LED task lightovercomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering brilliant color and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. Floating a radically thin sheet of light above the desktop, its technology 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.

The Horizon LED task light’s built-in dimmer control offers seven levels of adjustable illumination, allowing users to customize light intensity according to each task and to individual preferences. The spherical joints in its head and base facilitate smooth, fluid and effortless positioning. The lamp’s head offers a full range of adjustability in all directions and variable height control for exact positioning.

According to research at Cornell University, eyestrain is the top health-related complaint among office workers. Research by Brusking/Goldring shows that up to 80% of office workers experience at least one negative effect from poor lighting and 75% want more lighting control. By supplying the right amount of adjustable illumination for each user, task lights improve employee wellness and productivity, while reducing glare and computer vision syndrome—a condition causing eyestrain, eye fatigue, dry eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision and headaches.

Engineered for incredible efficiency and hassle-free operation over its life span, the Horizon LED task light consumes only nine watts of power and is rated for up to 50,000 hours of use, equal to 25 years in most single-shift work environments. Its advanced design dramatically minimizes the number of components and simplifies disassembly—making it one of the most environmentally friendly task lights available. 
The Horizon LED task light is now available for purchase at a U.S. list price of $475.

Since its preview at NeoCon 2010, the Horizon LED task light has garnered a collection of accolades that reflect its wide appeal: a Red Dot Award for Product Design; a Gold IDA Award; an FX International Interior Design Award; a Best of Boutique Award; an Interior Design Best of Year Award; a NeoCon East People’s Choice Award; a Buildings Magazine Innovations Award; and an IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Award.

About the Designers:

Peter Stathis, who considers lighting one of his life’s passions, is the former director of the graduate 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is also the founder of Virtual Studio, a San Francisco-based collaborative design studio, and his work is in the permanent collections of major museums nationally. His awards include the IDSA International Design Excellence Award, I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review, and the ICFF Editor’s Award.

Michael McCoy was the first recipient of the Smithsonian's Design Minds National Design Award for "affecting a paradigm shift in design thinking." His designs have been exhibited internationally, including London's Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. He has won more than 200 design awards for his work in furniture, interiors and product design.

For more information about Humanscale’s Horizon LED task light, visit or call 800-400-0625. To view this release online, along with photos and other related downloads, visit

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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