Modern ambience in an authentic atmosphere
The new canteen of the printed circuit board manufacturer FELA is a place for communication and relaxation. In the lounges, the Black Forest company combines tradition and modernity, elegance and cosiness. For lighting control, FELA relies on the HK i8 from Kopp – and has even thrown a principle overboard for this. The medium-sized FELA GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of printed circuit boards in Germany. Founded five decades ago, the company from Villingen-Schwenningen in the Black Forest now employs 165 people. With an extension of the location, FELA has set up a new canteen, whose homely and modern design forms an expressive contrast to the industrial working environment in the production halls. " We wanted to create a lounge area that is as inviting as your own living room and at the same time offers a representative ambience for customer discussions and meetings,”; says Wiebke Krütt, Head of Corporate Communications at FELA.
The Black Forest as a model
The spacious floor is divided into three areas: a cosy lounge invites you to relax, next to it there is the meeting room and a large, open dining area with counter, tables and benches. The design of the rooms focuses on a modern interpretation of the „Black Forest“ theme. Wood corresponds with subtle red tones, the dominant colours brown and green are supported by light white. Large-scale nature photographs decorate the walls, while the furniture in modern design sets accents. The HK i8 fits perfectly into this ambience. The natural material glass is discreet and elegant at the same time”;, says Krütt. The simple aesthetics of the Sensor Switches emphasize their modern character. Frameless float glass in a pure white colour creates the impression of harmonious lightness. The floating lines of the HK i8 are underlined by a discreet LED switch illumination.
An absolute exception switch
For the installation of the switches, FELA had to break with a principle. In contrast to conventional domestic installations, the electrical systems in factories, high-rise buildings or shopping centres are supplied with power via central ceiling rails. This also means: at FELA, no cables are laid in the walls – actually. Because the HK i8 is installed directly flush-mounted, the company has made an exception, says Krütt: „Our building services department has installed extra additional connections in the wall for the switches.“ The flush-mounted power units of the HK i8 are available with both 2-wire and 3-wire connections. With loads of up to 1,000 watts, lighting concepts can be implemented with the entire range of modern light sources – without much effort and EIB/KNX installation. An absolute exception switch