Inspired by science, guided by design

Guiding light inside transparent fibres underpins optical communication technology. Using the same physical principles, Glowide guides light from an array of high-brightness LEDs mounted in an aluminium base through a curved acrylic plate, minimizing light leakage and dazzle, in order to illuminate your work space optimally and with enhanced uniformity. Glowide is design-patented in 35 countries.
Mimicking the science of Helmholtz coils* invented by Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), two beams of light overlap to produce a uniform illumination area.

*Helmholtz coils: two electrical coils spaced optimally to create a magnetic field of enhanced uniformity.

The two beams of light are produced by bevelling the tip of the acrylic plate with two edges, which refract the light in two different directions.

Because of this, a 60 cm × 40 cm region is lit up uniformly.

Glowide minimizes shadows by illuminating a large area with even brightness, unlike regular lighting that casts clear shadows when illuminated.

The dimensions and orientation of the two edges of the tip have been optimized by computer simulation and analytical calculation to achieve the most uniform intensity distribution. Here you see the light travelling inside the acrylic plate and refracting from the edges in different directions to produce a wide illumination.