The Origins of Polygon…
At Polygon, we are passionate about achieving high-quality products that seamlessly blend design and innovation. We have always strived to create products that are creative, beautiful, and highly functional – but how did we begin? We thought we would take a look down memory lane…
The idea of Polygon started back in 2016 when James Vanderpant was in his final year at the University of Brighton, England. It was during this time that James started to look into how the lighting industry was using energy and how this could be reduced.
During his research, James came across the economical phenomenon called the Rebound Effect. In principle, this is effectively the reduction in expected gains when switching to new technologies that can boost the efficiency of resource use. This means that adopting newer, more efficient lighting technology does not lead to an overall reduction in energy consumption.
There are many different contributing factors to this phenomenon, but the primary reason is that as the technology improves, the cost of energy becomes cheaper and more accessible; meaning that overall, more of that resource is used. While James’ research focused primarily on the lighting industry, this phenomenon occurs in many industries and was first written about back in 1865 when a publication entitled ‘The Coal Question’ was published by William Stanley Jevons.
Within this book, Jevons famously quoted:
“It is a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth.”
Inspired by these words, James went on to spend a lot of time researching and observing the current interior design market and how lighting solutions fitted into this. One of the things that became very obvious quite early on was just how inefficient our use of lighting as a society is. Across the globe, offices and other large interior spaces are brightly illuminated, regardless of their overall capacity or how they are being used.
Over-illumination was a notion that had gone relatively unchallenged. So with this in mind, James began looking at how design and creativity could work together to create a lighting solution that could reduce the over-illumination of spaces, without detracting from the performance.
Polygon is born…
Knowing that whatever he designed needed to be far more dynamic and customizable than any current offerings on the market, James’ focus was on a solution that would give you as much, or as little, light as required at any given time.
"As much as you need" was an ethos that was carried through to the rest of the project.
During the ideation process one concept that seemed exciting was the idea of covering the interior walls of a building in large touch screen panels that would illuminate where you touch. So no matter where you are you can just touch the nearest surface and thats where the light would come from. However, as exciting as that concept sounded, it probably wasn't the most financially viable. So many, many different iterations and revisions later, Polygon Light Tiles were created.
Each of the light tiles that we offer are modular and touch-sensitive, which means that customers can purchase as many as they need in order to create a custom structure of their choice. The touch-screen capabilities mean that your interior architecture becomes the light source, allowing you to simply run your hand across the area you want the illumination to come from.
Polygon Light Tiles also let you fully customize your lighting levels. That means that for those times when you need brighter conditions to help you focus, you can turn on more panels, while in the evening when you are looking for some mood lighting you can just turn on one or two. Through this process you are hopefully only using "as much as you need".
However you plan to use yours, you can check out our product range here.