Innovation
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How your new luminaire is created
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Markus Grasser
26. February 2018
Markus Grasser

The vintage-look floor luminaire, the fabric pendant luminaire or the classical ceiling floodlight reinterpreted: EGLO puts nearly 1,000 new luminaires on the market every year in order to offer you a great selection of lighting options for your home. It takes an experienced team and well-structured process to master these many new products. The design process for a new luminaire comprises four essential phases - each of them exciting and full of challenges.

1. Generating ideas: An idea is born

Our product managers and designers are always at the pulse of the time and let various sources inspire them - by visiting trade fairs, observing the market or tracking and taking up design and technology trends from many different areas of life. What novelties are there in the area of technical implementation? Where is the furnishing trend going in general? Are there any new lighting technologies? These are only some of the questions that we answer in the first steps of development in order to find an innovative design and the matching technology. We always keep in mind that we want to make the customer enthusiastic about our products.

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2. From sketch to model: Truly hand-made

When we see potential in an idea, we step things up and the design is brought to life. The first, manually produced model of the new luminaire is built in our headquarters in Pill, Tyrol. It is then improved until we love its shape, colour and lighting effect. Product managers, designers and developers are involved in the process throughout to contribute their experience and know-how. Once we are happy, we will sharpen our pens and calculate a product price that will be attractive to you to create an optimal price-performance package.

3. Development project: A prototype is created

The manually produced, partially improvised template now needs to be defined in all its details: One of the EGLO production sites will build the first actual luminaire based on the specifications of the development department in Tyrol. Development or purchase of every tiny piece will be defined precisely in order to build a standardised production process. In order to ensure this, even some new production tools will be constructed.

This project phase is driven by an interaction of purchasing, technical development, quality department and sample construction in the production operation. This way, the first prototypes are built, quality tests are performed and the new luminaire is visually checked thoroughly again as well. When these obstacles have been overcome, the project can be concluded and a new luminaire is just about to enter serial production.

4. As good as in the store: Start of serial production

The luminaires are produced in series now. Serial production takes place at one of our sites in China, Hungary or India. In order to have all the novelties ready for delivery in all warehouses in time to start sales, we need sophisticated production and logistics plans.

After an average of 9 months, our new luminaires arrive in the stores where you will be able to get an idea of our work at our many sales partners. Who knows – maybe one of our ideas will make it to your home, too!

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Markus Grasser
Markus Grasser
In addition to strategic Product Management of Interior Lighting I’m also the responsible Product Manager of our Illuminants sector.

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