ApplicationsAirports, arenas, hospitals, restaurants, universities, offices, lobbies, auditoriums, hotels
CharacteristicsProvides light transmission rates up to 83% and NRC values up to 0.9, precision monofilament fabric optimizes artificial or natural light transfusion without any color shift, giving even light illumination, unique finishing and coating techniques ensure UV durability without fading, panels are assembled and pre-stressed utilizing a lightweight aluminum profile, narrow half-elliptical profile for minimized shadows and loss of light, panel installations feature minimal gaps between the panel, wrinkle-free, pre-stressed, smooth membrane fabric facing, completely downwardly accessible, free of plasticizers and feature low VOC's, resistant to dirt, available in square or rectangular shapes
Guarantee10 years on the fabric, 1 year on the panel frame
Decoustics LightFrame® is an accessible translucent fabric ceiling and wall system. It provides light transmission rates up to 83% and NRC values up to 0.9. The precision monofilament fabric optimizes artificial or natural light transfusion without any color shift, giving even light illumination. Extremely narrow seams and an elliptic profile ensure illuminated surfaces are practically shadow-free.
Unique finishing and coating techniques ensure UV durability without fading, while the materials remain extremely tough and long-lasting. All fabrics used in Decoustics LightFrame® panels are rated Class A according to ASTM E84, and carry a limited 10 year warranty on the fabric, 1 year on the panel frame.
- The LightFrame® panels are assembled and pre-stressed utilizing a lightweight aluminum profile
- Narrow half-elliptical profile for minimized shadows and loss of light
- Panel installations feature minimal gaps between the panels (nominal 5mm [3/16"])
- Wrinkle-free, pre-stressed, smooth membrane fabric facing
- LightFrame® panels are completely downwardly accessible
- All LightFrame® panels are free of plasticizers and feature low VOC's
- LightFrame® panels are resistant to dirt
- LightFrame® panels are only available in square or rectangular shapes
The System at a Glance
The LightFrame® consists of single panels that can be installed in either butt joint or reveal layouts. LightFrame® panels feature stretched fabric construction that is secured in the aluminum frame with a spline. The rear of the panel is faced with a clear or opaque thin film or an additional layer of fabric to optimize light transmission and acoustic properties.
Panels are custom manufactured to suit project installations. The optimal maximum panel width is 1.5m (5ft) and optimal maximum length is 3m (10ft). Depending on the selected LightFrame® construction, available fabric width and site accessibility may limit the maximum available panel size.
Decoustics offers an extruded aluminum pre-machined perimeter that precisely mates with LightFrame® panels. The perimeter is nonstructural and must be affixed to a rated structural component in the building (by others). All perimeter structures must be engineered and meet all local codes. It is essential that the perimeter be designed by a qualified engineer. Typical materials to construct the structural perimeters include: structural steel shapes (consisting of angles, square profile, channels, S and W shapes), aluminum tubes (including square and rectangular shapes) and engineered wood structures. The LightFrame® ceiling system accommodates the installation of sprinkler heads, lighting and air diffusers by incorporating these elements into utility channels which are part of the ceiling design.
Decoustics utility channels are custom designed and engineered to work with LightFrame® panels. Custom machining ensures that all connections between the LightFrame® panels and the utility channel align allowing for easy and accurate installation. All utility channels are fabricated to suit the project installation. Penetrations in the utility channel are available at additional costs. All standard utility channels feature a white finished face, an optional face plate is available.
Light transmitting fabrics
Light that penetrates a membrane is affected by many factors. The parameters governing the reflection and absorption properties of a membrane directly influence the light transmission (ASTM D1003) through it. PVDF is a high light transmitting fluoropolymer deployed in photometric fabrics which permits a high degree of diffusion of both artificial and natural light without color displacement.
Compared with traditional, hard building products on the interior surfaces like concrete, glass and metal, SEFAR fabric is light, soft and reminiscent of natural materials. LightFrame® can influence Environmental Acoustics™ and workplace efficiency.
The Decoustics LightFrame® system achieves light transmission rates up to 83%.The transmitted light contains a high proportion of diffused light, also known as scattered light. This gives a balanced illumination by reducing contrasts, especially in shaded areas. The fabric gives the impression of being a light source yet functions as a light diffuser for both natural daylight and artificial lighting.