SoftZone™ acoustic lighting

Improve workplace acoustics with style

Acoustics play an important role in occupant performance and well-being in office interiors. Noisy, open office areas, sound-reflecting surfaces and other low-absorption design elements can increase the background din, distract occupants and contribute to lower productivity in the workplace. SoftZone provides unparalleled design flexibility for creating architectural pendant lighting with effective sound attenuation properties.

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Available products: Stencil SoftZone and Sculpt SoftZone

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About Acoustics

Sound absorption

When sound strikes a surface or a wall, some of it is reflected (reverberation), some of it is absorbed and some of it is transmitted to the other side. The nature of the obstacle determines how much sound is reflected, absorbed and transmitted.

A measure of a material’s performance is the absorption coefficient α:

α = 0 if totally reflective

α = 1 if totally absorptive and/or transmissive

The more sound absorption you need,
the more SoftZone™ panels you use in the space.

Different surfaces have different sound-absorbing properties. Porous matter, such as carpeting, wood and the material used for SoftZone, are very effective at absorbing sound. In comparison, hard and smooth surfaces, such as concrete, plate glass and metal, reflect acoustic energy and create reverberation that SoftZone panels help to absorb.

Why SoftZone

SoftZone improves acoustics by enhancing speech clarity where needed and by preventing people’s conversations from disturbing other people. SoftZone features a modular approach that lets you vary the quantity of panels required to achieve the desired level of sound attenuation.

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Less costly than building separate acoustic tile ceilings.
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Design Flexibility

Horizontal and vertical options, building system integration possibilities, large choice of colors and design-friendly shapes.
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Leverage Stencil’s design capabilities to modulate layers of sound attenuation in addition to layers of light (ambient, accent, MikroLite™).
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Add SoftZone panels in step with the development needs of any space.
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Create neighborhoods of noise control by using SoftZone where you need sound attenuation.
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Cost-effective Retrofits

Stencil SoftZone panels can be easily reconfigured or added to existing Stencil Pendant layouts.

Vertical Solutions: Sculpt SoftZone

Linear creativity

  • Combine vertical panels with Sculpt Pendant luminaires to add linear rhythm while softening ambient noise levels.
  • The top of Sculpt SoftZone vertical panels is level with the uplight optics of Sculpt Pendant luminaires, providing true indirect lighting and a sophisticated architectural esthetic.

Learn more about Sculpt SoftZone.

Horizontal Solutions: Stencil SoftZone

Superior cost-effectiveness

  • The same amount of SoftZone material in horizontal panels provides almost twice the sound absorption of vertical panels.
  • Compared to vertical SoftZone panels, horizontal SoftZone panels are more effective at trapping sound and they are better at reducing visual clutter.

Learn more about Stencil SoftZone.