Northvale, New Jersey, USA
RAIL is a high-bay light fixture, designed by Glen Oross and Peter On, used to illuminate commercial settings. RAIL was designed to be as sustainable as possible in optimizing material usage, reducing production waste, and CMF and manufacturing processes.
RAIL has been awarded a Prize Design for Modern Furniture + Lighting 2023 by Global Design News and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design and a 2023 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
RAIL associates look, feel, and function with RAB Lighting’s long-standing quality and service reputation. RAIL is a premium product with an optimized installation experience, a long life cycle, and minimal service requirements.
It is important to note that RAIL is up to 40% smaller than similar products on the market. This means that the reduced footprint reduces construction material, requires less energy to manufacture, and consumes less fuel to ship.
The extruded housing of the product was designed as a continuous piece to reduce part count. Another example of reducing part count is the polycarbonate lens; it is robust and does not require a metal cage to protect from collisions.
Furthermore, RAIL’s housing is aluminum, a material that was selected for its highly recyclable quality. The housing was designed for extrusion over die-casting to keep the aluminum purer and more recyclable.
Instead of using paint or powder coatings, RAIL’s aluminum housing is bead-blasted. Bead-blasting reduces manufacturing pollutants, ensures the recyclability of the finished part, and protects the longevity of the product.
This finish prevents fingerprints from forming on the metal, which would otherwise create a blemish on the surface and cause the aluminum to oxidize more quickly. RAIL has heat sinks running the length of the housing.
The heat sinks give a sense of quality and reduce heat which could otherwise damage the internal components. By controlling heat dissipation, RAIL has increased longevity and reduces the need for replacements.
Project: RAIL Ceiling Light
Designers: RAB Lighting Industrial Design Team
Lead Designers: Glen Oross and Peter On
Manufacturer: RAB Lighting Inc.