Linestra is a so-called line lamp - similar to "Tempo" here is a brand name (by Osram) has become a generic term (Philips is called the lamp type "Philinea"). The Linestra is also described as "incandescent light bar" or "incandescent light in bar form". They are available with a clear or frosted glass bulb, in different lengths and wattages. The line light is placed on special bases - a socket in the middle or two sockets top and bottom. The Linestra needs neither another protective cover nor a lampshade.
By no means is Linestra a fluorescent tube - even if it looks the same at first glance. In fact, the classic Linestra is an incandescent lamp with the incandescent lamp inside. In contrast to classic fluorescent lamps, the Linestra therefore produces a natural, warm and very uniform light; that is: a reddish light color. With Linestra there is also no switch-on delay and it does not flicker. Also a ballast is not necessary; Therefore, the lamp base (= holder) are daintier and more discreet.
In terms of price, the Linestra lamp is significantly higher than that of a comparable fluorescent tube - but the brackets are cheaper.
As with other lamps, there are also the Linestra successor models that fit into the existing light base. The manufacturer Osram offers about the "Ledinestra". Instead of the tungsten filament there is an LED chain inside the glass bulb. However, the light color is rather cool compared to the classic Linestra; but even these lamps are dimmable - and the shape remains the same.
Of course, the classic Linestra is a bit retro against modern light sources such as LED and hybrid lamps. Nevertheless, there are many Linestra lovers, because the small fine lamp has its very special advantages and applications.
The Linestra is perfect as a mirror light, because it provides a very uniform light in natural light color. So you see yourself well lit in the mirror - with no scary shadows under your nose and eyes, as is often the case with low-voltage lamps from the ceiling. Also powder pans or too much eye shadow can be avoided.
To achieve the best lighting effect, the light source is mounted on a center socket or two end sockets directly on the mirror; mostly right and left of the laundry area. But even horizontally, in the upper mirror surface, a line lamp is doing very well - Linestra fan Ulrich P. Weinkath of Plan W uses both variants in his projects.
Should the classic Linestra soon no longer be available for purchase, a "Ledinestra" would be the next better alternative: while its light a little cooler, but it also provides a good illumination on the mirror - and is still better than other spotlights or halogen spots.
Lenard Design Associates uses the Linestra as a pendant over the dining table in a New York apartment.
A construction with stainless steel wire suspension allows three line lights to hover in line above the dining area. A great idea!
Since the lights are dimmable, you can use it to create different lighting scenarios.
Mounted under kitchen cabinets, the classic Linestra offers a very good and even illumination of the work surface and an unadulterated view of all food. All foods retain their original color in this light.
The light is bright - depending on the choice of wattage - and still not too bright. Due to the pleasant light color, the kitchen looks much more comfortable than with a lighting with fluorescent tubes - which also flicker unpleasantly when switched on. The former surgical atmosphere in the kitchen is past with the Linestra.
With the line lamp as indirect ceiling lighting in a so-called Voute (a slightly rounded ceiling groove), or over suspended ceilings, the room is bathed in pleasant light. A beautiful example shows Atelier Axel Nieberg in a residential building in Braunschweig: the line lamp illuminates a long gap in the ceiling. Depending on the mood in the home, the light can be steplessly dimmed to a minimum - a soft orange light shimmer.
This type of lighting is optimally combined with other recessed luminaires, spotlights, table and floor lamps that accentuate the living space.
Linestones can also be used as accent lighting and at the same time as safety light for pedestals, steps and small steps. You can not miss such lit stages!
This stair example from Helwig Haus + Raum shows a lighting scenario in which Linestra could also be used.
Of course, the Linestra had to give way in recent years in many areas of the LED strip; For example, when lighting in poorly accessible ceiling grooves. The new LED variants of the line lamp fit into the old Linestra pedestals. But fortunately, there are many loyal fans of the classic Linestra among planners and builders. And who has once inspired the beautiful light of the Linestra, will remain with the originals as long as possible ...
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