Parscan - Spotlight for the lighting of museums, galleries and sales rooms

At first glance, the design of the Parscan family is derived from one archetype of the spotlight luminaire, known as 'white can' in the industry: A plain, white cylinder that is hinged to the track adapter. Lighting designers choose this type of spotlight especially for places where flexible, yet directional lighting is needed, but where it should be as imperceptible as possible.

How it works

By now, the lighting technology has seen massive further development, and this cylinder houses the electronics, filter systems, and locking functions.

Today, ERCO provides the most efficient museum spotlight without having to dispense with a minimalist appearance. We tried to house the technology in an archetypal design. By archetypal I mean a visual model that has been a classic for many years and will remain so for years to come. Such models have a simple yet striking appearance and are easy to recognise even at a distance, very important for a spotlight placed in a track-system.

I must point out, however, that the design idea of an overall cylindrical design is rather complicated and critical due to the thermal output. And so at a second glance, Parscan provides highly advanced, detailed solutions for the complex tasks of accent lighting: So, the turning of a single locking screw simultaneously blocks all of the spotlight's movement axes.

All accessories such as lenses, filters or anti-glare devices have been integrated in a lockable way in the front part of the cylindrical housing, which can be conveniently removed for lamp replacement.

below: Museum Rietberg, Zurich

Parscan in application

With Parscan, the aim was to consistently reduce the shape of the product to a cylinder (a symbol for luminaires with rotational symmetric light distribution).
When the spotlight is directed downwards like a downlight, the support bracket fits perfectly well into the entire cylindrical shape.

below: Museum Rietberg, Zurich

Parscan in application

At the heart of the design development was the fusion of aesthetic and technical requirements with the aim of meeting the demands of lighting designers and architects with ambitions.
The experience of the customer is to be found in the unexpected and generous functionality and the clear and minimalist appearance of the product.

below: Ara Pacis, Roma

Parscan in application

Museum Rietberg / Zurich

Ara Pacis / Roma - Richard Meier

Ordrupgaard Museum Extension / Copenhagen - Zaha Hadid

Neues Museum / Berlin - David Chipperfield

Le Musée d'art moderne Grand-Duc Jean / Luxemburg - I. M. Pei