Being able to draw upon many years of experience, means that we can truly deliver lighting solutions that meet stringent technical requirements and user expectations. And yet, we constantly review every area of our operations to see how we can do things better, more efficiently, more sustainably, to help us and our customers, be the best.
Our engineering teams drive our product development both on standard and custom lighting solutions. While we have an extensive range of luminaires, brackets and poles to enhance urban spaces, every town and city has its own identity. Regularly, we are asked to design and develop bespoke luminaires that draw on our century of experience to create something unique. The scale and ambition of these projects require close collaboration between multiple disciplines which our Schréder Studio division ensures.
All of our standard and bespoke solutions follow the same product development to meet aesthetic design, achieve high levels of performance, reduce operating costs and preserve the environment.
Design and engineering
Our team of experts design luminaires to suit our customers ambitions. We use the latest 3D modelling software to put together visualisation packages to support and help our teams explore their project. By creating 3D models, not only are we resolving the mechanical design, we can also render visualisations of both custom units and placing products in context.
Our thermal designers cooperate in detail to ensure the best thermal management for the chosen electronic components of the luminaire while our electronic engineers incorporate the most suitable components and electrical schemes.
Our team of mechanical and electrical engineers can deliver everything from full electrical designs, voltage drop calculations, O&M manuals, bill of materials and configuration management.
Prototypes enable us to check the functionality of parts before any expensive tooling investment is made.
Some projects are utilising new lighting techniques and to ensure we will achieve the optimal results, rapid prototypes can be built to test the functionality. This allows all stakeholders to understand the concept and propose improvements to the final design.
When projects involve completely new designs, final prototypes are produced for sign off. A fully working prototype allows us to fully evaluate and test the finished solution while providing clear understanding of what is going to be delivered.
Following the approval of the final documentation and prototype, the tooling stage involves the development and production of die-casts, extrusion tools, or injection moulds. With many years of experience in manufacturing and design, we have an extensive network of proven and trustworthy tooling suppliers.
Our very own Kandelàber production unit, just outside Budapest has been lovingly creating old-fashioned candelabras and replicating heirloom light fittings for settings as diverse as Schönbrunn Palace, the Laxenburg castles in Vienna and Zürich Railway Station for many years now. We are keen to work with more cities worldwide, enabling them to preserve their history while meeting the environmental and lighting standards of the future.
Quality assurance & testing
It is critical that our products are fully tested and meet all the necessary standards. We look to test IK and IP ratings, tests against international standards (CE, ENEC, roHS, UL/ETL…) thermal analysis, electrical safety and perform photobiological testing.
We have some of the best equipped in-house accredited laboratories in Europe and can provide our customers with extensive and in-depth services thanks to the array of tests we can perform.
Many solutions require a complete factory acceptance test (FAT). For example, on a bespoke column, we will test the DMX network, running the pre-programmed scenes.
Once all the luminaire has been fully tested and certified, we carry out a pre-series. At this point, our production engineers check the luminaire and its assembly based on the prepared technical documentation and instructions. If any corrections need to be made, they are implemented at this stage.
Once the 2nd series phase is completed for final industrial verification, the product it released to mass production. The luminaires are then packaged as requested and delivered for installation.