On one hand, the Juniper MULTIVERSE System shares many of the hallmark traits of form and function associated with traditional track lighting. But to compare the Connecticut-based company’s architectural technology to its outdated and often maligned predecessor would be doing the low-voltage power distribution system a disservice, as Juniper’s modular and magnetic system lays out possibilities reaching beyond mere illumination, all with a much more aesthetically pleasing package.
Speaking via video chat from the company’s central Connecticut headquarters and showroom housed within a historic mill – Juniper founder Shant Madjarian remotely outlined the MULTIVERSE System’s key components and features, piece by piece to allow for a better grasp of the what, why, and how. Complemented by a sample pack containing several MULTIVERSE track segments and connectors delivered ahead of our chat, Madjarian delved into the inspiration and impetus in designing their innovative approach to a well established lighting solution.
Madjarian cites a concept using tape enhanced with low profile circuitry to deliver power as the inspiration behind the development of MULTIVERSE. The barely-there design was later refined by Madjarian and the Juniper team into a modular system of ribbons measuring a mere 7mm in height with immediate obvious applicability within residential and commercial spaces.
“Looking at [MULTIVERSE] you would not know it’s lighting,” says Madjarian about Juniper’s power delivery system, an impression further emphasized by the company’s catalog of pre-finished colors and materials that inspire possibilities rather than serving mere practicalities.
Piecing together like architectural playthings, the MULTIVERSE ribbons are designed to be easily and quickly connected at lengths up to 150 linear feet. Powered from a single driver, connected lights are dimmable and can also be operated separately or in harmony using one of two included circuits.
The MULTIVERSE System’s ribbons range from 2-feet, 4-feet, and 6-feet length. Regardless of their length, each piece conceals Juniper’s proprietary 24V high-efficiency dual circuitry. Madjarian emphasizes how the design offers clients the option to discreetly recede the lighting system into an interior space or utilize them more expressively to bring attention to their presence as a bold graphic element.
Magnetic adaptors are a key component the Juniper system’s adaptability, subtracting the necessity to run internal wiring when adding additional compatible spots. Which brings up perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Juniper MULTIVERSE System’s future: “We’re investigating partnering with select manufacturers to develop add-on components for the MULTIVERSE,” explains Madjarian. “For example, small audio speakers, security monitoring devices, and other technologies that can be liberated from wall outlets and added where most needed, wanted.”
While Juniper has yet to announce such partnerships, they believe a year from now the MULTIVERSE System will live up to its moniker and expand in scope well beyond lighting and into an entire smart home platform.
“Juniper is a tech-driven lighting company, and although we like vintage track lighting,” says Madjarian. “We set out to design track lighting that clients want to install rather than need to install.” The Juniper MULTIVERSE System is currently aimed at the trade segment and still requires professional electrician installation, but the company hints of the development of direct-to-consumer products down the line, including the development of a Juniper app intended to integrate MULTIVERSE’s linear luminosity to operate in seamless coordination with other modular additions riding the line of the company’s low-voltage LED power distribution system.
For more information about the MULTIVERSE System visit juniper-design.com or if you happen to be in New York City, appointments can be made at the brand’s SoHo showroom at 1 Crosby Street.