How British tech start-up Zuma is redefining the relationship with sound, light and voice in the home
A British tech start-up with impressive industry pedigree, Zuma has redefined the relationship we have with sound, light and voice, creating an entirely new way to experience high performance lighting and high-fidelity audio in residential and commercial spaces.
Zuma was born from a frustration with ugly, obtrusive ceiling speakers, the poor audio experience that usually comes out of them, the complexity required to fit them and the energy hungry equipment that drives them. Understanding that homes are already too crowded with power sockets and convoluted devices, Zuma’s approach was to find a new, simpler, cableless way to deliver hi-fidelity sound throughout the home. Needing a ubiquitous form factor that could be found in every room, it turns out that down lights are ideally located to deliver true immersive sound everywhere. This is how the Zuma wireless multi-room system was born.
Founded by world-renowned designer Morten Warren and his creative team who have engineered award winning products for Audi, Apple, BBC, Bang & Olufsen, Naim and Microsoft, Zuma has entirely re-imagined how light and sound can be enjoyed.
Bringing the benefits of lighting control, including circadian rhythm lighting, and whole-home audio in a neat, beautifully designed package, Zuma creates an extraordinary canopy of sound that is rich in detail, with lighting to match. Likened to ‘headphones for the room’, Zuma lets you experience what it’s like to stand in the middle of a concert hall, listen to rain and feel like you’re in the eye of the storm. Zuma turns a bathroom into a spa; a home gym into a spin studio; a bedroom into a rainforest; a family room into a cinema.
Introducing Zuma Lumisonic. An ultra-compact recessed downlight with a uniquely designed integrated loudspeaker that delivers truly enveloping, room-filling sound. Removing all unsightly cables, plugs and sockets, its wireless, intuitive and voice activated product is deceptively easy to install. As Zuma is IP65 rated, it can be retrofitted into any room, in any project. As all of Zuma’s technology sits compactly in the ceiling, there is no longer the need to incorporate space for audio-visual technology at ground level, freeing up valuable space for living. Unlike most other ceiling speakers, Zuma’s unique two-way speaker system is in a sealed unit ensuring sound does not penetrate the floor above.
Research has shown how influential an optimal combination of natural light and sound can be to mental and physical health. Zuma’s integrated Wellbeing mode can deliver the optimal atmosphere to suit any mood. Simply select a pre-set on Zuma’s app, for a curated blend of light and sound experiences to enhance daily life and routines – all with just one tap or voice command.
‘The way we listened to music in our homes hasn’t changed in decades,’ Morten explains, ‘and for most of us, lights just turned on and off, or occasionally dimmed. Complex custom audio-visual solutions took up a lot of space, were expensive and unintuitive to use, and most broke over time. As people move through life, we are naturally enveloped by sound and light. Yet, however loudspeakers and soundbars were arranged and combined, they never quite recreated this sense of full immersion where we most desired it – in our homes. Until now. At Zuma we are changing that.’