CES 2021: New Kohler bathtub brings forest bathing to your bathroom with scent, fog, and mood lighting

Innate Intelligent Toilet and Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection join the company’s smart home product portfolio.


This Stillness Tub draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water, light, fog and aromas converge to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, soothe the body, and renew the spirit.

Image: Kohler

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Kohler wants lower stress levels for homeowners in every room of the house with four new products announced as part of CES 2021. Customers can monitor their plumbing for leaks, install touchless bathroom faucets to reduce the spread of germs, install an intuitive toilet, and get away from it all in a new bathtub that recreates the spa experience. The company said in a press release that these additions to its smart home portfolio will “create more moments of wellbeing.”

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IES turns an editorial eye to the state of the lighting industry

Image credit: Graphic by Tumisu via Pixabay; used under free license for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

Image credit: Graphic by Tumisu via Pixabay; used under free license for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

For many of us, a panel discussion forecasting trends and exploring the state of the industry is an annual expectation. This year, organizers at the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) have taken a different approach than the usual executive-level LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) industry professionals. Instead, they have invited four editors covering the LED and SSL community to connect what they’ve reported on to how it has shaped their perspectives on technology development and the lighting business.

Not only will webinar participants be eligible for an IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU), but they will also hear IES host Mark Lien, EdisonReport’s Randy Reid, Lighting Design & Application’s Paul Tarricone, inside.lighting’s Al Uszynski, and our own Maury Wright bring their unique viewpoints and experiences to inform the industry on what’s working, opportunities

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Robe Lighting Show in Japan

Leading Japanese lighting designer Mr. Mitsumasa Hayashi created “The Robe Lighting Show” – a piece of light art at the Urayasu Mai Studio of the Nihon Stage Co.,Ltd. – which featured over 350 Robe moving lights. These were supplied by prominent Japanese rental companies, M-Tech Style and the Mula Corporation. The piece was commissioned by Mr. Masaharu Sakamoto who heads up LTG, Robe’s Japanese distributor.

With live performances halted worldwide due to the pandemic, Mr. Sakamoto was keen to produce a lighting art video concept that could be enjoyed and appreciated by lighting enthusiasts worldwide, and he knew Mr Hayashi was the right person to create a brilliant, poignant, and high-impact work.

Mr Sakamoto himself was inspired by the positive, robust power of Robe’s brand messaging during these uncertain pandemic times. “A show like this using Robe products exclusively is unprecedented in Japan, so it was great to create one

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