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Improve physical and psychological health with tunable lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 12, 2014 6:17:00 AM

 

Artificial light has created more "time," so to speak, for all of humankind to get things done. We can work whenever we please, carry on business 24 hours a day if needed. However, as animals who have spent millennia living by the rhythms of the sun's rays, this artificial option has definitely taken a toll on some individual's health and personal well-being.

 

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Because 8-hour day and night shifts are not going to stop anytime soon, the solution must come from the lighting source itself: In comes tunable lighting.

The sun doesn't provide the same level or even color of light throughout the day, so sitting under the same white light in an office, hotel or school can make you tired when you need to stay awake, or, conversely, too wound up when your body should be starting to relax. Tunable lighting mimics that natural ebb and flow of sunlight, working more symbiotically with your own circadian rhythms.

 

Great for Businesses

Whether your business is large or small, there are ways to make the most out of controls and dimmers. In the mornings, offices can set their tunable LEDs to a cooler setting, which will help keep employees more alert and help everyone wake up to the tasks at hand. In the afternoon, the lighting can be transitioned to a warmer setting, which will help all employees stay coordinated as they sink into the evening.

Controllable LEDs can also play a part in your onsite business meetings. The affects of tunable LEDs will help keep your business partners feeling comfortable and focused. With controllable LEDs, your clients will be amazed at your work without even realizing that your lighting system played a part.

 


Make Hotels and Social Environments More Hospitable

Travelers who are regularly on the road away from their beds and the comforts of home often report feeling sluggish upon their return. Part of this may be due to the strong artificial lighting that many hotel room and lobbies are filled with. However, with tunable LED boards, lodging away from home can be a bit more comfortable - the lighting can mimic the rhythms of your sleep and wake schedule, making it easier to move forward from jet lag and have the most successful business travel possible.

 

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Hudbay Minerals Offices, Toronto, ON | Architecture: Taylor Smyth Architects | Lighting Design: Smith + Andersen | Lighting: Vode System arm mounted WingRail | Image: Rafael Corea.

 


Perfect for Museums and Galleries

Gallery lighting is key to defining not only the brushstrokes of a painting, but the mood it evokes. When harsh white light makes a morose Picasso look gleaming, half of the artistry is lost. With the right level and color of lighting, a piece can really shine in the light that it was meant to have. Because museums and galleries keep their lighting systems on for hours at a time, tunable LEDs are an excellent option to make the most out of energy savings as well. It doesn't matter if a gallery is large or small, pieces can really come to life with the right tunable white lighting settings.

 

 

 

 

Topics: productivity, dimming, lighting and health, human-centered design, tunable white lighting

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