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Improve physical and psychological health with tunable lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 28, 2014 7:55:00 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. 

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. 

 

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Topics: tunable white light, LED Lighting, lighting and health, lighting systems, tunable white

Form as well as function in LED lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 24, 2014 11:37:00 AM

 

During the early days of LED manufacturing (which weren't too long ago), finding a balance between the new technology and designing beautiful fixtures wasn't always the easiest task. Everything from the color of the light, ergonomics and product design was typically an afterthought for many in the beginning, but all of that has definitely changed as LED have been maturing within the lighting industry.

"We were all kind of drunk on efficiency," Chris Bailey, a solid-state lighting technology strategist, explained to Architectural Lighting.

In a mad sweep to get products on the shelves and LEDs into the hands of lighting designers and architects worldwide, form oftentimes sat on the backburner as function took the lead role. And it's understandable. During the initial phase, the economy was struggling and environmental friendliness was the biggest challenge facing not just the lighting industry, but the energy sector as a whole. So, it makes sense that energy-efficiency was the main goal during the first days of LED manufacturing.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, dimming, architectural lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, cove lighting

Easy ways to determine efficient LED lighting controls for your space

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 16, 2014 8:31:00 AM

 

By now, most lighting designers and architects know that LED linear lighting systems are the way to go in terms of efficiency and practicality for modern buildings. However, one roadblock for these professionals is choosing what kinds of lighting controls they want for their given space.

 

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Topics: dimming, linear LED lighting, lighting systems, energy efficiency, LED lighting controls

Chronobiology: Connections between health, lighting and architecture

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 11, 2014 5:14:00 PM

 

LED lighting designers have a lot more to think about than simply making the next wave of fixtures - they may be playing a pivotal role in the world's well-being. Now more than ever, it seems that there is a more intense focus on lighting systems, exposure to natural daylight, building design and their major impacts on human health.


According to The Washington Post, issues with sleep, moodiness and staying alert can all be traced back to your exposure to light, and the way that buildings are constructed has a lot to do with it. Even though linear lighting design has become very advanced over the years and does its best to mimic solar rays, there is just no question that sun exposure can't be duplicated.

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Topics: LED Lighting, lighting and health, Lighting Design, lighting systems

Improve people's health with tunable white lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 26, 2014 7:36:00 PM

 

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 more recent artificial lighting option has definitely taken a toll on some individual's health and personal well-being. 

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Topics: LED Lighting, lighting and health, lighting systems, tunable white lighting

LIGHTFAIR Ushers in New Thoughts for Architectural Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 19, 2014 8:38:12 AM

LIGHTFAIR has become one of the most prestigious events in the international architectural lighting community. This year, LIGHTFAIR set its sights on Las Vegas for its annual celebration of the unique relationship between lighting design and architecture.

A New Language of Light

"A New Language of Light"  - this year's theme - was put on by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). The event references how commercial and architectural lighting factor into integrated design. With  manufacturers, engineers, contractors and distributors each attending the annual fair, you can be sure that there were many dialects added to this language discussion.

More than 200,000 square feet were filled with the types of rails, baffles and fuses that we dream of - a true lighting nerd's candy store - and included control devices, solar products and fixtures that help lighting architects create a symbiotic relationship between the building's architecture and natural daylight. Talk about heaven.  

Sensory overload wasn't limited to sight, either. Attended feasted their ears on a number of courses and keynote talks, giving all attendees the chance to learn about everything from how to conduc the perfect retrofit to innovative ways for designers to manage LED costs. 

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Topics: Architectural Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News, art & inspiration

Demystifying LED Lighting Terminology: 12 Words You Need to Know

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Sep 25, 2013 1:23:00 PM


In a constantly changing market such as LED lighting, trends can come and go. However, one thing that stays the same are the tools you work with to create beautiful and functional architectural spaces and forms.

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Design, lighting systems

Motor City embraces LED Lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 28, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Despite individual opinions on how and when Detroit may rise from their less-than-stellar economic situation, there is one sector of the market where Motor City is taking a turn toward innovation: LED lighting.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Architectural Design, lighting systems, Lighting Industry News

Beyond the myths of LEDs and their danger to vision

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 29, 2013 1:32:00 PM

 

There has been a lot of talk in the lighting and health world about the potential negative impact of LED lighting systems and retina damage. This is an important topic, after all, because our eyes are the "windows to the world," and without them, we would be missing the most important of our senses.

 

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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, architectural lighting, lighting systems, modular lighting

Top 3 reasons to hire a lighting designer

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 24, 2013 1:36:00 PM

One of the most important aspects of architectural design is how your creation is illuminated. Just like any other facet of your work, the lighting shouldn't be handled by an amateur. Depending on the size of your project, the pickiness of your client and the scope of your design, the lighting design can make or break a project.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Design, lighting systems, energy efficiency, linear lighting, modular lighting, lighting designers

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