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

Set the tone on your creativity through lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Aug 7, 2014 5:18:00 AM


The muses may have looked more like a light switch rather than beautiful ancient Greek goddesses.

Although dimmable LED indoor lighting doesn't posess any supernatural powers, a recent set of studies showed that it does have the capacity to inspire creativity. According to Medical Daily, German researchers found that dimming the lights is one way to prime the brain with darkness for creativity at work, in an art studio or at your home writing desk.


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Topics: productivity, dimming, inspiration, Chronotherapy, lighting and education

Human-centered lighting expected to be top trend

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jul 31, 2014 5:44:00 AM


Commercial LED lighting design that focuses on the needs of occupants as well as cost savings is expected to be a major trend between now and 2020.

While further optimizing lumen output, light uniformity and luminous efficacy, lighting manufacturers and designers are expected to direct more emphasis and research toward the soft costs of lighting - glare reduction, circadian regulation and employee morale - Green Biz reported. The expanding proliferation of studies regarding the role of lighting in concentration and productivity in educational, healthcare, corproate and other commercial facilities has caused a turning point in discussion around fixture specification.


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Topics: LED Lighting, productivity, lighting and health, architectural lighting, human-centered design

Dimming is the new chill pill in architectural lighting

Posted by Rob Gemmell on Jun 23, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Clark University, Goddard Library, Worcester, MA | Architecture: Perry Dean Rogers | Image: Peter Vanderwarker | Lighting: Vode Box Baffle 

Dimmable commercial lighting design may the answer to creating a less-hostile work environment.

The Atlantic reported that a study by researchers from the University of Toronto and Northwestern University found that bright light is linked to more intense emotional responses, both good and bad. Whether one employee is in a good mood after finding $20 or another employee is upset about the lack of coffee creamer in the break room, the lighting has the potential to affect the extent to which those emotions are felt.


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Topics: LED Lighting, productivity, mood, dimming, lighting and health, Lighting Design

Designing the work space internationally: LED lighting and offices

Posted by Rob Gemmell on May 21, 2014 3:58:00 PM


While Monday mornings are a bummer for most people around the world, the right lighting can make a dull morning downright refreshing wherever you might be.

Middle East Interiors reported that lighting in office spaces is often not suited to the tasks workers are engaged in, causing decreased productivity and discouraging a positive mood. LED lighting more easily creates a dynamic lighting experience that can be adjusted through dimming controls, and now tunable white light, to fit all tasks and improve employee mood, which in turn bolsters productivity. Furthermore, George Bou Mitri, general manager for GE Lighting's Africa, Middle East and Turkey divisions, told Middle East Interiors that commercial LED lighting is the most suitable solution for these spaces because they are sustainable and also have linear dimming.


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Topics: lighting quality, LED Lighting, productivity, mood