The recent developments in lighting technology seek to mimic sunlight during different seasons. From morning bright light that stimulates your senses, to the warmer evening tones that help the human body relax – lighting companies are experimenting with various formats. Given the huge impact the light has on the mood, health and well being of people being exposed to it, there is no doubting that this field is slated for extensive development in the future.
That is a choice you could soon have in your workspace: control the light to match your task at hand or, even better, to match your mood!
Through the centuries, natural light has always been an important element of architectural design. Buildings were designed to ensure they received light for long hours in the winters and for shorter duration in summers. With the coming of electricity, and the rapid leaps that lighting made in the first few decades of the 20th century, natural lighting soon took a backseat.
Most high rises of the previous century were built around indoor lighting that consisted essentially of fluorescent lights. In the last decade or so, as architecture began to move towards green buildings and lower carbon footprints, efforts are once again being made to design and develop more environment friendly lighting systems that are also energy efficient.
Another drawback of conventional lighting is that it is fixed and does not change as sunlight does. Constant exposure to the fixed indoor lighting can disrupt the natural circadian rhythm of the human body. Impact of these disruptions are more today than ever before as office goers spend increasingly long hours seated in front of computers, with their mobile screens; or in front of their television sets at home.
Lighting experts state that the human body responds to the changing daylight: bright early morning light makes the body alert and energetic, whereas the warm golden light of the evening signals the body to slow down and prepare for rest.
Our workspaces today are devoid of any variation in lighting. Inclusion of natural light in the recent years with large glass facades, is a welcome phenomenon, but with the enormous floorplates that mark modern offices, there continue to be large sections in most workspaces that are devoid of natural light and its changes.
The recent developments in lighting technology seek to mimic sunlight during different parts of the day and during different seasons. The new technologies have controls for intensity, facilities for customization, are usually low on energy consumption and can actually impact the productivity of office goers.
How important an element like light when it comes to productivity? Well, we have in the following pages shared a research done that reveals a 20% improvement in alertness and focus with circadian lighting over the conventional lights.
Architects and lighting designers explain that lighting does not only change the perception of the place, but also changes people’s mindsets. Too much bright light for extended periods can leave you feeling tired, whereas too little of it can make you drowsy.
Given the pace at which this technology is changing, there is a need to equip new innovations to be future ready with internet of things (IoT) already here; ready to be plugged into the grids and networks of tomorrow.
In the pages that follow, you will find lighting technologies that are keeping race car drivers alert, helping office goers get over the post lunch energy dip, and others that are working towards a more connected, more efficient lighting network.
The way we see it, the future is not glaringly bright like in the olden movies, but rather perfectly lit to keep us comfortable and pleasantly alert!