We all have an “inner clock” and it’s called our circadian rhythm that is directly tied to sunlight and the sun’s rising and setting affecting us not only visually, but also biologically. Light impacts our mood, alertness, and health, and well-being.
Designing lighting solutions for today’s commercial environments focuses on people and their need for natural light with what is called Human Centric Lighting (HCL) or Integrative Lighting. With the right light at the right time, HCL creates a working environment that simulates the changes in natural daylight with its visual, biological, and emotional effects. In other words, poor or incorrect lighting in a particular environment can cause headaches, make it difficult to see and perform tasks increasing errors and risk of accident, create a negative mood, health, well-being, and performance.
How does it work? The solid-state lights are controlled by a smart control system that allows dims or “tunes” the colors and temperatures to produce the appropriate light with the intended effects.
What are the benefits? In addition to helping us stay in rhythm enhancing cognitive skills and sense of well-being, other benefits include ideal visuals in challenging work environments, increased productivity, energy savings, sustainability, and enhanced mood. Ongoing research not only supports the benefits of human-centered lighting, but also helps to quantify them which helps more than justify the investment. For research information on the benefits of HCL visit Human Centric Lighting Society.
HCL is beneficial for hospitals, schools, offices, or industrial facilities. If you are considering a lighting retrofit or redesign for your facility you owe it to your business and employees to work with a contractor who specializes in human-centric lighting. Contact us to learn more about how your business could benefit from human-centric lighting.