If commercial projects are to benefit from human-centric lighting, it's key to understand the controllability that it affords....

 Human-centric lighting

For generations, designers, architects and even builders have looked at how we can improve certain aspects of our working environment, be it through technology, security or design.  For the last few decades there has been an explosion of innovation in workplace technology, 

What if we could add a new angle of innovation to our working environment? or improve the productivity of the workforce and at the same time drastically increase efficiency?

With lighting, we can improve the workplace environment by thinking about lighting design in a totally different way.  Emotions, particularly the emotions associated with buildings are brought about from the effects of lighting on people.  A dark, dingy, small and poorly lit space is sterile and cold.  Even a slight hum or flicker can corrode even the sharpest of concentration and performance.  The greatest spaces, where lighting adds and complements a space, bring about and evoke positive emotions - whether happiness, energy or general well being.

A new vision has been born, to maximise the value of LED lighting - not only to adjust the intensity of the light, but also the colour quality.  This comprises correlating colour temperature (CCT) and colour rendering.  Controlling both the intensity and the colour of light, any lighting design can provide additional improvements to the occupants satisfaction and ultimatlely productivity.

Human-centric lighting at work

Tunable LEDs, currently now known as human-centric lighting (HCL), offers so many practical advantages in the home, offices and workspaces.  Research is underway into the potential biological and emotional outcomes of lighting that mimics the changes in colour temperature of that commonly found in natural daylight.

HCL has visual benefits that increase the value for occupants in the environments where the luminaires are installed.  Lighting refines space, alters how architecture is percieved and creates very tangible ways of giving customizable and comfortable atmospheres within buildings.

The future

Human-centric lighting - Inline Lighting

The reality for all of us is HCL will soon become as common as dimming.  Light is not created equal, and as with other products and technologies, quality are of varying degrees.  People will begin to encounter HCL more, and maybe perhaps become to expect it in the spaces the spend most amounts of time.

The end goal will be to stimulate our built environment, just as much as the natural environment does, and we for one think this is only a benefit to everyone.