Humanistic Lighting: The Buzz Word Redefining the Lighting Industry
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We’ve partnered with Acuity Brands, a leader in delivering lighting solutions, to explain the impact lighting has on its inhabitants and how you can be part of the revolution redefining the lighting industry.
We know today that lighting has non-visual effects - on mood, focus, alertness, productivity and even circadian rhythm. More and more, natural and digital lighting is proving to positively impact human experience, performance and well-being. In classrooms, hospital corridors, store aisles, building lobbies and even parking lots, lighting is helping improve outcomes, enhance experience and stir emotions.
Humanistic Lighting (n): digital and natural lighting that positively impacts human performance, well-being and experience.
Lighting helps improve alertness, focus and response, and it improves visibility in work environments so work is more accurate and we feel safer.
The relationship between artificial lighting and human physiology - alertness, sleep, immune function and more - is becoming increasingly clear.
Lighting can help shape the way we see and feel about a space or event. Bright light energizes us. Softer diffused light helps us relax and be intimate. Vivid lighting sets energy, tone and color.
Humanistic Lighting Across Industries
Through a human being’s circadian system, light helps our bodies know when to be active and when to rest. Today, however, the natural light/dark cycle of a day is being replaced by artificial cycles, and our internal clocks are increasingly working without day and night contrast.
Acuity has developed lighting with programmable dimming capabilities that mitigate these disruptions and, for example, help nurses stay alert throughout the night shift. Further, they’ve created LED lighting technology that can control the spectrum of light emitted to mimic the natural cycle and help provide the right type of light at the right time of day.
In schools, lighting is emerging as a new tool for improving classroom experience - on par with digital tablets and white boards. Acuity’s tunable white luminaires allow light to be adjusted to optimal levels for specific classroom activities. Additionally, combining this technology with daylighting and controls offers an optimal experience that harnesses the use of natural lighting. For example, warm lighting provides a more relaxing environment for individualized tasks, whereas, cooler lighting is best suited for increasing energy levels.
In commercial buildings, Acuity’s new integrated energy metering and visualization capabilities - integrated into a smart, networked lighting/HVAC controller - give building managers a window to energy use, with accurate data on consumption, and help identify usage trends and savings.
And their flexible lighting technologies like OLED have married art form and functionality, transforming the common lighting experience into one that stirs emotions.
On streets and roadways, Acuity’s wireless streetlight monitoring systems enable system owners and operators to remotely monitor, control and measure luminaire performance, helping to reduce truck rolls and delays in vital maintenance. And their high-mast LED lighting provides higher light output to help keep drivers alert and safe.
Also, Acuity is applying new techniques and technologies to mitigate glare discomfort. And they’ve designed LED lighting reducing light scattering and “sky glow” due to atmospheric and environmental conditions.
In today’s automated warehouse, light-level loss from traditional lighting can impede barcode scanning, essential to efficient picking and retrieval. Acuity’s LED high-bay lighting provides the full, consistent lighting that workers and scanners need to work faster and more accurately.
Indoors, brighter, more uniformly lit spaces with fewer dark spots can help reduce accidents. Outdoors, using a lighting color that closely resembles daylight makes people, vehicle colors and equipment easier to distinguish.
In retail stores, Acuity’s smart, connected LED lighting outfitted with advanced digital visual and Bluetooth communications is enabling ultra-precise indoor positioning and wayfinding to guide shoppers to the products they want and allow retailers to communicate with customers in real time in the aisles. Data from these systems allows store managers to optimize staffing and store layouts to enhance customer satisfaction and reduce operating costs.