However, installing human-centric lighting (HCL) in indoor environments is shown to have a positive effect on your circadian rhythm. For example, synchronizing indoor lighting to mimic the sun’s pattern can improve sleep, and lower your risk of developing certain health issues like depression and diabetes.
These are not the only benefits you can get from human centric lighting. Here’s a look at some of the primary benefits.
Human Centric Lighting for Education
Installing tunable LED lighting in the classroom can help sleepy students stay awake during school. Lights with a 5,000 Kelvin rating encourage students to produce Cortisol helping them stay awake and alert during the morning and early afternoon.
Adjusting the lights to around 3,000 Kelvins later in the day promotes the production of Melatonin which can help students relax. Tunable LED lighting can also help calm some types of behavioral issues. Studies also indicate blue light in the morning may improve reading abilities.
Interested in learning more about color tuning LEDs? We suggest reading our blog, What is Color Tuning Lighting? We take an in-depth look at what they can actual do, the different types of technology, and the differences in color.
Human Centric Lighting for Offices
LED tunable lighting in office spaces can also provide health benefits. It can also be an advantage for employers. Using lighting that follows natural daylight can improve productivity, focus, and concentration.
Employees often find it easier to fall asleep and have lower levels of depression. Employees typically report feeling happier and some mention an improvement in their overall health.
Human Centric Lighting in All Types of Facilities
Along with schools and offices, human centric lighting can be used in senior care facilities, sports complexes, fire stations, and on public transportation.
In sports complexes, warmer lighting can help athletes relax after a game. Tunable lighting in senior care facilities reduces the need for nighttime sleep medication, and on public transportation, it can help riders become more alert in the morning and relaxed in the evening.
LED’s and Human Centric Lighting, What Are the Benefits?
We touched briefly on the benefits of using tunable lighting in senior care centers, but it can also have advantages for all types of facilities.
Visibility is crucial in any worker setting. LED lighting distributes the light evenly, including the colors across the spectrum. You get a more saturated light for optimal visibility.
LED lighting is typically pointed down which provides better illumination compared to fluorescent tubes. Color temperature and rendering combine to boost visibility. Using LED lighting helps to ensure details are not overlooked, even when the lights are dim.
Lower Maintenance and Downtime
Heating, hot water, and lighting account for over 60% of a facilities energy usage. Facility lighting that uses LED bulbs can significantly reduce energy costs. LEDs often last up to 20 times longer than other types of bulbs. This reduces maintenance costs and replacement costs. The savings on lighting are often significant, freeing up portions of the operating budget for other projects.
Sustainable and Energy Efficient
An effective way for facilities to reduce operating costs is to concentrate on areas that can improve employee and client satisfaction and comfort.
LED lighting can reduce energy bills between 50 and 80 percent. LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy than other luminaires. LED bulbs are also recyclable, helping the facility improve its sustainability practices.
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