Connected lighting is helping to improve student experiences in the classroom and patient experiences in the hospital.
In classrooms, light “recipes” determine the ideal lighting experiences for the time of day, educational objective, and type of work being done. These recipes are based on research into and experience with the effect of varying the intensity and color of light on performance, comfort, and mood.
With dynamic LED lighting and advanced controls, educators can easily dial up the ideal tint and intensity of light for a range of common classroom activities. For instance, studies have demonstrated high-intensity, glare-free lighting during reading instruction increased reading comprehension among third graders. Lighting designed to have a calming effect has been shown to reduce observed hyperactivity by up to 76% when students are doing math.
Light recipes are also helping patients feel more at home when hospital stays extend over several days or longer. Research has shown that static artificial lighting and lack of adequate daylighting can wreak havoc with patients’ circadian rhythms, disrupting sleep patterns, lowering mood, and interfering with healing. Full-spectrum light changing dynamically throughout the day and night, on the other hand, can help keep patients’ sleep on track, and can help create a pleasant atmosphere that transforms and personalizes the hospital experience.
Connected lighting systems with research-supported light recipes are also beneficial for healthcare professional, who often work long hours on unusual and challenging schedules. With pleasant, responsive lighting, hospital staff can perform their jobs better, can stay more alert, and can focus more of their time and attention on patients’ needs.
As promising as all this sounds, researchers have only just started to understand the effect of artificial light on human beings. By offering flexible lighting that can be tailored, targeted, and automated in an endless variety of ways, connected lighting can turn our deeper understanding into ever more responsive and human-centric illuminated experiences.
Humans love light. From Paleolithic campfires to today’s smart LEDs, the story of our civilization is – quite literally – illuminated. So it is no wonder that we have developed a finely tuned “sense of sight” that is much more than the ability to see