These Human-Centric Lighting Solutions Are Changing Lives

From healthcare to interior design, these lighting mavericks are making a difference.

Thursday, Oct 31st, 2019

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We live in amazing times. Advanced technologies. Breakthroughs in medicine. Shiny new ways of doing old things. Look around you: innovation is everywhere. Robot bartender? 3D-printed prosthetics? Cow-free burgers? Welcome to the future.

Lighting is having an amazing moment too. There’s a shift occurring, with forward-thinkers and innovative designs changing the purpose of illumination (trying to stay away from saying "light" 3 times) from simply lighting dark interiors to enhancing people’s lives and overall wellness.

Here are a few lighting mavericks who are revolutionizing spaces like hospitals, hotels, businesses, and even your home with their innovative lighting solutions.

An Interior Design Innovator: Delos - creator of WELL International

This company provides tools and certification levels for businesses that enhance human health and wellness through design. With “light” as one of the qualities a space must optimize in order to achieve certification, WELL International promotes the use of circadian lighting to help optimize sleep quality, mood, and cognitive functioning.

The Inn at Moonlight Beach was the first hotel in the world to receive WELL CertifiedTM Platinum Certification. Throughout the hotel, they use circadian lighting systems that help patrons feel more alert during the day and relax better in the evenings. Their lights work in harmony with the human body’s natural instincts for when it’s time to wake up and fall asleep.

The American Society of Interior Designers was the first space in the world to receive WELL CertifiedTM Platinum Certification, and they’re truly passing the lighting revolution forward. Workers can enjoy wellness lighting that helps regulate their natural systems while they do their own work to promote human centric design for wellness, sustainability, and social responsibility.

A Healthcare Innovator: Chromaviso

In Scandinavia, over 100 hospitals, psychiatric wards, and nursing homes benefit from Chromoviso’s Chromo Zenit circadian rhythm lighting solution. Their clinical studies show that their wellness lighting has helped reduce fatigue and depression, improve the work environment and safety, and improve overall well-being. With human centric lighting that focuses on restoring patients’ circadian health, patients in neurosurgical intensive care who often feel disoriented when they regain consciousness can rehabilitate earlier. They are also working on a concept for lighting in psychiatric care facilities that changes colors to help with a patient’s mood.

A Behavioral Health Innovator: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The Behavioral Health Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia uses lighting as a solution for helping patients keep normal sleep-wake cycles. This is especially important for their clients, who have medical conditions and behavioral concerns such as anxiety and depression. They’ve adapted their lighting to be warm in the morning, cooler in the mid-morning, and more intense in the afternoon to better mimic the natural light cycle of the sun.

A Wellness Tech Innovator: Brilli

It’s great to think that your work and healthcare facilities are taking a step in the direction toward wellness lighting, but what about all the time you spend at home every day? If you aren’t focusing on the light in your house (living room lighting, bedroom lighting, kitchen ceiling lights, bathroom light), you may not be reaping the vast majority of the benefits of the latest lighting innovations.

Brilli offers solutions for your home. Because your house is where you sleep and wake, circadian lighting is especially beneficial. Brilli has bulbs that provide stimulating light when you need to feel alert and energized and relaxing light when it’s time to turn down for the night. It works with your circadian rhythm no matter where you go in your house, so you always feel your Brilli best in the places you need it most.

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