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CIRCADIAN LIGHTING CONTROL

Rest your body clock and enhance your mood with Human Centric Smart Lighting

Transform your home with Human Centric Lighting

As humans, we have always lived in states of ebb and flow, attuned with nature and the changing seasons. Our ancestors rose with the dawn, relying on their ‘internal clock’ and the stretching rays of the sun to wake them at the right time. They utilised the daylight hours and retired in the evening as the sun slipped away.

Our 21st century, urban lives have changed significantly with the invention of electric light. We are much less reliant on natural light and can perform tasks around the clock with the flick of a switch. We live on streets where lamps shine night long, and in cities that ‘never sleep’. We are awoken by alarms and devices, out of tune with the innate knowledge our bodies hold. Studies have shown that our internal clocks, or our circadian rhythms which govern our sleep/ wake cycles are deeply affected by this constant supply of unchanging, artificial light. Conversely, they are regulated by natural daylight.

What is Human Centric Lighting?

Human Centric Lighting is a lighting concept that puts the focus on people and their needs during the design process. In order to provide healthy light, we concentrate both on the user and the way that they put the given space to use. Introducing systems that imitate natural daylight makes it possible for us to ensure the users’ comfort and well-being. 

Circadian lighting refers to lighting that is designed to have a biological impact on the human circadian system. Circadian lighting sends signals to the master clock in the brain, telling our bodies when it is daytime and when it is night and what functions to perform at various times of the day. A healthy circadian rhythm is associated with improved long-term health and helps promote better sleep at night, allowing our brains to repair our bodies as well as our minds.

There’s been quite a bit of talk about human centric or circadian lighting and how LEDs can improve productivity in workplaces or make the residents of nursing homes more comfortable. Essentially, circadian lighting involves changing the colour temperature and brightness of lighting at certain times of day to both optimise alertness and stimulate the sleep response. Circadian simply refers to people’s natural 24-hour sleep/wake cycle.

Why is Circadian Lighting important?

The goal of circadian lighting is to provide sufficient light signals to the brain to help reinforce the natural light/dark signals we would receive from the sun if we spent more of our time outdoors. A simple mantra to help capture the goal of circadian lighting is, “brighter days and darker nights”. Circadian lighting should provide a strong daytime light signal, telling our brain that it is daytime and to perform all the functions it needs to during the day. At night, we want to reduce that daytime light signal to help our bodies wind down, telling our brain to perform nighttime functions.

As technology improves and we deepen our knowledge of the body and mind, we can create homes and spaces with an increased focus on human-centric lighting. Beautiful, functional, lighting that is tailored to the occupants needs, while also improving their health and wellness.

For many, spending enough time outdoors to regulate their circadian rhythms is not possible. While everyone can benefit greatly from circadian lighting, different groups of people or individuals benefit in different ways.

Residential
Aside from work or school, our home is where we spend most of our time. Within the walls is a respite from the busy world outside, and a place where we eat, sleep, relax and create. Getting the lighting right is essential to our wellbeing. Circadian lighting within the home helps us to regulate our rhythm, get better sleep and have more vitality throughout the day. We are seeing the need for this rise exponentially, as more people choose to work or educate from home. Homes that do not receive much natural light can also greatly benefit from the installation of circadian lighting.

Circadian Lighting is scheduled and tailored to each individual application, meaning we can remove excessive energy use and human error from the equation. Internal and external lighting can be programmed to dim or turn off at certain times, for example before going to bed or when the sun starts to rise. Lighting can also be set to dim when turned on, at say 30%, thereby reducing the energy each fitting uses. These functions combined with a great lighting design, can reduce the power consumption of a building, resulting in lower electricity costs and a minimal environmental footprint.

When choosing the colour temperature for your space, you need to consider the finishes and colour palette used with your interior design. Reds, oranges and yellows look stunning when illuminated with warm white light (3000k). Whereas blues and greys can look clean and crisp under cool white light (4000k). For kitchen and bathroom areas, practicality is important. This can be achieved with plenty of cool light available to mimic natural daylight. On top of this, kitchens and bathrooms are generally white, and with the use of cool light a clean and sterile fell can be created. Once you’ve decided on the look and feel you’re going to create, our Lighting Design Consultants will help you transform your home.

Controlling your lights in your home is all relatively easy now with smart devices and smart devices / apps. Control your home when you’re in bed or on holidays is all easy with the right home lighting automation system that suits you and your home. GreenStar Technologies and the team at La Lounge are here to help you bring your dream smart home to life.

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Glen Huntly Melbourne VIC
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Our intelligent lighting control solutions offer energy efficiency, increased safety and security, and the ability to manage other smart technology solutions within the home all with the push of a button. If you can imagine it, then the Technology Designers at GreenStar Technologies can make it a reality for your home. Experience an up-close-and-personal look at the most intuitive and innovative smart lighting solutions on the market when you visit our fully functional Showroom in Glen Huntly.

Learn and experience the most popular smart home brands and solutions all in one space. We’re proud providers of pioneering technology which include brands like Control4, Philips Dynalite, Crestron Home, Clipsal C-Bus, DKNX, Lutron and so much more…

Using keypads, an app, touchscreens, or a remote, you’re able to dim lights or change colours and hues in any (and every) room and set a specific mood. Our Technology Designers will conveniently place your lighting keypads to allow you to turn off every light on your way out the door with one tap. As you arrive home, your garage door can trigger the entryway lights to lead your way into the house. Motion detectors brighten the hallway lights during the evening and throughout the night, making it easier to move about without disturbing the rest of the household.

It all begins with just a conversation…Your dream smart home journey begins at our Home & Lifestyle Experience. Centre.

The colour temperature of your light should be chosen based on where and why you need it. This can be determined during the lighting design process. For example, warm light at around 2700 to 3000k is ideal for your home. The almost yellow glow helps to create a warm, cosy, and friendly atmosphere for you and your family to relax in. However, this is not the optimal lighting choice for productivity. Warm light creates a lot of contrast, meaning your eyes WWW must work to adapt, which becomes tiring. Therefore, for an office or other working environments, we recommend using cooler lighting between 3500 and 5500k.

Here’s a breakdown of typical light bulb colour temperatures and their source: 

1800k – Candle Flame, sunset/sunrise
2400k – Standard incandescent lamps
2550k – Soft white incandescent lamps
2700k – Soft white compact fluorescent and LED lamps
3000k – Warm white compact fluorescent and LED lamps
3200k – Studio lamps / photofloods
5000k – Cool white / daylight compact fluorescent lamps 
5500-6500k – Daylight, overcast, electronic flash
6500-9500k – LCD or CRT screen
15,000-27,000k – Clear blue poleward sky

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Controlling your lights in your home is all relatively easy now with smart devices and smart devices / apps. Control your home when you’re in bed or on holidays is all easy with the right home lighting automation system that suits you and your home. GreenStar Technologies and the team at La Lounge are here to help you bring your dream smart home to life.

 

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