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Incorporating Natural Day Light Into Design

Sure, we represent and design electric light for the built environment. But environments are a holistic experience, and the success of a space is the culmination of many facotrs, talents and diciplines.


In this post we are going to share some of the importance of Daylighitng, and the effects it can have on our well being and experience of environment.


Human


We know that appropriate light signals during the day and darkness at night are critical in maintaining key aspects of our overall health. In order to align our body clock, morning light is the most important signal for entrainment.

Light in the morning increases our levels of alertness, allowing us to initiate performance at the beginning of the day.

From mid-morning to early evening, high levels of daylight following the natural progression of color temperature shifts, allow us to regulate our sleep/wake timing and levels of alertness; and finally reduced light levels in the evening and a dark room with blackout promote sleep at night.

As such, spaces with the inability to provide building occupants with a good overall lighting environment can have subsequent impact on health and place a substantial burden on the individual, society and the broader economy.



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