The Case for Biophilic Lighting



1: The Sustainability Problem

  • Those working in the industrialized world spend a majority of time indoors during the day, with little opportunity to access the beneficial qualities of natural light.
  • Lack of access to natural lighting has been shown to negatively impact concentration, attention span, fatigue, stress and rates of absenteeism.
  • Lack of daylight exposure in hospital patients can result in a decrease in the growth hormone needed to heal and weakened ability to fight infection.
  • Issue: Energy, Health


2: The Technology

  • Usai Lighting has introduced Color Select, an LED technology that mimics natural daylight cycles, and provides an expansive and customizable range of lighting colors.
  • LEDs are providing bright – and sustainable – lighting for hospitals and offices, using less than a third of the energy consumed by fluorescents, and seven times less than incandescents.
  • LEDs’ daylight-mimicking qualities have been found to boost productivity amongst caregivers. For patients, there needs to be a circadian cycle in place so they are able to acquire restful sleep.


3: The Stakeholders

  • Architects/Contractors
  • Electricians/Lighting Specialists
  • Health Practitioners/Employers
  • Patients/Employees
  • Consumers

4: Steps for Deployment

“Companies who have made these investments to provide spaces that offer a connected experience with our natural environment are reaping the benefits of having a productive and creative workforce, and a healthy bottom line.”

  • Disperse research and benefits of technology to major hospitals/corporations.
  • Develop incentives and partnerships to promote implementation of technology.
  • Expand use and development



2 thoughts on “The Case for Biophilic Lighting

  1. To develop incentives, partnership with ConEd can promote implementation of LED technology. LED lighting may be eligible for incentives under the Con Edison C&I Program, paid at a rate of $0.16/kWh saved per year. Currently ConEd offers prescriptive rebates for LED and lighting measures using high efficiency LED lighting provided that all LED lamps and fixtures are on the Energy Star or DesignLights Consortium (DLC) qualified list in order to be eligible.
    Comments by: gcl2115 (uni)
    Date: June 5, 2016

    Liked by 1 person

  2. In addition to using less energy, LEDs are mercury and UV free, which are less hazardous in regards to human exposure, and towards the environment when disposing of them. I think another interesting feature of the technology is it’s capability to be used in wet areas such as sinks and showers, which allows facilities to meet infection-control requirements, as light can reduce bacteria growth. #cms2319


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