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
- Electricians/Lighting Specialists
- Health Practitioners/Employers
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
- Patient Experience and Lighting: http://www.usailighting.com/illuminating-the-patient-experience
- Biomimicry Lighting: http://www.usailighting.com/biophilic-lightings-role-in-biomimicry
- Circadian Rhythm Lighting: http://www.usailighting.com/circadian-rhythm-lighting
- Personalized lighting Stimulates Senses, Promotes Well-being and Reinforces Health: http://www.usailighting.com/stuff/contentmgr/files/0/ca63c05e09d426059c75177922c9fde3/files/mc_d_article.pdf
- Color Select LED Lighting: http://www.usailighting.com/