Human Centric Lighting (HCL) will change the way we see artificial lighting. That’s something we truly believe in. It’s the future of our industry, so it’s important that we are living that future. That’s why we decided to equip our own office with HCL.
It’s not that we had to see it with our own eyes to believe all the benefits of HCL. We’ve completed numerous projects where we provided lighting solutions that simulate the natural course of daylight. It’s not a coincidence that a lot of the products we offer are at least HCL-capable. If you are convinced that a certain technology is going to be the future, then you should back it up with investments.
That’s why it was about time to install HCL in our own working space. Practice what you preach, is what they say after all. It’s been a few months now and we are still very satisfied with our new lighting solution. The previous fixtures had to be replaced soon anyway, after being in use for more than a decade, a testament to how long our products last. But the time was ripe for an upgrade.
Thanks to the brand new HCL fixtures we’ve installed, we are once again ready for the future that we see in front of us. All of the fixtures are integrated in our own Zen-Lite wireless control solution and operate via a fully automated program. The day starts at 7:00 AM with warm light of 3000 Kelvin, gradually increasing to 5200 Kelvin at 12:00 PM. As we’re reaching the end of our work day, the temperature slowly decreases, all the way down to 2700 Kelvin at 7:00 PM.
All of the changes in temperature and output occur without flickering. They happen gradually because we’re using the latest flicker free drivers. A few hours in and you won’t even notice the changes anymore. That’s the beauty of HCL: it feels so natural. Still, the difference with traditional lighting is enormous.
Feel the magic of HCL
There’s a small canteen next to our office, and we jokingly call that place a pub since we’ve started using HCL. The lighting there is so warm when compared to our office. But at the end of the day, it’s the other way around. The canteen lighting still emits exactly the same color temperature, but our own lighting has become much warmer.
Even though we don’t necessarily notice our lighting changing, the effects of HCL are evident. We feel more active during working hours. That’s one of the advantages of cool and bright lighting. An active environment encourages productivity. Also, our eyes definitely feel less tired at the end of the day. And when it’s time to go home, the warm lighting has helped us to wind down.