Digital Lighting: Tuning into Human Centric Lighting
The future of digital lighting is helping homeowners live happier, healthier lives while simultaneously enhancing beautiful spaces and saving money
Light plays a critical role in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Light can set the mood, make a space feel inviting, and even help our mind and bodies function better. Conversely, because so much our lives are now spent indoors, the wrong lighting can have an equally negative result. Twilight Solutions is passionate about creating environments through lighting that are focused on your wellbeing.
One of the secrets to restoring a healthy glow to both yourself and your home is with tunable lighting fixtures. Using the most advanced technology, tunable lighting helps you live a healthier, happier life by bringing natural light to every space in your home. Digital lighting fixtures also make your home more energy efficient and let you add more of your own style which are added bonuses for homeowners and homebuilders alike. Today we’ll go through everything LED lighting fixtures have to offer residents and builders in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Would you believe that lighting control systems can make a substantial health impact on homeowners? Because LED lights allow for much more precise control of the light intensity and color, they can be programmed to mimic the natural progression of natural light throughout the day. This, in turn, helps residents better sync up with their natural internal clock, also known as a circadian rhythm.
The primary way this works is through the use of tunable light fixtures. Manufacturers like Ketra and Colorbeam have come up with “warm dimming” LED systems that allow residents to control both the intensity and the color of the fixtures independently and with much greater precision.
At the start of the day, the lights can gradually increase in intensity and warmth to help residents wake up more naturally refreshed (no more smashing that snooze button). From there, the intensity increases further as the lights take on a cooler tone around midday, which promotes increased productivity. And when night comes, the lights can gradually dim to help homeowners wind down before heading to bed. Best of all, this all happens without the residents having to do a thing, thanks to automation.
Another way for homeowners to enjoy the benefits of natural lighting year-round is with a virtual skylight (you can see one in the picture above). These devices use tunable lighting to project light that mimics the sun’s rays no matter where you are in the house and no matter the conditions outdoors, while also giving you an image of a clear blue sky when you look up. Virtual skylights bring natural light into areas it was previously impossible to do so, such as basements, game rooms or home theaters. Additionally, these innovative features are giving designers and homeowners alike limitless possibilities when it comes to how they want to light indoor and outdoor spaces.
A SENSE OF STYLE
Nobody wants to live in a cookie-cutter home. Tunable lighting can help you add some pizazz to your home while simultaneously simplifying how you control all your fixtures. Lighting control systems also offer a way for builders and designers to make their homes stand out from the competition, and homeowners get a home that breaks the mold (at least somewhat).
As we mentioned before, tunable lighting allows you to control the color temperature and intensity of a fixture separately. This gives you a much broader array of lighting options to choose from, as you can use certain fixtures to highlight key features in a room, disguise certain elements in shadow, and generally create more striking lighting designs.
Additionally, with full color LED fixtures, you can really have some fun. Picture this: The Warriors are playing in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and everyone is coming over for a watch party. The TV is cued up to the pre-game coverage and you have a delicious spread of food and beverages laid out, ready for your guests to arrive. But also, picture this: Not one single friend had to reach out and ask you which house yours was because it was lit up in Warriors royal blue and gold, utilizing your tunable RGB landscape lighting fixtures. Better yet, these same lights can be adjusted to turn red and green at Christmas or even black and orange at Halloween, providing you with tons of flexibility and opportunities to get creative.
Further, using automation, you can adjust your fixtures with a quick gesture on your phone, wall panel, tablet or other control devices. Once you have the lights set just the way you want them, save the setting to a preset scene and you can effortlessly recreate that same scene with a single button press.
Finally, digital lighting and lighting control systems make CENTS (pun intended). You wouldn’t think that a simple thing like dimming your lights would make any significant dent in your energy bills, but dimmers can result in considerable savings. According to one report, every percentage point of dimming saves about the same percentage of energy needed to light the bulb. In plain terms, that means dimming one LED by 50 percent will reduce that bulb’s energy usage by 50 percent. Multiply those savings by the number of LEDs in any given home, and you start to see how dimming can drastically reduce your energy usage.
It’s time to see how tunable lighting can transform your home. To learn more, call Twilight Solutions at (925) 525-6105, fill out our online contact form, or click on the chat box in the lower-right corner of your browser. We proudly serve the Bay Area and beyond from Atherton, Woodside, and San Francisco to Napa and Walnut Creek.