In recent years, human centric lighting – a philosophy describing
lighting that creates more comfortable, welcoming, and engaging
environments for people – has become a widely discussed talking point in
the building industry. But differences of opinion regarding its impact
and scope have generated discussion among industry specifiers and end
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Electronics, the leader in lighting controls and automated shading
solutions, believes human centric lighting should promote comfort,
enable enhanced well-being, and foster engagement. As Scott Hanna,
Lutron senior vice president, says, “High-quality lighting has become an
essential amenity in the construction and design industry. It helps
attract and retain talent, and creates extraordinary experiences.”
To further those goals, Lutron has created a holistic approach to human
centric lighting: Lutron
The Lutron HXL approach combines four elements of lighting design to
allow people to be, work, and feel their best: Quality Light, Natural
Light, Connection to the Outdoors, and Adaptive and Personalized control.
The approach recognizes the importance of biophilia, a human connection
to nature; incorporates the Internet of Things with smart technology;
and allows people to manage their environment with a variety of
personalized control. Indeed, the four elements of lighting design focus
on different aspects of the human experience:
Quality light. The impact of quality light can’t be
understated. For designers, it can mean the difference between
delivering their design intent – such as preserving color or
highlighting architectural features – or not. For occupants, it may
make the difference between feeling engaged or detached. With tunable
white control and high-performance dimming, Lutron quality light
technology helps create unforgettable experiences.
Natural light. Sunlight, of course, is the standard by which
light is measured. The HXL approach maximizes daylight with dynamic
shading solutions, which let light in while mitigating glare, and
brings it indoors with solutions from Ketra, whose technology provides
light that seamlessly emulates daylight in interior spaces. Together,
the seamless combination of daylight and interior light feels balanced
at any time of day.
Connection to the outdoors. The concept of biophilia, which
suggests that humans have an inherent desire to connect with nature,
has become a central component of architectural design. The Lutron HXL
strategy emphasizes window views and uses shades that mitigate glare
to promote this relationship.
Adaptive and personalized control. The Internet of Things,
through automation and connection, is helping to create flexible,
dynamic environments that interact with people, support efficiency,
and help save energy. Lutron’s approach also leverages smart
technology to change spaces for the benefit of the occupants and
allows people to shape those spaces with personalized control.
The HXL approach also supports sustainability by helping reduce energy
costs and embracing elements of the natural world, and it contributes to
design supporting WELL and LEED standards.
Lutron HXL specifics reinforce the innovative design choices that are
being made in commercial spaces such as offices, hotels, and college
campuses. Hanna explains that a broad-based strategy is key to meeting
the needs of the people in these settings.
“The Lutron HXL approach illuminates the human experience,” he says.
“The concept of human centric lighting is about creating more
comfortable and engaging environments for people. With this approach,
Lutron puts the benefits of human centric lighting at the core of any
discussion about lighting control and technology.”
The Lutron HXL approach is being presented at Booth #1724 at Lightfair.
for more information.
About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg,
Pennsylvania. From dimmers for the home, to lighting management systems
for entire buildings, the company offers more than 15,000 energy-saving
products, sold in more than 100 countries. In the US alone, Lutron
products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or
approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. The company’s early
inventions— including the first solid-state electronic dimmer invented
by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira—are now at the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Lutron and HXL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lutron
Electronics Co., Inc., in the U.S. and/or other countries.