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What Is Human-Centric Lighting?


The Smart Lighting Solution That Follows the Sun 

Have you ever noticed how lighting affects your emotions? Flashing lights can make your heart race, warm lights create a cozy ambiance, and bright lights can make you feel either energized or exposed. Parties are often more enjoyable with dimmed lights, while a dark restaurant during the day can feel unnatural.

It’s clear light can influence our emotions, but have you considered how the lighting in your home might be subtly shaping your mental state? This is the idea behind human-centric lighting, a cutting-edge trend in smart technology that brings the benefits of natural light into your home. 

Read on to discover how human-centric works and how lighting control solutions like Lutron can enhance your daily life in the Twin Cities area. 

SEE ALSO: Why Should You Hire a Lighting Designer? 

The Case for Human-Centric Lighting

What exactly is “human-centric” lighting? At its core, it involves light fixtures that can change their color temperature and brightness throughout the day, mimicking the sun’s natural cycle. Unlike standard bulbs that emit a fixed color, smart LEDs can be programmed to automatically adjust, replicating the natural progression of daylight.

Why is this important? Our bodies follow a circadian rhythm, an internal clock regulated by the sun’s cycle. Historically, our daily routines were aligned with sunrise and sunset. However, artificial lighting has altered this natural rhythm, allowing us to stay awake longer and wake up earlier than ever before.

Disrupting our circadian rhythm can have adverse effects. Lack of natural light cues in the morning and evening can disrupt sleep patterns, leaving us feeling perpetually tired. Exposure to bright or blue light after dark can lead to headaches and irritability. And during the long winter months, insufficient daylight can result in low energy and seasonal sadness. 

Fortunately, Lutron’s smart lighting solutions are transforming the way we illuminate our homes, addressing these issues.

How Human-Centric Lighting Works

By incorporating smart LEDs into a Lutron smart system, your lighting will start the day with a bright, bluish-white hue. This vibrant morning light boosts your serotonin levels, helping you feel energized and ready to tackle the day.

As the day progresses, Lutron’s smart bulbs gradually shift to warmer, golden tones and reduce in brightness, preparing your mind for evening relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Through your smart home system, you can easily schedule lights to adjust automatically or control them with the touch of a button.

Enhance Comfort with Automated Window Shades

Lutron’s smart lighting extends beyond LEDs. Motorized shades can automatically rise and lower based on heat sensors, scheduled settings, or a simple tap on your smartphone. Imagine waking up with the morning sun gently illuminating your bedroom or having your shades lower at dusk for added privacy.

While these features require minimal effort from you, motorized shades can significantly enhance your daily comfort and relaxation.

Experience Whole-Home Lighting Control with Innovative Control Systems 

Interested in learning more about Lutron’s circadian lighting solutions? Contact ICS in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN, to discover how our whole-home smart lighting installations can transform your living spaces. 

We look forward to helping you create a more comfortable and well-lit home!

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